Leong Utek

Leong Utek

Doctoral Student

National University of Singapore


Hi there! I am a first-year PhD (Psychology) student at the National University of Singapore, advised by Associate Professor Ryan Hong. Broadly, I am interested in advancing healthcare research through the study of personality and individual differences.

During my free time I enjoy tinkering with mechanical keyboards, patching my raw denim jeans (wabi sabi hehe), and catching up on the latest evo psych twitter drama. I am always looking to connect with like-minded students, so please drop me an email if you would like to chat and/or work on something together!

  • Individual differences in treatment adherence and its associated processes
  • Longitudinal measurement of treatment adherence
  • Orthotic management of lower-limb neuromuscular dysfunction
  • PhD (Psychology), Aug 2021 - Present

    National University of Singapore

  • B.Soc.Sc in Psychology with Honours (Highest Distinction), 2017 - 2021

    Nanyang Technological University


Research Assistant (Stay Well @ NUS)
September 2021 – Present Singapore

Currently, I am the coordinating research assistant of a mHealth intervention study (Stay Well @ NUS), a collaboration between researchers from Duke-NUS Medical School and NUS Health & Wellbeing, Office of the President.

Supervised by Associate Professor Bibhas Chakraborty.

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore
August 2021 – Present Singapore

I have served as a graduate teaching assistant for the following undergraduate level psychology modules:

  • PL3102 Biological Psychology (AY 2021/2022 Semester 1)
  • PL3106 Abnormal Psychology (Incoming for AY 2021/2022 Semester 2)
Associate Clinical Research Coordinator
Department of Psychology, Singapore General Hospital
January 2021 – June 2021 Singapore

Beyond my day to day duties as a clinical research coordinator, I spearheaded my very own research project to identify the psychological predictors of lower-limb orthotic device adherence. I independently conceptualised, developed, and proposed this collaborative project between the Department of Psychology and Department of Podiatry to fulfil the thesis requirement of my undergraduate degree (supervised by Dr Kinjal Doshi).

I also collaborated with my fellow lab members on the development and validation of a novel mindfulness questionnaire designed for the Singaporean context.

Clinical Research Intern
Department of Psychology, Singapore General Hospital
March 2019 – December 2020 Singapore

During my time as a clinical research intern, I was primarily involved in the generation of a mindfulness item pool designed for the Singaporean context. I also conducted a number of cognitive interviews to ensure the suitability and intelligibility of these items.

I also assisted in other research projects assessing the efficacy of mindfulness-based group interventions in clinical populations (e.g. stroke, sleep difficulties).

Student Researcher
August 2018 – June 2019 Singapore

Under the supervision of Associate Professor Ryo Kitada and Dr Achille Pasqualotto, I conducted independent research to examine the multisensory relationships between pleasantness and softness.

In this study, we adapted the affective priming paradigm to investigate how the affective processing of visual stimuli is influenced by tactile softness perception. A poster of this study was presented at the DISCOVER URECA Poster Exhibition and Competition 2019.

Accepted Abstracts

Presenting authors are underlined

  • Henderson, S. L., Sugumar, L., Leong, U., & Doshi, K. (2020, November 5-8). Evaluating mindfulness self-report questionnaires for scale development in a Singapore context: A focus group discussion [Conference presentation abstract]. The Mind & Life 2020 Contemplative Research Conference, Online.

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