Leong Utek is a third-year Psychology undergraduate from Nanyang Technological University (NTU). His research interests include the psychological factors that may influence lower-limb orthosis adherence, intelligence, and mindfulness-based therapies.
With the research skills honed by his stint at the NTU Touch Lab and the Singapore General Hospital, he hopes to have an opportunity to contribute to the scientific endeavour by pursuing a career in clinical health psychology research.
B.Soc.Sc in Psychology, 2017 - 2021 (Expected)
Nanyang Technological University
Undergraduate Exchange, 2019
University of Melbourne
Collaborated with a team of researchers on the development of a psychometrically validated mindfulness questionnaire for use in Singapore.
Assisted in other research projects assessing the efficacy of mindfulness-based group interventions in clinical populations (e.g. stroke, sleep difficulties).
Trained in the administration and scoring of the Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA); administered psychological assessment batteries to clinical research participants.
Other responsibilities include:
Transcription of focus group discussions
Questionnaire data entry and verification
Literature reviews (e.g. questionnaire construction, second victim syndrome, stroke intervention adherence)
Conducted independent research under Associate Professor Ryo Kitada and Dr Achille Pasqualotto; adapted the affective priming paradigm to examine the multisensory relationships between pleasantness and softness.
Participated in DISCOVER URECA Poster Exhibition & Competition 2019.