Leong Utek

Leong Utek

Incoming PhD student

National University of Singapore

Biography

Hi there! I am an incoming psychology PhD student at the National University of Singapore and a part-time associate clinical research coordinator at the Singapore General Hospital. Broadly, I am interested in the application of individual differences to healthcare research.

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!

Interests
  • Individual differences in treatment adherence
  • Longitudinal measurement of treatment adherence and its prediction
  • Management of lower-limb neuromuscular dysfunction
Education
  • PhD in Psychology, Incoming (Aug 2021)

    National University of Singapore

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

    Nanyang Technological University

Experience

 
 
 
 
 
Associate Clinical Research Coordinator
Department of Psychology, Singapore General Hospital
January 2021 – June 2021 Singapore

I am currently coordinating a collaborative project between the Department of Psychology and Department of Podiatry to identify the psychological predictors of lower-limb orthotic device adherence. I indepdently conceptualised, developed, and proposed this project to fulfil the thesis requirement of my undergraduate degree.

I am also actively collaborating with my fellow lab members on the development and validation of a novel mindfulness questionnaire designed for the Singaporean population.

 
 
 
 
 
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 population. 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 supervison 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 influced by tactile softness perception. A poster of this study was presented at the DISCOVER URECA Poster Exhibition and Competition 2019.