Utek is a final-year Psychology undergraduate from Nanyang Technological University and is currently a clinical research intern at the Singapore General Hospital.
His specific research interests include the psychological factors that may influence orthotic device adherence and individual differences in health-related behaviours.
With the research skills honed by his stints 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 psychological research.
B.Soc.Sc in Psychology, 2017 - 2021 (Expected)
Nanyang Technological University
Undergraduate Exchange, 2019
University of Melbourne
Developed a collaborative project between the Department of Psychology and Department of Podiatry to investigate the psychological determinants of orthotic device adherence. This thesis project will commence in August 2020.
Collaborating with a team of researchers on the development and validation of a novel 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 patients, patients with chronic sleeping problems).
Other responsibilities include:
Literature reviews (including but not limited to questionnaire construction, second victim syndrome, stroke intervention adherence)
Administration of questionnaire batteries to clinical research participants
Transcription of focus group discussions
Questionnaire data entry and verification
Conducted independent research under Associate Professor Ryo Kitada and Dr Achille Pasqualotto to examine the multisensory relationships between pleasantness and softness.
In this research study, we adapted the affective priming paradigm to investigate how the affective processing of visual stimuli is influenced by tactile softness perception.
Participated in DISCOVER URECA Poster Exhibition & Competition 2019.