Dr Alvin Ng Lai Oon

Professor & Associate Dean (International), Sunway University

Dr Alvin Ng Lai Oon is a Professor at the Department of Psychology under the

School of Medical and Life Sciences at Sunway University, Malaysia. He is a

clinical psychologist by training, previously attached to Universiti Kebangsaan

Malaysia (National University of Malaysia) for 11 years as an instructor and

practitioner in clinical psychology. He serves as an Honorary Associate Professor

at the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, UK, an

Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Norwich Medical School, University of East

Anglia, UK, and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Jeffrey Cheah School of

Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia. Dr Ng’s research

areas include mental health literacy, positive psychology, mindfulness-based

cognitive therapy, and cross-cultural factors in psychotherapy.

While no longer in clinical practice, Dr Ng is a passionate advocate of mental

health literacy and gives numerous talks on mental health and psychology. He is

very involved in initiatives that promote public mental health and professional

training in mental health issues, appearing on radio and in the news media. He won

the 2017 EduCoop National Outstanding Educator (Psychology) Award in

recognition of his contributions towards the development of psychology in

Malaysia. Recently, he won the 2020 University of East Anglia Engagement

Award for Group Achievement together with his collaborators from UEA, Prof

Sian Coker and Dr Paul Fisher.


Dr Ng recently chaired and hosted the 7th Asian Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Conference 2021, that received over 7,400 registered participants from more than

80 countries. He is currently the Secretary of the Asian Cognitive Behavioral

Therapy Association, and was the Founder President of the Malaysian Society of

Clinical Psychology that he helped establish in 2010.

Dr Alvin Ng Lai Oon