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Keng Shian-Ling

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (Duke), M.A. (Duke), B.Sc. (Duke)

Dr. Keng Shian-Ling obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duke University, North Carolina, USA. Prior to starting her position with NUS, she completed a clinical psychology internship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada. Her research interests include a) efficacy and mechanisms of change of cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based interventions, b) emotion regulation, and c) mindfulness meditation. She is also interested in researching adaptation, implementation and dissemination of empirically supported interventions in Southeast Asia and cross-cultural presentations of psychopathology, in particular depression and borderline personality disorder. Shian-Ling has received clinical training in cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and other mindfulness-based approaches such as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. She has worked in hospital and clinic settings with patients of a variety of diagnoses, including mood, anxiety, substance use, and personality disorders. She aspires to help improve the quality and accessibility of mental health services in Southeast Asia through teaching, research, advocacy and community outreach.

Research Interests:
  • Emotion regulation
  • Mindfulness-based interventions
  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Depression
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Adaptation and dissemination of empirically supported interventions
  • Cross cultural expressions of psychopathology
Recent/ Representative Publications:
  • Keng, S-L., Smoski, M. J., Robins, C. J., Ekblad, A. G., & Brantley, J. G. (2012).
    Mechanisms of change in MBSR: Self-compassion and mindfulness as mediators of intervention outcome.
    Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 26, 3, 270-280.
  • Robins, C. J., Keng, S-L., Ekblad, A. G., & Brantley, J. G. (2012).
    Effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction on emotional experience and expression: A randomized controlled trial.
    Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68, 1-15.
  • Keng, S.-L., Smoski, M. J., & Robins, C. J. (2011).
    Effects of mindfulness on psychological health: A review of empirical studies.
    Clinical Psychology Review, 31, 1041-1056.