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Javaria Zahra  Psychologist & Mental Health Professional- Gold Medalist

Head of Psychology & Training Department

 

Languages Spoken: English , Urdu and Arabic

Education:                                            

  • MD / MS / MPhil in Applied Psychology (Gold Medal Award), 2011—2013 (Attested & Verified by UAE)

  • Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology, Child Psychology & Health Psychology), 2002—2004 (Attested & Verified by UAE)

  • Beck Institute CBT Certified Clinician (BICBT-CC) Certification; The Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy-United States of America, May 2023—Date

 

Credentials

  • Community Development Authority- CDA, United Arab Emirates

       License No. CDA - PL- 0001399

  • Life Member of the Pakistan Psychological Association (PPA)

  • Member of the American Psychological Association (APA)

 

Biography

Ms. Javaria Zahra is a highly motivated and passionate Psychologist and Mental Health Professional boasting over 15 years of professional and clinical experience. She is licensed by the CDA and holds an MSc in Applied Psychology with major areas in Clinical Psychology, Child Psychology, and Health Psychology from the University of Punjab, Lahore (2004). Additionally, she obtained a Diploma in Clinical Psychology from PIMS and furthered her academic achievements with an MD/MS/MPhil in Applied Psychology, earning a Gold Medal Award and Distinction in Research from Beacon House National University (BNU), Lahore in 2013.

With a background in Applied Psychology, she has a deep understanding of the underlying causes of various mental health issues and has a proven track record of delivering result-oriented & evidence-based therapy.

Throughout her career, Ms. Javaria has exhibited exemplary skills and expertise gained from prominent institutions in both the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan. Commencing her professional journey as a Psychologist at SOS Village Lahore in 2005, she progressed to become a Psychology Instructor at the Institute of Psychology, BNU, in 2009. Subsequently, she held roles as a Psychology Lecturer at various distinguished universities from 2012 to 2014. Ms. Javaria then assumed the position of Director of Student Affairs and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), where she played a pivotal role in counseling and guiding university students. Her career continued to flourish as she became the Head of Student Affairs and Academics at NUR International University in 2017.

In 2019, Ms. Javaria embarked on her professional journey in the UAE, initially serving as a Psychologist and SENCO at The Bloomington Academy (TBAC), Ajman. She subsequently held positions such as Psychologist, SENCO, and Team Lead of The Counseling & Inclusion Team at The American School of Creative Science-ASCS, Sharjah. Later, she served as a Cluster Psychologist at Bloom Charter Education in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, from 2020 to 2022, providing psychological services and training to six charter schools. In her most recent role, she joined the Emirates Schools Establishment (ESE) in Fujairah as the Head of Well-being, Pastoral Care, and Safeguarding Leader with Taaleem Management.

Parallel to her full-time role with Taaleem, Ms. Javaria contributed to Lifeline Clinic, Dubai, and Eva & Iris Home Counseling Center, Dubai, in a part-time consultancy capacity.

Ms. Javaria's notable contributions include the development of the first indigenous Scale to assess Learning Disabilities among primary school children in Pakistan during her MD/MS/MPhil. The Learning Disabilities Scale (LDS) she created is a valid and reliable indigenous scale (having excellent psychometric properties) for assessment of Learning Disabilities with Cronbach alpha (α = .98) that is an excellent reliability. Her work has been recognized for its validity and reliability, and her scale is widely used for research and assessment purposes.

Additionally, Ms. Javaria has published a research article titled “Development and Preliminary Validation of an Indigenous Scale for Assessment of Learning Disabilities” in the Pakistan Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology-2014, Vol. 12, No.2, 27-37. She has also authored a book, "Development of Learning Disabilities Scale (LDS)," published by LAP- LAMBERT Academic Publishing in Germany.

Expertise / Specializations

  • Clinical and Counseling Psychology

  • Psychotherapy

  • Counseling and Guidance

  • Psychoeducation

  • Psychological Assessment

  • Family Counseling

  • Specialized Individual Therapy

  • Group Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Behavior Therapy

  • Learning Therapy

  • Social Skills Training

  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

  •  Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)

  • Behavioral Management Plans

  • Holistic Approach / Eclectic Approach to Psychotherapy

  •  Interpersonal therapy (IPT)

  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

  • Relaxation Therapy (JPMR)

  • Imagery Therapy

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Career Counselling

  • Training & Development

  • Teaching & Research in Psychology

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