Ms. Muqaddas Asif

Muqaddas Asif is a PhD scholar at University of the Punjab, Lahore Pakistan. She is Research Associate at Pakistan Institute of Living & Learning (PILL). Previously, she has worked as a Clinical Psychologist at Phoenix foundation for Research and development (PFRD). She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Her area of interest is Substance related and addictive disorders. She is an active member of International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP) Pakistan and she has successfully completed her training in eight Universal Treatment Curriculums for Substance Use Disorder (UTC) by Colombo Plan International Centre for Credentialing and education of Addiction Professionals (ICCE). She is closely working with Ms Rakhshi Memon, Director of Manchester Global Foundation for her capacity building in Research Ethics and Governance. Together, both are working different ethics related research papers. She is member of PILL Ethics and Governance Working Group (EGWG). She has been involved in various mental health awareness programs. In her 7 years of work experience, Muqaddas has worked with People living with Substance use disorder and HIV/AIDS, People at risk of Psychosis, Bipolar Depression, People with Self-harm and Suicide, Treatment Resistant Depression and severe mental illnesses. Her research interests include cultural adaptations of interventions for Individuals with SUD and/or comorbid with trauma, self-harm and severe mental illnesses; advanced data analysis and developing ethical guidelines for mental health professionals. Muqaddas is a multi-lingual person, she speaks Urdu, English, and Punjabi confidently. She is highly organized and independent, able to effectively coordinate tasks to accomplish projects with timeliness and creativity. As a researcher, she is flexible and analytical with a keen eye for details, able to maintain cultural sensitivity, establish rapport with members of diverse groups, skilled at synthesizing and editing information to achieve overall objectives.