Clinical Psychologist
Clinical Psychologist
Languages Spoken
  • en
  • ms
Years of Experience
  • 10

Dr Aida is a DHA licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years of experience in the field. Dr Aida loves her work as a clinical psychologist and passionate about supporting people to reach their full potential. She works with children, adolescents and adults. Her training and clinical experience have been within the settings of community mental health clinics, schools, hospitals and mental health institution.

Dr Aida provides psychological assessments for both children and adult population. Dr Aida conducts psychoeducational assessments (including IQ testing, achievement abilities, emotional and behavioural difficulties, adaptive functioning), neuropsychological assessments (including cognitive abilities, executive functioning, memory) and personality testing.

Dr Aida provides psychotherapy and uses evidence-based practice to support individuals with a range of disorders from depression, anxiety, OCD, panic, specific phobia, depression, post-natal depression, stress, adjustment disorder, low self-worth and other emotional and behavioural difficulties. Acknowledging each person’s unique struggles and appreciating each person for who they are, she tailors her treatment to best suit their strengths and vulnerabilities. She incorporates evidence-based approaches with her main areas of expertise include but not limited to Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and person-centered approach.

Additionally, Dr Aida’s work has also focused towards bridging the gap between physical health and mental health, through a more balanced holistic well-being approach. Dr Aida helps individuals to cope with the many challenges of living with physical health issues such as chronic pain, chronic diseases, diabetes and obesity, or recovery from injury and other major health events.


Suhaimi, A.F.; Makki, S.M.; Tan, K.-A.; Silim, U.A.; Ibrahim, N. Translation and Validation of the Malay Version of the WHO-5 Well-Being Index: Reliability and Validity Evidence from a Sample of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 202219, 4415. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19074415

Visvalingam, Uma & Abdul Gani, Firdaus & Zahari, Muhsin & Silim, Umi & Yussof, Mohd & Mislan, Noormazita & Redzuan, Noor & Low, Peter & Mokhtar, Siti & Suhaimi, Aida & Ahmad Adlan, Aida & Tan, Sing & Aziz, Masseni & Embok, Nurul. (2022). Case scenario: Management of major depressive disorder in primary care based on the updated Malaysian clinical practice guidelines. 10.51866/cpg1328.

Simon PD, Adams C, Goh MCW, Suhaimi AF, Hassem T. Experiences and challenges in mental health research and practice during COVID-19: Perspectives from emerging psychologists across 5 countries, Asian Journal of Psychiatry (2021), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajp.2021.102813

Suhaimi, A. F., Ibrahim, N., Tan, K. A., Silim, U. A., Moore, G., Ryan, B., & Castle, D. J. (2020). Effectiveness of a culturally adapted biopsychosocial intervention (POHON SIHAT) in improving self-efficacy in patients with diabetes attending primary healthcare clinics in Putrajaya, Malaysia: Study protocol of a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 10(2), e033920. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033920

Silim, U. A., Suhaimi, A. F., Moore, G., Ryan, B., & Castle, D. J. (2019). Beyond psychiatry: motivations for considering an Australian wellbeing program within Malaysian health services. Australasian Psychiatry, 27(3), 262-266. doi:10.1177/1039856219834074

 Gomez, R., & Suhaimi.  A. F. (2015). Malaysia parent ratings of the Parent-Parental Acceptance-Rejection Questionnaire: Invariance across ratings of Malay, Chinese and Indian children. Cross-Cultural Psychology, 49, pp.90-105.

Gomez, R., & Suhaimi.  A. F. (2014). Malaysian parent ratings of the Parental Acceptance-Rejection Questionnaire -Short Form: Factor structure and invariance across girls and boys and mothers and fathers. Parenting, 14 195-214.

Gomez, R., Suhaimi, A. F. (2013). Incidence rates of emotional and behavioural problems in Malaysian children as measured by parent ratings of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 6 528-531

 Roberts, R. & Aida Farhana H. S. (2010). Effectiveness of a first aid information video in reducing epilepsy-related stigma. Epilepsy and Behaviour, 18(4), 474-480.


 International presentations

32nd International Congress of Psychology, Prague 2020

  • Translation and Validation of the WHO-5 Malay Well-being Index in Diabetes Patients

32nd International Congress of Psychology, Prague 2020

  • Motivational Interviewing – the missing piece in the training of mental health care in diabetes

2019 Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD) Research Week, St. Vincent’s Melbourne, Australia

  • Wellbeing from West to East: Cultural adaptation and translation of apsychosocial intervention

1st International Meeting of the World Psychiatric Association Psychotherapy Section (WPA) 2019

  • Balancing fidelity and cultural adaptation: Adaptation of a psychological intervention from West to East.

1st Asia Pacific Optimal Health Program Symposium 2019

  • Balancing fidelity and cultural adaptation: Adaptation of a psychological intervention from West to East.

1st Asia Pacific Optimal Health Program Symposium 2019

  • “Feeling of Peace at Home”

1st Asia Pacific Optimal Health Program Symposium 2019

  • A therapist perspective in the implementation of Optimal Health Program in a population of Type 2 diabetes patients in Malaysia.

23rd Malaysian Conference of Psychological Medicine (MCPM) 2019

  • Bridging the gap of psychical illness and mental health: Astudy protocol of a randomized control trial of Malaysia’s Optimal Health Program – POHON SIHAT in patients with diabetes in Putrajaya

12th Allied Health Scientific Conference 2018

  • Symposium – Facing the Silver Tsunami: Understanding the Psychosocial Issues and Wellbeing in the Elderly

2018 Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD) Research Week, St. Vincent’s Melbourne, Australia

  • Beyond psychiatry: motivations for considering an Australian wellbeing program within Malaysian health services

11th Allied Health Scientific Conference 2016

  • Childhood Psychopathology in Malaysian Children and its association with parental belief
  • PhD in Psychological - Medicine University Putra Malaysia
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) - University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) - University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Western Australian University Foundation Program (WAUFP) - Canning College, Perth, Australia
  • Certified Trainer Optimal Health Wellbeing, St Vincent, Melbourne Hospital
  • Certified Facilitator Optimal Health Wellbeing, St Vincent Melbourne Hospital
  • Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology (MSCP)
  • Dubai Health Authority Registration no.: 23848515
  • Malaysian Allied Health Professional Council Registration MAHPC Registration No. MAHPC(CP)00003

She Has Expertise In Diagnosing And Treating:

  • Psychological assessments Children/Adolescents
    Psychoeducational assessments
    IQ test
    Achievement abilities
    Adaptive functioning
    Emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Psychological assessments Adult/Older Adult
    Neuropsychological assessments (such as cognitive abilities, attention, executive functioning, memory)
    Adaptive Functioning
    Fit to work
  • Psychotherapy Population
    Specific Phobia
    Emotional and behavioural difficulties
    Adjustment disorder
  • Special interest in areas of health
    post-natal depression
    chronic pain