Profile of Dr. Mohammad Mahmudur Rahman

... Name Dr. Mohammad Mahmudur Rahman
Designation Professor
Last Degree M.Sc.( Dhaka); M.A. and Ph.D (Manitoba)
   

Academic Background :

B.Sc.(Hons.): University of Dhaka,Psychology,1976,1st class 

M.Sc. :University of Dhaka,Psychology,1977,1st class 

M.A. :University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. Study focus: Experimental cognitive Developmental Psychology with special emphasis on Social Psychology and Statistics, also completed a thesis. 1988, 

Ph.D: University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. Study focus: Experimental Cognitive Developmental Psychology with special emphasis on Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology/ Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Epistemology, Research Design, Statistics & Multivariate Analysis, also completed a thesis. 1993  

Post- Doctoral Training, University College London, UK. Focus of study and clinical training: Clinical Health Psychology and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT); worked as a pre-registration Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Clinical Psychology, under the Pathfinder NHS Mental Health Trust, at the Springfield Hospital, Tooting, London SW, UK, from February 1997 to November 1997. 

Experiences :

From January 2, 1981 to April 29, 1985:

Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Dhaka.Taught the courses: Psychological Testing and Measurement, Developmental Psychology, and supervised Psychological Laboratory Experiments and Conduction of Psychological tests.

 

From April 30, 1985 to August 21, 1985:

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Dhaka. Taught the courses: Psychological Testing and Measurement, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology and supervised Psychological Laboratory Experiments and Conduction of Psychological tests; also supervised Research Projects of honors and master's students.

August 22, 1985 to August 16, 1992:

On study leave from Dhaka University to go to the University of Manitoba, Canada, as a Commonwealth Scholar, to study MA and PhD programmes in Psychology, which was completed successfully. Student ID of the University of Manitoba: 5174411

From August 18, 1992 to March 5, 1994:

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Dhaka. Introduced new course “Psychology and Life” and “Applied Developmental Psychology” with special emphasis on developmental psychopathology. Also taught the courses: Introduction to Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Theories of Perception, Theories in Personality, Psychobiology and supervised Psychological Laboratory Experiments and Conduction of Psychological tests; also supervised Research Projects of B.Sc (honors) and Master's students. Also taught Applied Psychology (Educational and Industrial Psychology) as minor course to the students of other departments.

From March 6, 1994 to February 13, 1997:

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Dhaka,.

(a)Introduced new course "Psychology of Adjustment", and started teaching "History of Psychology" at 3rd year B.Sc (hons) level, "Applied Developmental Psychology" at M.Sc. &M.Phil level; (b) Taught "Health Psychology" to Clinical Psychology students at M.Sc. level;  (c) started organizing the Clinical Placements and supervising the clinical work of M.Sc. students in Clinical Psychology.

February 14, 1997 to December 14, 1997:

On study leave from Dhaka University to get Post-Doctoral Training in Clinical Psychology, as a British Council Technical Award holder, at the Sub-Department of Clinical Health Psychology of the University College London (UCL), and at the Springfield Mental Hospital,Tooting, London, UK, in the Department of Clinical Psychology as a Pre-Registration Clinical Psychologist, and received intensive supervised experience in clinical psychological practice.

December 15, 1997 to May 18, 1999:

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Dhaka,.

(a) Taught “Psychology of Adjustment” to Psychology students, and "Health Psychology" to Clinical Psychology students; (b) started organizing the Clinical Placements and supervising the clinical work of M.Sc. and M.Phil students in Clinical Psychology, and also started supervising the M.Phil thesis of clinical psychology students.

May 19, 1999 to April 29, 2003

Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Dhaka. Same as (a) & (b) above as the Associate Professor of Psychology; and also (c) actively started to get involved in planning and development as well as academic and clinical aspects of the Department of Clinical Psychology at Dhaka University (e.g., organized few occasional or regular specialist placements- on drug addiction/ substance abuse, psychosexual dysfunction, health psychology, primary care, university level counseling, school mental health, childhood trauma, women victims of trafficking and violence, disaster mental health etc.).

April 30, 2003 to May 18, 2005

 

Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Dhaka. Responsibility performed same as the Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology as in (a), (b), & (c) above, (d) started to offer courses on Research Methodology, Fundamental Principles of Clinical Psychology (which includes clinical assessments and models of psychotherapy) to M.S. and M.Phil level students. In addition to these academic responsibilities, I also actively started to get involve in policy development meetings at the faculty of Biological Sciences, and at the academic council, and the board of advanced studies, at the University level.

May 19, 2005, to May 18, 2008

Chairman, Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Dhaka.

In addition to all the previous duties as Professor, performed duties of planning and administration of the Department, in consultation with the Dean, attended the meeting of the Chairmen Committee, to take policy decisions, served as a member of the faculty and staff search and recruitment committee, coordinated monitoring the progress of the courses and clinical skills and practice training of the students, worked with the student advisers on matters related to student affairs, served as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Biological Sciences of the Dhaka University, contacted other professionals for the interest of Clinical Psychology, faced media and press as a spokesman of the Department of Clinical Psychology and as a representative of the Clinical Psychologists, also participated in the meetings called by the Vice Chancellor or Pro-Vice Chancellor, on matters related to academic or any relevant policy issues of the University as a whole, etc.

And finally, during the tenure of my Chairmanship, I actively helped the Department of Clinical Psychology to expand its community base, its specialized clinical practice in diverse areas, and to organize the draft of PhD in Clinical Psychology course outline at Dhaka University, suitable for Bangladesh.

May 19, 2008 to August 29, 2009:

Professor again. Handed the responsibility of Chairmanship of the Department of Clinical Psychology, of Dhaka University, to the next senior person available, as a rule of rotating chairmanship, and resumed my duty as a Professor again. Beside my duty as a professor, I also focused on my duty as the Coordinator of the Psychological Assessment and Management Laboratory (PAML), of the Centre of Excellence for Sciences, of Dhaka University, the duty of which I was asked to perform by the University authority from 2005, before I became the Chairman.

August 30 2009 to 29th August, 2012:

Senior Clinical Psychologist, Princess Marina Hospital, Gaborone, Botswana.Conducted psychological assessments and interventions, on children, adolescents and adults, coming as both outpatient or admitted in the hospital as inpatient. Through this position I got sensitized on transcultural mental health issues, and transcultural psychological therapies.

Currently I am serving as a professor of clinical psychology at Dhaka University.

Publications :

 

Books Published:

(i) 2nd author of the book "Introduction to Behavioural Science" with Professors M. Aminul Islam, and others, UPL, 2000.

(ii) 1st author of the book on “Intermediate level mental health care manual for working with the women and children victims of trafficking and violence”, with NazmaKhatun as the 2nd author, published by the Dhaka Ahsania Mission, 2006. (In Bengali language for use by community counselors).

(iii) 1st author of the book on “Advanced level mental health care manual for working with the women and children victims of trafficking and violence”, with JobedaKhatun as the 2nd author, published by the Dhaka Ahsania Mission, 2006. (In Bengali language for use by community counselors).

(iv) Edited the training of trainers’ manual written by Mr. Reza on “How to provide psychosocial support to disaster victims at community level”, published by NIRAPAD, 2006. (In Bengali language for use by community counselors).

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

(i) Zaman, S.S. and Rahman, MM.(1980). Sex preference of newborn babies by the parents and grandparents in Bangladesh: a pilot study. Bangladesh Journal of Psychology, 6:283-92 

(ii) Rahman MM.(1984).Class and sex difference in sensorimotor development among infants in Dhaka City on the Uzgiris and Hunt's ordinal scales of psychological development. Bangladesh Journal of Psychology, 7:87-103. 

(iii) Huq M, Rahman MM and Mahmud SH. (1986).Role of neuroticism, psychoticism and extraversion in academic achievement. Asian Journal of Psychology,2:1-6. 

(iv) Huq, M., Mahmud, S.H. and Rahman, M.M.(1986). Effect of mobilization of prior knowledge on free recall of experimentally induced familiar and unfamiliar materials. Dhaka University Studies, Part E, 1:53-58. 

(v) Sorcar, N.R, Mahmud, S.H. and Rahman, M.M. (1986).Motivation and fertility. Bangladesh Journal of Psychology, 9:32-41. 

(vi) Rahman, M.M.(1991). Conduct disorder during adolescence. Bangladesh Psychological Studies,  1:1-28. 

(vii) Rahman, M.M.(1994). Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Dhaka University Journal of Psychology,  18: 31-41. 

(viii) Rahman, M.M.(1998). Ethological approach to human attachment: a critical review, Bangladesh Psychological Studies, 8:41-58.

(ix) Zaman, S.N., and Rahman, M.M. (2004). Level of Depression of the Patients Attending the Outpatient and Inpatient Services of the General Hospitals in Dhaka City. Bangladesh Psychological Studies, Vol. 14, p. 17-26.

(x) Mozumder, M.K. &Rahman, M.M. (2004). A prevalence study of various male psycho-sexual dysfunctions and problems among individuals attending psychological services in a sex therapy clinic. Bangladesh Psychological Studies, 14, 71-88.

(xi) Uddin, M.Z. and Rahman, M.M. (2005). Construction of a Scale of Depression and Determining its Reliability, Validity and Norm for use in Bangladesh.Bangladesh Psychological Studies.

 

(xii)  Kaly, A., Mozumder, M. K., Rahman, M. M. &Parveen, Z. (2010). Clinical Psychology Service at Non-medical Setup: Service Development and Profile of Clients Attending Students Guidance and CounselingCenter of University of Dhaka. Dhaka University Journal of Psychology, 34, 1-11.

(xiii) Deeba, F. &Rahman, M. M. (2011). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Children and Adolescents in Bangladesh. In CBT in Non Western Cultures (Eds., Naeem, F, &Kingdon, D.): Nova Press, UK.

 Conference Proceedings:

(i) Chowdhury, K.U., and Rahman, M.M. (2001). Psychological Aspects of Spinal Cord Injury. In Post Conference Publication of the International Conference on Spinal Cord Lesion Management, edited by Janet A, and Kabir, H. Dhaka : Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), 144-46. 

(ii) Sultana, S.Z., Rahman, M.M., Hossain, J.U.M.N., Uddin, M.Z., and Jahan, I. (2001). Rehabilitation of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) : Publication of the International Conference on Spinal Cord Lesion Management, edited by Janet, A., and Kabir, H. Dhaka : Centre for the Rehabiliation of the Paralysed (CRP), 150-53.

 

Unpublished Research Reports:

(i) “Psychological effects of natural disaster on human beings of Goplpur at Tangail, Bangladesh”. Submitted to UNICEF, Dhaka, in 1996, where I was the first author, and the Executive Director of the NGO (SARPV-Bangladesh) coordinating the research, Mr.ShahidulAlam, being the 2nd author.

(ii) “Assessing psychosocial needs of the acid survivors and study the existing as well as potential institutional capacity at community level to find ways to prevent acid violence and to ensure psychological rehabilitation programme for the acid survivors in Bangladesh”. Submitted to the Acid Survivors Foundation, in Dhaka in 2008, where I am the only author,

(iii)”Discrimination of facial expressions by profoundly mentally retarded children”. An unpublished Master’s thesis conducted under the supervision of Dr. John H. Whiteley, and submitted to the University of Manitoba, Canada, in 1988. 

(iv) “Categorization and discrimination of facial expressions by the multiply handicapped children”. An unpublished PhD thesis conducted under the supervision of Dr. John H. Whiteley, and submitted to the University of Manitoba, Canada, in 1993.

Awards :

Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship, 1986-91, for studying M.A. & Ph.D in Canada. 

British TC Award for Post-Doctoral Training at University College London (UCL) as a part of Link Programme to get training as a "Clinical Tutor" for the Development of Clinical Psychology Training Courses at Dhaka University. 

Field of Specialty and Areas of Interests :

(a) Executive Strategic Management,

(b) Academic teaching, research and practice of applied psychologies:

 

(a) I will also consider to get a position to fulfil my current special  Interests in Academic Strategic Executive Management of Educational, Health and Social Service Development Institutions, with special focus on healthy self and group development; and thus promoting master strategic ideas and helping developing academic/ professional institutions to offer best possible social services, through its programme planning and management, execution of best possible policy and procedure to ensure healthy self and groups as product of good organizational/community experiences and ensuring effective learning process of change and development culture, impacting positively on the greater societies and states.

(b) I will also consider getting a high impact teaching, research cum practice development position in basic as well as multi-disciplinary and within the multi-sub-specialty applied psychology areas, to achieve and expanding myself in one or more of the following areas of academic/ professional excellence:

1. Cognitive Science and Cognitive  Psychology, Psychology of Emotion, Clinical - Psychology; Psychotherapy with special emphasis on CBT (Cognitive Behaviour therapy) play and music therapy, drama therapy, art therapy, couple/family therapy, sex therapy, group therapy, EMDR therapy, hypnotherapy, client centred therapy, existential therapy, and integrated psychotherapy, incorporating cross-cultural psychology and transcultural/ transnational mental health).

2. Developmental psychology, cognitive development, developmental psychopathology, history of psychology, theories in child and adolescent development, theories of developmental psychopathology within culture and across cultures, theoretical and philosophical issues in psychology and mental health in general.,

3. Qualitative and quantitative research methods in child development and clinical psychology, logic of research design, multivariate statistics in psychology and behavioural research, adaptation and validation of clinical and psychometric assessment tools and technologies in a specific cultural context. Also conduction of original and advanced research on a specific clinical population, e.g., on Sleep Disorders and CFS (Chronic fatigue Syndrome).

4. Facilitating the growth of other major areas of applied psychologies anywhere in the world, for example, early childhood development, family psychology, community psychology, community mental health, clinical neuro-psychology &criminal psychology (forensic psychology), organizational/management psychology, disaster psychology, sports psychology, applied cognitive sciences, applied social psychology, from national/ cultural psychology to cross-national/ cross-cultural and global psychology.

5. Understanding Asian mind through Asian psychology, and developing an appropriate psychotherapeutic model suitable for Asian mind. Understanding African mind, and developing appropriate psychotherapeutic intervention models suitable for healing the distress experienced by the African mind. Also, understanding European mind, and developing appropriate psychotherapeutic intervention models suitable for healing the distress experienced by the European mind. Incorporating Asian and African Psychology with American, European and Australian psychology to create an outline/ framework for global psychology.

6. Theoretical and philosophical psychology, with special focus on understanding normal development, abnormal development or psychopathology, and psychotherapeutic process of healing, within a culture, and between cultures 

7. Generating theories, models, tools and technologies for practicing internet based psychological assessment and interventions (e.g., eCBT) and other areas of psychological consultation, including distance learning (e-psychology), in the local and global market of all applied psychologies.

 

 

My recent areas of interests in psychology and allied topics include:

(a) Early childhood developmental process contributing to the formation of healthy or pathological self (or personality),

(b) Cross-cultural psychology to understand cross-national and trans-cultural mental health, along with appropriate trans-cultural psychological therapies,

(c) Models explaining risky human decisions (e.g., road traffic accident, attempted suicide - self harm, or harming others by violent act or attempted murder etc.) to be tested by cognitive vs. emotional reasoning or automatic reactive covert or overt response mechanisms,

(d) Rethinking the history of classification of mental illness, and psychopathologies in everyday private, work and collective socio-cultural life,

(e)Psychology and public policy (incorporating experimental-theoretical psychology, developmental psychology, clinical psychology, applied cognitive psychology, and applied social psychology, mental simulation, and theoretical and applied neuropsychology and cognitive science),

(f) Research methodology, including qualitative and quantitative data analysis in psychology in particular, and bio-statistics in general,

(g) Reinventing the modern human mind through re-writing the history of psychology, integrating the recent trends within psychology, and incorporating theoretical and philosophical aspects from other major disciplines of knowledge etc.  

 

 

 

 

 

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