Advisors of Mindful@Sejahtera
Professor Dato’ See Ching Mey is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Industry and Community Network at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Professor See received her PhD from Ohio State University, USA. Her short stint in the U.S. earned her life memberships in three American honour societies: Phi Kappa Phi, Chi Sigma Iota (Counselling Academic and Professional Honour Society), and Phi Delta Kappa (Professional Fraternity in Education). Professionally, Prof. See is an educational and counselling psychologist. Her specialisations are in educational psychology, counselling psychology, counsellor education, mental health, psychological testing, and special education with an emphasis on autism. To date, she has published 15 academic books and more than 200 international and national academic journal articles. Prof. See is a registered and licensed counsellor, and is now a prominent leader in the field of psychology and counselling. Nationally, she sat on the Lembaga Kaunselor (Board for Counsellors) in Malaysia from 2000 – 2012. In 2000 also, she took a lead in forming the Penang Counselling and Psychology Association (PACP) and became its founding President. On the international front, Prof. See is a Regional Vice-President for East-Asia, International Play Association (IPA); Executive Council Member, International Association for Counseling (IAC); Regional Director of Asia-Pacific, National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC); Board of Directors, National Board of Certified Counselors International (NBCC-I); Board Member, Asia-Pacific Association of Psychotherapists (APAP); and immediate Past President of the Association of Psychological and Educational Counsellors of Asia-Pacific (APECA).
Professor Mark Williams (DPhil, DSc, FMedSci, FBA) is a Wellcome Principal Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, and Professor of Clinical Psychology. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Experimental Psychology and the Department of Psychiatry and is the Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy and the US Association for Psychological Science. Professor Williams, along with colleagues John Teasdale (Cambridge) and Zindel Segal (Toronto), developed Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for prevention of relapse and recurrence in major depression. His research is concerned with psychological models and treatment of depression and suicidal behaviour, particularly the application of experimental cognitive psychology to understanding the processes that increase risk of suicidal behaviour in depression.Professor Williams is the author of the best-selling books Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, The Mindful Way Through Depression (co-authored with John Teasdale, Zindel Sigal, and John Kabat-Zinn) and Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World (co-authored with Danny Penman). Note: Professor Mark Williams is currently retired.
Dato’ Mary Ritchie is the President of Mental Health Association of Penang. She received the awards of “Tokoh Warga Tua Peringkat Negeri Pulau Pinang” and “Tokoh Warga Tua Aktif Dalam Kesihatan Negeri Pulau Pinang” in 1998 and 2000, respectively. She was awarded D.S.P.N. (Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri) which carries the title of Dato’ from His Excellency Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Penang in 2001.