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Dr.Saravanan Coumaravelou Family and Community Medicine and Behavioral Sciences Academic RankAssistant Professor


  • Clinical Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Cognitive therapy for depression and anxiety


- PhD.: Psychology (Clinical), International Islamic University, Malaysia, 2015 - MPhil.: Clinical Psychology, Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute, Deemed University,2004 - M.A.: Applied Psychology, Annamalai University, 2002 - B.A.: Psychology, Pondicherry University, 2000.
- 2014 to until now: Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology, College of Medicine, University of Sharjah, UAE. - 2008-2014 Lecturer cum clinical psychologist, International Medical University(IMU), Malaysia - 2006-2008 Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Zulekha Hospital, U.A.E. - 2004-2006 Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute(DU), India
- 2010-2013 Associate member of the American Psychological Association - 2005-2015 Registered Clinical psychologist at The Rehabilitation Council of India - 2005-2015 Professional member of Indian Association of Clinical Psychologist - 2008-2012 Full member of the Singapore Psychological Society
PI (2017) “A cross sectional study on smoking behavior and cessation: the role of precipitation factors and intention among university students”. PI (2017) “Beliefs, barriers, and stigma towards seeking mental health treatment among adults in Sharjah. Co. project investigator (2017). “ Use of mental health services among adult population in Sharjah”. Co. project investigator (2015). “Individual participant data meta-analysis of the prevalence of mental health problems based on DASS-21 studies in Malaysia. PI (2013) “A randomized control study on effectiveness of behavior therapy for test anxiety and its sequel” PI (2013) “The predictors and psychological problems of cigarette smoking behavior among undergraduate students” PI (2010). “To study the reaction of stressors and healthy life style influences on academic performance of medical students at IMU” PI (2009) “A comparative study on the impact of stress and psychological wellbeing of Medical and Pharmacy students in Malaysia” PI (2018). “The effects of cognitive behavior therapy for depression and homesickness among international students in Malaysia”
•Saravanan, C., & Ibrahim, M. (2021). The Impact of Knowledge, Anxiety and Fear on Psychological Distress During COVID-19 among Residents of the United Arab Emirates. Accepted for publication in the American Journal of Health Behavior (Q1)* •Wiam, E., Saravanan., C., Mohamed, H.T., et al. (2020). Bridging the gap in online learning anxiety: Generation X Teaching Millennial and Z Generations. The Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal (accepted for publication) Q3 •Saravanan, C., Mahmoud, I., Elshami,W., & Taha,M.H. (2020). Knowledge, anxiety, fear, and psychological distress about COVID-19 among University students in the United Arab Emirates. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11, 582189 Q1* •Mahmoud, I., & Saravanan, C. (2020). The prevalence of mental disorders and the use of mental health services among the adult population in United Arab Emirates. Asian Journal of Epidemiology, 13(1), 12-19. (Q4)* •Saravanana, C., Attleeb, A., & Suleiman. N (2019). Knowledge, beliefs and predictive factors of intention and no intention to quit shisha smoking among university students in Sharjah. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, 13, 1-19. (Q3)* •Sami, H.A., Saravanan.C., Ibrahim, A.M., et al. (2019). Prevalence of alexithymia and associated risk factors among medical students at King Abdulaziz University: A cross-sectional study. Annals of Saudi Medicine, 40(1), 55-62. (Q3) •Saravanana, C., Attleeb, A., & Suleiman. N (2019). A cross sectional study on knowledge, beliefs and psychosocial predictors of shisha smoking among University Students in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention 20 (3), 903-909. (Q2)* •Saravanan, C., Mardiana, M., & Alizi, A., (2019). Coping Strategies used by International Students who recovered from Homesickness and Depression in Malaysia. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 68, 77-87 (Q1)* •Saravanan, C., Alizi, A., & Mardiana, S. (2018). The effects of brief individual cognitive behavioral therapy for depression and homesickness among international students in Malaysia. Journal of Affective Disorders, 220, 108-116. (Q1) * •Wong,C., Saravanan, C., Musawi, A., & Shou W.G., (2017). Effects of a combination of non-pharmaceutical psychological intervention on dental anxiety. Journal of Clinical and Translational Research, 3(3), 311-317 •Shou W.G., Saravanan, C., Musawi, A., & Wong,C. (2017). An experimental study of the effects of psychological interventions on adult patients with dental anxiety. International Journal of Psychological Studies, 9(1),24-32* •Manaf, N.A., Saravanan,C., & Beevi, Z. (2016). The prevalence and inter-relationship of negative body image perception, depression and susceptibility to eating disorders among female medical undergraduate students. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, 10(3), 1-4. (Q3) * •Saravanan, C., & Kingston, R. (2014). A randomised control study of psychological intervention to reduce test anxiety, amotivation and psychological distress among medical students. Journal of Research in Medical Sciences,19(5), 12-22. (Q2)* •Kingston, R., & Saravanan, C. (2014). The effectiveness of psychoeducation and systematic desensitisation to reduce test anxiety among first-year pharmacy students. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 78(9), 163.(Q1) •Saravanan, C., & Heidhy, I. (2014). Psychological problems and psychosocial predictors of cigarette smoking behavior among undergraduate students in Malaysia. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 15(18), 7629-34. (Q2)* •Saravanan, C., Kington, R., & Gin, M. (2014). Is test anxiety a problem among medical students: A cross sectional study on outcome of test anxiety among medical students. International Journal of Psychological studies,6(3), 24-31.* •Kingston, R., Saravana, C., & Ying, O. W. (2014). Relationship of test anxiety, psychological distress and academic motivation among first year undergraduate pharmacy students. International Journal of Applied Psychology, 4(2), 68-72. •Saravanan, C., & Wilks, R. (2014). Medical students’ experience of and reaction to stress: The role of depression and anxiety. The Scientific World Journal,1-8. (Q2)* •Shobana, M., & Saravanan, C. (2014). Comparative study on attitude and psychological problems of mothers towards their children with developmental disability. East Asian Archives of Psychiatry,24,16-22.(Q3)* •Nyamayaro, P. C., & Saravanan, C. (2013). The relationship between adjustment and negative emotional states among first year medical students. Asian Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities, 2(3), 27-278.* •Saravanan, C., & Rangaswamy, K. (2012). Effectiveness of counselling on the attitudes of mothers towards their children with intellectual disability. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy,1,1-13.
- Gin, V, “A cross sectional study on outcome of test anxiety among medical students” (Graduated 2014) - Ying, O.W, “Relationship of test anxiety, psychological distress and academic motivation among first year undergraduate pharmacy students”, (Graduated 2014) - Shou. W. “An effectiveness of psychological intervention for dental anxiety”, (Graduated 2014) - Wong,Y. “The effects of psychological intervention for dental anxiety”, (Graduated 2014) - Shobana. M. A. “Comparative study on parental attitude, psychological well-being and expectations of parents of children with autism disorder, down syndrome and intellectual disability “, (Graduated 2014) - Mabel, L. “A comparative study of social support, homophobia and depression between lesbians and gays in Malaysia”, (Graduated 2012) - Ying, L. “A comparative study of internet addicts and non-addicts psychological problems in Malaysia”, (Graduated 2012) - Primrose, M. “The relationship between adjustment problems and psychological wellbeing of the medical students in IMU”, (Graduated 2011)
- Received oral presentation award in National Dental Students’ Scientific Conference, 2014 - Joseph Lister Award in Oral Disease Prevention,2014
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