Dr Huma Zafar

Visiting Academic for Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Psychology

Dr Huma Zafar

I am a Visiting Academic for Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Psychology. I have been awarded this Fellowship by the Punjab Higher Education Commission, Government of Pakistan. I am an Associate Professor in Psychology and head up post-graduate classes in the Punjab Education Department, Higher Education Wing in Pakistan.

I received my Master’s degree in Applied Psychology with distinction for outstanding academic performance. In 2005, I earned MPhil degree in Special Education from Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad. After being awarded the Indigenous Scholarship in 2007, I did my MPhil in Psychology at the National Institute of Psychology, Centre of Excellence, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad in 2009, and PhD in Psychology at the International Islamic University, Islamabad in 2014.

I have co-authored and edited books in the area of psychology and have national and international publications to my credit. I am an editor and peer-reviewer of national and international journals. I have conducted numerous workshops and delivered lectures on psychological issues in Pakistan. Besides this, I have appeared in various TV and radio programs as a guest speaker. Recently I was taken on board by BBC radio to suggest ways to help children undergoing psychological trauma. My post-doctoral research focuses on the effects of adverse childhood experiences, such as child abuse and neglect on internalizing and externalising problems in adolescents. Research in this domain will promote rigorous scientific examination regarding trajectories of emotional and behavioral disorders in adolescents and help in developing strategies to improve the implementation of evidence-based practices.

I joined the University of Sheffield in November 2018. The relationships I have built at the University are priceless. The policies and practices of this university cater to the needs of individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Demonstration of institutional integrity and provision of equitable resources and opportunities to its students and faculty for learning and professional development is the hallmark of the University of Sheffield.