Dr Huma Zafar

Department of Psychology

Visiting Academic for Post-Doctoral Fellowship


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Dr Huma Zafar
Department of Psychology
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1 Vicar Lane
S1 2LT

Huma Zafar is a Visiting Academic for Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the department of Psychology at The University of Sheffield. She has been awarded this Fellowship by the Punjab Higher Education Commission (Govt. of Pakistan).

She is an Associate Professor in Psychology and heading Post-Graduate classes in the Punjab Education Department, Higher Education Wing (Pakistan). She received her Master’s degree in Applied Psychology with distinction for outstanding academic performance.

In 2005, she earned MPhil degree in Special Education from Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad. After being awarded the Indigenous Scholarship in 2007, she did her 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.

Her doctoral dissertation was titled: Dysfunctional separation-individuation and low-autonomy in adolescents: Manifestations and management of psychological stress. She has co-authored and edited books in the area of psychology and has national and international publications to her credit.

She is an editor and peer-reviewer of national and international journals. She is also an external examiner for MSc and MPhil students at different universities in Pakistan.

Research interests

Huma's post-doctoral research focuses on the effects of adverse childhood experiences, such as child abuse and neglect on internalizing and externalising problems in adolescents. She is conducting this research under the supervision of Dr. Agata Debowska.

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. The broader goal of this research is to strengthen the impact of scientific findings on both policy and practice.