DR NAH YONG HWEE
Educational and Developmental Psychologist
B.SocSci. (Hons.; Psychology), M.A. (Applied Psychology), PhD (Psychology)
Dr Nah is a Registered Psychologist of Singapore Registered Psychologists (SRP) and Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). He has more than 15 years of working experience as a psychologist, and has assessed/worked with more than 1000 individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ranging from 10 months to 60 years old both here in Singapore and in Australia (Adelaide). He specializes in identification of ASD and is also an active researcher. Both his research and clinical interests are in the early detection of ASD in young children as well as ASD across the lifespan. He also conducts psychoeducational assessments for suspected learning difficulties (e.g., dyslexia) and provides consultations on behavioural support for individuals and families.
DR AVELINE VASU AJALAN
PsyD (Clinical psychology)
Dr. Ajalan (known to her clients as “Dr. A”) is a clinical psychologist and a member of the American Psychological Association, Divisions for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorder and International Psychology. She graduated with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) in 2018. She completed her internship at The May Institute and her postdoctoral fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ajalan also trained and practiced under the supervision of licensed clinical psychologists across various settings including a private school and a public hospital.
Dr. Ajalan has been working with children and adolescents with developmental differences and behavioural challenges since 2009. She specializes in developmental and neuropsychological assessments, evidenced-based behaviour therapy and parent consultations. In therapy, Dr. Ajalan utilises an integrative behavioural approach to help with functional skill acquisition, social skills training, emotion regulation and behaviour management. Dr. Ajalan believes in providing holistic care, which entails joint collaboration with caregivers, schools and treatment providers to strengthen outcomes for their child. She strives to individualise and find practical ways to support children, adolescents, and their families.
Beyond clinical work, Dr. Ajalan is also interested in mental health advocacy and transforming disability policies in Singapore. Her past research focused on understanding the influence of autism on sibling relationships in Singapore. Her current research assesses clinicians’ comfort and readiness in working with children with neurodevelopmental differences in Singapore.
B.A. (Hons.; Psychology), M.Ed. (Special Education)
Ms Adeline Chin is a Registered Psychologist of Singapore Registered Psychologists (SRP), International Affiliate Member of Australian Psychological Society (APS), and Full Member of IAAP, International Association of Applied Psychology (US). She specializes in assessing and supporting (intervention) children and adolescents with additional needs.
She is Orton Gillingham trained and a Certified Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme) facilitator. She has more than 20 years of working experience (since 1995) as a psychologist in various settings, such as schools, Boys’/Girls’/Children’s Home, hospital (KKH), Voluntary Welfare Organization and private settings. She has been providing positive parenting training, Standard (Individual/group) or Standard Pathways (Individual/group) for Clinical Forensic and Psychology Branch (CFPB), Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) since 2006.
She was a supervisor of the Master students (Applied Psychology) of National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and provided supervision for the Junior psychologists of CFPB, MSF and other psychologists in the Voluntary Welfare Organization. She was also involved in a joined Research Project (as a psychologist volunteer) - HASI Test Study, by The Law Society of Singapore, Ministry of Social and Family Development and Singapore Psychological Society in year 2012.
DR TANISHA VANEN
Psy.D. (Clinical Psychology)
Dr. Tanisha is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Maryland (USA), and a Registered Psychologist (Singapore). She graduated with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the U.S., and returned to Singapore in 2017.
Dr. Tanisha completed both her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. This comprised of rotations within the Pediatric Developmental Disabilities and Pediatric Feeding Disorders clinics. Prior to this, she worked in an outpatient hospital and community mental health center in Chicago, offering diagnostic assessments, therapy, social skills and parent training groups for a range of neurodevelopmental disabilities and mental health challenges.
When working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families., Dr. Tanisha places added emphasis on coaching parents and caregivers through consultation, and values open communication with all members of a child’s team. She is further committed to supporting siblings of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities through sibling workshops.