Plenary Speakers


Associate Professor Claire Thompson

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Central Queensland University, Australia

Topic : The cultural bases in the training of clinical psychologists in Asia

Associate Professor Claire Thompson has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Queensland, a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Bond University, and a PhD from the University of New South Wales. She is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Singapore Register of Psychologists. Dr Thompson has over 25 years of professional experience in clinical, research and teaching psychology. She has also worked in private practice, mental health service management and professional supervision of psychologists. She has taught psychology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, at several institutions in Australia and Singapore. Her research interests, publications and conference presentations are in the area of clinical and counselling psychology, particularly mental health and cognition in older age and cultural aspects of Clinical Psychology training programs.

Kwartarini Wahyu Yuniarti

Kwartarini Wahyu Yuniarti, Prof, Clinical Psych, M.Med.Sc., Ph.D

Gadjah Mada University

Topic : Ilness perception, self management and social support in health care in Indonesia

Professor Kwartarini Wahyu Yuniarti is the Director of Center for Indigenous and Cultural Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. She is also the Director of german Studies Center and the Country Representative of Asian Association for Social Psychology. Professor Kwartarini is on the Board of Asian Association of Health Psychology.

Her key research focus is in the area of health psychology. Her research and publications include:

  • Research on Asthma and emotion, comparative studies between those in Indonesia and in Germany.
  • The assertiveness of passive smokers.
  • Hygiene Behavior and Hepatitis A.
  • Explorative Study on Health Anxiety among students in Aceh and Yogyakarta.
  • Translating the Health Belief Model into Contextual Community Intervention A study on proper hygiene practices of mothers of children with diarrhea.
  • Discrepancy between knowledge and behavior among mothers of children with diarrhea
  • Illness perception, stress, religiosity, depression, social support, and self management of diabetes in Indonesia


Professor Roger Moltzen

Professor Roger Moltzen

Waikato University – New Zealand

Topic : Creativity and talent development in Asia: Opportunities and challenges

Professor Moltzen teaches in courses on human development, individual differences and the education of gifted children. His research interests are the psychology and education of gifted individuals. Professor Moltzen area of expertise include intelligence and creativity, talent development across the lifespan, the education of gifted and talented students, special education, teaching, learning and the curriculum and human development.

Cristina Montiel

Dr. Cristina Montiel

Ateneo de Manila University

Topic : The role of psychology in creating social justice and democratic governance in Asia

Cristina Montiel is a peace/political psychologist and has been teaching at the Ateneo de Manila University for more than 35 years. She chairs the Research Cluster on Peace, Social Justice and Democratic Governance in her university. She is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Psychologist from the Psychological Association of the Philippines; and the 2010 Ralph White Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division of Peace Psychology. Montiel was managing editor of the Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), and editor of the volume on Peace Psychology in Asia (Springer, 2009). Her recent journal publications include Discursive construction of political categories and moral fields (Political Psychology, 2015); and Nationalism in local media during international conflict (Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 2014).