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Dr. Muhammad Ajmal
Centre of Excellence

Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan

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Name Fahad Riaz Choudhry
Designation Assistant Professor
Qualification PhD Psychology (Monash University, Australia)
Contact Phone:+92(51)90644003 Fax: +92 (51) 2896012
e-mail: drfahadriaz@nip.edu.pk, fahad.riaz.psy@gmail.com
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Professional Interests

Designs: Qualitative Research; Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis; Consensual Qualitative Research; Ethnography

Population: Indigenous Communities; Nomads; Marginalized Communities and Concealable Stigmatized Identities; Ethnic, Religious and Sexual Minorities

Constructs/Variables: Mental Health; Psychological Resilience; Cultural Identity; Cognitions and Beliefs; Decolonizing Research; Mental health related lived experiences


Dr Fahad Riaz Choudhry has received PhD Psychology from Monash University, Australia. He got enrolled in a doctoral program at Monash University, Malaysia in 2015 and also completed his placement at “Cognitive Behavior Therapy Research Unit” at Monash University Clayton, Melbourne, Australia in March, 2018. Dr Fahad also holds Master's Degree and Post Master's Diploma in Clinical Psychology. He has served in “National Command Authority”, Pakistan as a clinical psychologist. Previously, he also worked as a “Research Coordinator” in multiple projects with marginalized communities, voters, politicians, bureaucrats, general public and their elected representatives while working in “Free and Fair Election Network” and “Pattan Development Organization” under the internationally funded projects of British Council, DFID and Asia Foundation. The projects included: Earthquake Relief and Shelter Program, Analysis of Local Government Election, Parliament Watch and Reform Project, Supporting Transparency, Accountability and Electoral Process in Pakistan and Mainstreaming Women’s Voice in Pakistan. Also, he served in the customer services of a multinational telecom company “Mobilink” and developed his soft skills. He also worked as a “Student Counselor/Lecturer” at “University of the Punjab”, Lahore.

He has won the conference award for his oral presentation of his doctoral work in “International Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Conference”, at Scotland in May, 2017. He has presented his doctoral work in the “World Psychiatric Association Congress” in Melbourne, Australia. He also presented his work at Malaysian Association Psychology Student Assembly in 2017. He has 7 publications in international journals (Thomson Reuters/Scopus indexed). For publication details please visit: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Fahad_Choudhry.

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching - Fall 2013

Level Course Title (Code) Session
No. of Students
M.Sc Cognitive and Affective Processes Fall, 2018
M.Sc Organizational Behavior Fall, 2018
M.Sc Clinical Psychology Spring, 2019

Research Supervision

7 M.Sc Students

Research and Publications

Dr Fahad’s doctoral research was focused on exploring cultural protective factors against stressors in marginalized indigenous communities of Pakistan. He had conducted a study on marginalized ethnic, religious and linguistic minority group "Kalasha". The Kalasha minority (living in the Hindukush Mountains in the northern region of Pakistan neighboring Afghanistan border) are known for their divergent polytheistic beliefs, and may thus represent the outliers of the collectively monotheistic Muslim population of Pakistan. Dr Fahad has an expertise of qualitative methods, more specifically, he is well equipped with phenomenological methods, especially with the use of “Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis” (IPA) and delivered lectures on the use of IPA at Monash University and was invited as a guest speaker in University of Malaya to conduct a session on theoreteical underpinnings (Hermeneutics) in IPA. For further research details please visit: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Fahad_Choudhry.

Manusripts in Journals: Published
  • Choudhry, F. R., Munawar, K., & Golden, K. J. (2018) Factor Structure of Urdu Version of the Flourishing Scale. Accepted for publication in Frontiers in Psychology https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01513
  • Choudhry, F. R., Khan, T. M., Park, M. S. A., & Golden, K. J. (2018). Mental Health conceptualization and resilience factors in the Kalasha youth: An indigenous ethnic and religious minority community in Pakistan. Frontiers in Public Health, 6, 187. doi. 10.3389/fpubh.2018.00187
  • Choudhry, F. R., Park. M. S., Golden, K. J., & Bokharey, I. Z. (2017).We are the soul, pearl and beauty of HinduKushmountains: Resilience beliefs of Kalasha minority of Pakistan. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being; 12(1): 1267344. doi: 10.1080/17482631.2016.1267344
  • Choudhry, F. R., Mani, V., Ming, L. C., & Khan, T. M. (2016). Beliefs and Perception about Mental Illness: A meta-synthesis study. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 12, 2807—2818. https://doi.org/10.2147/NDT.S111543
  • Choudhry, F. R., & Bokharey, I. Z. (2013). Perception of mental health in nomads of Pakistan: A qualitative inquiry. International journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 8: 22469. http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/qhw.v8i0.22469
  • 6. Munawar, K., Bokharey, I. Z., & *Choudhry, F. R. (2017). Sexual conflicts in panic disorder: a multi-case study. Mental Health Review Journal, 0(ja), 00-00. doi:10.1108/MHRJ-02-2017-0012
  • 7. Suleiman, A. K., Ismadi, N. F. I., *Choudhry, F. R., Munawar, K., & Hameed, M. A. (2017). Determinant factors of depression: A survey among university students. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 17(3), 97-103. Retrieved from http://www.mjphm.org.my/mjphm/journals/2017%20-%20Volume%2017%20(3)/DETERMINANT%20FACTORS%20OF%20DEPRESSION%20A%20SURVEY%20AMONG%20UNIVERSITY%20STUDENTS.pdf.
Manusripts in Journals: Accepted, Under Review or Revision
  • Choudhry, F. R., Khan, T. M., & Golden, K. J. (2018). Methodological considerations for studying South Asian indigenous communities. Manuscript submitted in Cogent Psychology (Accepted for publication)
  • Choudhry, F. R., Park, M. S., Khan, T. M., & Golden, K. J. (2018). Mental health studies of Asian marginalized populations: A systematic review. Under review in BMC Psychiatry Journal
  • Choudhry, F. R., Bokharey, I. Z., Park, M. S., Khan, T. M., & Golden, K. J. (2018). Perceived causes of mental health problems and preferred interventions by the nomadic population in Pakistan: A qualitative study. Under review in Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry
  • Choudhry, F. R., Khan, T. M., & Golden, K. J. (2018). “It is always an admixture of so many identities”: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of identity and mental health of Kalasha. Under review in The Qualitative Report
Conference Presentations (International)
  • Choudhry, F. R., Bokharey, I. Z., Park, M. S., Khan, T. M., & Golden, K. J. (2018, Feb).Perceived mental health causes and help-seeking behaviour among an indigenous marginalized nomad community in Pakistan: A culturally-sensitive perspective. E-poster session presented at the World Psychiatric Association’s Thematic Congress, Innovation in Psychiatry: Effective Interventions for Health and Society, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Choudhry, F. R., Bokharey, I. Z., Park, M. S., & Golden, K. J. (2017, May). Investigating resilience mechanisms of marginalized indigenous Kalasha community of Pakistan. Paper session presented at the 1st International Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Conference,Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, United Kingdom.
  • Choudhry, F. R.,& Golden, K. J. (2017, November). How to study mental health perspectives of indigenous marginalized communities: A methodological recommendation. Paper presented at the Malaysian Psychology Students Assembly, Tunku Abdur Rahman University, Kampar, Perak, Malaysia.
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