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Sumaiya Habib

Counselor, Midwifery Education Programme, Brac James P Grant School of Public Health, Brac University

Midwifery Education Programme

Short Biography

Ms. Sumaiya Habib is a Mental Health Counselor at the Midwifery Education Programme, Brac James P Grant School of Public Health, Brac University. She completed her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Dhaka University. Ms. Habib is committed to supporting patients by actively listening to their concerns and providing guidance for addressing their behavioral, mental, and emotional difficulties. She possesses extensive knowledge of DSM classification and is trained in assessing patient behavior and mental state through observation and interviews. Throughout her previous experience, she provided individual and group counseling to adults, specializing in areas such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, mood disorders, and crisis management. Additionally, she has expertise in administering, scoring, and interpreting psychometric tests to accurately diagnose and treat various mental disorders. She is equipped to provide a client-centered approach and utilizes therapeutic interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness to improve patient outcomes. Her focus is on psycho-education and providing access to resources and information to ensure comprehensive mental health services.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

1. Wang, K., Goldenberg, A., Dorison, C. A., Miller, J. K., Uusberg, A., Lerner, J. S., ... & Štrukelj, E. (2021). A multi-country test of brief reappraisal interventions on emotions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nature Human Behaviour, 5(8), 1089-1110.
2. Legate, N., Ngyuen, T. V., Weinstein, N., Moller, A., Legault, L., Vally, Z., ... & Ogbonnaya, C. E. (2022). A global experiment on motivating social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119(22).
3. Dorison, C. A., Lerner, J. S., Heller, B. H., Rothman, A. J., Kawachi, I. I., Wang, K., ... & Pantazi, M. (2022). In COVID-19 health messaging, loss framing increases anxiety with little-to-no concomitant benefits: experimental evidence from 84 countries. Affective science, 3(3), 577-602.
4. Habib, S., & Naher, J. (2020). Adaptation of the self-compassion scale for Bangladeshi culture. Dhaka University Journal of Biological Sciences, 29(1), 37-44.


1. National Science and Technology Fellowship by the Ministry of Science and Technology for Research Work (2021).
2. Dhaka University Student Scholarship by the Ministry of Education (2021).

Research Interests

Psychometric Tools Mental Health Disorders Psychotherapy


  • MSc (University of Dhaka) BSc (University of Dhaka)