Dr. Chua Sook Ning is a lecturer and clinical psychologist at National Institute of Education. Her research focuses on motivation, need satisfaction and well-being in the context of social relationships. She is particularly interested in cross-cultural issues of support and self-motivation strategies. For instance, can a person be autonomously motivated in a controlling environment? Can social norms buffer the negative effects of control?
In addition, she founded Relate Malaysia - a community organization which aims to emphasize the importance of mental health as part of well-being; to decrease the stigma of mental illness; promote prevention and early intervention; develop effective, evidence based and accessible interventions; and encourage the establishment of community support and services for all who need them.