Associate Professor Dr Ooi Pei Boon

Associate Professor Dr Ooi Pei Boon

  • Associate Professor
Department of Medical Sciences


Dr Ooi Pei Boon obtained her PhD in Guidance and Counselling from Universiti Putra Malaysia. Believing passion and integrity to be the keys of success, she focuses on healthcare development, research and leadership programmes locally, regionally and globally. She is trained in using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in her private practice as a counsellor. Being a Certified Hypnotherapist with the American Board of Hypnotherapy and registered as a practitioner counsellor with the Board of Counsellors, Malaysia, have equipped her with the essential skills and tools to make this strategic move into holistic healing a reality.

Dr Ooi is often sought to be a speaker for various talks and workshops in the community, having conducted talks and seminars for both schools and companies such as Robert Bosch (M) Penang, Petronas Caligali, Malaysia Board of Counsellor TV, schools and higher education institutions. She is also actively involved as the organising committee of conferences. Her passion has always been about making a difference in an individual’s life and her previous position as Senior Director of a higher learning institution provided her with an excellent opportunity to assist in impacting on the individual who comes through to her office. She has also served as Chief Operating Officer for the branch campus of this institution, providing strategic directions to a team of 70 staff members to enrich and enhance the students’ experience.

She is also the master trainer licensed to train others with Media Heroes, a cyberbullying intervention programme originated from Berlin, Germany in which she has obtained various grants to support this initiative in Malaysia context. The Media Heroes programme is available and can be conducted in any community setting, and interested individuals may contact Dr Ooi for more information.

Dr Ooi was appointed as the local organising Chairperson for the Cambridge-Oxford-Sunway Biomedical Symposiums series and the Royal College of Physician London-Cambridge-Sunway Medical Seminars. She acts as the secretariat for the Southeast Asia Leadership Programme (since 2016) and the Leadership in Medicine Programme (since 2019).

Dr Ooi is the principal investigator of the Malaysia Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) whose focus is on cyberbullying incidents among visually impaired youths in Malaysia and recently has been awarded industrial grants to develop COVID-19 vaccination intervention programmes in Malaysia, focusing on the underserved community (elderly and B40 groups in Malaysia). She also serves as the academic editor for PLOS One journal. Currently, Dr Ooi is the co-lead for the Future Cities Research Institute (FCRI) Liveable Cities cluster which aims to creates an innovative, interactive platform for collaborative research, training, education, consultancy and engagement across the future cities’ agenda. Its interdisciplinary approach to research supports international collaboration to tackle global challenges and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Academic & Professional Qualifications

  • PhD, Guidance & Counselling, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia (2016)
  • Master Guidance & Counselling, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia (2005)
  • Bachelor of Education, Guidance & Counselling, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia (2001)
  • Certified Hypnotherapist (American Board of Hypnotherapy) Registered Counsellor and Practitioner (Board of Counsellors, Malaysia)
  • Panel Counsellor for the Malaysia Bar Council

Research Interests

  • Cyberbullying
  • Mental health
  • Public health
  • Student experience and internationalisation of higher education institution
  • Counsellor professional development and self-efficacy

Notable Publications

  1. Ooi, P.B.*, Khor, K.S., Tan, C.C. and Ong, D.L.T. (2022) Depression, anxiety, stress, and satisfaction with life: Moderating role of interpersonal needs among university students. Front. Public Health 10:958884. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.958884
  2. Lim, M. Z., Sin, Y. C., Wan Munira, W. J., Mohd Khir, A., Hamsan, H. H., Yong, M. H.,  Wu, S. L., Ooi, P. B., Ong, D. T. L.,  & Ong, C. S. (2022) Curbing Bribe-Giving in Malaysia: The Role of Attitudes and Parents, Public Integrity,
  3. Lai, S. A., Pang, K. Y., Siau, C. S., Chan, C. M. H., Tan, Y. K., Ooi, P. B., Ridzuan, M. I. B. M., & Ho, M. C. (2022). Social support as a mediator in the relationship between perceived stress and nomophobia: An Investigation among Malaysian university students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Current psychology (New Brunswick, N.J.), 1–8. Advance online publication.
  4. Lee, K.W., Gew, L.T., Siau, C.S., Peh, S.C., Chia, Y. C., Yacob S, Chan, N. N., Seow, V.K, Ooi, P. B.* (2022). COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and its associated factors in Malaysia. PLoS ONE 17(9): e0266925.
  5. Latif, A. A., Lee, K. W., Phang, K., Rashid, A. A., Chan, N. N., Peh, S. C., Thilaganathan, T., & Ooi, P.B.*. Patient-related factors associated with medication adherence behavior in patients with end-stage renal disease: A systematic review. Tzu Chi Medical Journal 34(4): 473-484,
  6. Chan, N.N., Ong, K.W., Siau, C.S., Lee, K. W., Peh, S. C., Yacob, S., Chia, Y. C., Seow, V. K., & Ooi, P. B.* (2022). The lived experiences of a COVID-19 immunization programme: vaccine hesitancy and vaccine refusal. BMC Public Health 22, 296.
  7. Lee, K. W., Ang, C. S., Lim, S. H., Siau, C. S., Ong, L. T. D., Ching, S. M., & Ooi, P. B.* (2022). Prevalence of mental health conditions among people living with HIV during the COVID‐19 pandemic: A rapid systematic review and meta‐analysis, HIV Medicine, 23(9),
  8. Ang, C. S., Lee, K. W., Voon, S. P., Ho, M. C., Tan, C. E., Ching, S. M., & Ooi, P. B.* (2022). Validation of Malay version of the COVID-19 Burnout Scale, Oman Medical Journal, DOI 10.5001/omj.2023.20
  9. Ang, C. S., Lee, K. W., Ho, M. C., Voon, S. P., Ching, S. M., Tan, C. E., Hoo, F. K., & Ooi, P. B.* (2022). Validation of the Malay Version of the COVID-19 Anxiety Scale in Malaysia. The Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, MJMS29(3), 122–132.
  10. Ooi, P. B.*, Ong, D. L. T., Peh, S. C., Ismail, S. F., Paramanathan, S, A. M., Lee, A. S. H., Soon, L. K. & Chan, N. N. (2021) Active aging, psychological well-being and quality of life of elderly and pre-elderly Malaysians during movement control periods, Educational Gerontology, 47:8, 353-368,