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Cecilia A. Essau was born and raised in the tropical jungle of Borneo Island. She received her early education in Sarawak, Malaysia and after completing her O-Level she went to Canada where she did her Highschool Diploma at Hillcrest Highschool in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree (1983), her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (1984) and her Master of Arts degree (1985) from Lakehead University (Canada), her Ph.D. (1992) from the University of Konstanz (Germany), and her post-doctoral degree in Psychology (qualification for tenure-track professorships in Germany: Habilitation, 2000) from the University of Bremen (Germany). She is the first Iban woman to have received a PhD.
She has held a number of academic positions in Canadian (Lakehead University), Austrian (Karl-Franzens University Graz), and German (Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry, University of Konstanz, University of Bremen, Technical University Braunschweig, University of Muenster) universities before joining the University of Roehampton in May 2004 as a Professor of Developmental Psychopathology. At Roehampton, she is also the Director of Centre for Applied Research and Assessment in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing (CARACAW), and Research Degrees Convener in the Department of Psychology.
In 2011, she was made Fellow of the British Psychological Society in recognition of her contribution to the field of Psychology.
In 2013, she was awarded the Norman Munn Distinguished Visiting Scholar Award by Flinders University, Australia.
In 2015, she was awarded the Florey Medical Research Foundation Mental Health Visiting Professor by the University of Adelaide, Australia.
With research grants from numerous national and international institutions, her research has focused on understanding the interacting factors that can lead children and adolescents to have serious emotional and behavioural problems and using this research to (a) enhance the assessment of childhood and adolescent psychopathology and (b) design more effective interventions to prevent and treat such problems.
She is the author of over 220 articles, and is the author/editor of 19 books in the area of youth mental health.
Professor Essau's research interests are in the broad area of Developmental Psychopathology and Cross-cultural Psychology. She has over 20 on-going projects, most of which are conducted in collaboration with her colleagues in different centers around the globe:
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health (e.g., anxiety, depression, conduct problems, ADHD, substance misuse)
- Comorbidity of Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
- Domestic Violence
- Prevention/Intervention of Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
- Williams Syndrome
- Psychopathic Traits (e.g., callous und unemotional traits)
- Parenting Practice
- Cross-cultural Psychology
- Mental Health Literacy
- Applied Developmental Psychology
Professor Essau has received research grants from numerous national and international institutions, including the German Research Council; Ministry of Education, Science, Arts, and Sport (Province of Bremen); German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD); American Council of Learned Societies; Polish Committee for Scientific Research (Komitet Badan Naukowych, KBN); Dr. Karl-Wilder-Stiftung; Hong Kong Research Council; Danish Ministry of Education; Hungarian Scholarship Board; Schneider-Sasakawa-Fund/Nippon Foundation; The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation; British Academy; Williams Syndrome Foundation; Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation; The British Council; The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; The Department for Innovations, Universities & Skills; The Wandsworth Borough Council; The University of Hertfordshire; and Internal grants (Universities of Bremen, MÃ¼nster, Roehampton).
Professor Essau has received grants and invitations as a Visiting Scholar in various universities, including the University of California at Los Angeles, Stanford University, Karl-Franzens University Graz (Austria), Opole University (Poland), Aarhus University Hospital (Denmark), University of Debrecen (Hungary), University Lusofona (Portugal), Waseda University (Japan), Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Health Sciences University of Hokkaido (Japan), Oregon Research Institute (USA), University of Ibadan (Nigeria), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (Malaysia), Lebanese American University (Lebanon), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Fatima Jinnah Women University (Pakistan), University of the Punjab (Pakistan), Naruto University of Education (Japan), Nanjing University (China), and University of Miyazaki (Japan).
Externally-funded Research Projects (Current and Recent)
Externally-funded Research Projects (Status: Completed)
Internally-funded Research Projects (Current and Recent)
She is a frequent reviewer for research grant proposals/research award nominations for the following institutions:
Professor Essau has served in scientific committees of several international congresses, including the World Congress of Behavior and Cognitive Therapy in Vancouver (Canada, 2001) and in Boston (USA, 2010); the Second International Conference on Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia, 2000); the Third International Conference on Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Brisbane (Australia, 2002), and the 47th German Psychological Association conference (Bremen, Germany, 2010). Since 2006 she has organized an annual International Conference on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, which has attracted researchers and clinicians from different centers around the world.
She has been in External Appointment Committees (e.g., Stanford University School of Medicine, USA; Karl-Franzens University Graz, Austria; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; University of Salford, UK; University of the West Indies, Jamaica West Indies) and in an External Unit Review Team (e.g., University of Calgary, Canada; Lebanese American University, Lebanon) for various universities. She has served as an external adviser for the validation of the BSc (Hons) in Cross Cultural Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire, and is an International Adviser to the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
She also serves in a task force of numerous international projects, including those funded by the MacArthur Foundation, World Health Organization, the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, and the Health Research Board (Ireland).
Cecilia serves in the Board of Trustee for "Young People in Focus" (formerly called: The Trust for the Study of Adolescence). She is also a member of the Wandsworth Borough "Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services" (CAMHS) Strategy Implementation Group, and the DSM-IV workgroup on "The Somatic Distress Disorders".
Professor Essau is keen to hear from individuals interested in studying for a research degree in the general area of Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, particularly when there is an interest in any of the following areas: anxiety, depression, conduct problems, pathological gambling, alcoholism, drug abuse/dependence, procrastination, psychopathic traits, parenting, stress and coping, and cross-cultural psychology.
She has supervised more than 50 postgraduate theses (MA/MPhil and PhD) in various areas of Clinical and Cross-cultural Psychology. She is also a past/current external examiner for the following universities: University of Bremen; University of Muenster (Germany); National University of Singapore; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Griffith University (Australia); Monash University (Australia); University of East Anglia (UK); University College Dublin (Ireland); University of Mysore (India); Swansea Metropolitan University (UK); National Institue of Psychology, Quaid-i-Azam University (Pakistan).