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School of Social Science and Humanities (S3H)
Dr. Salma Siddiqui
Head of Department
Department of Behavioral Sciences

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
School of Social Science and Humanities (S3H) H-12 Sector, Islamabad
Tel : +92-51-90853700

Clinical Psychology


Dr. Siddiqui received her Clinical training from the Institute of Clinical Psychology, Karachi University, her Ph.D from National Institute of Psychology, Quaid-i-Azam University. Her doctoral thesis was based on the Indigenous Depression Scale that she developed; this Scale has been widely used in Pakistan for both screening and research. Dr. Siddiqui has been involved in developing a number of academic and training programs, for example at the Institute of Behavioral Science in Karachi and the Department of Psychology in Islamia University in Bahawalpur. She designed and introduced many new courses at Department of Clinical psychology, Govt. College University Lahore. As a Fulbright Fellow she was associated with the Center for Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems and also taught at the Department of Psychology, University of Alabama. She worked with Dr. John E. Lochman during her fellowship and also received training in Coping Power program from him. Coping Power is an intervention strategy to help children and with externalizing problems.

At NUST, Dr. Siddiqui is committed to developing extraordinary programs that are interdisciplinary and excellence in teaching and training in Psychology. She is a practicing psychotherapist who is trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and EMDR.​​​​​​​​​

  • Co researcher in the  community based research on “Childhood Behavior Problems in school children of Islamabad Metropolitan Area ( PI Dr. Tamkeen Ashraf Malik, August 2013 to present)
  • Submitted a Proposal  on “Psychological Interventions for children exposed to trauma” for an Australian grant.
  • Supervised various students Research Projects  focusing psychological issues ( 2006- 2009)
  • Qayyum, R., Rana, M. H. & Siddiqui, S. The Relationship between self-reported and clinician rated assessment of Depression in Psychiatric patients. ( Paper accepted for publication by Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal)
  • Jarrett, M. A.  Siddiqui, S. Lochman, E., J., & Qu, L. Internalizing Problems as a Predictor of Change in Externalizing Problems in At-Risk Youth (2013) Journal of Clinical Child Adolescent Psychology
  • Qayyum, R. , Malik, M. M. & Siddiqui, S. (2012) EMDR: An effective therapeutic technique for psychiatric disorders. Pakistan Armed  Forces  Medical Journal. Vol. 62.  No 2. Pp 314-315
  • Chaudhry, Z. & Siddiqui, S. ( 2012) Health related quality of life assessment in Pakistani paediatric cancer patients using PedsQLTM 4.0 generic core scale and PedsQLTM cancer module. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes  doi:10.1186/1477-7525-10-52 (Published: 18 May 2012)
  • Lochman, J.E., Boxmeyer, C.L., Powell, N.P., Siddiqui, S., Stromeyer, S,L. & Kelly, M. (2012). Anger and aggression: School-based cognitive-behavioral interventions. In R.B. Mennuti, R.W. Christner, & A. Freeman (Eds.), Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions in Educational Settings: A Handbook for Practice, Second Edition (pp. 305-338). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Naz, M.A. & Siddiqui, S. ( 2010) Development of an Indigenous Depression Scale for Adolescent School Girls. Pakistan Journal of Psychological Research, Vol 25, No. 2. 115-130.
  • Dar, N.R., Siddiqui, S., Qayyum, R. & Ghafoor, T. (2007) Hair Coil Strangulation- An Uncommon Cause of Penile Edema. ( co-author) Pediatric dermatology, vol 24,No. 4, July/ August.
  • Siddiqui, S. (2005) The Subtle Shades of Violence: Violence Redefined from a Feminist Perspective. Journal of Educational  Research, vol.8 No.1 ,74-78.
  • Siddiqui, S.( 2001) Perceptions and Attitudes towards Mental Illness : Stigma revisited. Published in the proceedings of 13th International Psychiatric Conference by Pakistan Psychiatric Society.
  • Siddiqui.S. & Shah,A.A. (1997) Siddiqui-Shah Depression Scale (SSDS) Development and Validation . Psychology and Developing Societies ;9 (2):245-262,
  • Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference of Pakistan Psychological Association (Clinical Psychology-Vol. IV) 1992. Z. A. Ansari, Pervaiz Naeem Tariq, Salma Siddiqui, & Naeem Durrani (Eds.).
  • Psychology of Learning and Cognition
  • Psychopathology and Psycho-diagnostic Interviewing
  • Ethics & Psychotherapy
  • Private Clinical Practice:   2001- 2012
  • Consultant School for Special Children: Conducted training workshops for teacher and developed assessment module for special children ( 2003-2005)
  • Consultant Clinical Psychologist: Developed clinical care program at Institute of Behavioral Sciences, Karachi ( 1999-2001)
  • Consultant Marketing Researcher: Carried out qualitative research for various national and multinational organizations (1986-2001)