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Dr. Sehar-un-Nisa Hassan
Assistant Professor
Department of Behavioral Sciences

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
School of Social Science and Humanities (S3H) H-12 Sector, Islamabad
Tel : +92-51-90855876
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Behavioral Sciences. Gender and Mental Health

PhD (Gender and Mental Health), The University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan.     MSc (Behavioral Sciences) Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

​Sehar-un-Nisa Hassan, PhD, is faculty at the Department of Behavioral Sciences at NUST. Dr. Hassan received her MS in Behavioral Sciences from Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi and her PhD from University of Karachi. Her dissertation research was on gender-based violence and women’s mental health in Pakistan. 

Dr. Hassan’s experience includes her work at The Psychiatric Clinic and Stress Research Centre in Karachi for approximately seven years. Her area of interest includes women’s mental health in Pakistan and violence against women. At present, Dr. Hassan is developing a collaborative research project with Prof. Kelsey Hegarty from the University of Melbourne on women’s issues.

Dr. Hassan describes herself as a life-long learner who is committed to creating positive change and helping young students in their quest for higher education. ​​​​

  •  Hassan, S., & Malik, A.A. (2012) Psycho-social Correlates of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), Pakistan Journal of Psychological Research. 27(2), 281-297.  
  • Saeed, H., Hassan, S., & Husain, G. (2011). Risk and protective factors for psychological distress in Adolescents after Swat Crisis. Pakistan Pediatric Journal, 35(2), 76- 80.
  • Khan, S. Hassan, S. Husain, G., & Gul, I. (2011). Relationship of Parental Acceptance and Rejection with Psychological Wellness in Young Adults.  Journal of Rawalpindi Medical College, 15(1), 24-26.
  • Hassan S. & Malik A. A. (2010). Risk Factors of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in Urban Pakistani Families. Pakistan Journal of Clinical Psychology, 10(2), 3-20
  • Hassan, S. (2010). Optimism, Self-confidence and Work Engagement of workers in Accounts and Nursing Professions - Gender differences”. Pakistan Business Review. 2, 345-62.
  • Hassan, S. & Anila, M.A. (2009). Development and Validation of Karachi Domestic Violence Screening Scale Urdu Version.  Journal of Social Sciences, 20(2), 83-90.
  • Niaz, U., Hassan, S. Hassan, M. (2007).  Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, fear and avoidance in destitute women, Earthquake survivors of NWFP, Journal of Pakistan Psychiatric Society, 4(1), 44-49.
  • Niaz, U., & Hassan, S. (2006). Culture and Mental Health of Women in South-East Asia. World Psychiatry,  3(2), 118-120. 
  • Niaz, U., Hassan, S., Hassan, M. Hussain, H., & Ahad, S. (2006). Prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder and co-morbid depression in earthquake survivors in NWFP, Pakistan: A preliminary study.  Journal of Pakistan Psychiatric Society, 3 (2), 98-101.
  • Niaz, U., & Hassan, S. (2006). The perception of professional women about their job and its effects on their psychosocial well being. Journal of Pakistan Psychiatric Society, 3 (2), 83-85.
  • Niaz, U., & Hassan, S. (2005). The psychosocial factors for depression in upper and middle class urban women of Karachi. Journal of Pakistan Psychiatric Society, 2 (2), 76-79.
  • Niaz, U., Hassan, S., Husain, H., & Siddiqui, S.S. (2004). A cross-sectional study of the frequency of psychiatric morbidity in affluent urban population of Karachi. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 20(4), 337-344.
  • Niaz, U., Hassan, S. & Ali, S. (2003). Stress in Women Physicians. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 19(2), 89-94.
  • Niaz, U., Hassan, S., Husain, H., & Saeed, S. (2003). Attitudes towards Psychiatry in pre-clinical and post-clinical clerkships in different medical colleges of Karachi. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences 19(4), 253-262.
  • Hassan, S., Niaz, U., & Tariq, Q., (2002). Development and Validation of Karachi Domestic Violence Screening Scale. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 18(3), 205-214.
  • Niaz, U., Hassan, S. & Tariq, Q. (2002). Psychological Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Forms of domestic abuse in both genders. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 18(3),197-204.
  • Articles in Edited Books  

  • Niaz, U. & Hassan, S. (2011).  Wars in the Muslim world in the 21st century: Kashmir struggle for independence.  In Niaz, U. (Eds.), Wars, Insurgencies and Terrorist Attacks: A Psycho-Social Perspective from The Muslim World.  Karachi, Pakistan. Oxford University Press.
  • Hassan, S. & Akhtar, T. (2007) Utilizing Art in therapy of traumatized children. In Niaz, U. (Eds.), Pakistan Earthquake 2005. The Day The Mountains Moved: International Perspective on Handling Psycho-trauma. Karachi, Pakistan: Sama Publishers.
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Fundamental of Counseling and Guidance
  • Introduction to Behavioral Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Psychology of Learning
  • Psychology of Trauma
  • Child Abuse and Neglect

  • Psychologist/Counselor – The Psychiatric Clinic and Stress Research Centre, Karachi
  • Counselor – The Panah Shelter Home for Women, Karachi