Dr Kartini Ilias

Kartini Ilias is a senior lecturer and clinical psychologist in Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Puncak Alam, Selangor.

She received her Bachelor Degree (Honors) in Psychology from the International Islamic University, Malaysia in 2004. Following her undergraduate career, she began as a teacher in the One Stop Center for Special Children that cater to various kinds of special children such as Down Syndrome, Dyslexia, Slow Learners and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her role was to develop a teaching syllabus, implementation of behavior modification, and handle the counseling sessions with the parents of special children in the school.

In 2008 she received her M.S of Clinical Psychology from National University, Malaysia. Her Masters dissertation was Psychoeducational Program for Parents with Special Need Children. She received her Doctoral of Philosophy from Monash University. Her PhD research was exploring the parenting stress and resilience among parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Malaysian Context using a mixed method analysis.

Kartini is an active member of Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology (MSCP). She practices her clinical in Pain Clinic Selayang Hospital in 2009-2011 and continue her clinical practice in the One Stop Center for Special Children (CADS) in 2013-2015. Beginning last she was appointed as a clinical psychology supervisor to supervise the clinical psychologist trainees from UKM and CUCMS.

Her primary clinical and research interest is related to Children with Disabilities.  Specifically, understanding the psychosocial wellbeing, parenting stress, and resilience of the parents and families of children with disabilities across the culture.


a) Selected Grants

• Geran Penyelidikan Prevalen Autism – Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia dan Permata Kurnia (RM 2.4 million) in 2019 (Steering Committee for National Autism Prevalence Study)
• Geran Penyelidikan Mitra (RM23,200) in 2017
• Geran Penyelidikan Lestari (RM 20,000) in 2016
• Geran Penyelidikan Lestari (RM 20,000) in 2015
• Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (RM 60,000) in 2013.
• Australia-Malaysia Sleep Health Program (RM 150,000) in 2012
• Excellence Fund University Technology MARA, Malaysia (RM 5,000) in 2011.

b) Publications and Proceedings

• Ilias, K., Cornish, K., Park, M. S., Toran, H., & Golden, K. J. (2019). Risk and Resilience Among Mothers and Fathers of Primary School Age Children with ASD in Malaysia: A Qualitative Constructive Grounded Theory Approach. Frontiers in psychology, 9, 2275. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02275
• Ilias, K., Liaw, J. H. J., Cornish, K., Park, M. S. A., & Golden, K. J. (2018). Parenting Stress and Resilience in Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Southeast Asia: A Systematic Review. Frontiers in Psychology. 9, 280.
• Ilias, K., Liaw, J. H. J., Cornish, K., Park, M. S. A., & Golden, K. J. (2017). Wellbeing of mothers of children with “AUTISM” in Malaysia: An interpretative phenomenological analysis study. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 42(1), 74-89.
• Ilias, K., Ahir, N. M., Ab Rahman, N. Z., Yusof, S. M., Radzuan, N. N., & Buhari, S. S. (2017). The Mission Slimpossible Program: Dietary and Physical Activity Intervention to Combat Obesity among University Students in UITM Puncak Alam. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Journal of Medical and Health Sciences, 4(11).
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• Ilias, K., Cornish, K., Park, M. S. A., & Golden, K. J. (2015). The Value of Mixed-Method Research with Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Grounded Theory Protocol. Jurnal Teknologi, 77(33).
• Ilias, K.,Golden, K.J., Sang Ah-Park, M., & Cornish, K. (2014, December). Mixed-method research with families of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Extended abstract and Poster session at the 6th International Conference on Postgraduate Education, Melaka.
• Ilias, K., Golden, K. J., Tam, C. L., & Cornish, K. (2014, December). Symphony of sound: The importance of mixed-methods research with families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Poster session at the Second ASfAR Conference, La Trobe University Melbourne.
• Kartini I, Golden,K.J., Lian,T.C., & Cornish,K. (2013, December) Health and Well Being of Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 4th International Symposium on Wellness, Health and Nutrition.
• Nazirah Zuman, Kartini Ilias, Khairil Anuar Md Isa, Ajau Danis (2012) Relationship between eating behaviors, self-esteem and academic achievement among secondary school students in Meru, Klang Malaysia. Asian Journal of Clinical Nutrition (ISSN 1992-1470)
• Syuhada Zofiran, Kartini Ilias, Siti Sabariah Buhari, Ajau Danis (2012) Relationship between eating behaviors, body image and BMI status among adolescence age 13-17 years in Meru,Klang. American Journal of Food Nutrition (ISSN 2157-0167)
• Kartini I, Ponnusamy,S & Normah, C.D. (2008). Parental Stress in Parents of Special children: The effectiveness of psycho education program on parents’ psychosocial well beings. Symposium Sains Kesihatan Kebangsaan ke 7 (ISBN 978-983-43150-9-2)

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