Jinnie Ooi

Jinnie Ooi


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Personal profile


Jinnie Ooi graduated with a BSc in Psychology at HELP University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2010. She then gained an MSc in Child and Family Psychology at the University of East Anglia in 2011, and began her PhD at UEA in October 2011.

As an Associate Tutor, Jinnie Ooi leads undergraduate seminars in Research Methods on the BSc Psychology programme. She also runs sessional lectures for the Psychology in Action module. She is also a certified Parent Educator for the Circle of Security Early intervention programme aimed at enhancing parent-child relationships.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Jinnie Ooi is interested in children's emotional wellbeing. Her research focuses on shared cognition and the transfer of interpretation bias within close relationships. Currently, her research looks at whether young children and their mothers exhibit shared cognition and whether mothers can change their children's cognition through story-telling, with the goal of developing early intervention for childhood anxiety disorders. Using a similar framework, Jinnie also explores shared cognition and the transfer of interpretation bias in close relationships across developmental phases (i.e. adults and their romantic partners, children and their peers).

In addition to these interests, she has worked as a Research Assistant on projects concerning bipolar disorder at Monash University Malaysia, and body shape perception at HELP University Malaysia. She is also involved in research aiming to enhance student confidence and employability, an ongoing interdisciplinary research project at the UEA, headed by Professor Philip Corr, and on implicit associations headed by Dr Charles Seger.

Current Supervisory Team

Primary: Dr Judi Walsh
Secondary: Dr Laura Biggart