Faculty Profile

Dr Zahid Mahmood

Professor, Director of Clinical Psychology

Institute of Clinical Psychology

 : zahid.mahmood@umt.edu.pk     : 3550   

Dr Zahid Mahmood hails from Lahore. He obtained MA in Psychology (with a merit certificate) from Punjab University in 1962. After gaining some experience in teaching and clinical work he moved to Karachi and worked for a year in the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre. In 1965 he joined the Tavistock Institute of Human Relation in London to train in Clinical Psychology. In 1969, he joined the National Health Service as a Clinical Psychologist. In 1979 he moved to Glasgow, Scotland to head a District Clinical Psychology Services. His main responsibilities included organizing and providing clinical service to a population of a quarter of a million, Strathclyde University and teaching, training and supervision at the Clinical Psychology programme at Glasgow University. In 1995 he took early retirement from the National Health Service to engaged full time in Primary Health and private practice. He moved back to Pakistan in 2005 under HEC’s Foreign Faculty Hiring Programme.

In the 40 years of his stay in UK he has amassed a lot of experience of working with children, adults and the elderly, in Psychiatry and General Medicine, in hospitals as well as community settings. He received training in Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour therapy, Hypnosis, specialized in the use of a number of projective techniques. He was the Editor of the British Journal of Projective Psychology for ten years, a Fellow of the British Projective Society and the British representative to the International Rorschach Society for 12 years and an Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society and a Chartered Clinical Psychologist.

He has taught and trained clinical psychologists in UK and Pakistan and supervised several PhD scholars during his visits to Pakistan. His main purpose for returning was to raise the standard of clinical training in Pakistan, to introduce clinical psychology in the community and develop indigenous psychology based on research and clinical studies and valid assessment procedures. He was the first to introduce in Pakistan an MS degree course for Clinical Psychology, the top-up programme, school psychology, child guidance, counselling and psychotherapy.

Dr Zahid Mahmood has moved to UMT and opened a new venue for training and research and planned for developing a Doctoral programme in clinical psychology and other courses to serve the communities at large. He has developed several tests and procedures that are used in assessment and therapy. To date, he has published 30 research

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