USJ Holds Third Forum of Psychology





The Department of Psychology of FHS held the 3rd Forum of Psychology on 17 November, with the aim of empowering and inspiring students in the field of Psychology.

The Third Forum of Psychology, organised by the Department of Psychology (DPY) of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ), took place on the evening of 17 November 2023, Friday, at the Kent Wong Exhibition Gallery B1/F of the University of Saint Joseph’s Ilha Verde Campus.

After a welcome speech by Prof. Vitor Teixeira, Head of the DPY, the Master dissertations of the 2023/2024 Academic Year that were awarded the highest grades were presented, including:

  • Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MCP)
    Mr. Faustino Jr. Tabuloc Tabilas, on the topic of “The Influence of Strengths-Based Intervention to Students’ Engagement and Self-Efficacy in Macao”,
  • Master of Organisational Psychology (MOP)
    Ms. Wong Sio Peng, Rachel, on the topic of “The Effects of Family Support, Friends Support, Supervisor Support, Co-worker Support, and Organizational Support to Resilience and its Effects to Work Engagement”.

This year, the Forum expanded its goals to promote cross cultural studies with the participation of the Faculty of Psychology at Saint Louis College, Bangkok, Thailand, and the Faculty of Psychology at Widya Mandala Catholic University, Surabaya, Indonesia. During the Forum, two international academic research papers were presented, including:

  • Faculty of Psychology at Saint Louis College, Bangkok, Thailand
    Organizational and Personal Factors affecting to Working-from-Home Employees’ Productivity during the Pandemic of Covid-19: A Case Study of a Steel Product Manufacturing and Service Company in Samutprakan Province” by Dr . Chukiat Chakchaichon and Team;
  • Faculty of Psychology at Widya Mandala Catholic University, Surabaya, Indonesia
    Profiling Psychological Characteristics of Individuals Experiencing Spirit Possession” by Michael Seno Rahardanto, Jaka Santosa Sudagijono, Johanes Dicky Susilo, Simon.

Afterwards, Prof. Teixeira, on behalf of the DPY, gave the students a small token of appreciation, before opening the floor to an enriching networking opportunity, as participants were free to directly talk to the presenters and browse the scientific posters on display, created by the year 2 MCP and MOP students.

Over 50 participants, including Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Programme students and alumni, as well as staff and strategic partners, learned more about the different research projects being conducted in the department, promoting the scientific discussion of the many subfields of Psychology and strengthening the recognition of Psychology as a core STEM discipline.

3rd Forum Of Psychology


The event began in 2016 as the Forum of Counselling and Psychotherapy (FCP), solely with students of the MCP. With the creation of the MOP in 2018, the event was expanded to include MOP students in 2020, having been rebranded, last year, as Forum of Psychology.

Its main purpose is to empower and inspire Psychology students, facilitating a space where the second year of the MCP and the MOP can present and share their research projects. Students have the opportunity to practice communication skills that will come in handy for their oral defences, while inspiring Bachelor of Psychology students, potential Master students, and increasing awareness of what it takes to conduct advanced research projects.

Whilst it is mainly organised for the DPY community (students, alumni, professors, and strategic partners), it is also open to the remaining University of Saint Joseph members and the general public that are interested in the field of Psychology.