Shian-Ling Keng

Social Sciences (Psychology)

Associate Professor
Head of Studies, Psychology


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Associate Professor Shian-Ling Keng obtained her BSc in Psychology and Biology (with a minor in Political Science), and MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Duke University, North Carolina, United States. She completed her clinical psychology residency at the Mood Disorders Clinic and Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto, Canada. Prior to joining Yale-NUS College, she was a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at NUS and clinical supervisor at the Clinical and Health Psychology Clinic, NUS.

Assoc Prof Keng’s research interests broadly span three areas: a) efficacy and mechanisms of change of mindfulness-based interventions, b) emotion regulation, and c) cross-cultural presentations of psychopathology, particularly borderline personality disorder and depression. She is also interested in researching the adaptation, implementation, and dissemination of empirically-supported interventions in Southeast Asia. Clinically, Assoc Prof Keng has received training in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and other mindfulness-based approaches such as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). She has worked in hospital and clinic settings with patients of a variety of diagnoses, including mood, anxiety, substance use, and personality disorders. She aspires to help improve the quality and accessibility of mental health services in Southeast Asia through teaching, research, advocacy, and community outreach.

Selected Publications:
Keng, S.-L., Tan, E. L. Y., Eisenlohr-Moul, T., & Smoski, M. J. (2017). Effects of mindfulness, reappraisal, and suppression on sad mood and cognitive resources. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 91, 33-42.

Keng, S.-L. & Tong, E.M.W. (2016). Riding the tide of emotions with mindfulness: Mindfulness, affect dynamics, and the mediating role of coping. Emotion, 16, 706-718.

Keng, S.-L., Seah, T. H. S., Tong, E.M.W. & Smoski, M. J. (2016). Effects of brief mindful acceptance induction on implicit dysfunctional attitudes and concordance between implicit and explicit dysfunctional attitudes. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 83, 1-10.

Keng, S.-L., Smoski, M. J., & Robins, C. J. (2016). Effects of mindful acceptance and reappraisal training on maladaptive beliefs about rumination. Mindfulness, 7, 493-503.

Smoski, M.J., Keng, S.-L., Ji, J.L., Moore, T., Minkel, J. & Dichter, G.S. (2015). Neural indicators of emotion regulation via acceptance versus reappraisal in remitted major depressive disorder. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10, 1187-1194.

Keng, S-L., Robins, C. J., Smoski, M. J., Dagenbach, J., & Leary, M. R. (2013). Reappraisal and mindfulness: A comparison of subjective effects and cognitive costs. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 51, 899-904.

Keng, S-L., Smoski, M. J., Robins, C. J., Ekblad, A. G., & Brantley, J. G. (2012). Mechanisms of change in MBSR: Self-compassion and mindfulness as mediators of intervention outcome. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 26, 3, 270-280.

Robins, C. J., Keng, S-L., Ekblad, A. G., & Brantley, J. G. (2012). Effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction on emotional experience and expression: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68, 1-15.

Keng, S.-L., Smoski, M. J., & Robins, C. J. (2011). Effects of mindfulness on psychological health: A review of empirical studies. Clinical Psychology Review, 31, 1041-1056.

Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Mindfulness