Curriculum Vitae/Resume

MONIR AHMEDMAHome.resolution 350X336 pixels
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Department of Theology and Religion, Abbey House, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RS England
E-mail: monir.ahmed@durham.ac.uk
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EDUCATION

  • 2017-2018 MASTER OF ARTS BY RESEARCH in Theology and Religion, Durham University Thesis: ‘The Relationship Between Transcendence and Well-being: A Cognitive-theological Analysis’ (Degree award pending corrections).
  • 2009-2010 Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), University of Hertfordshire. Commendation.
  • 1998-2000 M Phil in Clinical Psychology, University of Dhaka.
    Dissertation: ‘Impact of Psycho-education and Support Programme for
    Parents of Children with Intellectual Disabilities (ID)‘. Conferred.
  • 1996-1997 MSc in Clinical Psychology, University of Dhaka. Second Class.
  • 1992-1995 BSc (Honours) in Psychology, University of Dhaka. Second Class.

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SKILLS
• Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills
• Ability to work independently, within a team, and multidisciplinary setting
• Multitasking, problem-solving, good report writing ability
• Qualitative/quantitative research, statistical data analysis skills; MS Word, MS Excel, Power-Point, SPSS, EndNote X9.
• Car driver with clean UK driving licence
• Culturally sensitive: competent worker in diversity, ethnicity
• Ability to meet service targets, manage own workload and time
• Ability to establish good relationships with clients, colleagues, organisations
• Experienced in office management
• High level of enthusiasm and motivation, attention to details
• Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality
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ATTENDANCES AND PRESENTATIONS TO PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR AND CONFERENCES

  • 09-12 Feb 2018 6th Asian Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Asian Cognitive Behvaiour Therapy Association (ACBTA). Presented papers: i) Spirituality and religion in CBT: current integrations and future directions (oral); ii) Transcendence and well-being: a cognitive theological perspective (poster).
  • 28th October 2016 LASAR (Learning About Science and Religion) Science and Religion in Education Conference, Oxford University, England. Presented paper: ‘The Transcendent Mind of Science and Religion’ (oral).
  • 5-7 September 2016 Complexity: Creation, freedom, suffering and the action of God. St Johns College, Durham University, England. Attended as an appointed observer.
  • 20-22 June 2016 III International Conference of the Polish Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality: PSYCHOLOGY – CULTURE – BIOLOGY, Krakow, Poland. Presented paper: ‘Mental Health and Well-being: A Cognitive Spiritual Approach’: Oral presentation.
  • 23-26 May 2016 The Fourth International Conference of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality (BASS): ‘CAN SPIRITUALITY TRANSFORM OUR WORLD?’, Manchester, England. Presented paper: “A cognitive- spiritual approach to mental health and well-being“(oral).
  • 11-13 April 2016 Neuroscience: Body, mind and free will, St John’s College, Durham University, England: Attended as an appointed observer
  • 28 Jan 2016 St Johns College (Postgraduates Academic Affairs Seminar), Durham University. Presented paper: ‘Is religiosity/spirituality related to the cognitive process in health and well-being?’:
  • 11-13 Jan 2016 Energy and the Earth: Fracking, climate change and stewardship, St John’s College, Durham University, England: Attended as an appointed observer.
  • 14 Dec 2015 Northumbrian Triangle for the Philosophy of Religion: Workshop on Philosophy and the Spiritual Life’, York, England: Attended.
  • 2007-2008 Presentation and speech delivered to school/college students about psychology career options, The British Psychological Society, London.
  • 12-15 Jun 2005 First IASSID Asia Pacific Congress: Taipei, Taiwan.  2005. Presented paper: “Impact of Psycho-education and Support Programme for Parents of Children with Intellectual Disability (ID)”: Invited presenter (oral).
  • 14-19 Jun 2004International Association for Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID) World Congress: Presented paper:  ‘Towards Mutual Understanding Person, Environment, Community’, Montpellier, France. “Impact of Psycho-education and Support Programme for Parents of Children with Intellectual Disability (ID)”: Invited presenter (oral).

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TEACHING/SUPERVISION EXPERIENCE

  • 2012-2013 training and supervision to psychological well-being practitioners. Primary Care Mental Health and Well-being Services, UK.
  • 2001-2002 Coaching to psychology undergraduate students, University of Dhaka
  • 2000-2001 training and supervising a trainee psychologist, University of Dhaka

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WORK EXPERIENCES

  • Face to Face Interviewer: Jul 2019-Date Ipsos MORI. To carry out interviewing assignments across the designated region, travelling to other regions for briefings, meetings or to cover sample points when required.
  • Research Assistant: Jan’18-Dec’18, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, England. Supporting and assisting with research for Dr Marcus Pound-searching, collating relevant research papers using search engines; acting in research support where relevant.
  • Research Assistant: Jan-Feb 2016, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Durham, England: Supporting teaching modules for Dr Anna Rowlands (uploading material, photocopying etc), organising some administration, and acting in research support where relevant.
  • Market Research Interviewer: Oct 2014–Jun 2019, GfK-NOP, London, UK. Reporting the progress of each survey project to the Coordinating Officer/Regional Manager regularly and undertaking specific instructions/guidance when necessary. Keeping records, as appropriate, gather information/data from members of the public or business community by asking a series of questions. Representing self as an Ambassador of the company and to make sure the respondent is left feeling positive about the interview experience and is encouraged to take part in future research
  • Office Manager: Aug 2013 –Jun 2014, Eaton Place Investment Ltd. UK. Liaise with colleagues and make visits to sites when necessary. Effective computing, classifying and recording numerical data to keep financial records complete while assisting with the leasing, marketing and resident relations. Combination of routine calculating, posting and verifying duties to make payments to vendors, process resident rental payments and obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining property accounting records. Ensure regular written communication with clients/tenants are up to date and delivered to clients/tenants in a timely and effective manner to optimise Company efficiency.
  • High Intensity Psychological Therapist: January 2012 to Apr 2013, Health and Social Services, UK. Provided evidence-based high intensity interventions-primarily cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT); provided specialist assessment and intervention work with clients who have a range of complex Anxiety and Depression related problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective.
  • IAPT High Intensity Trainee CBT Therapist: September 2009 to December 2011, South Essex NHS Foundation Trust Essex UK.Accepted referrals via agreed protocols within the service; assessed clients for suitability for CBT; formulated, implemented and evaluated therapy programme for clients; made decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhered to the departments referral protocol, referred unsuitable client on to the relevant service or back to the referral agent as unnecessary; to an agreed activity contract relating to the number of client contacts offered, and clinical sessions carried out per week in order to minimize waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient.
  • Assistant Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (IAPT National Pilot): April 2007 to September 2009, East London NHS Foundation Trust. Acted as a member of the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Service located within the Newham Psychological Treatment Centre; a pilot project that formed part of the Department of Health Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme-one of two national pilot demonstration sites and produced high quality timely outcome data that supported the viability of the service model and the cost-benefit of service provision</span>
  • Assistant Clinical Psychologist: September 2004 to April 2007, East London NHS Foundation Trust London UK. Undertook clinically supervised psychological assessment and treatment with clients on a one-to-one basis, and in group treatments with the context of Bangladeshi Access Service. Provided specialist advice, within competence, concerning the psychological assessment and treatment of clients of the Bangladeshi Access Service. Counselling to clients, guided the team to develop strategies to reduce dropouts, and to develop referral linkages for resistant cases.
  • Research Assistant: 1998-1999, Department of Psychology, University of Dhaka-Bangladesh: Project entitled ‘Overshadowing the reminiscence bump: memories of a struggle for independence’. I interviewed participants, administered questionnaires, audio recorded the interviews from which a paper form was produced and published in the Journal of Adult Development (an internationally reputed scientific journal) published from the USA in 1999.
  • Research Assistant: 1996-1997, Department of Psychology, University of Dhaka-Bangladesh: Project entitled ‘Blood group and personality’: I assisted with processing questionnaires, prepared numerical data for analysis.

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AWARDS/GRANTS

  • 25 Jan 2018: £600 Postgraduate Research Support Grant, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Durham University, UK.
  • 23 Nov 2017: £250 Bursary grant, St Johns College, Durham University, UK.
  • 08 April 2016: £500 Legacy Award, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University
  • 27 January 2016: £600 Bursary grant, St Johns College, Durham University, England.
  • 16 December 2015: £100Postgraduate Research Support Grant (research trip), Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Durham University, England.
  • 2004 Recipient of ‘STUDENT AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH’ by IASSID Special Interest Research Group (SIRG) on Families, Montpellier, France.

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RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAININGS

  • 2019: Working lunch with Postdoctoral Researchers from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD).
  • 2017: Structured writing session; Resilience for Researchers; Long Documents in Word; DCAD.
  • 2016: Three Minutes presentation; Making an application for an academic fellowship; Organising and Delivering Conferences for Postdoctoral Researchers; Understanding Research Impact in the Arts and Humanities; Organising Events and Conferences; Intro quantitative data analysis social science and humanities – 10 Session Course; Publish or perish: an introduction to publishing and reviewing journal articles; DCAD.
  • 2015: Fundamentals of Academic Thinking; Principles of Academic Writing: Postgraduate; Advanced Academic Writing: Long; Advanced Academic Writing: Microstructures; Advanced Academic Reading; Literature Reviews; Communication in the University: In-Person & Spoken; English Language Centre (ELC). Finding Information: Search Strategies; Introduction to an academic career; Finding Information : Google Scholar and the Academic Web; Keeping up to date with Emerging Research; Speed Reading; The Key Skills Award for Postgraduate Researchers: Workshop 1 – Introduction; Introduction to SPSS; Introduction to Endnote; An Introduction to Time Management; Copyright for Researchers; The Key Skills Award for Postgraduate Researchers: Workshop 2; Finding and Managing Information (Endnote); DCAD.