Choo Wan Yuen

Claire is an Associate Professor in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit. She currently heads the Research Management Centre in the Faculty of Medicine and also the editor-in-chief for the faculty’s research bulletin. She teaches epidemiology, biostatistics and research methodology to both undergraduates and postgraduate students.

Claire has focused considerable energy on violence, adolescent health, elderly health and reproductive and sexual health research. Her research interests include the international public health burden of violence especially on children, women and elderly; investigating the linkages between violence against children/adolescents/elderly and mental health; the development and evaluation of interventions to address violence; research on victimization of children using information and communication audio-visual technology and exposure to social media such as cyberbullying, sexual and physical victimization; and the application of mixed methodology in public health research.

She is part of the University of Malaya Grand Challenge Programme; Preventing Elder Abuse and Neglect Initiative (PEACE) with fellow colleagues, A/P Dr Noran Hairi, A/P Dr Farizah Mohd Hairi, A/P Dr Sajaratulnisah Othman, and A/P Siti Zaharah Jamaluddin. Her current projects include determining the magnitude and social determinants of elder abuse (EAN) among community and institutionalized older adults; examine effects of educational intervention on management of EAN among healthcare providers; review effectiveness of interventions on EAN; estimating the magnitude of abuse among primary school children; exploring the awareness and communication practice of parents of primary school children on sexual abuse, determine the exposure to risk and victimisation using ICTs among adolescents and the association between domestic violence with psychiatric morbidity and victims’ readiness to leave.

Claire was appointed as a consultant and researcher by the National Population and Family Development Board, World Health Organization and UNICEF. She coordinates the Malaysian research node in the Asia Pacific Research Network on Violence in Childhood. She is also a member for the International Network for the Prevention for Elder abuse and International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Claire assessed grants for the UK National Institute for Health Research Global Health Programme, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme and the Postgraduate Research Fund. She reviewed for several journals such as Child Abuse Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of Gambling Studies, Malaysian Family Physician. She has published ISI papers with Journal of Adolescent Health, Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Abuse Review, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Trauma, Abuse and Violence Journal, PLosOne, BMJ Open and several other journals. She also co-authoured several books and book chapters including Statistical Analysis Using SPSS 3rd Edition with fellow colleague, Associate Professor Karuthan Chinna. Claire is also an invited speaker and conducted several workshops/courses such as Research Methodology, Data analysis using SPSS, Train the trainers for CE-EBM, and Evidence Based Medicine.

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