Jiayong is a Clinical Psychologist with a deep clinical interest in child psychology and in special needs. He worked in various clinical and community settings such as KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), the Down Syndrome Association (Singapore)(DSA), the MINDEF Defence Psychology Department, and was previously the Head of the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) Ang Mo Kio Training and Development Centre (ATDC). He holds a concurrent academic appointment as Senior Adjunct Lecturer at the National University of Singapore (NUS) teaching Parenting and Child Development.
Jiayong conducts neurodevelopmental and psychological diagnostic assessments for special needs (SEN) children with neurodevelopmental conditions such as testing for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual Disability (ID), Global Developmental Delay (GDD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Specific Learning Disorders, and other developmental problems associated with sleep, feeding, toileting, school coping and social relationships.
He also provides psychotherapy to children with special needs, adolescents and adults. He treats Anxiety and Mood Disorders (e.g. Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Phobia, Depression), social and behavioural problems of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder, and coping with chronic or terminal medical conditions. He brings considerable life experience to therapy, having served six years in the Singapore Armed Forces as an Air Warfare Officer (Captain) and subsequently as a Defence Psychologist. He has experience assessing combat readiness and screening personnel for critical vocations and operations. Jiayong consults with pre-enlistees and their parents for National Service enlistment and vocational issues.
Jiayong adopts a client-centred, non-judgmental, systems-oriented approach in therapy.
Jiayong has worked with the following organisations in various professional and personal capacities: