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Prof Wong

Dr Wong Kim Eng is an Emeritus Consultant and a former Chairman of IMH's Medical Board. She received her undergraduate medical training at the University of Singapore and her postgraduate psychiatric training at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. She is interested in the clinical aspects of addictions research.

Dr Kandi

Dr Kandasami is an Addictions Specialist who is currently the Chief, Department of Addiction Medicine, IMH. He has been actively involved in clinical, training and research activities at NAMS and also holds other administrative roles in IMH. He has authored book chapters, review articles and peer reviewed papers in the field of addictions. He holds an academic appointment with NUS YLL School of Medicine and Duke NUS Graduate School of Medicine. He has been a Core faculty for the National Psychiatric Residency Program for psychiatry and also teaches at the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Program for General Practitioners jointly organised by IMH and NUS.

Dr Guo

Dr Guo Song, MBBS, MMedSC, PhD is a senior consultant psychiatrist and the head of research at NAMS with a joint position as an adjunct assistant professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. He has been practicing addictions medicine since 1990, and has served as the director of the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, Beijing and as a professor of psychiatry in Capital Medical University of Beijing. His research interests include translational clinical trials on alcohol and substance use disorders and gambling disorders, as well as exploring a combination of traditional Chinese acupuncture and cognitive behavioural therapy for addictive disorders.


Charis has a Master in Public Health from Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, NUS. Prior to joining NAMS, Charis has had more than 9 years of experience in health services research. In her previous work with NHG and SGH, she was involved in programme evaluation, epidemiological, and population health projects, and led in survey design, implementation and analysis. Charis has published widely in peer-reviewed international journals, as author of six research publications, and co-author in another seven publications.


Syidda Binte Amron B. Sc. (Psychology with Counselling), Dip. In Biomedical Science

Syidda obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with Counselling from the University of Greenwich, UK. Before joining NAMS Research Team, she spent 10 years in counselling and group work with Youth-At-Risk and two years with the Addiction Helpline as a Para-Counsellor assisting clients with or affected by addiction. Her research interests include research methods, addiction psychology, social psychology and genetic psychology. She is currently involved in projects related to helpline utilization and a neurogenetic study on addiction.

Azizah Zainuldin​

Noor Azizah Bte Zainuldin, RN

Azizah graduated with a Diploma in Nursing from Nanyang Polytechnic in 1999. She worked as a registered nurse for 12 years, in an acute high dependency pediatric ward and outpatient adult setting before moving on to do research work in 2011. Prior to joining the NAMS Research Team, she was a Clinical Research Coordinator at Clinical Research Innovation Office at Tan Tock Seng for 6 yea​rs.  She was coordinating Investigator and Sponsor initiated trial. Her research interests include drug and behavioural addictions. She is currently involved in two projects:
  • ​Investigates the negative impacts of drug use among different cohorts 
  • Understanding the neurogenetics of substance dependence and addiction in Singapore population.

Zaakira Mahreen

Zaakira Mahreen Binte Shahul Hameed, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Zaakira obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (Honours) from James Cook University Singapore. Prior to joining the NAMS Research Team, she was a Research Officer at Singapore Prison Service, Correctional and Rehabilitation Branch. Her research interests include stigma of addiction and mental illness in the healthcare sector. She is currently involved in projects that investigate the concerns and treatment needs of the LGBTQ population seeking treatment for substance use in Singapore. 

Chia Xin Yi, Doris

Chia Xin Yi, Doris, B.A. (Hons) in Psychology and Dip. in Logistics and Operations Management

Doris holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Psychology from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her research interests include psychometric testing and drug-related research. Prior to joining NAMS Research Team, she was working as a Research Officer and Researcher at Singapore Prison Service and the Centre for Future-ready Graduates, National University of Singapore respectively. She had previously studied topics related to reintegration of drug offenders and drug desistance. She is currently involved in a research study on the negative impacts of cannabis use.  
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