Dr Belinda Khong began her career as a lawyer and practised for a number of years in Malaysia and Singapore, and was the senior partner of the law firm she founded, from 1980 to 1989. She also lectured law at the Department of Estates & Building Management, National University of Singapore.
In 1989, she moved into psychology when she returned to Australia. Dr Khong received her BA (Hons) and Ph.D in psychology from Macquarie University, Sydney. She received the Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship for her PhD research (1994-1997). Her PhD thesis on A Comparative Analysis of the Concept of Responsibility in Daseinsanalysis and Buddhist Psychology received a number of awards: Macquarie University Dean's Commendation and the Sidney M. Jourard Memorial Student Award (Humanistic Division of the American Psychological Association) for outstanding postgraduate student research.
Dr Khong is a registered practising psychologist, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a fellow of the College of Counselling Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society(APS). She integrates Western and Eastern approaches to psychology and well-being in her practice, and counsels individuals and families on a range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, relationships, communication skills, coping with change, work-life balance, stress management and personal growth. She also works with families on cultivating mindful parenting skills.
Dr Khong also lectures at the Department of Psychology, Macquarie University on various courses including personality, adult development, Eastern psychology, meditation and spirituality. She developed and run postgraduate courses on qualitative research and design, and supervises postgraduate students on their research projects. Dr Khong also runs training workshops on qualitative research methodologies. She served as an Adjunct Fellow at Macquarie University (2016-2021).
Dr Khong gives talks and conducts training workshops/programs and individual sessions on meditation, mindfulness practice and stress management for organisations, professionals and members of the public in Australia and overseas. She is a director of The Stress Reduction Centre in Australia Ltd. She completed an intensive professional training program on Mindfulness-Based Stress reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, USA; and a 7-day professional training program under the directions of Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr Saki Santorelli.
Her current interests include researching and integrating comparative psychology, meditation and mindfulness practice in the areas of psychotherapy, personal growth and healing, and spirituality.
Membership, Positions and Offices
- Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA)
- Member of the Australian Psychological Society, Australia
- Fellow of the College of Counselling Psychologists, Australian Psychological Society, Australia
- Adjunct fellow, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia (2016-2021)
- Member of the Australian Expert Group of the Global Mindfulness Initiative
- Member of editorial board, The Humanistic Psychologist
- Guest Editor: The Humanistic Psychologist (APA) (2021): Special Double Issue: Revisiting and Re-Envisioning Mindfulness: Buddhist and Contemporary Perspectives
- Guest Editor: The Humanistic Psychologist (2009) Special Issue on Mindfulness in Psychology
- Co-Editor: The Humanistic Psychologist (2013) Special section on bringing Heidegger Home: A journey through the lived worlds of psychologists & philosophers
- Member of editorial board, Mindfulness
- Member of advisory board, Constructivism in the Human Sciences
- Member of editorial board, Australian Journal of Counselling Psychology (retired).
- Member of the Singapore Law Society
- Member of the Singapore Academy of Law
- Founding member and past President, National University of Singapore Alumni Association (Australia) Inc
- Member of Golden Key Honours Society
- Member of Buddhist Psychology Special Committee, 2nd Asian Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy Conference, October 2007, Bangkok, Thailand
- Member of the Scientific Board, 9th World Congress on Constructivism in Confluence with the 5th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy, June 2005, Sweden
- Interview with Noble Mind: Buddhism, Mindfulness & Psychotherapy, 22 January 2022. https://noblemindpodcast.com/52-belinda-khong/
- Dialogue & Interview on You tube: "Exploring Buddhist & Contemporary Practices of Mindfulness" with Bhante Dr Chandima.18 December 2021.
- Panel Discussion on " Messing with our heads: The impact of the pandemic on our mental health." Menzies Research Centre. 11 August 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsvAUrTqazw
- Public talk on " Dare we speak about responsibility in the same breath as rights and compassion." 20 April 2021. https://vimeo.com/577882651
- Interview with ABC Radio National (May 2011) Late Night Live with Phillip Adams. "2600th Anniversary of Buddha's Enlightenment."
- BetaPlus Perspective (2011, Issue 5). Meditation Matters
- MindFood (December 2010). Meditations on Health.
- Interview with ABC Radio National, Australia Talks Back (December, 2006). Meditation in the workplace.
- Sydney Morning Herald, Essential Health (November, 2006). Mind your own Business.
- Interview with 2SER, Sydney Community Radio (October, 2006). Mindfulness Meditation.
- Macquarie University News (September, 2006). Learning to let go - the phenomenon of mindfulness.
- Interview with Sydney Eastside Radio (2005). Communication in the family.
- Interview with 2RDJ (Sydney Community Radio-Perceptions: In Search of Wisdom, May, 2005). Healing and psychotherapy.
- Interview with 2RDJ (Sydney Community Radio-Perceptions: In Search of Wisdom, January 2005). Buddhism, respond-ability, meditation and healing.
- Interview with SBS Radio National (2004). (Sinhalese Programme) Buddhist Psychology and Contemporary Issues.
- Interview with ABC Radio Canberra (2004). Buddhist Psychology and Meditation.
- Macquarie University News (October 2004). A Buddhist Approach to Psychotherapy.
- Interview with Sydney Eastside Radio (2003). Silence
- Australian Financial Review Magazine (2000). Putting the Om into business.
- Interview with ABC Radio National (2000) The Spirit of Things with Rachael Kohn--"Buddha meets Freud."
- National University of Singapore, AlumNUS (2000). CHANGE: Don't Resist it.
- Interview with 2 SER, Sydney Community Radio (1999). Western and Eastern perspectives on personal and social responsibility.
- Macquarie University News (1999). Coping with change