Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology
Hi there! My name is Kei-Kei and I will be commencing the combined Masters/PhD Clinical Psychology program (four-five years) at The University of Western Australia. My parents were born in Malaysia and moved to Perth to pursue better education for themselves and for my siblings and I. Growing up in an Asian household, I experienced a unique intersection of identities and challenges which shape me today.
At the moment I am proud to say that I have participated in volunteer social work with the WA AIDS Council at Freedom Centre for LGBTQIA+ youth, and regularly table at art conventions where I draw and sell queer art and share my passions with the LGBTQIA+ community. My honours thesis this year was on body image disturbance in young women, which has implications for those with eating disorders.
I applied for The Pinnacle Foundation scholarship because in the future, I am keen to explore the perceptual mechanisms behind eating disorders in sexual minority women in my PhD. My most desired goal is to become a passionate, knowledgeable clinical psychologist who works with LGBTQIA+ youth. I extend my gratitude to Rio Tinto and The Pinnacle Foundation for helping me along my academic journey.