The Health & Wellbeing Team
Dr. Andrew Epaphroditus Tay, Director
Andrew is the Head and Director of the Health & Wellbeing team. In his current role, he leads and drives the University’s health and wellbeing strategies to enhance the resilience of the employees.
As a graduate of the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Andrew’s career in medicine took an interesting turn when he took up various roles in prominent global companies in the private sector such as Facebook as Asia Paciﬁc Regional Beneﬁts Consultant and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) as Director for Health and Wellbeing, before returning to his alma mater to serve in his current role.
In his free time, Andrew enjoys playing bass guitar in a live band and mixing cocktails at home.
Mr. Goh Zhengqin, Deputy Head
As Deputy Head, Zhengqin provides leadership to the clinical teams, and creates partnerships and initiatives that enhance health and wellbeing across the University’s campuses.
Zhengqin has over 12 years of experience as a Clinical Psychologist in educational, public health, and forensic settings including leadership positions. Having benefited from a positive undergraduate and graduate experience in the National University of Singapore (NUS), he feels privileged to give back to his alma mater.
In his free time, he prioritizes and enjoys being with his family and his multiple pets (furries and creepy crawlies). And as opportunities present, he indulges in playing acoustic guitar, reading, skipping and inline skating.
Ms. Joanne Hong, Team Manager
As a team manager, Joanne supports the Health & Wellbeing team in realising the University’s goal of achieving optimal health and wellbeing for both staff and students.
Joanne has 10 years of experience as an operations administrator in the public healthcare setting, where she supported various Heads in providing for the operational and staff welfare needs for the department. She believes that it is important to take care of staff wellbeing to cultivate a happy workforce that will be physically, mentally and socially ready to deliver and perform well.
In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Singapore capturing beautiful moments through the camera lens and engaging in activities such as swimming, cycling and badminton with her children.
Ms. Katherine Koh, Consultant (Organisational Psychologist)
As a Consultant, Organisational Psychologist in the Health & Wellbeing team, Katherine's goal is to help build more inclusive and safe workplaces where employees feel supported and can thrive to reach their fullest potential.
In her work, she has managed, designed and implemented numerous workplace mental health programmes, frameworks and resources across the community and corporate sectors, in a multitude of industries.
She enjoys going on scenic walks, good coffee and may or may not be a little too obsessed with her cat, Lily.
Ms. Justine Teo, Branding and Communications Manager
Justine believes that a curious mindset backed by an empathetic listening ear can help with the understanding of the target audience’s interactions with a brand.
With a background in creatives and visuals, marketing, brands and social media, she is looking forward to helping spread the word about health and wellbeing. She feels that everyone is deserving of the resources to help them realise their own fullest potential.
When not at work, Justine can be found working hard to serve the whims and fancies of her cat overlord.
Ms. Linda Lizeth Tirado Escobosa, Programme Manager
Hailing from Mexico, Linda was first trained as a biomedical engineer. Before coming to Singapore to pursue her Masters of Public Health at NUS, she spent five years in the Mexican public healthcare sector.
In her three years working in Singapore, Linda is grateful to have the opportunity to combine her interest in leading a healthy lifestyle with her public health training in managing NUS’ programmes.
Linda especially enjoys interacting with people, hearing different perspectives and understanding different ways of life. She also enjoys exploring different cultures with all of her five senses in her free time.
Ms. Nakeisha Tan, Programme Manager
First trained as a multimedia designer, fate and curiosity brought Nakeisha into business administration and analytics in the education and healthcare industry. She believes that the quality of our lives depends on the quality of our relationships, and looks forward to contributing to the design, implementation and management of workplace well-being programmes that are impactful and sustainable.
When not glued to the computer, she is buried nose deep in anything that piques her interest, picking up new skills and being a lap-chair to her cat.
Ms. Yen Ceen Teh, Learning Partner Manager
Driven to create purposeful work for herself, Yen is now striving to make workplaces and careers meaningful for people. She believes strongly in human connection, that while it heals, it also brings forth the power that makes the world a better place for everyone.
Bringing her experience in developing education programmes for people from all walks of life, she now serves her current role in crafting effective programmes to remind people that their mental wellbeing comes first.
She enjoys binging on documentaries showing her a side of the world and life she has never seen or experienced.
Ms. Joanne Chua, Lead, Special Projects
A clinical psychologist by training, Joanne is passionate about improving access to psychosocial and mental health care, destigmatizing help-seeking behaviour, and cultivating a climate of growth and wellbeing in organizations. She draws inspiration from her varied background in healthcare, academia, and L&D programme development.
Joanne was part of the pioneering team that developed ‘Roots & Wings’, a personal and interpersonal effectiveness soft skills module to develop future readiness in NUS undergraduates. Her mission is to normalize conversations and mindsets about psychological wellbeing and resilience, to create more inclusive and compassionate workplaces.
Outside the office, you will find her on the yoga mat, at the gym, or at a beach resort on a remote island.
Mr. John Leow, Senior Special Projects Care Manager
Trained as a Counsellor, John had worked in several agencies within the Social Services sector as a Counsellor and Case Manager. For the past ten years, John has supported clients with a wide range of challenges and has helped clients manage them effectively. John strongly believes in empowering clients to discover their strengths to overcome their challenges and helping them achieve the optimal level of overall wellness.
John is passionate about Mental Wellness and the Return to Work programme. He is excited to be part of the team to help support the client in distress to continue leading a meaningful life despite the circumstances.
John enjoys spending quality time with his family and hunting for local delicacies during his spare time.
Mr. Muhamad Haikel Bin Mohamed, Special Projects Care Manager
Trained as a social worker, counsellor, adult educator and nurse, Haikel has served local and international communities. He has previously worked on capacity building, casework and counselling as well as disaster relief and peace-time missions with organisations like Singapore Red Cross and Mercy Relief.
Passionate about mental health, Haikel has developed and provided training in psychosocial support. In his work, he has also provided mentorship and guidance to psychological first aid trainers and facilitators. He aspires to empower individuals and communities in their journeys to achieve optimal mental wellness.
On any ordinary day, he enjoys a cup of teh tarik (milk tea) or bubble tea somewhere while gaming or reading.
Mr. Daryl Goh, Clinical Manager
As Clinic Manager, Daryl supports Health and Wellbeing’s Clinical team, manages the clinical operations and uses data to help drive process improvement and standards to accelerate business outcomes.
Daryl has over 10 years of healthcare experience working as a nurse, quality executive and clinical informatics analyst in the public healthcare setting. He has helped transform the electronic medical record system for the national healthcare group and trained end users to be familiar with new systems. His unique blend of critical thinking, creativity, and analytical skills enables him to build connections effortlessly and build strong client engagement. He is honing a growth mindset toward learning and is constantly unlearning, relearning, and reintegrating new skills into his life.
During his free time, he enjoys playing video games, watching sci-fiction movies, and exploring the Park Connector Network on his folding bicycle.
Dr. Celeste Teo, Wellbeing Specialist Partner
Celeste is a clinical psychologist with interests in staff wellbeing and inclusion, behaviour change, implementation science and coproduction. She is passionate about empowering people to get the very best out of their present situation.
Celeste has worked in the primary care, inpatient, community, and public health/policy sector both in the U.K and Singapore. Her work involved delivering therapies drawing on evidence-based practices to help the person work towards their desired outcomes. She has also provided consultations for organisations applying psychological insights and behaviour change strategies in different contexts (e.g. gender-based violence, vaccination uptake, equality & diversity strategy).
Outside of work, Celeste enjoys exploring museums, watching theatre shows and hiking. She strives to live an environmentally conscious life.
Mr. Desmond Soh, Wellbeing Specialist Partner
Trained as a Clinical Psychologist, by co-creating a safe and non-judgemental space, Desmond takes an integrative approach to therapy and works towards collaboratively building a therapeutic relationship that empowers clients. He advocates for mental health well being and looks to discover with clients what it means to be human.
Like many others, he enjoys video games, time to himself as well as cooking.
Ms. Jeanie Chu, Wellbeing Specialist Partner
Jeanie is a clinical psychologist who believes in enhancing and empowering individuals to mitigate challenges and utilise potentials to achieve their best in all aspects of life.
Prior to her current engagement, Jeanie has worked in various psychological settings such as the ministry, hospitals, community, and private clinics with a diverse population. In her clinical work experiences, she provided individual and group assessments and therapies across a spectrum of different conditions. Besides clinical work, she was also involved in evidence-based clinical research such as designing and implementing psychological assessment tools and programs, providing consultations, talks, and workshops to organisations, and participating in social media events and interviews to enhance public mental health awareness. Trained in multiple psychological skills and approaches, Jeanie adopts a non-directive, eclectic and holistic approach in her psychology practices.
In line with her psychology practice, Jeanie believes in mind-body connection. She leads an active lifestyle and enjoys a variety of workouts such as running, spinning, boxing and hot yoga. She also spreads her love and passion through yoga teaching and body combat classes, with the hope of enhancing the well-being of others physically, mentally and emotionally.
Dr. Jessie Chua, Wellbeing Specialist Partner
Kindness, compassion, and authenticity guides the way Jessie approaches the people around her and her clinical work. She believes in the vast potential of humans to evolve and change with time. As such, her sessions focus on supporting clients to grow into who they have the potential to become.
Being in the field for more than a decade, Jessie actively participates in outreach activities to destigmatize help-seeking behaviours (e.g., guest speaker in universities, television and radio programs, social media channels). She has also trained several batches of counsellors in collaboration with MOE.
Jessie is a ‘Licensed Psychologist’ in the state of California, USA. She is also an ‘Approved Supervisor’ in Singapore.
In her leisure time, Jessie enjoys hiking and visiting plant nurseries. She is also realizing the magic of plant propagation and her home is transforming into a garden over time!
Mr. Jesudas S/O Soundhraj, Wellbeing Specialist Partner
`As a psychologist, Jesudas has worked in both the social service and private sectors. In his practice, Jesudas believes and respects the individuality that each person brings to therapy. He also believes in helping clients create and understand their own narratives, so as to help them understand their struggles better.
In his free time, he spends time reading and enjoys hiking as well.
Ms. Koh Jin Yi, Wellbeing Specialist Partner
Jin Yi is a clinical psychologist who believes in the uniqueness of every individual. She adopts a collaborative approach to address their challenges and work towards their personal goals.
Jin Yi has had prior experience in public hospital and private settings. In her practice, she has worked with individuals to provide therapy, psychological assessments, as well as conducted mental health talks.
During her leisure time, she enjoys doing sports, eating, and chilling in a cafe. You may also sometimes find her sharing a bowl of mala with her friends.
Ms. Nicole Kuek, Wellbeing Specialist Partner
As a clinical psychologist, Nicole aims to understand clients from their unique perspective, hold space for any emotions and painful experiences, and empower individuals to make sense of their struggles and journey together towards a fulfilling life. She has clinical experience serving a varied population within community, ministry and hospital settings.
Prior to becoming a psychologist, Nicole has a background in research. Having experienced NUS life from the lens of both a staff and student, Nicole is motivated to support individuals within the NUS community.
In her free time, she enjoys travelling, games, and art.
Ms. Wong Qiu Yan, Wellbeing Specialist Partner
Trained as a Clinical Psychologist, Qiu Yan has had prior experience working in ministry and public hospitals. In her practice, she adopts an empathetic and compassionate stance to create a safe and respectful space to journey with individuals. With a dynamic and collaborative approach, Qiu Yan strives to empower individuals to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life amidst life challenges.
After work, she enjoys scrolling social media and a good drink. In her free time, she appreciates long walks, cafe-hopping, and travelling.