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Lihanna Binti Borhan

Academic Qualification

  • Ph.D in Psychology - Doctor of Philosophy, University of Chicago
  • Masters in Social Sciences - Masters Degree, University of Chicago
  • Bachelor in Hons - Bachelor Degree, University of Washington, USA

Lihanna Binti Borhan (Assoc. Prof. Dr.)

Associate Professor
IIUM Gombak Campus


Other's position:

Director, Office of Knowledge for Change & Advancement

Expert Profile

Lihanna Borhan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences. She received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree with a double major in Chemistry and Psychology from Washington University, St Louis. She then pursued her postgraduate studies in Psychology and Human Development in the University of Chicago, obtaining her Master degree in 1996 and her doctorate in 1998.
She then worked in the Faculty of Education, University of Malaya. While mainly teaching and doing research in early childhood education and educational psychology, she was also involved in research and consultancy related to various aspects of education. In 2008, she joined the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).
Besides the numerous research articles in both national and international journals, Lihanna has also co-edited two books on Malaysian adolescents. She also contributed book chapters related to developmental psychology and education. She has also written regularly in parenting magazines.
She is also a research consultant in the longitudinal nation-wide study on soft skills of Malaysian university students, commissioned by the Ministry of Education and a consultant with the Examination Syndicate on Malaysian Educators' Selection Inventory since 2007. She was also part of the research team on OECD's indicators of education for Malaysia.

Her commitment to quality in education continues with her involvement as an assessor for the Malaysian Qualification Agency in Psychology and Early Childhood Education. She has held administrative posts in the university that has allowed her to be more involved in enhancing the quality of education, such as the Director of Institutional Academic Quality Management. She conducts trainings on pedagogical approaches for various levels of education, and has appeared in magazines and television to discuss aspects of developmental psychology.
She has accepted a fellowship in the University of Cambridge, which will enhance her research on the role of education towards the developing person.

Area of Specialisation

  • Social Science ~ Social Science ~ Psychology ~ Developmental Psychology - Human Development; Educational Psychology; Early Childhood Education

Research Projects

2019 - 2023 Mosque in the Post-Materialistic Era- Developing Mosque Study Program: Needs Analysis For Three Groups Of Learners ( Adults , Youths, and Children ) In Mosque Study Program
2018 - 2022 Speech Emotion Recognition and Depression Prediction based on Speech Analysis using Deep Neural Networks
2022 - Present Consultancy to develop the National SDG Roadmap Phase II, 2021-2025
2020 - Present The Effect of Online Games on Children Mental Abilities in Light of Maqasid Shariah in Intellect Preservation (Hifdh al-Aqal)
2016 - Present Gender Socialization Practices of Malaysian Parents
2011 - Present Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Kindergarten Sciences Classes (RU 2011)
2009 - Present Developing a Family Relationship Instrument for Malaysian Respondents
- Penilaian Program Rumah Tunas Harapan Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat

Award & Recognition

10 Jun, 2022 Scholarship for Teaching and Learning - AHAS KIRKHS KCDIO
21 Jul, 2021 Special Recognition Award - International Islamic University Malaysia University
21 Jun, 2021 Gold Medal Leadership Award - AHAS KIRKHS KCDIO