Research and Programme Coordination Intern
Undela Uneeb is in the final year of her undergraduate Psychology degree at the Institute of Professional Psychology (IPP) at Bahria University, Karachi. Besides, she has undergone various trainings under Umang Pakistan, The Connect Hut and Project Yaqeen on Active Listening, Listening Styles, and Psychological Crisis Intervention.
During her internship at The Circle Pakistan, she collaborated with the team to bring new stakeholders on board to help reduce the stigma around mental illnesses in Pakistan. She has also been an Amal Academy Fellow, funded by the Acumen Fund, where she was voted the Circle Leader and worked with her cohorts to create an online career counselling platform - Rehnumai.
Undela currently coordinates the United Nations Association of Pakistan’s 5S Kaizen training program where she is tasked with onboarding different academic institutions and corporates. Additionally, she is an advocate for eco-friendly living and has collaborated with TrashIt Pakistan on many occasions.
Apart from being a part-time home tutor, Undela is also working with her research partner to figure out the risk and protective factors that are predominantly present in victims of forced evictions in Karachi. She hopes this will pave the way for psychological intervention for the affected population.
Her passion is in Neuropsychology, and she aims to pursue this at a graduate level so that she too can participate in figuring out the workings of the brain and the mind.
As the Research and Program Coordination Intern at BMI, Undela hopes to work with her mentor, Dr Kendi Muchungi, to identify the stigmas associated with mental illnesses in the geographies served by AKU and find solutions that are culturally sensitive and would help in lessening the stigma.