Introduction to Psychology Lecture 10 Cognitive Development is Lecture #10 in my lecture series on Introduction to Psychology offered to GIFT University students. The course is a prerequisite for psychology major and also fulfils the social science requirement of non psychology majors.
Dr. Muhammad Asir Ajmal is among the most popular psychologists in Pakistan. He is hailed as a champion of Sufi Psychology and indigenous theory building. Dr. Asir Ajmal is Professor at GIFT University. He is the son of Dr. Muhammad Ajmal, the founder of Psychology as an academic discipline in Pakistan.
Asir Ajmal is an alumnus of Government College, Lahore and Dartmouth College, USA, and a UK-qualified clinical psychologist. He has taught in various institutions in Pakistan and established departments of psychology in multiple universities. He is best known for developing indigenous perspective in Psychology and initiating qualitative psychological research in Pakistan.
Dr. Asir Ajmal has a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA (1994). He obtained his master’s degree in Psychology in 1984 from GC, Lahore with a gold medal and roll of honor. During student life, he was active in dramatics and music. He completed post-doctoral work at Teachers College of Columbia University in 1998. In 1999, he went to Britain where he received Statement of Equivalence in Clinical Psychology (2002) and membership of the clinical division of the British Psychological Society.
Asir Ajmal’s career began in Dartmouth College where he worked as teaching assistant from 1985 to 1989 during his doctorate. He spent a year in Nicaragua in 1990, volunteering as a psychologist on a cooperative for mentally retarded adults. He worked as a journalist for The News International and the Muslim (1991 – 1994) while working on his dissertation which he completed in 1994. After nearly a year at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in Islamabad under the great visionary Dr Tariq Banuri, and a brief stint at UPI, he joined Ali Institute of Education (AIE) in 1996 under the equally visionary and great educationist Dr Hamid Kizilbash.
Under Dr Kizilbash’s leadership, he served as head of in-service teacher training program funded by UNDP and conducted teacher training workshops all over rural Punjab and northern areas until 1999. In December 1999, he joined the National Health Service in UK as a clinical psychologist, where he also received on the job training, until 2006 before returning to Pakistan. He served for 7 years in Government College University Lahore as foreign professor.
He was the chairperson of the Department of Psychology at GC University, Lahore from January, 2011 to January 2013. He has had various teaching and administrative positions during his career (Including Virtual University of Pakistan and University of Central Punjab). Currently he is working as Professor of Psychology at University of Lahore.
He also served as visiting faculty at Institute of Business Management, University of Engineering and Technology and Kinnaird College for Women Lahore. In addition, he is a certified leadership trainer and consultant at Franklin Covey Pakistan since May 2014 and runs a private practice and consultancy alongside.
Dr. Ajmal is a vibrant presence in the field of Psychology in Pakistan. He has a huge student following and is revered for his charismatic style, his extensive knowledge and innovative approach. He is also admired by his colleagues for his academic standing, dynamism and commitment.
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