Dennis Relojo-Howell

Background

It's going to take creative ideas, new strategies, and innovative solutions to confront the ongoing mental health crisis we face across the globe. That challenge formed the impetus of my research project, which examines the viability of a blog-based resilience intervention aimed at young people.

As the founder and managing director of Psychreg, my aim is to leverage digital spaces to promote positive mental health.

My Failures

Academia is teeming with hypercompetition, so while I’m expected to showcase my little successes here, I also want to make my failures visible – because they are part of my progress. Behind the scenes, I fail in so many things I try. Through those failures, I have developed a thicker skin, and become grittier at trying. Here's my 'CV of Failures' – an abbreviated list of the things I put much effort into, but didn’t work out in my favour.

Qualifications

  • PhD Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh (2020 – In progress)
  • MSc Research Methods in Psychology, University of Hertfordshire (2014)
  • Master in Psychology, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (2013)
  • New Era University, BSc Psychology (2006)

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • President, International Society of Psychology, Counselling and Education (2018 – Ongoing)
  • Chief Editor, Psychreg Journal of Psychology (2017 – Ongoing)
  • Lecturer, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (2022 – Ongoing)
  • Committee Member, British Psychological Society, Cyberpsychology Section (2021 – Ongoing)
  • Campus Representative, Association for Psychological Science (2021 – Ongoing)

Research summary

My research interest encompasses three clusters: blog psychology, digital mental health, and psychological resilience. A list of my published works is available on my Google Scholar profile.

Past project grants

2022 (£148). Honorable mention. Life Paths Promising Scholar Award for ResilienceCon 2022. Funded by Life Paths Research Center.
2021 (£320). Tweedie Research Fellowship. A qualitative study of resilience and blogging among Filipino adolescents during the COVID-19 lockdown.
2021 (£500). 'I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here!' – Psychology Zone. Funded by British Psychological Society.

Conference details

Aside from speaking at international conferences, I also organise international events – both academic conferences and events for the general public. To date, I have organised events in five countries: UK, US, Romania, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

Invited speaker

  • Panellist. (2022, March 13). Exploring the power of mind, body and soul. 7th International Conference on Spirituality and Psychology. Bangkok, Thailand (Virtual).
  • Keynote. (2021, September 09–10). Promoting resilience through blogging. 6th ICSTR London – International Conference on Science & Technology Research. The Tomlinson Centre, Queensbridge Road, London, United Kingdom (Virtual).
  • Keynote. (2021, June 26–27). How mental health blogs can promote positive mental health and well-being. 4th ICSTR Prage – International Conference on Science & Technology Research. Czech Technical University, Prague Masarykova Kolej, Prague, Czech Republic (Virtual).
  • Keynote.(2021, April 28). How mental health blogs can promote mental health. 5th London – International Conference on Social Science & Humanities. The Tomlinson Centre, Queensbridge Road, London, United Kingdom (Virtual).
  • Lecture. (2020, December 15). I did a psychology degree to become a blogger and YouTuber. East Sussex College, Lewes Campus, United Kingdom(Virtual).
  • Lecture. (2020, October 09). Can blogging make our world a little less mad? Good Mental Health. London, United Kingdom (Virtual).
  • Keynote. (2020, September 01–02). Being a mental health advocate without a lived experience of mental health issues. 4th London – International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH). The Tomlinson Centre, Queensbridge Road, London, United Kingdom (Virtual).
  • Keynote. (2020, June 02–03). Promoting resilience through mental health blogging: Basis for a blog-based psychoeducation intervention among Filipino Adolescents. 3rd Prague – International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH). Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic (Virtual).
  • Talk. (2020, April 27–29). Redesigning graduate membership. British Psychological Society Digital Summit. London, UK (Virtual).
  • Plenary talk. (2019, October 31–November 02). The psychology of blogging: The role of blogs in mental health and beyond. 2nd International Conference on Psychology, Counselling and Education (ICPCE 2019). Universiti Malaysia Sabah.
  • Lecture. (2019, October 29). Parents with disabilities. Universiti Malaysia Sabah.
  • Keynote. (2019, September 10–11). The psychology of blogging: The role of blogs in mental health and beyond. 2nd International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH). Canada Water Theatre and Library, London, United Kingdom.
  • Keynote. (2018, December 17). The psychology of blogging. 1st Mental Health Bloggers Conference (MHBC 2018). Rainham Library, London, United Kingdom.
  • Keynote. (2018, September 20–22). Blog psychology: Blogging as a dynamic and transformative medium to promote mental health. 2nd International Conference on Innovation in Psychology, Education and Didactics (ICIPED 2018). Vasile Alecsandri University of Bacau, Romania.
  • Lecture. (2018, August 02–04). Putting the spotlight on mental health through blogging. 1st International Conference on Psychology, Counselling and Education (ICPCE 2018). New Era University, Quezon City, Philippines.
  • Workshop. (2017, March 10–11). #SavvyScholar: Harnessing the power of online media to boost research dissemination and impact. 1st International Conference on Innovation in Psychology, Education and Didactics (ICIPED 2017). Vasile Alecsandri University of Bacau, Romania, 10–11 March 2017.
  • Lecture. (2013, August 29). Proper behaviour invites respect. Saint Joseph College of Novaliches, Quezon City, Philippines.

Organiser

  • British Psychological Society – Male Psychology Mini-Conference. (11 December 2020). London, United Kingdom (Virtual, co-organiser).
  • City Voices 25th Anniversary. (10 October 2020). New York, United States (Virtual, co-organiser).
  • Good Mental Health. (09 October 2020). London, United Kingdom (Virtual, co-organiser).
  • 2nd International Conference on Psychology, Counselling and Education. (31 October–02 November 2019). Universiti Malaysia Sabah.
  • 1st Mental Health Bloggers Conference. (17 December 2018). Rainham Library, London, United Kingdom.
  • 2nd International Conference on Innovation in Psychology, Education and Didactics. (20–22 September 2018). Vasile Alecsandri University of Bacau, Romania.
  • 1st International Conference on Psychology, Counselling and Education. (02–04 August 2018). New Era University, Quezon City, Philippines.
  • 1st International Conference on Innovation in Psychology, Education and Didactics. (10–11 March 2017). Vasile Alecsandri University of Bacau, Romania.

Papers delivered

  • Blog to bounce back: The viability of blogs as a resilience intervention. ResilienceCon 2022. 03–05 April 2022 (Virtual).
  • Can blogging make our world a little less mad? Promoting resilience through blogging. PsyPAG Conference, United Kingdom, 29 July – 30 July 2021 (Virtual).
  • Enhancing resilience through mental health blogging. Institute of Mental Health Sciences Conference 2021, University of Ulster, United Kingdom, 02 June 2021 (Virtual).
  • Bouncing back, blogging knack: An overview of resilience and blogging as a psychological intervention. Virtual PGR Conference 2021, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 25–27 May 2021.
  • Promoting resilience through mental health blogging: Basis for a blog-based psychoeducation intervention to address suicidal behaviour among Filipino adolescents. Virtual PGR Conference 2020, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 31 August–04 September 2020.
  • The psychology of blogging: Research agenda on blogs as a dynamic medium to promote the discipline of psychology and allied fields. 7th ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies (ARUPS 2019) Congress and 3rd Malaysia International Psychology Conference (MIPS 2019), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia, 02–04 August 2019.
  • Blogging as a transformative medium to promote the discipline of psychology, counselling, and education. 10th International Conference on Psychology & Language Research, Pattaya, Thailand, 28–29 June 2018.
  • Improving positive affect based on self-compassion through life goals expressive writing: Basis for an ego identity development. 1st International Conference on Innovation in Psychology, Education and Didactics (ICIPED 2017), Bacau, Romania, 10–11 March 2017.
  • Power of pen: Expressive writing as an intervention tool on exposure to thin-ideal images with dietary restraint and self-compassion as covariates. 11th Biennial Conference of Asian Association of Social Psychology and Psychological Association of the Philippines 52nd Annual Convention, Cebu City, Philippines, 19–22 August 2015.
  • Adversity quotient and spiritual quotient to teaching performance evaluation. Joint Conference of Asean Regional Union of Psychologists 4th Congress and Psychological Association of the Philippines 50th Annual Convention, Quezon City, Philippines, 24–26 October 2013.

Poster presentations

  • The negative impact of critical social justice ideology on suicidal ideation in young men: Basis for future research opportunities. Male Psychology 2021. 22 October 2021. British Psychological Society (Virtual).
  • Promoting resilience through blogging: Basis for a blog-based mental health intervention for adolescents in low- and middle-income countries. 7th International Symposium on Resilience Research. 29 September–01 October 2021. Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research (Virtual).
  • Promoting resilience through blogging: Basis for a blog-based digital mental health intervention for adolescents in low- and middle-income countries. Children & Young People’s Mental Health Early Career Researchers’ Forum. 23–24 September 2021. TRIUMPH Network (Virtual).

Books

  • Relojo-Howell, D. (2021). Global trends and issues in educational psychology. New Generation Publishing.
  • Relojo-Howell, D. (2020). Let’s talk about behaviour: Essays on psychology, mental health, and well-being. PublishNation.

Book chapters

  • Relojo-Howell, D. (2021). Productivity, addiction and well-being in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In A.Beckstein (Ed.), The COVID-19 pandemic: A multidisciplinary approach to managing mental health challenges (pp. 32–54). Universiti Malaysia Sabah.
  • Relojo-Howell, D. (2020). Incorporating classroom blogs in teaching. In J.E. Pelet (Ed.), Handbook of research on user experience in web 2.0 technologies and its impact on universities and businesses (pp. 220–230). IGI Global.

Without science communication, there is no science literacy. That's why public engagement and knowledge exchange are important aspects of my work, both as a researcher and social entrepreneur.

Aside from being a regular media commentator on mental health topics, I also write a weekly column on Free Malaysia Today. Prior to my PhD journey, I had a stint as a radio presenter at Men's Radio Station in London, where I presented Psych Chat – a radio programme about mental health and well-being.

I have contributed online articles to a number of publications including Times Higher Education, The Psychologist (British Psychological Society), Psychreg Learning Curve (American Psychological Association), among others.

I have been invited for interviews and professional comments on various media outlets and publications, including the BBC, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, and Los Angeles Tribune.

Here's a selection of my media coverage (a full list is available on my personal website and selected episodes are in my YouTube channel):

TV

Radio

Podcast

Publications