Associate Professor Dr. Yeo Kee Jiar has been a lecturer attached to Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor since 1998. She began her career as a school teacher in Kuching, Sarawak. She advanced to her next academic position as lecturer in two Teachers’ Training Colleges. Soon after earning her Master Degree from UTM, Skudai, she continued her academician career in the current university in the field of Educational Psychology. With background in Malay Language Studies and her qualification in Educational Psychology as well as her vast experience and involvement in the field of education, her expertise and interest covers a wide scope which includes educational psychology, school psychology, early childhood education, educational assessment, and special education. Her academic and professional endeavour that includes teaching, research, publication and consultation are around these areas. Her notable achievements or awards include as a Munsyi Dewan under Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (Malay for The Institute of Language and Literature) (abbreviated DBP), Head of Monitoring Team of a national early childhood Program called PERMATA NEGARA for Johor state, National Panel of Quality for PERMATA Program, consultant on development of psychometric instrumentation and early childhood project and professional sharing with many organizations and educational institutions in courses, workshops, and seminars. Throughout her service in UTM, she has received a number of awards related to her service and research at university and national levels. She is also actively involved in the movement of Down Syndrome association in Malayisa She has been leading a few research with grants and published in many journals and written a few books mainly on Bahasa Malaysia for school students.
Early Childhood Education