Staff profile

Dr Hassam Waheed

Early Career Academic - Business, Economic and Social Policy

Hassam Waheed walking


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences





I am an Early Career Academic specialising in Behavioural and Experimental Economics. I have a keen interest in applying behavioural insights to improve financial literacy, retirement outcomes and health-related behaviours. I am also interested in applying a variety of different research strategies such as surveys, experiments and meta-analyses. Currently, I am part of a research group funded by Facebook Reality Labs where I am examining interventions in virtual reality environments that promote positive social norms. My current research also focuses on applying meta-analytic structural equation modelling to explain the relationship between internet addiction, depressive symptoms and deviance.

Teaching responsibilities


2021: PhD (Business) - Economics Stream, Taylor's University, Malaysia

2016: Master of Business Economics, Monash University, Australia

2014: Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Economics and International Business), Monash University, Malaysia

Recent conferences

Waheed, H. (2020, July 11). Augmenting the role of financial literacy to advance the retirement preparedness of Malaysian pre-retirees: the use of peer information intervention [Paper presentation]. Business, Law and Management at the Post-Pandemic Era: An International e-Conference, Taylor's University, Malaysia. Best Paper Award

Additional interests and activities


Co-Investigator, Facebook Reality Labs ($75,000), 'Social experiences in VR environments' 


Principal Investigator, Hardee's Fast Food Restaurant Company (RM15,000), 'The role of heuristics in price cognition'


Principal Investigator, VISigma Apparel Group FZE ($6,000), 'Self-efficacy in the workplace' 

In the media

The Star: VR research proposal bags coveted Facebook award

The Conversation: How COVID-19 has increased the risk of compulsive buying behaviour and online shopping addiction among young consumers

The Conversation: Behind a lot of flashy headlines may lie questionable scientific claims - what should people be aware of when reading the news?

Recent publications

Waheed H, (2021). The neglected contributions of self-efficacy to older adults' financial capacity. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 22(2), 106-113. doi:10.1108/QAOA-05-2021-0043

She, L., Rasiah, R., Waheed, H., & Pahlevan Sharif, S. (2021). Excessive use of social networking sites and financial well-being among young adults: the mediating role of online compulsive buying. Young Consumers, 22(2), 272-289. doi:10.1108/YC-11-2020-1252

Pahlevan Sharif, S., Amiri, M., Allen, K. A., Nia, H. S., Fomani, F. K., Matbue, Y. H. ... Waheed., H. (2021). Attachment: the mediating role of hope, religiosity, and life satisfaction in older adults. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 19, 1-10. doi:10.1186/s12955-021-01695-y

Pahlevan Sharif, S., Naghavi, N., Ong, F. S., Sharif Nia. H., & Waheed, H. (2021). Health insurance satisfaction, financial burden, locus of control and quality of life of cancer patients: a moderated mediation model. International Journal of Social Economics, 48(4), 513-530. doi:10.1108/IJSE-10-2019-0629

Pahlevan Sharif, S., Naghavi, N., Sharif Nia, H., & Waheed, H. (2020). Financial literacy and quality of life of consumers faced with cancer: a moderated mediation approach. International Journal of Bank Marketing, 38(5), 1009-1031. doi:10.1108/IJBM-10-2019-0355