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Dr Ding Xiaopan

Assistant Professor & Lab Director

Dr Ding Xiaopan is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore. The central question of her research is how children acquire moral behaviour and how to facilitate its development. She employs both behavioural and cognitive neuroscience methods in her research.

Visit her faculty page here.

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Bi Yue

Graduate Student

Bi Yue is currently a Psychology PhD student at the National University of Singapore. She is surprised by how infants with little social experience perceive and handle socially-related issues, which inspires her interest to further explore social-cognitive development processes in children, especially the interplay between theory of mind abilities and deceptive behaviours in children.

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Ong Shi-Wei

Graduate Student

Shi-Wei is a Psychology PhD student in NUS. She is interested in children’s socio-cognitive development in their early years. She believes various institutions (e.g., family, peers, schools etc.) play a part in shaping children’s social experience, and is curious as to how they do so. She is also intrigued by the way the world is represented in children’s young yet developing minds, and how such perceptions affect their social behaviours. 

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Cheryl Teo Shu Lin

Graduate Student

Cheryl is a Year 2 Clinical Psychology Master student who loves working with children. With her background in early childhood education, she realised that setting the foundation for lifelong learning, behaviour and health begins in the early years. As such, her goal is to become a clinical psychologist who can use her skills to support and advocate for the mental well-being of children and their families. By working in the Child Development Lab, she hopes to gain greater understanding of the relationship between corporal punishment and lying behaviour in young children, as well as hone her research skills.

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Yu Liwen

Graduate Student

Liwen is currently a Psychology Master student in NUS. She is interested in exploring the nature of the human mind through child research, and she believes that a better understanding of children's world can help people to discover who they are. She would like to master more research skills and gain insights into child development in the Child Development Lab.

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Tan Li Qing 

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2023)

Li Qing is a Year 4 Psychology student who enjoys working with children. As "children are our future", she believes in nurturing children to be the best they can be. From her Teacher Aide experiences in both public and private schools, she is interested to learn more effective early interventions that can be used to improve the outcomes of children (both typically developing and children with special needs). By working in the Child Development Lab, she would like to gain more insights into children's development and hone her research skills.

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Janelle Tan Jia Min

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2023)

Janelle is a Year 4 Psychology undergraduate who has a keen interest in the fields of clinical and developmental psychology. She loves working with children and wishes to pursue a career in child abnormal psychology. She is interested to learn more about childhood disorders, the developmental factors that lead to these disorders and subsequently their influence on adulthood. By joining the NUS Child Development Lab, Janelle hopes to acquire more knowledge about child development and hone valuable research skills.

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Lee Xue Ning Chantel

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2023)

Chantel is a Year 4 Psychology and Social Work undergraduate who loves working with children and aspires to be a clinical child psychologist. She is particularly interested in childhood trauma and its influence on development. By joining the Child Development Lab, Chantel hopes to strengthen her research skills and gain insight to children’s sociocognitive development. 

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Albanie Chua Su-E

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2023)

Albanie is a Year 4 Psychology undergraduate who believes that the experiences and influences one has in their early childhood years greatly shapes them as an individual. She enjoys working with children and is aspiring towards a career in the field of clinical psychology. Thus, she hopes to delve deeper into the study of child development as well as to hone her research skills through this opportunity with the Child Development Lab. 

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Oon Qian Chern (Jane)

ISM Student

Jane is a Year 4 Psychology undergraduate who aspires to be a clinical psychologist. With a love for working with children and an interest in the special needs sector, she aims to deepen her understanding of early interventions in facilitating children's development. Jane hopes to gain insight and develop her research skills throughout her time in the Child Development Lab.

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Muskan Lakhnori

UROP Student

Muskan is a Year 3 Psychology major. She aspires to be a clinical psychologist in the future, but also has an inclination towards developmental psychology. She loves working with children and is keen on acquiring research skills. Her passions stem from her experience working with special needs children and elderly dementia patients. She is looking forward to learn more about formal psychological research and hone her skills.

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Wong Shi Ling Chelsea

UROP Student

Chelsea is a Year 4 Psychology undergraduate who loves working with children and the special needs sector. She has a strong interest in the field of clinical child psychology and hopes to understand more about early intervention in aiding child development. Through joining the NUS Child Development Lab, she hopes to deepen her understanding of child development and gain valuable research skills. 

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Chan Kai Xin, Celine

UROP Student

Celine is a Year 3 Psychology undergraduate, who aspires to be a clinical psychologist. She loves working with children and has a deep interest in the special needs sector. She has applied for UROP to gain some research experience and she hopes to learn more about the theory of mind that is closely related to autism.

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Chew Zhi Qi

UROP Student

Zhi Qi is a Year 3 Psychology major joining the lab as a UROP student. She is passionate about working with and protecting young children. Her interest lies in learning more about childhood trauma and its effects on child development from a socio-cognitive and behavioural perspective. She aspires to become a clinical psychologist who can provide treatment and support to children who have experienced abuse. She hopes to improve her research skills during her time with the Child Development Lab.       

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Evannia Louisa John

Research Apprentice

Evannia is a research apprentice at the Child Development Lab, National University Singapore. She is most interested in how parenting styles and methods affect child development at a cognitive, behavioural, and neurological level. As a recent graduate, she has applied to the lab to gain a more in depth understanding of child developmental research.

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Chan Shi Hui Leta

Research Assistant

As a recent graduate, Leta hopes to gain experience in and explore the field of research. She is particularly interested in autism, and how it may influence children's social and cognitive development. She hopes to be able to put what she has learned to good use in helping others, and would like to study clinical psychology in the future to make a difference in others' lives.

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Shruthi Kumar

Research Assistant

Shruthi is a Year 2 Psychology student at NUS. She is keen interest in pursuing Clinical Psychology in the future. She loves interacting with children and she hopes to learn more about research and how to communicate better with children. With the love to help children, she hopes to gain valuable insight into the Child Development Lab.

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Han Xingyue

Research Assistant

Xingyue is a Master student of Industrial & Systems Engineering who is curious and passionate about preschool child moral development and social-cognitive development. She loves working with children and would like to explore more on these areas. Through joining the Child Development Lab, she hopes to gain more insights and experiences, as well as train her research skills.