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.

Dr Cheng Qiqi

Research Fellow

Dr Cheng Qiqi obtained his BA and PhD in economics from Zhejiang University. His research interest is individual decision-making, with a focus on risk decision-making, intertemporal decision making, and lying behavior. He was previously a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Zhejiang University. In this lab, his work focuses on studying what consists of perceived costs and benefits when children are tempted to lie, and the impact of these costs and benefits on children's lying behavior. He also intends to study children's risk-taking behavior.

Cleo Tay

Lab Manager & Graduate Student

Cleo received her BSocSci (Hons) in Psychology from NUS in 2018 and has worked at the Child Lab since 2017. What intrigues her the most about young children is their inquisitiveness and perpetual wonderment at the world, as well as their ability to perceive things about it in a way that (world-weary) adults cannot. Cleo is especially interested in Theory of Mind, its underlying neural mechanisms, and how pragmatic communication between parents and children affect its development.

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.

Nina Ye Ni

Graduate Student

Nina is a psychology graduate at the National University of Singapore. She is interested in studying about abnormal development and individual differences in cognition and behaviour – both of which often stem from childhood. Through research in the field of developmental psychology, she seeks to understand how such differences can affect an individual in his/her later stages of life and hopes that these findings can aid society in better comprehension on how best to nurture a child.

Deston Chung

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2021)

Deston is a Year 4 psychology undergraduate with an interest in Theory of Mind. He is interested in exploring the factors that affect the development of Theory of Mind in local children, and how Theory of Mind relates to the children’s social and cognitive capacities. He hopes that findings in such areas can help inform parents to further enhance the environment their developing child is exposed to.

Kelly Adelia

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2021)

Kelly is a Year 4 psychology undergraduate at the National University of Singapore. She is fascinated by children’s curiosity when looking at the world and their eagerness to face it. She finds Theory of Mind fascinating as it allows her to better understand how the world looks like in children’s curious eyes and she hopes that by understanding this, she could contribute in equipping them to face the world.

Tan Su Kee

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2021)

Su Kee is a Year 4 undergraduate who finds working with children fun and rewarding; they motivate her to become a better person. She is interested in how to help children to achieve their full potential and improve their mental health as she thinks children are the next generation who will shape society. She aspires to work as an educational psychologist in future. Hence, working in child lab will help her understand children's development better.

Alyssa Yap Su Lyn

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2021)

Alyssa is a Year 4 Psychology undergraduate with an interest in children’s mental health and development. Specifically, she is interested in studying how factors in early childhood can affect the emotional and behavioural development of a child. She also wishes to explore how creative mediums such as movies, play and visual arts can be utilised to help children express their emotions effectively. By working with children in the Child Development Lab, she hopes to deepen her understanding of their behaviour and learn more about how they perceive the world.

Ng Xuan Ting Anthea

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2021)

Anthea is a Year 4 Psychology undergraduate who is interested in studying about children and their developmental milestones. She holds a strong passion towards learning about children with developmental difficulties and how we can intervene early to minimise the potential adverse effects. Anthea aspires to pursue further education in child-related psychology so that she can play a part in making a difference in children's lives. She believes that the opportunity to work with children in NUSCDL will deepen her understanding of children whilst increasing her exposure to research. 

Ng Ray

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2022)

Ray is a Year 3 Psychology undergraduate, interested in expanding his horizon in any way he can. With a strong research interest in understanding how children behave, he aims to study the various factors that shapes the moral development of children, such as cultural differences. As someone who aspires to one day implement a systemic change to better society, Ray applied to be in the Child Development Lab to increase his exposure in the research field.

Toh Si En (Krystal)

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2022)

Si En is a Year 3 Psychology undergraduate. She is interested in finding out how social and situational factors are crucial in shaping the developmental and emotional aspects of a child. Recognising the importance of a child’s early formative years, she hopes to research on ways to nurture a child to bring out the best in them. Hoping to give back to society starting from her small actions, she loves bringing joy to people she works with.

Alyssa Padbiri

Research Assistant

Alyssa is a second year Psychology undergraduate student. Her three years working as swim coach for kids sparked an interest in child developmental psychology, specifically in understanding how cognitive development is shaped in children’s formative years. She applied to the Child Development Lab to gain exposure and experience into the research field, in hopes of one day using these skills to better my understanding of child development where I can help children solidify their cognitive foundations to prepare them for later life.   

Monika Balaya

Research Assistant

Monika is a third year Psychology undergraduate. She is interested in learning more about how biological factors, such as genetics, and environmental factors, such as parenting style, interact to shape the development of children. She also seeks to understand better about how these childhood experiences then influence one’s adulthood. Monika hopes to gain exposure and insight into this research field through assisting at the Child Development Lab.

Samantha Kang

Research Assistant

Samantha is a Year 3 Psychology Undergraduate who enjoys working with children - their kindness and innocence brings much joy to her. With a strong interest in mental health development of children, she wants to study how factors in early childhood, such as parent-child attachment, lead to emotional dysregulation and abnormal cognitive development in children. By applying to the NUS Child Lab, she hopes to gain exposure to research on the development of children and aspires to use the knowledge gained to help improve the mental health of children in the future.

Sharon Hoe

UROP Student

Sharon is a third year Psychology student intending to pursue a clinical degree specialising in child psychopathology.  She is interested in abnormal child development and investigating the role that children's social environment plays in their development. She hopes that by researching children's development, she would better aid neurodiverse children to function well in society despite their individual differences. She aspires to be able to touch the lives of children and make a difference. 

Diong Zoe Yi

ISM Student

Diong Zoe Yi is a final year Psychology undergraduate who has a strong interest in clinical psychology. However, she believes that having knowledge in all domains is important. Through working at the NUS Child Lab, she hopes to learn behavioral techniques, gain greater research experience, as well as expand her understanding on children's developmental processes. She hopes that these skills will enable her to work with both adults and children alike in the future. 

Vanessa Leong Ying Wei

ISM Student

Vanessa is a fourth year Psychology undergraduate. She is interested in discovering what contributes to the individual differences in children's development and finding out effective methods to teach children. She hopes that she can further deepen her understanding in children's development and expose herself more to research in the Child Development Lab.

Tan Xin Tong

UROP Student

Xin Tong is a Year 3 Psychology Undergraduate at the National University of Singapore. While exploring her interest in clinical psychopathology, she found herself intrigued by the internal world of children - their perspective and inquisitiveness about life. Understanding that many factors play important roles in child development, she embarked on a journey with the NUS Child Development Lab to gain exposure and experience in the research field. Aspiring to make a positive difference, she looks forward to contributing to the mental health sector with her knowledge gained.

Ong Zhi Ning, Deondra

Research Assistant

Deondra is a Year 3 Psychology undergraduate who enjoys working with children. With an interest in the special needs sector, she wants to learn more about children with developmental difficulties and how early interventions may help to improve or aid their learning. Hoping to make a difference in children’s lives, she aspires to pursue in educational psychology in future. Through working in the Child Development Lab, she hopes to gain a better understanding on child development and increase her exposure in the research field.

Nur Awadah Bte Kamalruddin

Research Assistant

Awadah is a Year 4 Psychology undergraduate at the National University of Singapore. She is keen to explore how factors such as early childhood experiences and family dynamics impact children’s social-emotional development in later life. Passionate about improving children’s mental health and overall well-being, Awadah aspires to pursue graduate studies and ultimately a career that involves supporting less fortunate children and working towards their healthy development. Currently, she looks forward to gaining deeper insights and valuable research skills in the field of developmental psychology at the NUS Child Development Lab.