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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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Nina Ye Ni

Graduate Student

Nina is a psychology graduate at the National University of Singapore. She is interested in the social and cognitive mechanisms underlying children's selective learning and teaching. Through research in the field of developmental psychology, she seeks to understand how these abilities can affect a child 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.

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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 1 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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Ng Ray

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2022)

Ray is a Year 4 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.

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Toh Si En (Krystal)

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2022)

Si En is a Year 4 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.

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Sharon Hoe

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2022)

Sharon is a fourth 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. 

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Victoria Yong

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2022)

Victoria is a year 4 Psychology undergraduate with a keen interest in the field of developmental psychology. She is interested in understanding children better, especially how their social environment shapes their social adjustment and factors affecting their decision making. Through gaining research experience with the NUS Child Development Lab, she is eager to put what she has learnt into practice and positively impact children and youths in the most crucial phase of their lives.

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Glynis Lam

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2022)

Glynis is a Year 4 Psychology undergraduate and an aspiring clinical psychologist. She enjoys working with young children as they never fail to offer compelling perspectives of the people and world around them. Her research interests lie in studying factors that influence early developmental trajectories in children such as parenting styles and interactions with other children. Through conducting research with children, Glynis hopes to hone her research skills and help provide insights into child development research.

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Kayleen Wong

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2022)

Kayleen is a Year 4 Psychology undergraduate who loves working with children. She is interested in the different social factors that drive their behaviours in everyday life. She believes that every single child possesses limitless potential, and she is keen on discovering ways to bring out the best in them. She looks forward to deepening her understanding of children’s development, as well as hone valuable research skills at the Child Development Lab. In future, she aspires to make a difference in children’s lives, and to reach out to those in need.

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Tan Li Qing 

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2022)

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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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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Janelle Tan Jia Min

Research Assistant

Janelle is a Year 3 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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Jenny Lee Chia Ying

Research Assistant

Jenny is currently a Year 3 Psychology undergraduate who enjoys interacting with children. She is interested in learning how parenting styles and parent-child relationships contribute to a child's social and emotional development. Through her time at the Child Development Lab, Jenny hopes to further hone her research skills while gaining a deeper understanding of this field.

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Oon Qian Chern (Jane)

Research Assistant

Jane is a Year 3 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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Maria Carolyn Chandra

Research Assistant

Carolyn is a 3rd Year Psychology undergraduate who has a deep interest in understanding abnormal child development. She is curious to learn more about special needs, and how early intervention schools or inclusive pre-schools may facilitate children’s development. Carolyn also has a keen interest in mental health development in children and would like to see how schools can play a bigger role in promoting mental health in younger children and their parents. As she loves working with children and hopes to make a difference in their lives, she aims to pursue her career in educational psychology. Through her experience in the Child Development Lab, she hopes to gain more knowledge in child development and exposure in the research field. 

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Muskan Lakhnori

Research Assistant

Muskan is a Year 2 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.