PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Patricia Chen

National University of Singapore

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

Research Lead for Teaching and Learning Excellence

Institute for the Application of Learning Science and Educational Technology

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CURRENT POSTDOCS & STUDENTS

Jessica Ng

National University of Singapore

Doctoral Student, Department of Psychology

M.A. Mass Communications, Nanyang Technological University

B.A. Communications, National University of Singapore

Jessica hopes to develop psychologically precise interventions in higher education to help students succeed academically. She is interested in the study of mindsets and motivations that drive academic performance. 

Xiang Ling Ong

National University of Singapore

Doctoral Student, Department of Psychology

Xiang Ling is interested in the development of self-control and motivation in children, and the social cognitive processes that help children succeed in school. Xiang Ling hopes her research will translate into programmes that can help level up children from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Frederic Ren

Stanford University

M.Sc. Symbolic Systems, Stanford University
B.Sc. Cognitive Systems: Computational Intelligence and Design, University of British Columbia


Frederic hopes to develop intelligent technologies that are more human. He is especially interested in studying the social cognition of the self and others, and how engineers can best model the computational processes underlying these mechanisms. His ultimate goal is to conduct humanistic AI research and development in the industry, and eventually to pursue a multidisciplinary PhD that combines Computer Science and Psychology.

Adeline Chia

National University of Singapore

​Doctoral Student, Department of Psychology (Clinical)

M.A. Psychology (Clinical), National University of Singapore

B.Sc. (Hons.), Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast

Her research interests include Strategic and Growth Mindsets, emotional regulation, resilience and appraisals. Her pursuit: “Hearing one story at a time.” She enjoy boardgames and occasionally chases down a 175g plastic disc.

Don Pereira

National University of Singapore

B.Soc.Sci (Hons.), Department of Psychology

Don has a background in game programming with a diploma in Game & Entertainment Technology from Temasek Polytechnic. He also did a short 9-week internship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, MA where he was inspired by a researcher there to pursue Psychology. Don's main research interests lie in passion for work, Human Resources, and employment. He is interested in not only how individuals develop or come to attain their passion for their craft and how individuals maintain and grow within their job over time, but also how individuals deal with burnout or periods of low motivation.

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RESEARCH MANAGER

Shuantae Ang

National University of Singapore

B.Soc.Sci (Hons.), Department of Psychology

Shuantae is interested in the motivational processes (or lack thereof) behind the strategies students adopt when faced with challenging tasks. Specifically, she is interested in whether resilience and perseverance influence learning strategies and performance. In her free time, Shuantae enjoys watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.

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RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Natalia Rodrigues

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COLLABORATORS

Carol S. Dweck

Stanford University

Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor, Department of Psychology

Stanford University

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
The Michael Forman University Fellow in Undergraduate Education

Geoffrey Cohen

Stanford University

James G. March Professor of Organizational Studies in Education and Business

Departments of Psychology & Organizational Behavior

Phoebe C. Ellsworth

University of Michigan

Frank Murphy Distinguished University Professor of Law and Psychology

Departments of Psychology & Law

Faculty Associate, ISR Research Center for Group Dynamics

Norbert Schwarz

University of Southern California

Provost Professor of Psychology and Marketing

Departments of Psychology & Marketing

Founder, USC Dornsife Mind & Society Center

Stephen M. Garcia

University of Michigan

Associate Professor, Departments of Psychology and Organizational Studies

Faculty Associate, ISR Research Center for Group Dynamics

Timothy A. McKay

University of Michigan

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics, Astronomy, Education

Director of LSA Honors Program

Brenda Gunderson

University of Michigan

Senior Lecturer, Department of Statistics

Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

Research Scientist, Institute for High Performance Computing (IHPC)

Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Stanford University

Brian Coppola

University of Michigan

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Department of Chemistry

Associate Chair, Educational Development and Practice

Richard Gonzalez

University of Michigan

Director, Research Center for Group Dynamics
Director, BioSocial Methods Collaborative
Professor of Psychology, Professor of Statistics
Professor of Marketing, Stephen M Ross School of Business
Research Professor, Center for Human Growth & Development

Yuching Lin

University of Virginia

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Psychology

*Previous MSR Lab Manager & Research Assistant

J. Frank Yates

University of Michigan

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Psychology
Professor of Marketing and Business Administration, Ross School of Business
Coordinator, University of Michigan Decision Consortium

Joseph Powers

Stanford University

Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate School of Education

Fiona Lee

Stanford University

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Psychology

Katherine Cheng

Stanford University

Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate School of Education

Kristin Laurin

University of British Columbia

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Shirli Kopelman

University of Michigan

Professor of Management and Organizations, Ross School of Business
Faculty Director of Research, Center for Positive Organizations

Omar Chavez

University of Texas at Austin

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Statistics and Data Sciences

Christopher G. Myers

Johns Hopkins University

Assistant Professor, Carey Business School

Assistant Professor, John Hopkins School of Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality

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