Principal Investigator 

Principal Investigator 

PATRICIA CHEN

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology 

Deputy Director, Institute for Applied Learning Sciences and Educational Technology

National Research Foundation Fellow

National University of Singapore

current lab members 

current lab members 

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department of Psychology

National University of Singapore

Ph.D., Psychology, East China Normal University, Shanghai
Visiting Ph.D. scholar, Psychology, Stanford University
Visiting Ph.D. scholar, Psychology, Ohio State University
M.S., Psychology, East China Normal University, Shanghai

Rachel's research focuses on how to help people thrive in an uncertain world. She investigates this question through multiple lenses including motivation, lifelong learning, career adaptability, etc. Her recent work examined whether the current educational systems are preparing students well for such a world and what mindsets could help people adapt to uncertainty better. Rachel happens to be a photographer who took her own engagement photos with her husband on their road trip to the Grand Canyon. She also picked up gardening recently and now has more than 30 plants in her collection.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department of Psychology

National University of Singapore

Ph.D., Psychology, National University of Singapore

B. Soc. Sci. (Hons.) Psychology, National University of Singapore

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

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Doctoral student, Department of Psychology 

National University of Singapore

M.P.Ed. Professional Counseling, University of Pennsylvania

M.S.Ed. Counseling and Mental Health Service, University of Pennsylvania

B.A. Psychology, Brandeis University

B.A. Economic, Brandeis University

Christy is interested in studying the role of self-regulation and motivation in predicting academic achievement. She would like to investigate the potential benefits of school-based interventions to promote academic achievement and student well-being. She likes to work with teenagers and families, and has worked as a family-child specialist and mental health counselor, providing individual counseling and facilitating group counseling for clients with mental health issues, especially education-related depression and anxiety. 

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Doctoral student, Department of Psychology 

National University of Singapore

B. Soc. Sci. (Hons.), Psychology, National University of Singapore

Diploma in Psychology Studies, Temasek Polytechnic

Qiao Kang got drawn into the field of psychology at the age of 16, and he graduated with a Diploma in Psychology Studies from Temasek Polytechnic. He has worked and volunteered in various organizations such as the Campus Peer Support for Youths, Dyslexia Association of Singapore, Institute of Mental Health, and Singapore Prison Service, before eventually deciding to pursue a career in research. He hopes to be able to make an impact in the lives of learners by advancing knowledge on effective learning practices and psychological well-being, and by refining and scaling up interventions.

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VALENTINO EMIL CHAI

Masters student, Department of Psychology 

National University of Singapore

B. Soc. Sci. (Hons.), Psychology, National University of Singapore

Valentino harbours an interest in intergroup cooperation and conflict, as well as competition (both intergroup and interpersonal). These interests stemmed from his personal experiences with intense competition as a student and athlete growing up. Despite the current negativity associated with competition, he believes that it can be harnessed to bring out the best in people and is seeking out means to achieve this. His interests outside of research include floorball, reading, and strategy games.

lab manager & 

research assistants 

lab manager & 

research assistants 

FOO XING YUAN DANIEL

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Lab Manager

National University of Singapore

B. A. Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

From growing up in a small developing Asian country like Malaysia to participating in a cultural exchange program in a modern country like the United States, at 18, Daniel had the opportunity to meet many different people from different backgrounds. His interest in Psychology began when he first noticed how at times, individuals who seem so similar tend to behave so differently and yet at other times, individuals who seem so different tend to behave so similarly. Daniel's research interest revolves around motivation, goal pursuits and human behaviors. 

GOH CHANGJUN

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Research Assistant

National University of Singapore

B. Soc. Sci. (Hons.) Psychology, National University of Singapore

ChangJun’s interest in research was ignited while working in an international research team during an exchange programme at the University of Mannheim. He is passionate about research topics within educational and I/O psychology, such as cognitive flexibility and collaborative communication. He has also worked on projects related to the education sciences and neuroscience during a 6-month internship at the National Institute of Education. His interests outside of research include reading and cooking.

collaborators 

CAROL S. DWECK

Stanford University

GEOFFREY COHEN

Stanford University

NORBERT SCHWARZ

University of Southern California

TIMOTHY A. MCKAY

University of Michigan

DESMOND C. ONG

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

RICHARD GONZALEZ

University of Michigan

J. FRANK YATES

University of Michigan

FIONA LEE

Stanford University

KRISTIN LAURIN

University of British Columbia

OMAR CHAVEZ

University of Texas at Austin

FREDERIC REN

Stanford University

MADELINE HUBERTH

Stanford University

GREGORY M. WALTON

Stanford University

PHOEBE C. ELLSWORTH

University of Michigan

STEPHEN M. GARCIA

University of Michigan

BRENDA GUNDERSON

University of Michigan

BRIAN COPPOLA

University of Michigan

YUCHING LIN

University of Virginiaa

JOSEPH POWERS

Stanford University

KATHERINE CHENG

Stanford University

SHIRLI KOPELMAN

University of Michigan

CHRISTOPHER G. MYERS

University of Michigan

SANDY LIM

National Universiy of Singapore

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ADELINE CHIA

Ministry of Social and Family Development