Principal Investigator 

Principal Investigator 

Assistant Professor 

Department of Psychology 

National University of Singapore

Research Lead for Teaching & Learning Excellence 

Institute for the Application of Learning Science and Educational Technology

Principal Investigator

PATRICIA CHEN

current lab members 

current lab members 

​Ph.D. Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

M.A. Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

B.A. (Hons.) Psychology, Williams College, Williamstown, MA​

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department of Psychology

National University of Singapore

ROBERT MARK ADELMAN

Rob's research lies at the intersection of judgment and decision-making, cultural psychology, and academic achievement. Specifically, he examines how temporal psychological factors (e.g., feeling connected to your future self) affect motivation, performance, social comparison, emotion regulation, well-being, and long-term goal pursuit and how culture influences these processes. He is also a photographer, rock climber, and tabletop gamer.

​M.A. Mass Communications, Nanyang Technological University

B.A. Communications, National University of Singapore​

Doctoral Student, Department of Psychology

National University of Singapore

JESSICA NG

​​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. 

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

Doctoral Student, Department of Psychology

National University of Singapore

XIANG LING ONG

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. 

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

Doctoral student, Department of Psychology 

National University of Singapore

YIFAN (CHRISTY) JIANG

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. 

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

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

Masters student, Department of Psychology 

National University of Singapore

ADELINE CHIA

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

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

Masters student, Department of Psychology 

National University of Singapore

DON PEREIRA

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.

lab manager & 

research assistants 

lab manager & 

research assistants 

Lab Manager

National University of Singapore

FOO XING YUAN DANIEL

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. 

B. A. Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

Research Assistant

National University of Singapore

DELPHINNA NEO

Delphinna's research interests fall within two topic areas: Goal pursuit and mindsets. Thus far, Delphinna’s work generally focuses on understanding the processes that occur after one gives in to temptations while pursuing his or her goals. Additionally, she also seeks to understand how different mindset can lead to varying behavioral outcomes. During her free time, she enjoys playing strategic board games or reading a good book.

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

Research Assistant

Stanford University

KRUTHIKA KATRAGADDA

Having practiced as a corporate solicitor in London for several years, Kruthika now is in pursuit of her great passion, Psychology. She aspires to do a PhD in Social Psychology in the near future.

US (New York), UK and India qualified attorney

B.A.LLB (Hons.) and LLM, Georgetown University

Research Assistant

National University of Singapore

VALENTINO EMIL CHAI

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.

Psychology undergraduate, National University of Singapore

Research Assistant

National University of Singapore

TEO QIAO KANG

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 is intrigued by the underlying mindsets and behaviours of high-achieving individuals. He is currently working on his Honours Thesis, seeking to understand how the mindsets of teachers relate to their use of self-regulatory strategies and teaching of self-regulated learning to their students. 

Psychology undergraduate, National University of Singapore

Research Assistant

National University of Singapore

TEO WEN HAO DENNIS

Dennis studies strategy attributions and how it influences behaviour compared to other common attributions. He also assists with data manipulation and analysis in the lab. Outside the lab, he enjoys doing philosophy and board gaming with friends

Concurrent Degree Programme, National University of Singapore

Research Assistant

National University of Singapore

LIM KIAN YING JOYCE

Joyce’s research interest lies in the development of effective interventions for young children. She is particularly interested in strategies that will help children from disadvantaged background have every opportunity to thrive and reach their potential. She has participated in several research studies on early intervention for young children, and looks forward to further her knowledge in mindset interventions at the MSR lab. Outside the lab, she enjoys cooking and baking for her friends and family.

B. Psych (Hons.), James Cook University

collaborators 

Stanford University

CAROL S. DWECK

Stanford University

GEOFFREY COHEN

University of Southern California

NORBERT SCHWARZ

University of Michigan

TIMOTHY A. MCKAY

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

DESMOND C. ONG

University of Michigan

RICHARD GONZALEZ

University of Michigan

J. FRANK YATES

Stanford University

FIONA LEE

University of British Columbia

KRISTIN LAURIN

University of Texas at Austin

OMAR CHAVEZ

Stanford University

FREDERIC REN

Stanford University

MADELINE HUBERTH

Stanford University

GREGORY M. WALTON

University of Michigan

PHOEBE C. ELLSWORTH

University of Michigan

STEPHEN M. GARCIA

University of Michigan

BRENDA GUNDERSON

University of Michigan

BRIAN COPPOLA

University of Virginiaa

YUCHING LIN

Stanford University

JOSEPH POWERS

Stanford University

KATHERINE CHENG

University of Michigan

SHIRLI KOPELMAN

University of Michigan

CHRISTOPHER G. MYERS

National Universiy of Singapore

SANDY LIM