Language Development and Learning Lab 語言發展與學習實驗室
Prof. Kevin Kien Hoa CHUNG
Kevin is a Chair Professor of Child Development and Special Education and Director of the Centre for Child and Family Science at the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). His research and teaching focus on developmental dyslexia and learning disabilities, literacy acquisition, assessment and instruction, cognitive and social-emotional development, and inclusive education. Kevin has published widely in the areas of dyslexia, reading and writing, child development, educational psychology, psycholinguistics, and cognitive neuroscience of language.
He is elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Fellow of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, a Voting Member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, and an elected Vice President and Board Member of Association for Reading and Writing in Asia. He won 6 General Research Fund grants, 3 Quality Education Fund, 1 Standing Committee on Language Education and Research, 2 Simon K.Y. Lee Foundation, and 3 Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. Kevin also received the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Research (Research Excellent Award) from EdUHK and the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Knowledge Transfer (Team Award).
Postdoctoral Fellows (listed by surname in alphabetical order)
Dr. Kevin CHAN
Kevin is a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Child and Family Science. He completed his Ph.D. in education in the Faculty of Education at The University of Hong Kong. His research interests focus on the areas of visual perception in reading, developmental dyslexia, and bilingualism. He is currently working on the JC project RISE, language development of children with developmental language disorder, and second-language learning of college students.
Chan, K., & Chung, K. K. H. (2022, February). What are the cognitive subtypes of dyslexia in Chinese adolescents? Poster presented at the 2022 annual conference of the Association for Reading and Writing in Asia, Hong Kong.
Dr. Alfred Sing Yeung LEE
Alfred is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Child and Family Science. He completed his Ph.D. in Public Health in the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of The University of Hong Kong. He has diverse research interests in the areas of teacher education, positive psychology, sport and exercise, health, and behavioural medicine. He is currently working on the EASP project, developing an intervention programme to promote parents’ and preschool teachers’ well-being.
Lee, A. S. Y., Datu, J. A. D., Fung, W. K., & Chung, K. K. H. (2022, July). Promoting psychological well-being in pre-service preschool teachers: A multi-component positive psychology intervention. Paper accepted at 10th European Conference on Education, London, United Kingdom
Dr. Ines Shiang-Yi LIN
Ines is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Child and Family Science. She earned her Ph.D. in social psychology at Lehigh University in United States. Her research interests mainly lie in psychological processes of social perceptions and evaluations. Her primary work at the Centre concerns evaluations of the effectiveness of a teacher development programme and, specifically, culturally responsive practices in enhancing teachers’ multicultural competence. She also investigates how psychological factors (e.g., self-control) and contextual factors (e.g., family environments) contribute to sleep behavior.
Lin, S.-Y., Ng, C. S. M., Chung, K. K. H., & Chan, S. P. (February, 2021). Changing teacher perceptions of student learning motivation through professional development: the moderating role of classroom ethnic composition. Poster presented at the 22th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Virtual.
Dr. Catrina Cuina LIU
Catrina is a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Child and Family Science. She completed her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education at The Education University of Hong Kong. Her research interests mainly lie in children’s language and literacy learning, numeracy and arithmetic competence, and family science and child development. She is currently working on the language development of children at familial risk of dyslexia.
Liu, C., & Chung, K. K. H. (2022). Effects of fathers’ and mothers’ expectations and home literacy involvement on their children’s cognitive–linguistic skills, vocabulary, and word reading. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 60, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2021.12.009
Zoe Cheuk Yi LAM
Zoe is a kindergarten teacher, a special child-care worker and a teacher in the Montessori method of education. She is also a year 3 grad student pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Education in the Language Studies department of the Education University of Hong Kong. Her focuses of research are currently on early literacy and language development, as well as positive education. Her research interests include early childhood language competency and development, children literature, home literacy environment and reading literacy, Chinese and Cantonese education.
林焯怡、鍾杰華（2021）。《英「語」「童」玩親子遊戲書 “Joy of English Language Learning for Young Children”JELLY》。香港：香港教育大學兒童與家庭科學中心。
Research Assistants (listed by surname in alphabetical order)
Killian Chun Yin CHENG
Killian is a research assistant who is currently working on the C for Chinese project at the Center for Child and Family Science. He is an honorary graduate of Fordham University and a student analyst pursing his Master’s degree at New York Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. Before entering into the realm of research, his expertise lays in psychotherapy as a hypnotherapist, hypnotherapy instructor, and a dream analyst therapist certified in the United States. His research interests primarily focuses on the investigation of human unconsciousness, including dreams and fantasies, as well as transgender studies.
Janice Yuen Yee CHENG
Janice is currently working on GRF project. This project aims to explore the impact of environmental factors, such as family socio-economic status and home literacy environment, on preschooler’s cognitive, language and literacy skills development. Comparison will also be conducted between preschoolers with and without family risk dyslexia to determine the contribution of these risk factors to preschooler’s literacy and language development.
Bill Tat Chun CHUNG
Bill is a research assistant at the Centre for Child and Family Science. He is now working on the JC project RISE, which develops an assessment tool for English dyslexia in Chinese primary school students and supports their English Learning. He is also currently involved in projects including language development of children with developmental language disorder and second-language learning of college students.
Karen Man Kwan CHUNG
Karen is a research assistant at the Centre for Child and Family Science. She is now working on the JC project RISE, who helps develop an assessment tool for a school-based research project supporting primary school students with English learning difficulties. She is also involved in projects including language development of children with developmental language disorder and second-language learning for college students.
Yuki Hiu Ki HO
Yuki is a research assistant at the Centre for Child and Family Science. She is now working on the GRF project, which research on the cognitive skills and environment risk factors contributing to literacy skills in Chinese children at Family risk of Dyslexia. Her research interests include mental well-being, special educational needs students and socioemotional development.
Alexandra is a research assistant at the Centre of Child and Family Science. She is pursuing her master’s degree of social work in family therapy at Polytechnic University of Hong Kong. She is currently working on the EASP project. Her research interests mainly lie in well-being and positive psychology.
Pui Pui Man TANG
Pui is a research assistant at the Centre for Child and Family Science. She is now studying in Master of Counselling Psychology at Hong Kong Shue Yan University. She previously worked on the 3Es project, which provides a school-based intervention and developed a teacher assessment tool for socioemotional development of local kindergarteners. Also, she was involved in the project related to home literacy environment, children with dyslexia, college students’ sleep. Her research interests consist of socioemotional development, psychological well-being, and early literacy and language development.
Reeve Sing Yin WONG
Reeve is a research assistant at the Centre of Child and Family Science. He obtained his Master Degree of Applied Psychology at Polytechnic University of Hong Kong. He is currently working on the C for Chinese project. His research interests mainly lie in mental health and cognitive psychology.
Yao is a research assistant at the Centre for Child and Family Science at the Education University of Hong Kong. Currently, she is involved in the Resourceful Youth project and Italian project. Broadly, her research interests comprise social and emotional development of individuals across childhood to early adulthood, and to that, the effect of environmental factors such as parental socialization, culture, SES, etc.
Sun, Y., Lam, C. B., & Chung, K. K. H. (2021). Associations between maternal reactions to child negative emotions and child social competence: A longitudinal study. Journal of Family Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000693