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New Research Clusters

2022-05-30

 

The Department of Special Education and Counselling established two research clusters on (1) Social and Emotional Learning, and (2) Sensory, Cognitive, and Language Processing. The research clusters aim to facilitate productive discussions and collaboration among members of the clusters, with a view toward the development of joint projects, publications, and grant applications. The overview and purposes of the two research clusters are described below.

 

Research Cluster (1): Social and Emotional Learning

The SEL research cluster involves a team of researchers who collaborate and work across a number of thematic areas that critically contribute to the theoretical and empirical understanding of social and emotional competencies. The cluster not only focuses on children and young people who demonstrate difficulties with social interaction, emotional regulation, and/or experience mental health problems, but also conducts research work to support teachers, families, schools, and communities in removing the emotional barriers to learning and building resilience for all children and young people. The work has pedagogical and clinical implications for cultivating social and emotional competencies in childhood and adolescence.

The SEL research cluster aims to:

  • Advance the theory, research, and practice pertaining to the social and emotional competencies of children and young people with diverse needs
  • Improve the current understanding of the peer, family, school, and community contexts that are conducive to the development of social and emotional competencies
  • Develop and disseminate evidence-based assessments and interventions on the social and emotional competencies of children and young people

Convenor:

  • Dr. CHAN Chun Ho, Randolph

Members:

  • Prof. CHIU Ming Ming
  • Dr. CHUNG Yin Han, Eva
  • Dr. Jesus Alfonso Daep DATU
  • Dr. JIANG Da
  • Dr Diana KWOK
  • Dr. WANG Hui
  • Ms. WONG Shuk Ping, Grace

 

Research Cluster (2): Sensory, Cognitive, and Language Processing 

The SCLP research cluster involves a strong team of researchers with diverse expertise, including developmental psychology, bilingualism, speech perception, and others. We collaborate and work across a number of thematic areas that critically contribute to the theoretical and empirical understanding of sensory, cognitive, and language processing. The cluster focuses on understanding both individuals with normal abilities and individuals who demonstrate difficulties with sensory, cognitive, or language problems, using behavioral, biological, and neural techniques. We also conduct applied research work to support practitioners, families, and communities in developing and implementing assessment tools and evidence-based interventions. 

The SCLP research cluster aims to:

  • Advance the theory, research, and practice pertaining to the sensory, cognitive, and language processing of diverse populations
  • Improve the current understanding of the biological and neural dynamics of various processes that influence basic and higher-level human cognition
  • Develop and disseminate evidence-based assessments and interventions on the sensory, cognitive, and language competencies of children and adults

Convenor:

  • Dr. YUM Yen Na, Cherry

Members:

  • Dr. CHEN Yuan, David
  • Prof. CHIU Ming Ming
  • Dr. HE WU Jing, Mavis
  • Prof. LEUNG Chi Hung
  • Dr. LIU Duo, Phil
  • Dr. POON Kei Yan, Kean

 

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