DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
RESEARCH AREAS
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The Psychology Department offers graduate degrees based on coursework and research.

The research programme require the completion of general and area modules as well as a research project. The completion of programme requirements will be recognized with a Master of Social Sciences (M.Soc.Sci.) or a doctorate (Ph.D.) degree. Our department offers specialization in the following areas:

  • Clinical Research

    This specialization is meant for candidates (with or without a clinical background) who would like to conduct research involving clinical populations. However, the research training received by the candidate will not allow him or her to practice as a clinical psychologist after graduation. Current research programs include psychological trauma and resilience, clinical child psychology and paediatric illness, psychological treatment outcome evaluation, and clinical neuropsychology. Prospective students may wish to visit the research profiles of the following investigators and establish contact to inquire about a potential supervision: Collinson, Keng, Magiati, Ponniah, Tan, Tang.

  • Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience

    Cognitive psychologists in our department investigate a wide range of cognitive functions including perception, attention, memory, interval timing, and language. Their research uses behavioral measures ranging from simple button responses to voice recordings or the recordings of eye movements. Additional insights are gained from electrophysiological methods (e.g., electrocardiograms, electroencephalography), optical methods (i.e., event-related optical imaging) and magnetic resonance imaging methods (e.g., fMRI). Prospective students with an interest in these lines of research may visit the research profiles of the following investigators and establish contact to inquire about a potential supervision: Chua, Ebstein, Goh, Graham, Hon, Kozhevnikov, Lim, Mullete-Gillman, Penney, Rickard Liow, Schirmer, Singh, Yap.

  • Developmental Psychology

    Our developmental psychologists investigate infant, child and adolescent development. Their interests range from the normal and abnormal development of emotions, interpersonal skills, or cognitive functions. Prospective students with an interest in these lines of research may visit the research profiles of the following investigators and establish contact to inquire about a potential supervision: Elliott, Magiati, Qin, Sim, Singh.

  • Health Psychology

    Our department comprises a number of staff with an interest in the psychological aspects of both mental and physical health. Through connections with hospitals and health organizations, they study patients with medical problems such as kidney failure or cardiovascular disease. They also collaborate with various employers to identify the conditions that trigger or propagate health problems and to develop and implement prevention programmes. Prospective students with an interest in these lines of research may visit the research profiles of the following investigators and establish contact to inquire about a potential supervision: Bishop, Griva, Hong, Tang.

  • Quantitative Psychology

    Another area of specialization within our programme is quantitative psychology. Here the focus is on developing statistical methods that are suitable for the problems that arise in psychological research. Prospective students with an interest in this line of research may visit the research profiles of the following investigators and establish contact to inquire about a potential supervision: Cheung.

  • Personality and Social Psychology

    Research in our department covers a wide range of personality and social psychology questions. For example, some investigators study the relationship between personality vulnerabilities and social cognition. Others study attitudes, emotions, or aspects of social communication. Prospective students with an interest in these lines of research may visit the research profiles of the following investigators and establish contact to inquire about a potential supervision: Au, Fulmer, Hong, Jia, Schirmer, See, Tong, Tsai.