About

I am currently a research fellow at SICS, A*STAR Singapore and an adjunct with Social Service Research Centre, NUS.

Research Interests

  • Parents and parenting
  • Social Work Processes
  • Intervention Design and Development
  • Evaluation Research
  • Text-as-data Analysis
  • Causal Inference

Education

UNC Chapel Hill
PhD in Social Work
Advisors: Paul Lanier, David Ansong, Ding-Geng Chen, Emily Putnam Hornstein, Meghan Shanahan,

Chapel Hill, North Carolina NC
Granted August 2021

  • Dissertation (3 paper): Risk Factors of Subsequent Allegations of Child Maltreatment
    • Paper 1: A Meta-analysis of Risk Factors for Re-reported Allegations of Child Maltreatment
    • Paper 2: Using Risk Factors to Predict Child Maltreatment Re-reports: A Machine Learning Approach
    • Paper 3: The Influence of County-level Socioeconomic Risks and Supportive services on Maltreatment Re-reports in North Carolina: A Bayesian spatiotemporal approach

National University of Singapore
Master of Social Work

Singapore
2016

National University of Singapore
B.A. in Arts (major in Social Work)

Singapore
2007

Experience

Singapore Institute for Clinical Science, ASTAR

Aug 2022 - present

Research Fellow

  • Part of Jonathan Huang’s research team at Epidemiology and Biostatistics at SICS (Biostats@SICS)
  • Primary aim of Biostats@SICS is to adapt and apply cutting-edge methods to complex data (longitudinal, -omics, sociobehavioral, etc.) to study maternal, child, and adolescent health
  • Part of team for DADSCAN project which seeks to fill an important gap in understanding the multi-faceted ways in which dads and partners support child health and development throughout the early life course – from preconception through adolescence.
  • Harmonized data related to fathers across three large-scale longitudinal studies (GUSTO, MAMS, and S-PRESTO)

Social Service Research Centre, NUS

Nov 2021 - present

Research Fellow

  • SSRC is a research centre in FASS at NUS dedicated to social intervention research in Singapore.
  • Ran analyses for two longitudinal studies in Singapore: In-work Poverty and EPYC
  • Managed and ran training workshops to teach research skills to community practitioners and researchers
  • Managed in-house publication Snippet
  • Research consultations for social service agencies

NUS

2014 - 2017

Research manager

  • Strengthening Families Together Pilot
  • Managed project for three years
  • Managed and analyzed data
  • Writing and reporting
  • Training

Fei Yue Family Service Centre

2008 - 2013

Senior Social Worker

  • Casework and Counseling
  • Information and Referral Coordinator
  • Developed child abuse specialist centre
  • Clinical supervision
  • Clinical skills training (children group-work skills, case management)
  • Program coordinator for Enhanced Step-Up Program
  • SFBT graduate diploma

Teaching

Social Service Research Centre

Research Skills Mentoring Workshop for Social Service Professionals

2022