Practice Research with Social Service Agencies.

  • Data Management and Curation: Best Practices. I worked with an SSA to establish “good-enough” practices in data management and curation.

  • Adoption Home Study Reports. I analyzed the assessment reports to understand the assessment processes involved in determining the suitability of prospective adoptive parents.

Text-as-data projects

  • Parents’ Corporal Punishment in Singapore Reddit Threads. I am analyzing the positional stances of Reddit Singapore posters from a corpus of about 1000 posts.

  • He killed himself: Dealing with grief from traumatic loss. I am looking at themes of grief among survivors of suicide victimes from a large of text from Reddit threads.

  • News Media Representations of Social Service Agencies During COVID-19 in Singapore. Analysis of 1,095 news articles in Singapore on SSAs using a corpus linguistic approach. [Website][Github][Article]

  • Text-mining news on Social Work Profession in Singapore. Text data analysis of 7000 news articles related to Social Work Profession in Singapore. [Github]

  • Annual reports of Social Service Agencies in Singapore. Narratives of Directors’ messages from 2017 to 2021. Project website coming up soon!


  • Parenting stress and children behavioral problems during COVID-19 pandemic. We investigated the effects of parenting stress on child and parenting outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic from 40 studies. [Website] [Preprint]

Parenting / fathers

  • Parenting During COVID-19 Circuit Breaker. A survey study conducted with parents in Singapore during partial lock-down Circuit-breaker. [Website]

  • Parenting Books on Webscrapping titles I analyzed titles of parenting books listed on[Website]

  • Exploring the Role of Fathers in Singapore During the First 6 Years of their Child’s Development. A FGD study with fathers in collaboration with CHILD and SICS.

Other projects

  • In-Work Poverty and the Challenges of Getting By Among the Young. Funded by the Social Science Thematic Research Grant, this project seeks to gain new insights on the kinds of “in-work” poverty that the working class are experiencing. It will focus on the challenges faced by lowly educated young workers (aged between 21 and 40) and their efforts at advancement. [website]

  • GUSTO: Growing Up in Singapore towards Healthy Outcomes. GUSTO is Singapore’s largest and most comprehensive birth cohort study. GUSTO is an important nation-wide medical study that gathers data from parents and their babies, starting from pregnancy.[Website]

  • North Carolina State Administrative Data. Collaboration with Associate Professor Paul Lanier at UNC School of Social Work. To build predictive risk models with administrative linked data for children in welfare.

  • DADS CAN! Collaboration with A*STAR team to look at fathers and families. Website