Cheung Hoi Shan

Social Sciences (Psychology)

Assistant Professor


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Dr Cheung Hoi Shan began her research career in 2004 at the Singapore Children’s Society, a voluntary welfare organisation which played a major role in nurturing her interest in research on children and families in Singapore. She obtained a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2014, where she studied how parental sensitive behaviour is related to children’s peer relationship in preschool. Upon graduation, she continued to develop her research in attachment theory and school bullying, as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at NUS and later a visiting scholar in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University. Dr Cheung joined Yale-NUS College in 2017.

Dr Cheung has a long-standing interest in studying how parent-child attachment at various developmental stages may influence children’s social development. Part of her work involves observing parents and children interact in naturalistic settings, and examines how parenting behaviours may have different meanings and correlates in non-Western cultures. Her current research looks at how the quality of parent-child attachment may buffer the effects of bullying and victimisation in school. Other research interests include parents’ use of disciplinary practices and corporal punishment, parent-peer dynamics in adolescence, social stratification and children’s academic self-concept and aspirations, as well as academic stress in childhood.

Representative publications:
Cheung, H. S., & Elliott, J. M. (2017). Child shyness and peer likeability: The moderating role of pragmatics and vocabulary. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 35, 531-545. doi:10.1111/bjdp.12192

Cheung, H. S., & Sim, T. N. (2017). Social support from parents and friends for Chinese adolescents in Singapore. Youth & Society, 49(4), 548-564. doi:10.1177/0044118X14559502

Cheung, H. S., & Elliott, J. M. (2016). Measuring maternal sensitivity: Cultural variations in the measurement of emotional availability. Child Development, 87(3), 898–915. doi:10.1111/cdev.12519

Cheung, H. S., & Hawkins, R. (2014). Child care and parenting practices in Singapore: A comparison of fathers’ and mothers’ involvement. Journal of Tropical Psychology, 4(e10), 1–12. doi:10.1017/jtp.2014.10

Developmental Psychology
Parenting and Child Development
Understanding Behaviour and Cognition
Comparative Social Inquiry