I am a visiting instructor of Psychology at Maryville College. I teach Child Development (Psy 211), Psychology of Adolescence (Psy 218), and Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Psy 149). Many students in my classes are from different Majors. They are interested in working with children and/or adolescents in their future. My classes offer opportunities for them to have active experiences with children and teenagers.
Background and research
I grew up in Ningbo, China (east coast of China). I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education from Beijing Normal University, and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Connecticut. My research interests are vocalization, social development, and social cognitive development in children. I have published research papers on my work at Beijing Normal University, University of Connecticut, Max-Plank-Institute in Leipzig, and Vanderbilt University.
I have two boys, who changed my life. In 2009, I started writing magazine articles for parents in China. I have a blog and a micro-blog (works like Twitter in China), from which I have 120,000 followers. I have written hundreds of articles and answered thousands of questions from parents via internet. In June 2016, I had my third book published (Parenting Choices). When I interact with parents who bring up a lot of questions about real life, I use theories and research to better apply the knowledge in practice. All these experiences help me become a better instructor and parent, while also helping children and parents in various ways - which was my original goal in studying Developmental Psychology.