Professor Straughan’s research interests center around the sociology of family and medical sociology. She is the Director and Principal Investigator at the Centre for Research on Successful Ageing (ROSA). Separately, she leads a project investigating the environmental risk factors in childhood obesity. She was also the Principal Investigator of a recently concluded project on Successful Ageing in Singapore, Seoul and Shanghai which involved multiple institutions and a multidisciplinary team. Professor Straughan serves as Consultant on numerous projects commissioned by various government agencies, including the Marriage and Parenthood Survey 2016 & 2012 commissioned by the National Population and Talent Division. She has published in both sociology and medical journals, like Social Science and Medicine, Cancer, and Cancer Causes and Control. Her books include Marriage Dissolution in Singapore: Revisiting Family Values and Ideology in Marriage, and Ultra-Low Fertility in Pacific Asia: Trends, Causes and Policy Issue (with Gavin Jones and Angelique Chan).
Professor Straughan was a Nominated Member of Parliament from 2009 to 2011, during which she argued for work-life balance and the nurture of a more pro-family social environment. Her community involvement includes serving on the Child and Youth Health Task Force, and the Infectious Disease Research Advisory Group (both at the Ministry of Health).
She is happily married to an Applied Mathematician, and they have 2 sons.
Will Tov is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Singapore Management University. He completed his doctorate in social and personality psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on the multilevel processes that underlie well-being. At the macro-level, he is interested in cultural similarities and differences in well-being as well as the societal-level conditions associated with well-being. At the micro-level, he examines daily fluctuations in emotion, satisfaction, and meaning—and how these fluctuations are influenced by positive personality traits, memory, and social interactions. He also examines the expression of emotion on social media and the veracity of such expressions as indicators of well-being. At SMU, he has received recognition for his dedication to teaching excellence and was awarded an innovative teaching award. He has also been a recipient of the Lee Kong Chian Fellowship at SMU. His work has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and the Journal of Personality.
Seonghoon Kim is Assistant Professor of Economics and Lee Kong Chian Fellow at Singapore Management University and a Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Germany. His research interests focus on health economics, labour economics, and public economics. Dr. Kim's current research project examines the causal impacts of income on health and economic outcomes, the impacts of COVID-19 on consumption, employment, and health. He has also published several articles in journals such as Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Urban Economics, and Journal of Development Economics. He teaches Health Economics at the advanced undergraduate and Ph.D. levels and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Ohio State University.
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Rachel graduated from Singapore Management University with a bachelor's degree in Social Science (Sociology). Her research interests center around gender and family, care work, as well as social stratification and inequality. As a Research Assistant at ROSA, Rachel supports the researchers with translational research at the centre.
Vicky is a Research Fellow at ROSA and Adjunct Research Fellow at Centre for Ageing Research & Education (CARE), Duke-NUS Medical School, National University of Singapore. Her research interests focus on the inequality in non-communicable/chronic disease management, with a particular interest in mental illnesses, and the impact of health financing policy to improve equitable access to needed and affordable healthcare. She has authored and co-authored in papers published in leading public health and medical journals, including Lancet Global Health, BMJ Global Health, Scientific Reports, and etc. She also served as a reviewer for Journal of Global Health, BMC Cancer and Scientific Reports. Vicky received her PhD in Public Health and Master in Public Policy (Economic Policy Analysis), both from National University of Singapore.
Having worked in SMU for the past 10 years in various departments, Wensi has built up a wealth of institutional knowledge and is now helming ROSA’s operations team. Wensi keeps the research and operations team on track and coordinates the centre’s outreach efforts with external stakeholders such as the Government, Voluntary-based organisations and the Public. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Singapore Management University (SMU) and Master’s degree in Public Policy from Kings College, London. Believing in lifelong learning, Wensi has been certified as a Lego Serious Play facilitator and a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach.
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Micah is a Research Associate at ROSA and is part of the team generating and communicating the Centre’s research outputs to stakeholders. Prior to this he was a Research Assistant under Professor Paulin Straughan at Singapore Management University (SMU), working on several research projects. Micah’s research interests predominantly focus on issues of identity, in terms of how individuals navigate their social, political, and cultural identities as they move through the different stages of their lives. He studied Sociology at the National University of Singapore (NUS) for his Honours degree, and subsequently went on to complete a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford.
As Data Programmer at ROSA, Shama's job includes programming and coding the SLP surveys, database management and housekeeping, troubleshooting technical issues related to survey systems, and providing general IT support to the ROSA team. She is also involved in providing technical advise in procurement processes for new softwares required by the organisation. Finally, she maintains and upgrades the web presence of ROSA. Shama has 13+ years prior experience as a web developer that includes a long track record of creating dynamic, rich and interesting web portals and of providing long term solutions to business technical problems. She holds a Master's in Computer Science from DOEACC of India and graduated from The Delhi University of India with an Honours degree in commerce. She has various certifications from Microsoft, IBM and Sun Microsystems for system engineering, e-commerce, database and java programming.
Catherine Loh has been the Research Panel Manager since September 2018. She assists the Centre Manager in overseeing the Centre's operations and research.
She is responsible for operational activities, managing database systems, maximizing panel retention, and supervising the call centre. She also trains and guides SMU student staff who provide operational assistance to the Centre and service support for survey participants.
Catherine received her Bachelor's degree in Engineering Business Management from Coventry University.
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Grace is a Research Assistant at ROSA and is part of the translational research team for the centre. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with an Honours degree in Social Sciences where she majored in Sociology. Prior to joining ROSA, she worked on an MOE Tier 2 project investigating the environmental factors influencing childhood obesity under Professor Paulin Straughan. Grace’s research interests lie broadly in health and well-being, family sociology, social mobility, and the life course.
Jee Yuen received his Master of Philosophy Degree in Economics from Singapore Management University in 2020. His job mainly involves supporting the researchers in data cleaning, processing and publication of the Singapore Life Panel, as well as involvement in research projects in various topics. Prior to embarking on his Master’s Degree, he took up roles such as an internship in the Ministry of Health’s Policy Research and Evaluation Division and student research assistant in Singapore Management University.
Yan Er studied Business Administration in Singapore Polytechnic with a major in Finance and Retail Management before graduating from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Arts, majoring in English Language. Prior to joining ROSA, she worked as a trainee in NUS as a Teaching Assistant under the department of Social and Cultural Geography.
Her main duties include assisting in the financial administration matters and daily operations of the centre.
Syafiqah graduated from University at Buffalo (SIM), with a degree in Psychology. Her interest lies in psychology of personality, cognitive neuroscience and applied research in psychology. In ROSA, she is involved in assisting the research panel manager with handling panel operations support which includes management of student assistants, preparation for monthly surveys and managing call management systems.
Erra obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sociology at Monash University (Australia). In 2019, she presented her thesis at The Australian Sociological Association conference. Her research interests includes social cohesion and cultural identities.
Nadya graduated from SMU with a degree in Politics, Law, and Economics, where she specialised in the study of distribution and justice. Her research interests include stratification, economic growth and development, and social mobility.
Dyan graduated from SMU in 2021 with a Bachelor's Degree of Social Science, majoring in Sociology and Data Analytics. He is passionate about social issues at large and has spent years volunteering with seniors and persons with disabilities. At ROSA, he primarily works on summarising and visualising research data for trend analysis. In his free time, he films places around Singapore to record them for posterity.
Zi Siong is an early career public health researcher with experience and interest in the social aspects of health. The areas he has worked in include health behaviour in the primary care context, social determinants of childhood obesity, and sexual health of the marginalized community. In 2019, he graduated with a master of public health from the Australian National University. At ROSA, he works with others on data analysis and other aspects of SLP.
Manikandan graduated from Singapore Management University in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Science, majoring in Psychology and Sociology. He has always been fascinated by the human mind and behaviour, thus, garnering his interest towards understanding the people and society that he interacts with. Some of his research interests include psychology of individual differences and motivation, as well as the study of crime and deviance. At ROSA, he is involved in assisting with research panel operations.
John graduated from SMU in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, majoring in Politics, Law, and Economics. He is deeply intrigued by political behaviour and decisions surrounding political participation. He is passionate about addressing socioeconomic inequality and various social issues, and constantly tries to build a deeper understanding of the root of those problems and how to navigate them via important societal conversations. At ROSA, he works closely with the other trainees in supporting the researchers in their work on the Singapore Life Panel. When he is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his loved ones.