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Professor Jun Yu

Jun Yu is Professor of Economics and Finance at Singapore Management University (SMU) and Co-Principal Investigator at the Centre for Research on Successful Ageing (ROSA). He has a PhD in economics from the University of Western Ontario in 1998. He has published more than 80 articles in academic journals and edited handbooks in economics, finance and statistics. He has won numerous international awards for his research, including being a fellow of the Journal of Econometrics and also a fellow of the Society of Financial Econometrics. He has twice won the Lee Kuan Yew Fellow for Research Excellence at SMU. He was the Lead Principal Investigator at the Centre for Research on the Economics of Ageing (CREA).


Professor Phang Sock Yong

Phang Sock Yong is the Celia Moh Chair Professor of Economics at Singapore Management University (SMU). She is a Co-Principal Investigator at the Centre for Research on Successful Ageing (ROSA) and is also the Programme Director for SMU’s “Growing Infrastructure” programme. Professor Phang researches in the areas of housing and infrastructure economics, focusing on the impacts of government policies on these sectors. She previously served as Vice Provost (Faculty Matters), Interim Dean of the School of Economics and also Chair of the Department of Economics at SMU. Professor Phang has held extensive external appointments and currently serves as board member of the Energy Market Authority and is also a member of the Board of Trustees of ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.

Email: syphang [at]


Professor Denis Heng-Yan Leung

Denis Heng-Yan Leung is Professor of Statistics in the School of Economics at Singapore Management University (SMU). He has a research programme in statistical theory and methods related to survey data. He has a D.Phil from the University of Oxford. He has extensive experience in analysing health-related data, having been on the faculty of the Department of Biostatistics at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York between 1993 and 2001.


Stephen Hoskins

Principal Research Associate

As Principal Research Associate at ROSA, Stephen works with SLP data from conception & module design to data analysis and production of valuable insights for academics and external agencies. His current research relates to intergenerational transfers between SLP respondents and their children and parents. Previously at SMU, Stephen has conducted research into health and employment outcomes for mature Singaporeans, plus a focus on training programmes, hospitalisation and long-term care insurance, and spousal retirement decisions. Stephen has five years prior experience as a research assistant and economic consultant, solving difficult policy questions in diverse fields such as health, housing, transportation and development economics. He graduated from The University of Auckland with an Honours degree in economics.

Email: shoskins [at]
Tel: (65) 6828 9646


Research Panel Manager

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.

Email: catherineloh [at]
Tel: (65) 6828 0050

Professor Michael D. Hurd

Michael D. Hurd is Senior Principal Researcher and Director, RAND Center for the Study of Aging; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School; and Senior Research Fellow, Singapore Management University (SMU). Other research affiliations include Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research; Associate and Executive Committee member of the Michigan Retirement Research Center; Fellow of the Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement in the Netherlands, and Fellow of the Munich Research Institute for the Economics of Aging.
Dr Hurd holds a Master’s degree in Statistics and a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.


Professor Susann Rohwedder

Susann Rohwedder is Senior Economist at the RAND Corporation (US), Associate Director of the RAND Center for the Study of Aging and Professor of Economics at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She is a Senior Research Fellow at Singapore Management University (SMU). Other research affiliations include the Michigan Retirement Research Center and the Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement in the Netherlands (NETSPAR). Dr Rohwedder holds Master’s degrees from the University of Warwick (UK) and the Sorbonne in Paris and a PhD in economics from University College London.


Lu Qingqing

Assistant Manager

Qingqing has been working in SMU for more than five years.

She graduated from the School of Business at Singapore Management University with a degree in Finance. She worked as a Research Assistant at Centre for Research on the Economics of Ageing (CREA) before her current position.

Her main duty at the Centre is to assist in the financial administration matters and daily operations of the Centre. She also helps with event management and office administration.

Email: qqlu [at]
Tel: (65) 6808 5392

Assistant Professor Seonghoon Kim

Deputy Director, Co-Principal Investigator

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.

Email : seonghoonkim [at]


Assistant Professor Li Jing

Li Jing is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Singapore Management University. Her research interests are in urban economics, health economics, and real estate finance. She has published papers in the Journal of Urban Economics, the Journal of Applied Econometrics, and Regional Science and Urban Economics. She graduated from Syracuse University in May 2013 with a PhD in Economics.

Email: lijing [at]


Assistant Professor Alwyn Lim

Alwyn Lim is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Singapore Management University. His research interests are in the areas of institutions and organizations, globalization, and economic sociology, where he focuses on the rise, diffusion, and impact of corporate social responsibility frameworks. He is also researching the impact of globalization on the political economy of developmental states like Singapore. Alwyn obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

Email: alwynlim [at]

Assistant Professor Andree Hartanto

Andree Hartanto is an Assistant Professor of Psychology (Education) at the Singapore Management University. His research interests lie in the field of cognitive psychology and gerontology. His current research investigates experiential and psychological factors that predict successful aging.

Email: andreeh [at]


Professor David Chan

David Chan is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Behavioural Sciences Institute at Singapore Management University. His works, published in top psychology, management and methods journals, have been cited over 10,000 times in various disciplines. He has received several international awards such as the Scientist-Practitioner Presidential Recognition Award and William Owen Scholarly Achievement Award, and he is the first non-American to receive the Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award. He has served as Editor or board member of numerous international journals. He is the first scientist in the world to receive Elected Fellow status of all six international psychological organizations. In Singapore, he serves on numerous national councils, taskforces, scientific panels, international advisory panels and boards of directors. He is recipient of several national awards for his contributions. He writes op-eds in a By-Invitation column in The Straits Times and he is consultant to Channel NewsAsia on several documentary series.

Email: davidchan [at]

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Assistant Professor Jacinth Tan

Jacinth Tan is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Singapore Management University, School of Social Sciences. She received her Ph.D in social psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and postdoctoral training in psychophysiology at the University of California, San Francisco. She pursues two key lines of work in her research: The first examines how social status and economic inequality shape individuals’ cognitive, behavioral, and physiological responses in social interactions. The second examines the biopsychosocial pathways that underlie socioeconomic gaps in health and well-being, as well as the psychosocial factors that can mitigate such gaps.

Email: jacinthtan [at]

Assistant Professor Kenneth Tan

Kenneth Tan, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Purdue University. His research interests revolve around close relationships, in particular commitment, partner perceptions, and relationship dissolution as well as their effects on individual and relational well-being. Current projects focus on interpersonal influence, cognitions concerning relationship goals, culture in relationships, and also singlehood. These projects involved a variety of methods to explore the complex phenomena relevant to close relationships, including questionnaires, laboratory-based experiments, longitudinal designs, and daily report studies.

Email: kennethtanyy [at]

Assistant Professor Kimin Eom

Kimin Eom is Assistant Professor of Psychology in the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2018. His research interests include culture, sustainability, and well-being. His work has been published in journals such as Current Directions in Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Psychological Science.

Email: kimineom [at]

Dr Ursula M Staudinger

Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger is a psychologist and aging researcher. She is one of the world’s leading lifespan psychologists known for her work on the positive plasticity of aging and her research on resilience and on wisdom. Recently she has conducted groundbreaking studies to better understand the effects of work on aging. She is the recipient of the Braunschweig Research Award 2015 and of the Seneca Medal 2017. She is Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University and was the Inaugural Director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center. Starting in August 2020, she will be President of Technical University Dresden. Earlier in her career, she was the Dean of the Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning at Jacobs University Bremen and Vice President of the University and started as a Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. She was Vice President and Foreign Secretary of the German National Academy of Sciences and is Chair of the Board of the German Institute of Population Research.  She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America GSA, the American Psychological Association APA, and the Association of Psychological Science APS. She has been advising governments in different countries on questions of population aging.

Email: ums2103 [at]

Associate Professor Vincent Chua

Vincent CHUA is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at National University of Singapore. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto. He researches social networks paying close attention on its role in inequality reproduction. His areas include the study of education, race and neighbourhoods. His chapters and articles include: “Personal Communities: The World According to Me” (2011), “Social Networks and Labour Market Outcomes in a Meritocracy” (2011), “Categorical Sources of Varieties of Network Inequalities” (2013), “Unequal Returns to Social Capital: The Study of Malays in Singapore through a Network Lens” (2015), “Do Raffles Boys ‘Rule’ and Anglo-Chinese Boys ‘Own’ Singapore?: Analysing School-To-Work Correspondences in an Elite Development State” (2015), Social Capital in Singapore: Gender Differences, Ethnic Hierarchies, and their Intersection (2016), and Getting Ahead in Singapore: How Neighbourhoods, Gender, and Ethnicity affect Enrollment into Elite Schools (2019). He teaches modules on social capital and quantitative data analysis at NUS and is a recipient of the Faculty Excellence Teaching Awards (2013, 2017, 2018) and the University Annual Excellence Teaching Award (2018).

Email: socckhv [at]

Assistant Professor Xuan Zhang

Xuan Zhang is Assistant Professor of Economics at Singapore Management University (SMU). She holds a PhD in economics from Brown University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Renmin University of China. Her primary research fields are health economics, labor economics, and applied microeconomics with a special focus on the elderly population. She has published papers at Surgery, Annals of Emergency Medicine and Health Equity. Her current work examines the spillover effects of public health insurance programs, disruption in primary care on patient outcomes, causes of the opioid epidemic, and the economic impact of COVID-19.

Email: xuanzhang [at]

Associate Professor Angelique Chan

Dr. Angelique Chan holds joint appointments as Associate Professor in the Signature Program in Health Services & Systems Research, Duke-NUS Medical School and the Department of Sociology, NUS. She is the Inaugural Executive Director of the Centre for Ageing Research & Education (CARE, Duke-NUS). Dr Chan obtained her undergraduate degree, BA (Sociology) from Reed College, her PhD (Sociology) from the University of California at Los Angeles as a Rockefeller Foundation PhD fellowship awardee, and a US National Institute of Aging Post-Doctoral degree at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Chan‘s current research examines disability transitions, mortality, and the effects of social support on health, caregiver burden, and use of long-term care services. She has published widely on aging issues in leading international journals including the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, Journal of Aging and Health, and Journal of Gerontology Series B: Social Sciences and book chapters. She is co-author of a book titled Ageing in Singapore: Service Needs & the State (Routledge 2006) and Co-editor of Ultra-low Fertility in Pacific Asia: Trends, Causes and Policy Issues (Routledge 2009).

Her international work includes working with collaborators from Japan and USA on caregiving, work and retirement, and disability transitions. She has consulted for Singapore Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social and Family Development, Agency for Integrated Health, the United Nations, Temasek Foundation and the World Bank. She sits on various national committees related to ageing research and education.

Email: angelique.chan [at]

Associate Professor Feng QiuShi

Feng Qiushi received his doctoral degree from Duke University and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore (NUS). He is Academic Convenor of Global Studies Program, Academic Convenor of Health and Social Sciences Program, and Deputy Director of Centre for Family and Population Research (CFPR) in NUS. His research fields are aging and health, population studies, and economic sociology. With research themes mostly focusing on health and economy, he is interested to try different methods in research practice, such as multivariate statistics, simulation-based projection, experiment, comparative and historical approaches, as well as ethnographic approaches. Accordingly, he has been teaching social research methods for more than a decade. He publishes extensively, and is currently the Associate Editor of Asian Population Studies and BMC Geriatrics. His research has been supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF), Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE), and the National Medical Research Council (NMRC). He is currently leading a MOE Tier-2 project, Lifelong Education for Aging Productively (LEAP) in Singapore (

Email: socfq [at]

Associate Professor Hwajin Yang

Hwajin Yang is Associate Professor of Psychology in the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University. She obtained her PhD in Psychology from Cornell University (NY, USA) in 2005.

She has established a strong research programme that focuses on the intricate relations of executive functions (EF) to many aspects of our adaptive functioning such as cognitive processing, language development, emotional experiences, psychological well-being, decision-making, mental health,  academic success, and aging. She has published many empirical research articles in top-tier and prestigious journals in Aging, Cognitive, Developmental, Educational, and Social Psychology. She is currently serving as the associate editor of Frontiers in Developmental Psychology

Email: hjyang [at]



Professor Paulin Straughan

Director, Principal Investigator

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.

Email: paulints [at]

Associate Professor William Tov

Deputy Director, Co-Principal Investigator

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

Email: williamtov [at]

Professor Bryce Hool


Bryce Hool is Professor of Economics at Singapore Management University (SMU). He holds a PhD in economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s degree in economics and a BSc(Hons) degree in mathematics from the University of Canterbury. Prior to joining SMU, Professor Hool held appointments at the University of Wisconsin at Madison; at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he held administrative positions including Director of the Institute for Decision Sciences, Dean of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; and at the University of Auckland, where he was Head of the Department of Economics and served as Associate Dean (International) in the Faculty of Business and Economics.

Email: brycehool [at]
Tel: (65) 6828 0052

Lim Wensi

Centre Manager

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.

Email: wensilim [at]
Tel: (65) 6808 7992

Micah Tan

Research Associate

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. 

Email: micahtan [at]

Ng Wai Yee

Research Associate, Data Scientist

Wai Yee graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS), majoring in Mathematics and Statistics. She gained research experience in NUS for 6 years and subsequently worked as a statistician for another 6 years in the healthcare industry. Her previous research studies include the validation of the Zarit Burden Interview that measures caregiver’s burden of taking care of dementia patients, the development of a new scale to measure caregiving gains in dementia, the analysis of suicide trends over ten years in elderly, and the clinical utility of the Calgary Depression Scale for Schizophrenia in individuals at ultra-high risk of psychosis as well as quality of life research studies.

Email: wyng [at]
Tel: (65) 6828 0042

Grace Cheong

Research Assistant

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.

Email: llcheong [at]

Frosch Quek

Research Assistant

At ROSA, Frosch works on data related to the SLP which includes partaking in research design and data analysis.  She designs modules for data collection and analyzes data useful for drawing important conclusions for policymaking. Before joining ROSA, Frosch was a research assistant at Singapore Management University (SMU) for intermittent periods over 2 years and managed the process of data collection, literature review, and developed rubrics for subjective data analysis for several research projects. Frosch holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from SMU, where she graduated with Summa Cum Laude.

Email: froschquek [at]

Daron Lee

Research Assistant

Daron graduated from Singapore Management University (SMU) majoring in Psychology and Data Analytics. Taking interest in understanding the thoughts, emotions and behaviours of individuals, Daron cultivated these interests in the study of Psychology. In particular, he is eager to broaden his knowledge on how these aspects impact the lives of individuals transitioning from one major stage of life to another. Moreover, his passion in numbers has motivated him to take on a role in research, allowing him to pursue his desire to translate raw data into meaningful, actionable results.

Email: daronlee [at]

Anne Tan

Research Assistant

Anne recently graduated from Singapore Management University (SMU) with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. She provides support to the work being done at ROSA by developing insights to Singapore's ageing population. She is predominantly interested in researching social issues and understanding policy implications from findings.

Email: annetan [at]