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  • Kevin is a Chair Professor of Child Development and Special Education and Director of the Centre for Child and Family Science at the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK).
  • He was a Head of Department for the Department of Early Childhood Education from July 2014 to December 2019 and Department of Special Education and Counselling from July 2011 to June 2014 at EDUHK. He previously served as an Associate Dean (Research) 2008 to 2010, Faculty of Education Studies, and a Coordinator, KRA: Learning and Assessment at the Hong Kong Institution of Education (HKIED). Prior to joining the Institute, he was an Assistant Professor and Program Director of Master of Education (Special and Inclusive Education), Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He was also a high school teacher in Sydney for more than four years before embarking on an academic career.
  • His research and teaching focus on developmental dyslexia and other learning disabilities, literacy acquisition, assessment and instruction, cognitive and social-emotional development, and family relations.
  • Kevin has published widely in the areas of reading difficulties, reading and writing, psycholinguistics, child development, educational psychology, and family relationships. He serves on the editorial boards of the top ranked journals in his field.
  • Kevin as a principal investigator received around HK$200 million in funding from 6 General Research Fund, 3 Quality Education Fund, 1 Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR), 4 Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, and 2 Simon K Y Lee Foundation. As a co-Investigator, he has been involved in 2 Collaborative Research Fund, 1 Theme-based Research Scheme, 5 Health and Medical Research Fund, 10 General Research Fund, 3 Quality Education Fund, and 1 SCOLAR.
  • He is elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Fellow of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, a Voting Member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, and an elected Vice President and Board Member of Association for Reading and Writing in Asia.
  • Kevin received the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Research (Research Excellent Award) from EdUHK and the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Knowledge Transfer (Team Award). Dr. Ian Lam and Kevin also won the 2021 iCAN Silver Medal, Special Award and the International Innovation and Invention Competition (IIIC 2021), Gold Medal for the development of a screening tool-The Chinese Inventory of Children’s Socioemotional Competence (CICSEC).
  • Kevin is listed among the world's top 2% scientists by Stanford University.
  • Kevin serves as a consultant and advisor on large-scale research and development projects such as PISA 2018. He was a Core Member of the 2018 International Reading Expert Group – Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) project, and is a Chairperson of Steering Committee of the PISA 2018 and PISA 2021 in Hong Kong. He is a Specialist of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ). He also offers advice to government departments, higher education institutions, and NGOs both regionally and internationally.
  • Guest editor, Early Education and Development, 33 (5), 2022. Special issue on "Studying children's social-emotional development in school and at home through a cultural lens"


Research interests

Developmental dyslexia and other learning disabilities, language and literacy acquisition, assessment and instruction, mathematical learning, cognitive and social-emotional development, family relations, and inclusive education.

Teaching Interests

Dyslexia, Learning difficulties, Special education, Child development, and Research methods

External Appointments

Reviewer (Grants)

  • General Research Fund (GRF)
  • Israel Science Foundation (ISF)
  • National Institute of Education, Singpapore (OER)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Research Services and Knowledge Transfer Office, University of Macau

Services to Community and the Professional Community

  • Honorary Consultant of Child Rehabilitation Service, Hong Kong Christian Service
  • Advisor of the Child and Adolescent Financial Education Fund Limited
  • 北區幼兒教育校長會會務顧問
  • Honorary Advisor of Academy for Professional Education and Development (APED), Heep Hong Society
  • Advisor of Anne Marden Playright Academy
  • Chairman of the Steering Committees of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2021 in Hong Kong
  • Chairman of the Steering Committees of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2018 in Hong Kong
  • Member of the Steering Committee on Early Childhood Development, Boys and Girls Clubs’ Association
  • Advisor of Kindergarten Support Project for The Spastics Association of Hong Kong (SAHK)
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of Learning & Teaching Expo
  • 大埔及北區幼兒教育校長會榮譽副會長
  • Member of the Working Group to review the Assessment of SpLD in reading and writing in secondary school students
  • Member of the Committee on Professional Development of Teachers and Principals (COTAP)
  • Member of the Working Group for Task group on Specific Learning Disabilities, Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority
  • Member of Curriculum Development Council Committee on Early Childhood Education, Education Bureau (EDB)
  • Member of Curriculum Development Council Committee on English Language Education, Education Burea (EDB)
  • Member of the Hong Kong Specific Learning Difficulties Research Team
  • Advisor of Kindergarten Support Project for The Spastics Association of Hong Kong (SAHK)
  • Honorary Consultant of Infant Stimulation and Parent Effectiveness Training Service (ISP Service), Hong Kong Christian Service
  • Member of Advisory Committee of JC A-Connect: Jockey Club Autism Support Network, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
  • Member of the 2018 International Reading Expert Group – PISA project
  • Member of Advisory Board for World DIDAC Conference and Expo
  • External academic advisor of the Master of Social Sciences in Psychology of Education, the Department of Applied Social Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong
  • PhD/MPhil external examiner of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong



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