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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 learning disabilities, literacy acquisition, assessment and instruction, cognitive and social-emotional development, and inclusive education. Kevin has published widely in the areas of dyslexia, reading and writing, child development, educational psychology, psycholinguistics, and cognitive neuroscience of language. He serves on the editorial boards of the top ranked journals in his field.

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 also a Specialist of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ).

He is elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Fellow of theInternational 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. He won 6 General Research Fund grants, 3 Quality Education Fund, 1 Standing Committee on Language Education and Research, 2 Simon K.Y. Lee Foundation, and 3 Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. Kevin also 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).

Research interests

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

Teaching Interests

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

External Appointments

Reviewer (Grants)

  • General Research Fund (GRF)

Services to Community

  • Member of the Advisory Committee of Learning & Teaching Expo 2017
  • 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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