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Dr. YANG Lan (Joy) is Assistant Professor at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the Education University of Hong Kong. She obtained her PhD degree from the University of Hong Kong in 2012 on examining the effects of performance feedback and a combination of performance and attributional feedback on enhancing Chinese students’ academic self-concept and academic achievement. She was the recipient of the Global SELF Research Network Highly Commended PhD Award (2013) based on her PhD research. Her recent research focuses on harnessing the power of formative assessment from the perspective of psychology including a wide range of influential psychological constructs (e.g., self-concept, achievement emotions, learning engagement etc.). Recently, the Psychology and Assessment SIG led by Dr. Joy Yang has been established under the KRA (https://www.eduhk.hk/artist), the Education University of Hong Kong.

Research interests

• Harnessing the power of feedback in education

• Feedback orientation and its role in the power of feedback

• Development of the Feedback Ecological Model

• Assessment for learning (AfL)

• Assessment as learning (AaL)

• Positive psychology and assessment

Teaching Interests

  • Feedback and emotion
  • Assessment for learning
  • Assessment as learning
  • Questionnaire development
  • Quantitative research methodology

External Appointments


  • International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)
  • The European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI)
  • The American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • International Forum of Researchers in Education (IFORE)
  • International Association of Cross-cultural Psychology (IACCP)
  • The Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong
  • The Special Education Society of Hong Kong
  • Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), the Education University of Hong Kong
  • Centre for Research on Chinese Language and Education (CRCLE), the Education University of Hong Kong
  • Centre for Advancement in Inclusive and Special Education (CAISE), The University of Hong Kong

Editorial Board

  • International Journal of Comparative Education and Development
  • Frontiers in Education: Assessment, Testing and Applied Measurement Section (Associate Editor)
  • Frontiers in Education: Special Educational Needs Section (Review Editor)
  • Frontiers in Education: Educational Psychology (Review Editor)
  • Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology (Consulting Editor)


  • Asia Pacific Journal of Education
  • British Journal of Educational Psychology
  • CAISE Review
  • Education Psychology
  • Educational Research and Evaluation
  • Educational Research for Policy and Practice
  • European Journal of Psychology of Education
  • Education Journal
  • Frontier in Education
  • Frontier in Psychology
  • Hong Kong Journal of Special Education
  • International Journal of Educational Psychology
  • International Journal of Chinese Language Education
  • Pedagogies: An International Journal
  • PlosOne
  • SAGE Open
  • School Psychology International
  • Teaching and Teacher Education
  • The Asian-Pacific Education Researcher
  • The Internet and Higher Education

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