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Dr. LI Yixun Annie has a multidisciplinary academic background in Education, Psychology, and Engineering. Over the past decade, she has devoted her passion to investigating reading development and intervention among young children. To continue her research work as a lifelong career, she joined the ECE department at the EdUHK in July 2021, right after obtaining a Ph.D. degree in Human Development from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) in the U.S.A. She has been publishing widely in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, books, and international conferences, as well as reviewing for many prestigious journals and conferences. She has been an Associate Editor for the Journal of Research in Reading since November 2022, an Associate Editor for the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Appliedand a member of the Editorial Board for Infant and Child Development since January 2023. In July 2021, she received the Rebecca L. Sandak Young Investigator Award from Society for Scientific Study of Reading, one of the most prestigious international societies for reading research, in recognition of her showing outstanding promise and dedication to the field. During her time at UMD, she was a U.S. National-Science-Foundation-funded Language Science Fellow at the Maryland Language Science Center and also earned a graduate certificate in statistical analysis in 2020. She was a visiting researcher at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland (2016-2017; fully funded by Marie Curie International Staff Exchange Scheme of the European Union), where she worked on international collaborative projects concerning computer-based reading intervention for young children. She holds a master’s degree in Developmental and Educational Psychology from Beijing Normal University and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from North China Electric Power University.

Recent Call:

Accepting motivated PhD students who are willing to devote themselves to literacy research (broadly constructed) in the upcoming academic years.

Research interests

  • Language Development and Reading Acquisition
  • English-Chinese Bilingual Reading
  • Technology-Based Reading Intervention
  • Text Readability and Leveled Reading

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Teaching Interests

  • Language Development and Reading Acquisition
  • Research Methods
  • Educational Psychology
  • Learning and Teaching

External Appointments

  • Associate Editor for Journal of Research in Reading
  • Associate Editor for Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied
  • Editorial Board for Infant and Child Development
  • Member of Governing Council Publications Committee of Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)


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