Nie Youyan is an Associate Professor with the Psychological Studies Academic Group, National Institute of Education. She obtained her PhD in Educational Psychology from Nanyang Technogical University (Singapore) and MEd in Educational Psychology from Northeast Normal University (China). Her research interests include motivation in education, self-regulated learning, and innovation in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Nie Youyan has taught psychology at various levels (i.e. Graduate, Undergraduate, and Secondary) since 2001. She also worked as a counselor in the Mental Health Center, Northeast Normal University.