HUAN Swee Leng Vivien

Associate Professor

Deputy Associate Provost (Student Wellbeing) - NTU

Psychology and Child & Human Development (PCHD)

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Ph.D. (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
M.Ed. (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
BA (Hons) (Simon Fraser University)


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Research Interests
Aggressive youths and their relationships with parents, and peers, At-risk youths, Discipline in schools/Classroom, Juvenile Delinquency, Pathological Internet Use among teens, Social Problem Solving Skills

  • Vivien Huan is an Associate Professor at National Institute of Education (NIE). She is also the Deputy Associate Provost (Student Wellbeing), NTU. Having taught in schools for 12 years, her research interests reside very much with issues related to students. These include juvenile delinquency, Internet use, youths at-risk, discipline in schools, and other psychopathological and developmental issues observed in children and adolescents. Vivien is both a panel advisor at the Singapore Juvenile Court and an expert panelist with the Family Courts. At the national level, she is a member of the National Youth Guidance and Rehabilitation (NYGR) Research Committee. 

  • 1. 1998: Nominated for President Award for Teachers.
    2. 2006-2008: Recipient of NIE’s Excellence in Commendation Award.
    3. 2008: Recipient of the NTU’s Nanyang Award for Excellence in Teaching.
    4. 2011: Recipient of Educational Review Journal’s most cited article award


  • Huan, V. S., Yeo, L. S., Ang, R. P., & Chong, W. H. (in press). The impact of adolescent concerns on their academic stress. Educational Review.

    Klassen, R., Chong, W. H., Huan, V. S., & Wong, Y. F. I. (in press). Motivation Beliefs of Secondary School Teachers in Canada and Singapore: A Mixed Methods Study Teaching and Teacher Education.

    Neihart, M., & Huan, V. S. (in press). The gifted adolescent. In B. Kerr (Ed.), Encyclopedia of giftedness, creativity, and talent. CA: Sage Publications.

    Ang, R. P., Huan, V. S., Braman, O. R. (2007). Factorial structure and invariance of the Academic Expectations Stress Inventory across Hispanic and Chinese adolescent samples. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 38, 73-87.

    Ang, R. P., Chong, W. H., Huan, V. S., & Yeo, L. S. (2007). Validation of the Adolescent Concerns Measure (ACM): Evidence from exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis. Adolescence, 42, 221-240.

    Huan, V. S. (2007). Aggression in youths. In E. Lui & Wong, S. S. (Eds.), Youth guidance in Singapore: Issues, interventions and reflections (pp. 94-103). Singapore: Prentice-Hall.

    Huan, V. S., Yeo, L. S., Chong, W. H., & Ang, R. P. (2006). The influence of dispositional optimism and gender on adolescents’ perception of academic stress. Adolescence, 41, 533-546.

    Ang, R. P., & Huan, V. S. (2006). Academic Expectations Stress Inventory (AESI): Development, factor analysis, reliability, and validity.Educational and Psychological Measurement, 66, 522-539.

    Huan V. S. (2005). The role of social identity in the process of peer mediation between at-risk and non at-risk youths in Singapore. Journal of Youth Studies, 8, 155-170.

    Huan, V. S. (2005). Preference of Normal stream students for peer mediators: A social identity theory perspective. Educational Research Journal, 20, 187-205.

  • Research Projects
    Title of Project & Duration Source of Funding
    Procrastination among students in Singapore (in collaboration with University of Alberta) (2007- 2009) AcRF
    Understanding teacher effectiveness in classroom management: Implications and applications for the Normal stream classroom (2006-2008) AcRF
    Adolescent Motivation and Procrastination in School and Family Contexts (2006 – 2007) Alberta Center for Child, Family and Community, Canada.
    Teacher efficacy in diverse settings (International collaboration with University of Alberta) (Jan-Dec 2006) University of Alberta
    Coping in adolescence: A study of personal, academic, social, and familial stressors and coping behaviors of Singapore youths (2004- 2006) AcRF
    Understanding Behavioral and Emotional Problems among Adolescents in Singapore Schools (2002 – 2003) AcRF
    Identifying predictors for recidivism among juveniles and youths in Singapore (in collaboration with Subordinate Courts of Singapore: non-funded) (2006- 2007) Non Funded
    Evaluation of a community-based inclusive education program for at-risk preschoolers (in collaboration with Kandang Kerbau Hospital : non-funded) (2007 – 2008) SingHealth