POON Kin Loong Kenneth

Position
Associate Professor

Designation
Associate Dean, Education Research ; Co-director, CRCD

Department
Office of Education Research (OER), Early Childhood & Special Needs Education (ECSE)

Office Location
NIE5-B3-35

Education
PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA), MClinPsych (University of Queensland, Australia), BSocSci (Hons) (National University of Singapore)

Email
kenneth.poon@nie.edu.sg

Office Telephone Number
62196251

Research Interests
Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Psychopathology, Early Childhood Assessment, Early Intervention

  • Current Appointments

    • Associate Dean, Education Research, Office of Education Research (Jul 2018 - Present)
    • Centre Co-Director, Centre for Research in Child Development (Jul 2018 - Present)
    • Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University (Apr 2014 - Present)

    Previous Appointments

    • Interim Centre Co-Director, Centre for Research in Child Development (Apr 2018 - Jun 2018)
    • Associate Dean, Research Quality, Office of Education Research (Jun 2016 - Jun 2018)
    • Assistant Dean, Office of Education Research (2015 - May 2016)
    • Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University (May 2005 - Mar 2014)

    Introduction

    I am Associate Professor at the Early Childhood and Special Needs Education Academic Group at the National Institution, Nanyang Technological University. Apart from that, I also serve as Associate Dean, Education Research, as well as Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Child Development. Trained as a clinical psychologist and as an early interventionist, I have spent the past 20 years of experience working with persons with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

    As an active researcher, I am leading/have led, as principal investigator, research projects with a combined quantum of over SGD$6 million. I am primarily engaged in life course studies of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities and those with biological or environmental risk. One area of focus among the outcomes I study is the quality of life of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities and that of families. Related to this aspect is an increasing interest I have on voice of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities. As Singapore is a context which until recently, has not conducted much research, I have devoted a significant proportion of the time I have in research to developing, adapting, and norming instruments which may be used for future studies.

    Complementing my work as researcher, I teach/have taught courses on early childhood intervention, autism spectrum disorders, and the assessment of children. My work extends to consulting with organizations to support children with autism spectrum disorders and more broadly, including students with special educational needs.

    I also contribute to the community serving as President of Rainbow Centre, Singapore and on several Advisory Panels to the government. At an international level, I also serve as a board member of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID) Academy. Additionally, I serve on the editorial boards including the European Journal of Psychological Assessment, Communication Disorders Quarterly, Infants and Young Children, and the International Journal of School and Educational Psychology.

  • My areas of professional expertise include:

    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Early Intervention
    • Special Education
    • Assessment of Children with Special Educational Needs

    • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) (2017)
    • International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID) (2007)
    • International Society for Early Intervention (2006)
    • Singapore Registry of Psychologists (2005)
    • Singapore Psychological Society (2000)

  • I have taught a large number of courses covering a broad range of topics ranging from research method courses to those teaching content or practice areas. The approach to teaching varies from compact three-day workshops, full semester length courses, small-group seminars, and large lectures. 

     

    (1)  Graduate Level

     Course Code 

     Course Title

     Year(s) Taught

     MMM800

    Critical Inquiry

     2010

     MSE801

    Investigations in Special

     2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012

     MSE814

    Early Intervention

     2005, 2006, 2011 to present

     SA1002

    Assessment of Children and Youth*

     2008, 2018

     SA1006

    Advanced Topics in Autism Spectrum Disorders*

     2010

     

    (2)  Teacher Preparation/Diploma Level

     Course Code 

     Course Title

     Year(s) Taught

     NED 102

    Educational Psychology II: Providing for Individual Differences in Learning and Teaching and Classroom Management

     2011

     DED103/133

    Teaching and Managing Diverse Learners *

     2011

     DED106

    Teaching and Managing Learners at Primary Level*

     2011

     NED164

    Autism Spectrum Disorders*

     2006-2008, 2010-2011

     NED175

    Screening, Assessment, and Programming

     2005

     NED271

    Intervention Techniques

     2005

     

    (3)  Professional Development/In-Service Level

     Course Code 

     Course Title

     Year(s) Taught

     IEC4012

    Introduction to Special Needs Support*#

     2006-2011

     IEC4013

    Assessment, Programme  Development, and Programme  Evaluation for Students with Special  Needs*#

     2005-2011

     IEC4004

    Autism Spectrum Disorders: Characteristics and Classroom  Intervention*#

     2006-2012

     IEC4015

    Specific Language Impairment: Characteristics and Classroom  Intervention*#

     2008

     IPS3011

    Sensory, Physical, and Severe Learning Difficulties

     2009

     IPS3013

    Communication Difficulties and  Autism Spectrum Disorders*

     2010-2013

  • I supervise students interested in in the following areas:

    • Developmental Psychopathology
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Intellectual and Developmental Disability
    • Early Intervention
    • Family Quality of Life
    • Early Childhood Assessment

    • Long Service Award for Volunteers (10 years), Ministry of Social and Family Development (2018)
    • Friends of MSF Award, Ministry of Social and Family Development (2017)
    • Excellence in Research Award, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (2017)
    • Long Service Award (10 years), National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (2013)
    • Long Service Award for Volunteers (5 years), National Council of Social Service (2012)
    • Long Service Award for Volunteers (5 years), Rainbow Centre (Singapore) (2012)
    • Marvin Wyne Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA (2003)
    • Overseas Graduate Scholarship, National Institute of Education, NTU (2002)