WANG Chee Keng John


Associate Dean, Research Management and Programmes

Office of Education Research (OER), Physical Education & Sports Science (PESS)

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PhD (Sport and Exercise Psychology, Loughborough University, UK, 2001); BSc [Honours 1st Class] (Physical Education and Sports Science, Loughborough University, UK, 1995); Diploma in Physical Education (College of Physical Education, Singapore, 1991)


Research Interests
Sport and Exercise Psychology, Motivation, Achievement Goals, Statistical Analysis, Structural Equation Modeling, Multilevel Analysis, Latent Growth Curves Analysis

  • Designation
    • Professor
    • Associate Dean, Research Management and Programmes, Office of Education Research
    • Leader, Motivation in Educational Research Lab
    • Visiting Fellow, Loughborough University, UK
    • Visiting Professor, Tianjin University of Sport, China

      Dr Wang is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society and registered with the Health Professions Council of UK as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist. He obtained his PhD from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom in Sport and Exercise Psychology. He is also the current President of the Singapore Physical Education Association. Dr. Wang currently teaches sport psychology, exercise psychology, research methods, measurement and evaluation and various sport modules in NIE. He also work closely with teachers, coaches, national athletes and school athletes in mental preparation for peak performance, as well as with school children in increasing exercise participation.

      Dr Wang leads a group of NIE staff in the Motivation in Educational Research Lab (MERL) in NIE. The aim of MERL is to focus on specific motivational issues related to education and works on translating theories into knowledge for evidenced-based practice in education.

      His areas of research include motivational and emotional aspects of physical activity and exercise. His recent publications have been on sport ability beliefs, achievement goals, intrinsic motivation, emotion, and self-esteem. In addition, he also wrote papers on outdoor education, project work, internet gaming, and problem-based learning. His strength is also in statistical analyses, structural equation modeling, multilevel analysis and latent growth curves analyses.

      To date, Dr Wang has published more than 200 research publications ranging from books, book chapters, monographs, refereed articles, conference papers, and research reports. His work is widely cited internationally.

      Most of his works are published in top journals in the area of Sport Psychology, such as Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology and Journal of Sports Sciences, and education psychology, such as British Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Educational Research, etc. He is also a member of 16 editorial boards, including International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology (Section Editor), and International Journal of Asian Society for PE, Sport, & Dance (Associate Editor). He has been involved in more than 40 research projects with funding amounting to about S$4 million.

    • Year



      June 2015

      Excellent Oral Presentation

      2015 WREA World Congress and Beijing Forum

      July 2014

      Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society

      British Psychological Society

      July 2013

      Friend of Raffles Institution

      Raffles Institution

      May 2008

      International Society for Behavioural, Nutrition, and Physical Activity 2008 Annual Conference Participant Scholarship Award

      International Society for Behavioural, Nutrition, and Physical Activity

      April 2007

      Research Outstanding and Award Recognition

      Nanyang Technological University