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Joyce Gao

PhD candidate

D. Gao
+31 71 527 2727

Dan Gao graduated from the master in the Institute of Developmental and Educational Psychology at East China Normal University, China in 2019. She is currently a PhD candidate at Parenting, Child Care and Development programme group, Leiden University. Dan Gao’s research interests focus on the relation between parenting practices and parent-child interactions and child social-emotional development across different cultural contexts. She is currently involved in the research project: ‘Children’s Interpersonal Trust Development: A Longitudinal Cross-Cultural Study.’


  • 2018-2019: Visiting Scholar, Culture, Child and Adolescent Development Laboratory, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. 
    - Children’s Successful Transition and Adaptation Research Study
    - Virtual Reality Project: Healthy Development in Young Adults
  • 2017-2019: Research Assistant, Child and Adolescent Health and Development Center,  East China Normal University 
    - Chinese Families’ Environment and Children’s Social, Emotional and Health Development Project
  • 2016-2017: Research Assistant, Educational Neuroscience Center, East China Normal University
    - Reading Ability and Visual Processing Project

Academic awards

  • 2020: Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) Travel Grant
  • 2018: East China Normal University Study Abroad Scholarship. Visiting scholar research in University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • 2016 - 2019: East China Normal University Graduate Academic Scholarship

PhD candidate

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Pedagogische Wetenschappen
  • Opvoeding en Ontwikkeling

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 4B14



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