Dr. Hae Yeon Lee is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent development. She earned a B.A. in Psychology at Seoul National University in South Korea– her home country where she was born and raised for the first two and half decades of her life. As a junior in college, she was fortunate to study at the University of Melbourne, Australia as an international exchange student. With her passion for psychology, Dr. Lee then moved to the United States and completed a M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin under the mentorship of Dr. David Yeager. As a postdoctoral research fellow, she continued to expand her independent research program in the Department of Psychology, Stanford University, with the joint mentorship of Dr. Gregory Walton and Dr. Carol Dweck. In Spring 2021, Dr. Lee joined Yale-NUS College in Singapore as an Assistant Professor of Psychology, teaching and researching adolescent development, psychological interventions, and research design and methods.
Dr. LEE’s research program bridges social-cognitive development with affective health science to understand adolescents’ status sensitivity and its developmental implications for stress, motivation, behavior, and mental and physical health outcomes. Particularly, Dr. LEE is interested in how young people mentally represent the social world (their beliefs, mindsets, and lay theories) and how these social-cognitive understandings can causally shape their important academic and social behaviors, as well as social-emotional adjustments and wellbeing. The central aims of Dr. LEE’s work are to advance theories of adolescent development and to create and test effective psychological intervention programs to promote healthier social-emotional development for youths in diverse school and cultural contexts. To address these goals, Dr. LEE’s research program integrates wise psychological intervention approaches with fine-grained ecological measures in both school field work and laboratory experiments that track developmental changes in adolescents’ stress, social emotional adjustment, health, and academic performance during the teenage years and beyond.
To date, Dr. Hae Yeon Lee’s research has been published at the leading academic journals, including Child Development, Psychological Science, Development and Psychopathology, Developmental Science, and Emotion Review. Her doctoral dissertation won the 2018 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) dissertation funding award. In 2019, Dr. Lee was named as a Jacobs Foundation Young Scholar. Her research findings have been featured in popular media outlets, including The New York Times, The Conversation, Future Ed, Education Week, Daily Texan, Fox News, and The Sydney Morning Herald.
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