Dr. Hae Yeon Lee is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent development. In 2008, she earned a B.A. in Psychology from 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. With her passion for psychology and developmental science, Dr. Lee has moved to the United States and completed an M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin under the mentorship of Dr. David Yeager. During her doctoral training, she has co-led an NICHD-funded, multi-site school field longitudinal intervention study aimed at understanding adolescents’ stress, resilience, and social-emotional experiences during the high school transition; and also at testing the efficacy of teaching a growth mindset of personality intervention at scale. The resulting TLSASR dataset has been recently published at the ICPSR DAIRL platform. Upon graduation, she has joined Stanford University, Department of Psychology as a postdoctoral research scholar continuing to expand her independent research program under the joint mentorship of Dr. Gregory Walton and Dr. Carol Dweck. There, she has investigated the long-term effects of social belonging intervention in college students’ physical health and wellness, while exploring treatment effects heterogeneity through understanding the role of parent beliefs and mindsets. In January 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. Since 2022, she is holding a joint appointment at the National University of Singapore, Department of Psychology.
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 construe the social world (their beliefs, mindsets, and lay theories) and how these social-cognitive understandings can causally shape their important social and academic behaviors, as well as social-emotional adjustments. 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 fieldwork and laboratory experiments that track developmental changes during the teenage years and beyond.
To date, Dr. Hae Yeon Lee’s research has been published in 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.