National Taiwan Normal University
Ching-Ling Cheng will be visiting the Center fall quarter 2014-2015, with a scholarship from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan
She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at National Taiwan Normal University, where she teaches courses of adolescent psychology and child development as well as conducts research on peer interactions, parent-child relationship, and social-emotional development of adolescents.
Professor Cheng obtained a master’s degree in Psychology (1992) from National Taiwan University, and a doctorate in Human Development and Psychology (1998) from Harvard University. She is currently conducting a longitudinal project of “Purpose Development of Taiwanese Teenagers,” supported by governmental grants from August 2014 to July 2017. A nationwide-recruited adolescent sample will be followed for three years to explore the development of purpose and the contextual influences on their life purpose. Cheng believes that her visit at the Center will provide great opportunities to broaden her knowledge and skills for conducting studies in purpose development and to learn how to make this issue salient for adolescents, parents and educators at Taiwan.