Lab Members

Ph.D. Students

Nanyu Luo

I'm Nanyu Luo (罗南煜), an incoming Ph.D. student in the Developmental Psychology & Education program at the University of Toronto, supervised by Prof. Feng Ji. My education background includes a BSc in Applied Mathematics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and an MSc in Statistical Science at the University of Oxford. My research interests focus on applying statistical machine learning and deep learning to multimodal data analysis and utilizing advanced data science and artificial intelligence (AI) in psychometrics and psychology.

🎉 Nanyu won the prestigious Connaught International Scholarship for Doctoral Students (2025-2029).

Yuchen (Suey) Zhang 

I am an incoming PhD student in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto, following my pursuit of a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. My research interests lie in exploring eating disorders, addiction, emotion regulation, and resilience, with a specific focus on youth and adolescent populations. Recognizing the profound influence of family dynamics (e.g., parental styles, attachment types, violence) and school environments (e.g., peer relationships, bullying) on the mental and physical development of youth, I intend to expand my research to include these critical variables, such as attachment types and parental styles. My objective is to understand the intricate paths through which these factors converge to impact an individual’s well-being. With the rise of the internet and big data, I am keen to integrate advanced data analysis methodologies, such as machine learning, deep learning, and AI, into my research programs.

Master's Students

Ian Hogeboom-Burr

Ian is a student in OISE’s Master of Teaching program, where he is receiving his teaching qualifications in intermediate/senior mathematics and physics. Prior to attending OISE, he completed a master's degree in mathematics and engineering at Queen’s University. His research interests are in math education, game theory, and educational statistics. 

Hajung Kim

Hajung is a Master of Education student in the Developmental Psychology & Education program at the University of Toronto (UofT). She received her bachelor's and master’s degrees from Yonsei University, South Korea. Before joining UofT, she worked in a post-secondary education setting, primarily focusing on program evaluation. She is interested in machine learning applications in educational measurement and evaluation, particularly using natural language processing and large language models.

Xiaohan (Ruby) Wang

Ruby is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology and Education (DPE) under the supervision of Dr. Ji. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication, Culture, Information & Technology (CCIT), with minors in Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences from the University of Toronto Mississauga. Following this, she obtained a Master of Education in DPE from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, with the Program Evaluation (PE) emphasis. Xiaohan's research interests are statistical methods within psychology and education. Additionally, she has a keen interest in the integration and application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning within these fields.

Biying (Alistar) Zhou

Alistar is a 1st year MEd student specializing in developmental psychology and education. Building on a solid foundation in traditional psychological research from my undergraduate education, I have shifted my focus toward the fascinating intersection of psychology and computer science. During my graduate journey, I have developed a strong interest in computational approaches, and I have started to apply these methods to enhance our understanding of psychological development. My research interest is mainly focused on leveraging my software engineering and computer science proficiency to address complex questions within developmental psychology. My genuine love for children drives me to tailor my technical endeavors to benefit their education and development. 


Coconut🥥 (Coco)

Coco is currently in his second year, he is a shorthair domestic cat born in warm North Carolina, the United States.

🥥 enjoys kneading, loafing, purring, and napping. 

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