Dr. Rongjun Yu joined our department in October 2014. He obtained his M.S. in Psychology from Peking University, under the supervision of Prof. Xiaolin Zhou. In 2011, he completed his Ph.D. in Psychology from MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge, UK, working with Dean Mobbs and Andy Calder. Prior to starting his position with NUS, he did research in Caltech in Pasadena, Mass General Hospital in Boston, as well as South China Normal University in China.
His research interests lie in understanding the psychological and neural mechanisms underlying economic and social decision making. He investigates these questions using novel behavioural tasks combined with neuroscience techniques including fMRI, ERP, tDCS, and TMS. He is also interested in how motivational and cognitive changes over the lifespan affect decisions, how culture shapes decision making, and how decision making skills develop among children. His research agenda has the potential to further elucidate decision making processes across life span and help identify the neural underpinnings of psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety. He aspires to enhance our understanding of decision biases and can be used to help nudge people to make better choices.
Dr. Clare Henn-Haase joined our department in July 2014 from New York University Medical Center, NY. She obtained her PsyD at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (Argosy University), Chicago, IL USA in 2000. Prior to accepting a position at NUS, she worked as an Assistant Professor and clinical director in the PTSD Research Program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and San Francisco Veterans’ Affairs (SFVA) followed by New York University Langone Medical Center (NYULMC) where she remains on staff as an adjunct assistant professor. Her research interests include trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) particularly with veterans, police officers, and women who have suffered interpersonal violence. She is interested in randomized controlled treatment trials applying empirically supported evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy to treat PTSD. She is currently working to complete a multi-site randomized-controlled treatment (RCT) trial at Bellevue Hospital investigating the effectiveness of Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR) treatment with women suffering from PTSD due to interpersonal violence. In addition, she is working on manuscripts from studies conducted with police officers and veterans from the USA, including attachment as a predictor of PTSD in police officers, neuro-psychological testing comparing cognitive functioning in veterans with and without PTSD, and assessment measures of PTSD including the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) according to DSM-IV and DSM-5, and the PTSD Checklist-5 in Vietnam veterans and female patients enrolled in the STAIR treatment trial.
Dr. Henn-Haase has received training, certification, and experience in cognitive-behavioral treatment for trauma including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Trauma Focused treatment for PTSD. She is interested in the adaptation of empirically supported evidence-based treatments for PTSD in Southeast Asian cultures and the dissemination of treatment through tele-health modalities to reach more rural populations. She is also interested in developing training programs and in trauma treatment at NUS, as well as developing collaborations for experiential training with neighboring countries in Southeast Asia.