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Ju-Hyun Song earned her Ph.D. (developmental psychology) from the University of Michigan in 2015 and joined the Laboratory for Social-Emotional Development and Intervention at the University of Toronto in May, 2016.

Broadly, she focuses on two lines of research: First, she studies children’s temperament (e.g., shyness, callousness) as a moderator of their experience of social environments (e.g., parent-child relationships, peer interactions). Second, she examines how socio-emotional characteristics (e.g., sympathy, guilt, aggression) conjointly develop with socio-cognitive competencies (e.g., self-reflection, theory-of-mind) in children. Ultimately, her goal is to apply these developmental mechanisms in effectively screening individual-level risks and strengths in children, and designing interventions for childhood antisocial behaviours.