Zi Jia Ng is a postdoctoral associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Her work focuses primarily on the Social and Emotional Developmental Benchmarks project, which aims to develop and validate a new assessment of students’ emotion regulation skills for use in 1st through 12th grade. She is a licensed psychologist and a nationally certified school psychologist. ZJ was born and raised in Singapore. She received her B.Soc.Sci in Psychology from the National University of Singapore and her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She completed her APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Sarah Reed Children’s Center and her clinical postdoctoral fellowship at Centerstone Kentucky.

ZJ’s research focuses on emotion regulation in children and adolescents (both down-regulation of negative emotions and up-regulation of positive emotions), which represent a promising therapeutic target for treatment of mental disorders in addition to building resilience to stress and enhancing student engagement and success at school. In her spare time, ZJ enjoys exploring bakeries and sampling baked goods, reading mystery novels and watching detective shows, and traveling around the world with friends and family.