Academic Profile

Dr Yu obtained his PhD in Psychology from the University of Hong Kong, where he did doctoral training in clinical neuropsychology and multimodal neuroimaging. Prior to his current appointment in NTU, he was a research fellow at the Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, and was actively involved in several community mental health and cognitive aging research projects. During his PhD studies, he has won the ‘Psychology Research Publication Award (1st prize)’ — twice, and more recently he was awarded the ‘Outstanding Talk Award’ at the Society for Neuroscience, Singapore Chapter, Annual Symposium 2020. Dr Yu regularly contributes his expertise to wider community, both as a peer-reviewer for several psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience journals, and as a scientific adviser to psychology/mental health-related startups.
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Dr Yu Junhong
Nanyang Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences

Cognitive aging: mild cognitive impairment, dementia, superior-cognitive aging, neural correlates of cognitive functions, predictors of subsequent cognitive decline

Brain-based behavioral predictions: multimodal neuroimaging features, connectome-based prediction models

Cognitive enhancements: low cost interventions targeted at the masses (e.g., nutrition based), non-invasive brain stimulation, neurofeedback.
  • The individualized prediction of geriatric mental health outcomes using brain connectivity
  • Yu, J., Rawtaer, I., Feng, L., Kua, E. H., & Mahendran, R. (2021). The functional and structural connectomes associated with geriatric depression and anxiety symptoms in mild cognitive impairment: cross-syndrome overlap and generalization. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry

  • Yu, J., Rawtaer, I., Fam, J., Feng, L., Kua, E. H., & Mahendran, R. (2020). The individualized prediction of cognitive test scores in mild cognitive impairment using structural and functional connectivity features. Neuroimage. 223: 11731

  • Yu, J., Mathi, M. K., Rawtaer, I., Feng, L., Kumar, A. P., Kua, E. H., & Mahendran, R. (2020). Telomere length associated functional and structural connectomes and their relationship with cognition in mild cognitive impairment. Cortex. 132:29-40

  • Yu, J., Tao, Q., Zhang, R., Chan, C. C. H., & Lee, T. M. C. (2019). Can fMRI discern between deception and false memory? A meta-analytic comparison between deception and false memory studies. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews.104, 43-55.

  • Yu, J., Lim, H-Y., Abdullah, F. N. M., Chan, H-M., Mahendran, R., Ho, R., Kua, E. H., Power, M. J., & Feng, L. (2018). Directional associations between memory impairment and depression: data from a longitudinal sample and meta-analysis. Psychological Medicine. 48(10), 1664-1672

  • Yu, J., Lam, C. L. M., & Lee, T. M. C. (2017). White matter microstructural abnormalities in amnestic mild cognitive impairment: A meta-analysis of whole-brain and ROI-based studies. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. 83, 405-416.