Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Anne Rifkin-Graboi
Deputy Centre Director, Science of Learning in Education, OER Centre for Science of Learning in Education
Associate Professor, National Institute of Education - Learning Sciences and Assessment
Deputy Centre Director, Science of Learning in Education, National Institute of Education
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I am interested in understanding the interplay between social and familial experience, mental health, and well-being, alongside the cognitive and biological mediators and moderators involved in these relations. I have a strong background in Attachment Theory and this guides much of my research. While much of my work takes an observational approach, I am increasingly interested in interventional studies with the aim of better elucidating causal mechanisms and directly helping those in need.

Examples of questions I seek to answer include: What is the role of developmental timing in the association between experience and development? Can experience alter the pace of development? Why do caregiving practices differ from one family to the next? What can we do to help families and children in need of support? How does the interplay between our experience and biology affect function?

I am the PI for the following three studies (please also see external links) and am also involved in other Singaporean cohort research such as the GUSTO and S-PRESTO studies.

BE POSITIVE (Beginning Early: SingaPore's Ongoing Study starting in Infancy of Twenty-first-century-skills, Individual differences, and Variance in the Environment (CRCD AR/19))

CARE (The Importance of CARE: Covid–19, Attachment, Resilience, and Early Life (SSRTG 2/21 AR)

LOVING (Learning about Our behavior is Valuable for Increasing Nurturing relationships and healthy Growth (HHP H23P1M0007))


I am also a certified parent-child intervener, within the evidence based intervention, Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD). My methodological training includes formal reliability on the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) and Frightening/Frightened (FR) systems, and I am additionally a trainer for the "Berkeley 6 Year (Attachment) Reunion" coding system. I have designed and conducted experiments with event related potentials, eye tracking, and parental sensitivity.
More generally, I have experience working with infants, young children, parents, and even university students, nonhuman primates, and hyenas. I am a member of ;Infancy' s Editorial Board and an Associate Editor for Attachment and Human Development, and appeared as a contributor in the first episode of
Netflix Nutopia's docuseries, "Babies."

Current Appointment
Senior Research Scientist, National Institute of Education, Singapore (Apr 2018 - Present)

Previous Appointments
• Head, Neurodevelopment Research Centre, Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences, A*STAR, Singapore (2011 - 2018)
• Principle Investigator, Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences, A*STAR, Singapore (2013 - 2018)
• Research Scientist, Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences, A*STAR, Singapore (2009 - 2013)
• Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School (2006 - 2009)
Attachment relationships and Schemas,Early Childhood,Executive Functioning,Fronto-limbic structures and functioning,Health,Maternal Mental Health,Memory,Sensitive Parenting,Stress
 
  • The Importance of CARE: Covid-19, Attachment, Resilience, and Early Life
  • How do Singaporean children understand 'I can choose'' Phase 2: Examining early development of free will, mindset, achievement goals, and persistence
  • Exploratory study of children's values and the association between values and prosocial behaviour
  • Optimising pre-schoolers' working memory and numerical processing capabilities
  • Exploratory study of children's values and the association between values and prosocial behaviour
  • LOVING (Learning about Our behavior is Valuable for Increasing Nurturing relationships and healthy Growth)
  • Mobile Web App for Preschool Screening of Language Weakness in English and Mandarin (MAPS-LEM)
  • Emotion Socialization in Singaporean Children
  • Beginning Early: SingaPore's Ongoing Study starting in Infancy of Twenty-first-century-skills, Individual differences, and Variance in the Environment (BE POSITIVE study)
  • The Instrument Pilot Study for Research on Early Education and Development in Singapore (REEDS-Pilot)
Courses Taught
SR824: Caregiving, Attachment, & Socioemotional/Cognitive Development
 
Supervision of PhD Students
Currently accepting PhD and Master's Students (please see Graduate Student Scholarship Information (Loving))