Academic Profile : Faculty

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Asst Prof Delia Kan
Assistant Professor, National Institute of Education - Psychology and Child & Human Development
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I hold a PhD in Applied Developmental Sciences and Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research focuses on supporting youth on the autism spectrum and/or intellectual disability in their transition to postsecondary settings (employment/higher education) with an emphasis on fostering self-determination. Additionally, I strongly believe in the importance of learning to learn, and seek to explore implementation of functional literacy/numeracy curriculums in special education schools. I am committed to exploring participatory research approaches and partnering with educators and the disability community to advocate for and implement evidence-based practices and universal design.

Beyond my research, I have been actively involved in various community initiatives and collaborations with social services agencies (SSAs) in Singapore since 2013. These include the Purple Symphony, an orchestra featuring members with and without disabilities, and mentoring youth interested in joining the disability sector. These experiences deeply inform, motivate, and influence my academic work.
Supporting postschool transition to postsecondary settings for youth with neurodevelopmental disabilties, Self-Determination, Functional literacy/numeracy
2022 UNC Graduate and Professional Student Government Travel Award
2020 CIDD Trainee Research Award
2017 NTU Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award
Fellowships & Other Recognition
2019-2023 NIE-MOE Overseas Graduate Scholarship
Courses Taught
NED166 Disability Studies- Intellectual Disability
NCS112 Numeracy
MSE915 Assessment for children and youth with special educational needs
Supervision of PhD Students
Please reach out to connect if you share similar research interests.