Master of Science in Applied Gerontology


Programme Faculty

Assoc Prof Xiao Hong
Associate Professor of Sociology
Director of MSc in Applied Gerontology
School of Social Sciences
Hong Xiao is an Associate Professor with Division of Sociology at Nanyang Technological University. Her primary research interests are social stratification, gender, cultural values, families, Chinese society, and environmental sociology. She is the author of Childrearing Values in the United States and China: A Comparison of Belief Systems and Social Structure (Praeger Publishers, 2001) and published widely on topics such as values, social class, gender, and human rights. One of her current research projects focuses on the impact of China’s regional economic development policies on water resource management practices in the Yellow River loess plateau. She also continues her research interest in parental values, with a focus on the single child policy and its effect on family relations in China.
Hong Xiao received her BA and MA in English from Peking University and MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Prior to her appointment at Nanyang Technological University, Hong Xiao was a tenured Professor and Chair of Department of Sociology at Central Washington University, where she taught a variety of courses in Sociology, Ethnic Studies, and Asian/Pacific Studies. She has also years of experience working as an applied sociologist in survey research, program evaluations, and job training management. Hong Xiao enjoys her profession as a teacher in the classroom and equally important as an advisor and mentor to students.

Prof Theng Yin Leng
Acting Director, Ageing Research Institute for Society and Education
Founding Director, Centre for Healthy and Sustainable Cities
Research Director for Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, President's Office
Dr Theng's research interests are mainly in user-centred design, interaction design and usability engineering. She has participated in varying capacities as principal investigator, co-investigator and collaborator in numerous research projects in the United Kingdom and Singapore since 1998. In the area of research, Dr.Theng’s philosophy is about doing worthwhile, scientifically-based experimental Human-Computer Interaction in understanding users and their interactions, especially for Information Systems, in her earlier research on the World Wide Web and Digital Libraries, and with recent focus on interactive systems/devices for Healthcare and Education. Her main research interest is to develop innovative tools, techniques, methods and models to assist in the design and evaluation of interactive systems/devices, making research relevant and impacting society. From 2003 to 2015, as a PI, she has garnered a total of slightly over S$3M as PI and about S$2M as Co-PI and Collaborator. Dr. Theng has more than 200 papers and publishes widely in top-tiered international journals and conferences. Recent interests include applying user issues to elderly & technologies, games for health, health informatics, smart nation & metrics.

Assoc Prof Josip Car
Associate Professor of Health Services Outcomes Research,
Director of Health Services Outcomes Research Programme and Director of Centre for Population Health Sciences
Assoc Prof Josip Car, MD PhD DIC MSc, is an executive physician scientist. He is the Founding Director of Health Services and Outcomes Research Programme at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, a Director of the Global eHealth Unit at Imperial College London, and a practicing physician. He also serves as an adviser to the World Health Organization, World Bank (supporting development of national health systems), a Board Member of Journal of Global Health; an Editor of the Cochrane Collaboration; and in a number of other roles.
Dr Car has an outstanding record of blending academic, policy, management and clinical work. Before assuming his role at LKC Medicine he served in a range of roles including as a Director of Public Health and Primary Care and lead Director for Integrated Care at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (one of the largest hospitals in Europe), Director of National Institute of Health Research Primary Care Research Network and co-director of Comprehensive Local Research Network for London (NW), Executive Medical Director of a Primary Care Trust, Chair of a Professional Executive Committee, Primary Care and Research Adviser to the Editor of the British Medical Journal, a lead director for the Imperial GP Specialty Training, a member of Imperial College’s School of Public Health Board, a member of the core group for the NW London NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, a member of International Advisory Board for City of Rotterdam, an adviser to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and other.
Prof Miao Chun Yan
Director, NTU-UBC REC in Active Living for the Elderly (LILY)
School of Computer Science and Engineering
Dr. Chunyan Miao has been an Assistant/Associate Professor/Professor in the School of Computer Engineering (SCE) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) since 2003. She was a founding faculty member and Associate Professor at the Centre for Digital Media (CDM) which was jointly established by The University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Electronic Arts (EA) USA (a leading game company).

Dr. Miao is currently serving as the Founding Director of the Joint NTU-UBC Research Centre of Excellence in Active Living for the Elderly (LILY). LILY was set up in 2012 with a large research grant of S$26 Million awarded to Dr. Miao by the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore, NTU, UBC and industry partners. LILY is one of the first research centers focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies for help the elderly lead an active, healthy and dignified lifestyle.
Prof Miao's full bio is available here
Assoc Prof Premchand Varma Dommaraju
Associate Professor
Sociology Programme​
School of Social Sciences
Premchand Dommaraju joined the Division of Sociology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, NTU in September 2010. Prior to that he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore and was affiliated with the Changing Family in Asia Cluster. He received his Ph.D in Sociology from Arizona State University, USA.
His research interests are in: Social demography of South Asia, Southeast Asia and Central Asia, Marriage and divorce in Asia, Ageing in South Asia, Fertility and reproductive health.​
Asst Prof Ho Hau Yan Andy
Assistant Professor
Psychology Programme
School of Social Sciences
Dr. Andy H.Y. Ho is an award-winning researcher, educator and psychologist who specializes in life and death education, public health and mental health, holistic therapy and community empowerment. He is a Fellow in Thanatology, a Marriage and Family Therapist, and serves as reviewer for several international academic journals as well as advisor for a number of non-profit social service organizations. He is also the Founder of the Before-Goodbyes Foundation, the Founding Advisor of the Love-Soar Children Grief Awareness Project, and the Founding Host of Death Café Hong Kong.
In the last decade, Dr. Ho has successfully helped obtain and fundraise over S$8 millions in research and programme funding from various competitive grants and major charitable organizations. Leading a team of researchers and clinical professionals to work closely with the governments and the third sector, he has played an instrumental role in the design and implementation of many high impact knowledge building and knowledge transfer projects. They include pressing issues on dignity and end-of-life care, ageing and long-term-care, health equity and stigma, social justice, disaster management, humanitarian aid and public governance. Dr. Ho has published widely and presented globally on these issues in the capacities of keynote speaker and invited scholar, whilst his innovative work has significantly informed and enhanced health and social care practices and policies in Asian and International communities. His scholarly and societal contributions have been recognized with distinction by the Association of Death Education and Counseling, the International Palliative Care Network, the International Academy of the Visual Arts, the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, and the Hong Kong International Cancer Congress.
Dr. Ho aspires to develop and implement research, education and advocacy initiatives that foster creative dialogue, active engagement and lifelong learning among all members of society in strategic areas that promote health equality, social innovation, cultural diversity, and global citizenship. His ultimate goal is to fortify the collective capacity necessary for positive social change in an increasingly unstable world filled with economic chaos, political violence and needless segregation.
Asst Prof Park Hyung Wook
Assistant Professor
School of Humanities
Dr Park was trained as a historian of science and medicine at the University of Minnesota. After earning his doctoral degree in 2009, he worked as a lecturer in the history of medicine at the University of Durham, England. Thereafter, he moved to the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in Korea as an assistant professor, and then came to join the NTU faculty in 2012. Dr Park’s area of expertise is the history of the biomedical sciences and medicine in the modern world, including the problem of aging, the body, cross-disciplinary communication, and the definition of normality in clinical studies. 
Assoc Prof Sun Hsiao-Li Shirley
Associate Professor
Sociology Programme
School of Social Sciences
Dr. Shirley Sun studies family, population, and genomic science and medicine in global contexts through the concepts of citizenship and "othering". 
She has special research interests in science, technology and society. Her latest manuscript is entitled “Socio-economics of personalised medicine in Asia” (in press), where she draws on interviews with practicing physicians and medical research scientists in Asia about genome-based precision medicine. Dr. Sun is also the author of the book: "Population Policy and Reproduction in Singapore: Making Future Citizens".
Dr. Sun has successfully completed several research projects and has published in the SSCI-indexed and/or international peer-reviewed top journals, for example, Citizenship Studies, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Social & Public Policy Review, New Global Studies, Media Asia, Journal of Workplace Rights, Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology, Childhood, and Journal of Comparative Family Studies. She is also a contributor to two edited books, Contemporary Grandparenting: Changing Family Relationships in Global Context, (Bristol, UK: The Policy Press) and Social Subsumption and Exclusion in East Asia (South Korea: Yonsei University Press).​

Asst Prof Esther Wong
Assistant Professor
School of Biological Sciences​ 

Esther Wong is an Assistant Professor at the School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University. She obtained her PhD in Microbiology from the National University of Singapore. She did her initial postdoctoral training at the National Neuroscience Institute of Singapore where she studied the disease mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease. Thereafter, she joined the laboratory of Professor Ana Maria Cuervo at Albert Einstein College of Medicine (NY) in 2007 to pursue her passion in cellular quality control and how failure in this process contributes to neurodegeneration and aging.

During her time in Einstein, she has engaged in ageing research looking at altered protein homeostasis and quality control in the biology of ageing. All cells are endowed with a variety of surveillance systems that detect unwanted or damaged proteins and eliminate them before they become toxic to the cells. One of which is autophagy which is a “self-eating” mechanism used by cells to degrade proteins in lysosomes. She continues her independent research program in Singapore focusing on the physiological roles of autophagy in maintaining health and how autophagy becomes compromised in ageing and neurodegenerative pathologies leading to cytotoxicity and loss of functions. Dr Wong has extensive experience working on autophagy and neurodegeneration research using mammalian cellular systems, pathological and ageing animal models.​

Asst Prof Zhan Shaohua
Assistant Professor
Sociology Programme
School of Social Sciences
Dr Zhan received his doctoral degree in sociology from the Johns Hopkins University in 2013 and worked at both the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the State University of New York at Binghamton. His research primarily focuses on China including labor migration, the hukou system, rural development, land issues, food security, urbanization and state-society relations. He has been extending his research in two directions. One is to examine the historical roots of China’s contemporary development problems from a long-term perspective. His dissertation project compared post-reform rural change and 18th-century economy and society during the Qing dynasty. And the other direction is to examine the global dimensions of China’s internal issues and bring out the relationship between its domestic dynamics and international strategy.

Asst Prof Michael Thaddeus Tan Koon Boon
Assistant Professor
School of Art, Design and Media
Dr Tan's research interest explores art and design practices in relation to health; Well-being, care, aging, and human flourishing. His works explore the role of creative practice in shaping culture of care in various care settings and the wider context of medical/ health humanities.

As an advocate and a leading practitioner for arts for health and wellbeing in Singapore, he has been instrumental in developing the field by working closely with partners such as the Agency for Integrated Care and The National Arts Council. He has designed and conducted numerous art programs for organisation such as the Parkinson's Disease Society Singapore (PDSS), Singapore General Hospital, National University Hospital, the Alzheimer's Disease Association (ADA). He collaborated with the Singapore Art Museum to organised the inaugural Art for Health and Wellbeing roundtable in Singapore (2014), served as invited speaker at various cross-sector events such as Arts in Eldercare Seminar (2016), “Up and Up: A Forum on Community Care” organised by Agency for Integrated Care (2013), Roundtable on the Development of Community Arts in Singapore organised​ by Institute of Policy Studies – National University of Singapore and Singapore Art Museum (2017). As a member of the Arts Advisory Committee at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, he supported the hospital to develop its Arts and health programme. More recently, he partnered the Agency for Integrated Care and the National Arts Council to roll out a pilot nursing home Artist In Residency Project (June 2017-March 2018) involving 10 Artists and 9 Nursing Homes. He is also a member of the medical humanities research cluster at NTU. 
Dr Tan holds an interdisciplinary doctoral degree from Durham University (Human Geography and Health Studies), a Master of Arts in Photography and Urban Culture (Goldsmiths College) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (School of the Art Institute of Chicago). Through his teaching, scholarly endeavours and public service, he aspires to foster an inclusive, healthy and flourishing society with the arts. 


Clincal Track Faculty
Assoc Prof Wee Shiou Liang
Deputy Director and Fraility Program Lead, Geriatric Education and Research Institute (GERI)
Associate Professor, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

Associate Professor Wee Shiou Liang is Deputy Director and Frailty Program Lead of Geriatric Education and Research Institute (GERI). GERI was set up in 2015 as a national entity under Ministry of Health (MOH) to develop, coordinate and implement various initiatives to strengthen geriatric education, research and service ​planning in the clinical and health service aspects of aging. The Research Program on Frailty Identification, Prevention and Management is a key thrust for GERI. The program seeks to translate evidence into policy and practice to help older people maintain their health and function, age in place and delay adverse health outcomes. A year from its birth, the program has an active research agenda of more than 20 projects and has also obtained research grants from MOH NMRC National Innovation Challenge, A*STAR MedTech Innovation Grant,  MOE Translational Innovation Grant etc in active partnership with the Universities and other Research Institutes. Dr Wee is also Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences of the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). The faculty offers applied degree programs in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing, radiography and radiation therapy through innovative university education by integrating learning, industry and community.

Dr Wee areas of research are in aged and integrated care, program evaluation, nutrition and exercise science. Dr Wee is particularly interested in multi-disciplinary research collaboration to strengthen health-social system capability to towards ageless living and working. He was formerly Head of Research, Health Information Management and Evaluation at the Agency for Integrated Care where he developed research capability and collaborations in aged and integrated care. Dr Wee received his BSc from National University of Singapore, Postgraduate Diploma in Education from NTU and PhD (physiology and nutrition) from Loughborough University.

Dr James Low
Senior consultant, Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care, Department of Geriatric Medicine
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
Adjunct Associate Professor, LKCMED, NTU

Dr James Low is a senior consultant in Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care at the Department of Geriatric Medicine, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH). He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Lee Kong Chian- NTU School of Medicine. Apart from these, Dr Low is the Director of Long Term Care and Chairman of the Clinical Ethics Committee at KTPH. He is also the Programme Director of the Gericare@North programme which seeks to enhance and upskill care in the nursing homes of Singapore by using novel teaching methods and telemedicine. He is also the  Education Research lead at the Geriatric Education and Research Institute, Singapore and has research interests in health professional education, advance care planning, end-of-life care, long term care, clinical ethics and the use of technology in geriatric care. Dr Low serves as a core faculty member and sits in the Residency Advisory Committee of the Senior Residency Programme for Geriatric Medicine. Professionally, he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Academy of Medicine Singapore.

Dr Tew Chee Wee 
Consultant Geriatrician
Geriatric Education and Research Institute (GERI)

Dr Tew is a specialist doctor in Geriatric Medicine, specialising in clinical management of the elderly. She received her MBBS from the National University of Singapore and obtained her Membership from the Royal College of Physicians (United Kingdom). She completed her specialist training in Geriatric Medicine in Singapore and was admitted to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore.

Her areas of interest include dementia, ageing-in-place, community geriatrics and nursing education. She is currently a visiting consultant at the Geriatric Education and Research Institute (GERI), Ageing-in-Place Programme, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and a resident physician of All Saints Home, a voluntary welfare organisation. Her previous research focused on dementia, investigating the ways to improve its diagnosis and support the caregivers. Her current research projects include community nursing education, transitional care and management of behavioural symptoms of dementia in long term care facilities.

She believes patients are the best teachers. She hopes to pass on the invaluable lessons she has learnt from her patients and their care providers during her extensive work in the elder care service continuum extending from acute to long term care.