I am an assistant professor in the College of Education and Human Development's Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Delaware. I am also Research Fellow with The Majurity Trust, a philanthropic organisation in Singapore.
My research focuses on the development of adolescents, youth, and young adults in underserved communities. For example, how do we advance the positive development and well-being of under-served adolescents, youth, and emerging adults, especially those who face disadvantages and marginalisation? And through implementation science and evaluation research, how do we improve our interventions? Across two inter-related research areas, I explore how families and communities use institutional supports and also examine structural factors and contextual processes perpetuating poverty and inequality.
Prior to joining the University of Delaware, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver. I graduated with a Ph.D. in social welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Luskin School of Public Affairs under the National University of Singapore (NUS)-Overseas Graduate Scholarship. In 2017, I graduated with my master's degree in public policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS.
Youth civic and community engagement
COVID-19 and youth impact
Practice research and research methodology
I had a personal socio-political blog (July 2009 to July 2019) which is now archived (guanyinmiao.wordpress.com). I previously also wrote for three now-defunct sites: the “Breakfast Network” in 2013 and “The Middle Ground” from 2015 to 2016 as well as “SALT”, an online publication by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre in 2014.
These archived posts best represent who I am as a blogger (at my best and worst):
Having previously volunteered with the Association of Women for Action and Research, Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association Singapore, as well as the social empowerment initiative “I Am Talented”, I now volunteer or work with Singaporean charities on research projects and data analysis.
In addition, I am founder of and was advisor to PREPMUN, Singapore's Model United Nations Preparatory Conference (organised by the United Nations Association of Singapore from 2011 to 2018).
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