Dr KWAN, Lok Yin Joyce   關樂言
Associate Director
Analytics\Assessment Research Centre
Associate Head (Learning & Teaching) / Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Member
Centre for Psychosocial Health
Phone No: (852) 2948 7787
Email: jlykwan@eduhk.hk
Contact
ORCiD
0000-0001-5857-6828
Phone
(852) 2948 7787
Email
jlykwan@eduhk.hk
Address
10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong
Scopus ID
52164108200
Research Interest

Joyce's research centers on quantitative research methodology. Her current research interests focus on structural equation modeling, mediation and moderation analysis.

Personal Profile

Dr Joyce Kwan obtained her doctoral degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining the Hong Kong Institute of Education, she had worked at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a lecturer and had taught various courses in psychology, quantitative research methods, and educational testing and assessment.

Research Interest

Joyce's research centers on quantitative research methodology. Her current research interests focus on structural equation modeling, mediation and moderation analysis.

Selected Output

Scholarly Books, Monographs and Chapters
Lai, F. T. T., & Kwan, J. L. Y. (2018). Socioeconomic Determinants of Internet Addiction in Adolescents: A Scoping Review. In B. Bozoglan (Eds), Psychological, Social, and Cultural Aspects of Internet Addiction (127-145). Hershey PA, USA: IGI Global

Journal Publications
Chan, W. W. L., & Kwan, J. L. Y. (2021). Pathways to word problem solving: the mediating roles of schema construction . Contemporary Educational Psychology, 65, 101963
Cheung, S. K., & Kwan, J. L. Y. (2021). Parents’ perceived goals for early mathematics learning and their relations with children’s motivation to learn mathematics. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 56, 90-102
Tong, X., Kwan, J. L. Y., Tong, S. X., & Deacon, S. H. (2021). How Chinese–English bilingual fourth graders draw on syntactic awareness in reading comprehension: Within‐ and cross‐language effects. Reading Research Quarterly, --
Cheung, S. K., Kwan, J. L. Y., & Yim, K. Y. K. (2021). Pre-service early childhood teachers’ perceptions about sexuality education and behavioural intentions towards children’s curiosity about sexuality. Journal of Education for Teaching, 47, 89-103
Chiu, H. T., Yee, L. T. S., Kwan, J. L. Y., Cheung, R. Y. M., & Hou, W. K. (2020). Interactive association between negative emotion regulation and savoring is linked to anxiety symptoms among college students. Journal of American College Health, 68(5), 494-501
Cheung, R. Y. M., Leung, M. C., Chiu, H. T., Kwan, J. L. Y., Yee, T. S., & Hou, W. K. (2019). Family functioning and psychological outcomes at emerging adulthood: Savoring positive experiences as a mediating mechanism. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36(9), 2693-2713
Tong, X., Wong, R. W. Y., Kwan, J. L. K., & Arciuli, J. (2019). Theory of mind as a mediator of reading comprehension differences between Chinese school-age children with autism and typically developing peers. Scientific Studies of Reading, 24(4), 292-306
Ng, J. C. K., Chan, W., Kwan, J. L. Y., & Chen, S. X. (2019). Unpacking structure-oriented cultural differences through a mediated moderation model: A tutorial with an empirical illustration. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 50(3), 358-380
Kwan, J. L. Y., & Chan, W. (2018). Variable system: An alternative approach for the analysis of mediated moderation.. Psychological Methods, 23(2), 262-277
Lai, F. T. T., Wong, W. W. K., & Kwan, J. L. Y. (2017). Socioeconomic moderators of the relationship between different quitting motives and smoking cessation in Hong Kong men. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 29(6), 516-525
Lai, F.T. T., & Kwan J. L. Y. (2017). Socioeconomic influence on adolescent problematic Internet use through school-related psychosocial factors and pattern of Internet use. Computers in Human Behavior, 68, 121-136
Lai, F. T. T., & Kwan, J. L. Y. (2017). The presence of heavy Internet using peers is protective of the risk of problematic Internet use (PIU) in adolescents when the amount of use increases. Children and Youth Services Review, 73, 74-78
Tong, X., Kwan, J. L. Y., Wong, D. W. M., Lee, S. M. K., & Yip, J. H. Y. (2015). Toward a Dynamic Interactive Model of Non-Native Chinese Character Processing. Journal of Educational Psychology, 108(5), 680-693
Kwan, L. Y. J., & Chan, W. (2014). Comparing squared multiple correlation coefficients using structural equation modeling: a model reparameterization approach. Structural Equation Modeling, 21, 225-238
Kwan, J. L. Y. & Chan, W. (2011). Comparing standardized coefficients in structural equation modeling: a model reparameterization approach. Behavior Research Methods, 43(3), 730-745

Conference Papers
Cheung, S. K., Kwan, J. L.Y., Li, Z. Y., & Kwan, K. T. (2020, 10). Relationships between home numeracy activities, parental numeracy guidance, and young children’s numeracy interest and competence. . Poster presented at the Home Math Environment Virtual Conference., Online
Kwan, J. L.Y., Cheung, R. Y. H., & Cheung, S. K. (2020, 7). Interaction between parental beliefs about the nature of mathematics on children’s motivation to learn mathematics.. Poster presented at the 2020 Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society Virtual Conference., Online
Chan, W. W. L., Kwan, J. L. Y., & Ma, J. S. L. (2019, 3). Children Solving Arithmetic Word Problems. Poster presented at the 3rd Biennial International Convention of Psychological Science , Paris, France
Kwan, J. L. Y. & Chan, W. (2019, 3). A Variable System Approach for the Analysis of Latent Mediated Moderation. Poster presented at the 3rd Biennial International Convention of Psychological Science , Paris, France
Kwan, J. L. Y., & Chan, W. (2017, 5). An alternative latent growth curve model for the analysis of longitudinal data with time-dependent observations: A simulation study. Poster presented at the 29th Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Boston, US
Yee, T.S.L., Chiu, H.T., Tsang, H.F., Kwan, L.Y.J., Cheung, Y.M.R.,& Hou, W.K. (2017, 5). Regulation of Positive and Negative Emotional Experiences Mediate the Relationship between Dispositional Mindfulness and Anxiety Symptoms in Young Adults. 29th Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention, Boston, USA
Kwan, J. L. Y. (2016, 7). An alternative structural equation modeling approach for the analysis of longitudinal data with time-dependent observations. Poster presented at the 31st International Congress of Psychology, Yokohama, Japan
Kwan, J. L. Y., Chan, W., Ng, J. C. K., & Choi, C. Y. T. (2016, 7). VS: A R-based program for the analysis of conditional path models. Paper presented at the 31st International Congress of Psychology, Yokohama, Japan
Chan, W., Kwan, J. L.-Y., & Choi, C. Y.-T. (2015, 7). The analysis of mediated moderation using VS. Paper presented at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Psychometric Society, Beijing, China
Kwan, J. L.-Y., Chan, W., & Choi, C. Y.-T. (2015, 7). VS: A new statistical tool for the analysis of conditional path models. Paper presented at he 3rd European Conference on the Social Sciences, Brighton, UK
Chan, W., Kwan, J. L.-Y., & Choi, C. Y.-T. (2015, 6). A new structural equation modeling based method for conditional process analysis. . Paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Probability and Statistics, Smolenice Castle, Slovak Republic
Chan, W., Kwan, J. L. Y., & Zhao, Y. (2014, 7). Estimating and comparing scale reliabilities using bootstrap bias-corrected Cronbach’s alpha coefficient. Paper presented at the 2014 Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) – Venice International Multidisciplinary Academic Summit, Venice, Italy
Kwan, J. L. Y. & Chan, W. (2014, 5). A simulation study on the analysis of conditional indirect effects with latent variables.. Poster presented at the 26th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, U.S.A.

Creative and Literary Works, Consulting Reports and Case Studies
Chan, W., Kwan, J. L. Y., & Choi, C. Y. T. (2016). VS for Windows [Computer software]. Hong Kong, China: The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Retrieved from http://www.psy.cuhk.edu.hk/vs

Project

The Intriguing Role of Syntactic Awareness in One Language and Reading Comprehension and Reading Comprehension Difficulty in Another Language in Chinese-English Bilingual Children: A Longitudinal Study
The proposed study aims to examine: 1) the within- and across-language relationships between syntactic awareness and reading comprehension in Chinese-English bilingual children, 2) whether the similarities and differences in syntactic structures between L1 and L2 lead to different contributions of each to reading comprehension, and 3) whether the growth/failure of syntactic awareness causes the growth/failure of reading comprehension either in L1, L2, or both.
Project Start Year: 2021, Principal Investigator(s): TONG, Xiuhong 佟秀紅 (KWAN, Lok Yin Joyce 關樂言 as Co-Investigator)
 
Comparing Mediated Moderation Effects Using Structural Equation Modeling
This project will develop a theoretical framework that clarifies the existing ambiguity in distinguishing between mediated moderating (meMO) psychological processes from moderated mediating (moME) processes and develop the statistical procedures and a software package to test meMO. There is always some confusion between meMO and moME in the existing literature. Whereas some researchers have proposed that meMO and moME share the same statistical model, others have advocated that the study of meMO is meaningless, as the process is defined as the mediation of an interaction term, which does not carry any substantial meaning. The controversy about the meaning of meMO has led to a misinterpretation of the psychological processes in the applied literature. The proposed work will solve this controversy and overcome the limitations of the existing theoretical framework for distinguishing between meMO and moME. In this proposed study, I will first introduce a new theoretical framework for the analysis of meMO. Second, I will propose a unified analytical procedure for studying the meMO process under different model conditions (including multi-group comparison) by using structural equation modeling (SEM). Third, a series of simulation studies will then be conducted to test the performance of the proposed statistical method as compared with the existing method for estimating and testing the meMO effects. Finally, I will develop Variable System, an add-on package in R system for statistical computing to aid applied researchers to implement the proposed statistical procedure in SEM. The results of this project will provide an important and robust statistical paradigm for understanding human processing of learning and social behaviours. Since many psychological processes can be modelled by meMO, a clear statistical procedure such as the one proposed in this study is necessary to advance psychological research.
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): KWAN, Lok Yin Joyce 關樂言
 
Relationships among Parental Beliefs, Home Numeracy Activities, Young Children’s Numeracy Skills and Interest
This project aims to examine whether parents’ beliefs about learning and frequency of home numeracy activities are associated with their young children’s numeracy skills and interest.
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): CHEUNG, Sum Kwing 張森烱 (KWAN, Lok Yin Joyce 關樂言 as Co-Investigator)
 
Behavioral and Emotional Coregulation among Colleagues: A Longitudinal Study of Primary and Secondary School Teachers in Hong Kong
This proposed study aims to identify the well-being and health outcomes of coregulation between colleagues by examining the influence of intra- and interpersonal regulation in dyadic work relationships.
Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): HO, Chun Yip Henry 何振業 (KWAN, Lok Yin Joyce 關樂言 as Co-Investigator)
 
Automatic Assessment Score Analysis
The project creates Automatic Assessment Score Analysis (AASA) software to analyze properly scores of test questions, essays, etc. AASA requires zero statistics/computer knowledge and uses teachers’ existing data on their students’ scores. AASA applies cutting-edge statistics to assess students accurately and produce an easy-to-understand report that (a) sorts students (lowest to highest learning outcomes), (b) sorts questions from easiest to hardest (poorly- to well-understood ideas), and (c) suggests removal of poor questions (easily guessed, misleading, etc.).
Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): CHIU, Ming Ming (KWAN, Lok Yin Joyce 關樂言 as Co-Investigator)
 
Comparing Mediated Moderation Effects Using Structural Equation Modeling: A Pilot Study
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Project Start Year: 2018, Principal Investigator(s): KWAN, Lok Yin Joyce 關樂言
 
Personal, Social, and Community Well-Being Cluster
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Project Start Year: 2018, Principal Investigator(s): POON, Kai Tak 潘啟德 (KWAN, Lok Yin Joyce 關樂言 as Team Member)
 
Is Mathematics for Young Children about Counting 123s? Hong Kong Parents’ Beliefs about Early Mathematics Learning
The project examines Hong Kong parents’ beliefs about early mathematics learning.
Project Start Year: 2017, Principal Investigator(s): CHEUNG, Sum Kwing 張森烱 (KWAN, Lok Yin Joyce 關樂言 as Co-Investigator)
 
Latent Mediated Moderation Analysis in Structural Equation Modeling
This study aims to propose a method for the analysis of mediated moderation with latent variables in structural equation modeling.
Project Start Year: 2017, Principal Investigator(s): KWAN, Lok Yin Joyce 關樂言
 
Children Solving Arithmetic Word Problems
Understanding mathematics is critical for survival in today’s world. It helps us to make sense of and solve problems in everyday life, such as paying at the checkout counter, deciding how much food is sufficient for a party, and budgeting for a trip. Indeed, children start learning how to solve practical problems mathematically in the elementary schools. In particular, they have to learn how to transform word problems into algorithms to obtain a solution. It is common that children find solving arithmetic word problems very challenging, and that teachers and parents find it hard to understand where the children’s difficulties are and how to help them. In a series of two studies, we aim at understanding the process of solving arithmetic word problems, and exploring how we can enhance children’s arithmetic problem-solving. In particular, we ask two important questions: (1) what are the crucial cognitive steps in solving arithmetic word problems? and (2) what kinds of illustrations can enhance children’s performance in arithmetic word problem-solving?
Project Start Year: 2016, Principal Investigator(s): CHAN, Wai Lan Winnie (KWAN, Lok Yin Joyce 關樂言 as Co-Investigator)
 
A comparison between mindfulness training and relaxation training on memory, physical and psychosocial wellbeing
This study compares between mindfulness training and relaxation training on memory, physical and psychosocial wellbeing
Project Start Year: 2016, Principal Investigator(s): YEE, Ting Sum Lydia 余婷琛 (KWAN, Lok Yin Joyce 關樂言 as Co-Investigator)
 
Ingratiation Tendency after Rejecting Others
This project aims to test whether people are more likely to ingratiate after rejecting another people
Project Start Year: 2016, Principal Investigator(s): POON, Kai Tak 潘啟德 (KWAN, Lok Yin Joyce 關樂言 as Co-Investigator)
 
Latent Growth Curve Analysis with Time-dependent Observations
This project aims to develop a better and more flexible program-general SEM method within the traditional SEM framework to analyze longitudinal data when individuals have their own unique metrics of time of observation. The results will not only provide useful information for researchers to select an appropriate statistical method for studying growth over time, but will also demonstrate the situations when the proposed method works best in studying individual growth.
Project Start Year: 2015, Principal Investigator(s): KWAN, Lok Yin Joyce 關樂言
 
The relationships among Statistics Anxiety, Self-efficacy to Learn Statistics, and Performance during the Course of Statistics Learning
Statistics competence is an important component in the study of psychology However, many studies consistently demonstrated that many students experience high level of statistics anxiety, which are detrimental to their learning. This project aims to examine how statistics anxiety and self-efficacy to learn statistics are related to each other and interact to influence performance in statistics during the course of statistics learning.
Project Start Year: 2014, Principal Investigator(s): KWAN, Lok Yin Joyce 關樂言
 
A Meta-analysis on Statistics Anxiety: Antecedents and Effects
This project consists of a meta-analytical study to systematically review the results from past studies about statistics anxiety. It aims to examine and evaluate the findings in the extant literature on statistics anxiety and provide an overview of different antecedents including situational, dispositional, and environmental factors contributing to statistics anxiety.
Project Start Year: 2014, Principal Investigator(s): KWAN, Lok Yin Joyce 關樂言
 
The Analysis of Mediated Moderation and Moderated Mediation with Latent Variables
This project aims to propose a SEM-based method for the analysis of moderated mediation (moME) and mediated moderation (meMO) effects with latent variables and to develop a user-friendly computer program for analyzing moME and meMO models. Practically, this project will facilitate the application of the method and advance the development of psychological theories.
Project Start Year: 2013, Principal Investigator(s): CHAN, Wai (KWAN, Lok Yin Joyce 關樂言 as Co-Investigator)