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Kenneth TAN

Full-time Faculty
Assistant Professor of Psychology; Lee Kong Chian Fellow
School of Social Sciences

Dr Kenneth Tan is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University. He obtained his BS and MA from the National University of Singapore, and his PhD from Purdue University (USA). He was also the recipient of the Singapore Ministry of Education Early Career Award. His field of research is in social-personality psychology, with a focus on examining cognition, emotion, motivation and behavior in the context of close, interpersonal relationships. Specifically, his research interests revolve around commitment, relationship receptivity, singlehood, and relationship dissolution, with the long-term goal to understand how individuals can overcome emotional and motivational challenges to support positive relationships and enhance wellbeing. He has published his research in journals such as Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Social Psychological and Personality Science, and Journal of Family Psychology, amongst others.


  • PhD, Purdue University, 2016
  • MA, National University of Singapore, 2012
  • BS, National University of Singapore, 2009

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal and Close Relationships
  • Interdependence and Relational Commitment
  • Self and Other-regulation
  • Emotions, Health and Well-Being

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Course(s) Taught in SMU

  • Social Psychology