Faculty Profile

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School of Social Sciences


Full-time Faculty

Dean of Students; Professor of Sociology (Practice); Director, Centre for Research on Successful Ageing (ROSA);


  • PhD, University of Virginia, 1991
  • MA, University of Virginia, 1988
  • BA, National University of Singapore, 1985

Research Interests

  • Family (Marriage & parenthood; Fertility patterns; Courtship)
  • Medical sociology (Childhood obesity; Preventive health behaviour; Successful ageing; Infectious diseases)
  • Sociology of work & organizational behaviour (Flexiwork arrangements)
  • Ageing (Successful ageing, health, retirement)

Course(s) Taught in SMU

  • Research Methods in Sociology and Political Science
  • Medical Sociology