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Dr. Alice LAI
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Dr. Alice Cheng Lai, a foremost expert in Chinese dyslexia and specific learning disabilities, was educated at National Taiwan Normal University (BA in Education), Michigan State University (MA in Educational Psychology) and at Hong Kong University (PhD in Educational Psychology). She is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society, a senior member of the American Psychological Society and a Registered Psychologist in Hong Kong. Dr. Lai is an Associate Professor in Applied Psychology and Director of Manulife Centre for Children with Specific Learning Disabilities in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which she established in 1999. She is also the Co-Director of the PolyU- Peking U Joint Centre for Child Development and Learning at Peking University, Beijing, PRC. She has consulted for the Hong Kong Education Bureau and HK Education and Manpower Bureau (1999-2003) on training students with dyslexia and specific learning disabilities. Alice is also on the editorial board of a number of journals in the field of education psychology, including the Journal of Education and Chinese Journal for Psychologists. She has published 12 books and well over 100 papers in the field.

Alice has been conducting research into children with Chinese developmental dyslexia and specific learning disabilities for more than 20 years in both Hong Kong and Beijing. Her areas of interest include identification and intervention of children at risk for school failure from dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities as well as how dyslexia is best addressed in Chinese-speaking communities around the world.

Alice was the Chinese language representative of the World Dyslexia Forum held in Paris in 2010 and provided an on-line campus dedicated to the assessment and training of children with Specific Learning Disabilities. She is active in the Hong Kong community by supporting families with learning-disabled children. She was presented with the President’s Award in 1997 for Achievement (Overall Achievement), in all 3 areas of teaching, research, and community services; the Award of Best Community Project for the Research on Psychological and Learning Difficulties for Non-Engaged Youth in Hong Kong; and the Highest Growth Consultant Award in 2011 by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
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