Albert Liau, Ph.D.

member emotional intelligence consortium

Affiliation: Nanyang Technological University


Dr. Albert K. Liau is the Assistant Head of Research for the Psychological Studies Academic Group of the National Institute of Education, at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.  He is a Developmental Psychologist and his recent research interests include personal strengths, resilience, the social-emotional development of children, and the social impact of Internet and video-game use on children and adolescents.  He is the author of an strengths-based instrument called the Personal Strengths Inventory, and has co-authored the book, What Do I Say to My Net-Savvy Kids: Internet Safety Issues for Parents.

Dr. Albert Liau has published in numerous journals on the following topics: investigating the influence of emotional intelligence on problem behaviors in secondary schools, evaluating a violence prevention program in elementary schools, studying bullying in schools, evaluating of a group treatment program for youth offenders, and an investigating the levels of cognitive distortion in juvenile delinquents. He has also received numerous grants over the years to support research in a variety of areas such as examining the social impact of the Internet on children and adolescents. He is currently a National Advisory Board Member for the Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence at Kent State University.

Recent Publications
Liau, A.K., Chow, D., Tan, T.K., & Senf, K. (2011).  Development and validation of the Personal Strengths Inventory Using Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analyses.  Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 29, 14-26.DOI:10.1177/0734282910365648.

Li, D., Liau, A.K., & Khoo, A. (2011).  Examining the Influence of Actual-Ideal Self-Discrepancies, Depression, and Escapism, on Pathological Gaming Among Massively Multiplayer Online Adolescent Gamers.  CyberPsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.  DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2010.0463.

Gentile, D.A., Choo, H., Liau, A.K., Sim, T., Li, D., Fung, D., & Khoo, A. (2011).  Pathological video game use among youth: A two-year longitudinal study.  Pediatrics, 127, e319-329.  DOI:10.1542/peds.2010-1353.

Choo, H., Gentile, D.A., Sim, T., Li, D., Khoo, A., Liau, A.K. (2010).  Pathological video-gaming among Singaporean youth.  Annals Academy of Medicine Singapore, 39, 822-829.

Gentile, D.A., Anderson, C.A., Yukawa, S., Ihori, N., Saleem, M., Lim, K.M., Shibuya, A., Liau, A.K., Khoo, A., Bushman, B.J., Huesmann, L.R., & Sakamoto, A. (2009).  The effects of prosocial video games on prosocial behaviors: International evidence from correlational, longitudinal and experimental studies.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 752-763. DOI: 10.1177/0146167209333045.

Liau, A.K., Khoo, A., & Ang, P.H. (2008).  Parental awareness and monitoring of adolescent internet use.  Current Psychology, 27(4), 217-233.

Tan, A.G., Liau, A.K., Teoh, L.S., Tan, S.Y., Chou, C.C. & Leong, J.Y. (2008).  Adolescents’ perceived decisional balance, task specific efficacy and stages of change in early computing gaming behavior.  Korean Journal of Thinking and Problem Solving, 18(1), 119-127.

Liau, A. K., Mustapa, K., & Liau, M.T.L. (2007). Reliability and Validity of a Malay Translation of the Fennema-Sherman Mathematics Attitudes Scales.  The Mathematics Educator, 10(2), 71-84.

Liau, A. K., & Tan, G. (2007).  The influence of protective and process factors on recidivism of juvenile delinquents in a multisystemic intervention programme.  Journal of Psychology in Chinese Societies, 8(1), 7-26.

Liau, A. K., Khoo, A., & Ang, P. H. (2005).  Factors Influencing Adolescents Engagement in Risky Internet Behavior.  CyberPsychology and Behavior, 8, 513-520.

Liau, A. K., Flannery, D. J., Quinn-Leering, K. (2004).  A comparison of teacher-rated and self-reported threats of interpersonal violence.  Journal of Early Adolescence, 24 (3), 231-249.

Liau, A. K., Shively, R., Horn, M., Landau, J., Barriga, A. Q., & Gibbs, J. C. (2004).  Effects of Psychoeducation for Offenders in a Community Correctional Facility.  Journal of Community Psychology, 32 (5), 543-558.

Liau, A. K., Liau, W. L., Teoh, G. B. S., & Liau, M. T. L. (2003).  The case for emotional Literacy: The influence of emotional intelligence on problem behaviours in Malaysian secondary school students.  Journal of Moral Education, 32, 51-66.

Flannery, D. J., Vazsonyi, A. T., Liau, A. K., Guo, S., Powell, K. E., Atha, H., & Verterdal, W. (2003). Initial behavior outcomes for Peacebuilders universal violence prevention program.  Developmental Psychology, 39(2), 292-308.








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