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Visiting Scholars

Dongmei ZhaoDongmei Zhao

Quick Facts
From: China
Supervisor and Department:
Kenneth H. Rubin, HDQM
Visiting Until: September 2015

Dongmei Zhao is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology in South-Central University for Nationalities (SCUN) since 2011. Dongmei teaches Developmental Psychology, General Psychology, Specialized English of Psychology, Juvenile Abnormal Development and Rectification, Research Methods of Psychology, Educational Psychology for undergraduates and graduates. She is also a Psychological Counselor in the Center of Psychological Counseling in SCUN. Her current research interests include interpersonal relationships and psychological adjustment. She has conducted studies on children’s peer relations and social adaptation, teacher-student interactions (especially teacher-student conflicts) and teachers’ and students’ psychosocial adjustment in middle school, college students’ dormitory relationship/environment and psychosocial adjustment. She has authored 1 book, published more than 10 journal papers, and attended national and international conferences presenting several individual papers. She has taken charge of 4 research projects including 1 project from the National Social Science Foundation of China.

Dongmei is being mentored by Dr. Kenneth H. Rubin during her year-long stay at the University of Maryland. She is currently attending College of Education courses and plans to engage in professional activities and researches focusing on the comparative study of children’s peer relations and adjustment between the United States and China.

Hongyi Zhan

Quick Facts
From: China
Supervisor and Department:
Jing Lin, CHSE
Visiting Until: September 2015

Hongyi Zhan is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Renmin University of China (RUC), since 2011. Hongyi teaches the Finance of Higher Education course for graduate and undergraduate and teaches the Principles of Economics course for graduate. His current research interests include Economics of Education, Finance of Higher Education, and Chinese Higher Education. He has authored 1 books, co-authored 6 books, published more than 20 journal articles, and took charge of 10 research projects.

Hongyi is being mentored by Dr. Jing Lin during his year-long stay at the University of Maryland. Hongyi is currently attending College of Education courses and plans to conduct a comparative study of higher education expansion of the United States and China.

Özge Metin Aslan

Quick Facts
From: Turkey
Supervisor and Department:
Kenneth H. Rubin, HDQM
Visiting Until: September 2015

Özge Metin Aslan is a research assistant in the Department of Elementary Education, Program of Early Childhood Education in Hacettepe University, Ankara since 2006. She received her Ph.D. degree in 2013. Özge teaches Play and Play Materials, Educational Philosophy and Play Development. She has published more than 10 papers and attended national and international conferences presenting several individual papers. Her current research interests include play behaviors, theory of mind, social withdrawal, preference for solitude and aggression behaviors in early childhood. She is also interested in early childhood curriculum. Özge is being mentored by Dr. Kenneth H. Rubin during her year-long stay at the University of Maryland.

Özge is currently attending College of Education courses and plans to engage in professional activities and research focusing on children’s social withdrawal and preference for solitude. Her research is approved by Hacettepe University Scientific Research Projects Coordination Unit. It will have been researched with Dr. Kenneth H. Rubin during her visiting.

Youyi Tian Youyi Tian

Quick Facts
From: China
Supervisor and Department:
Associate Dean Maggie McLaughlin
Visiting Until: July, 2015

Haihua Gong, Associate Professor, Communications Supervisor and Deputy Director of General Management Division of the Bureau of International Cooperation, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the top national research body focusing on both basic science research and hi-tech development.
Her missions included internal and external communications for spreading CAS science research advancement to the world and introduce global research breakthroughs back to CAS. As she supervises the English-language official website of the CAS, she has developed a strong network of science communicators and Chinese foreign event organizers within the CAS reaches. She is also in charge of international collaborative programs or fellowships at the academy level.
Haihua is visiting the College of Education for three months, being supervised by Associate Dean Maggie McLaughlin. Her main focus is research management policy and strategy at the University of Maryland. She is also ready to facilitate the potential UMD and CAS bilateral relationship.