Wing Yan Sze


Wing Sze received her B.S. in Economics and Psychology from the University of Hong Kong. She is currently pursuing a M.S. Degree in Psychological Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is working with Dr. Karen Rudolph in the Family Studies Lab.

Research Description

Broadly, my research goal is to facilitate an integrative understanding of how executive functioning in the attention and cognitive domains interact with individual’s susceptibility to stress to predict socio-emotional outcomes. At the University of Illinois, I am primarily involved in a project that explores the change in social sensitivity during middle childhood and early adolescence. I am using structural equation modeling to examine the latent developmental change and external validity of different social motivation constructs. Building on this project, my next step is to investigate how individual differences in social sensitivity and emotional regulation skills interact to predict subsequent stress reactivity, coping responses, and the development of psychopathological symptoms among youth. I also want to provide insight into the nonlinear development of child psychopathology, and how parental psychopathologies map onto children’s internalizing and externalizing symptoms using dynamic modeling. In the future, I seek to pursue my profession in clinical child psychology.



University of Hong Kong