Theresa Tang graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and she also holds a Master’s degree in developmental psychology from Columbia University in the city of New York. She was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to working at the Blurton-FDC, she has worked in many different research positions in Canada, USA, and Hong Kong. Theresa is a native English and Cantonese speaker, but she is also proficient in Mandarin. She also speaks French at an intermediate level and can understand Korean at a beginner’s level.
Throughout her time in university and graduate school, Theresa has worked with children of all ages. She has examined a wide range of topics in psychology in her many years of research experience, such as the testing of medication for ADHD, psychoeducational assessments, and the development of social skills in children.
In addition, Theresa has a strong interest in child development, parenting, and peer victimization. She conducted her master’s thesis on the extent to which the relationship between biological parents serves as a predictor for peer victimization experienced by the child in school. Theresa is also a passionate advocate against bullying and is a member of Future Child Advocates (FCA) in the United States. In the past, she also played a key role as the co-president for the Future Child Advocates chapter at Teachers College, Columbia University where she worked closely with the national director of FCA. She hopes that public awareness and opportunities for help can lead to changes in a victim’s life and perhaps, one day, put an end to bullying.
Theresa believes that when proper help is provided every child can strive to reach their fullest potential in any environment. Theresa lives by three E’s: Empathy, Engagement, and Encouragement. At the Blurton-FDC, Theresa works with the Assessment Team to bring about the full potential in every child by helping them identify their strengths and weaknesses. There are many factors in society that may impact one’s developmental trajectory; however, that should never be a barrier towards reaching one’s maximum potential.