Our symposium brings together researchers around the world to discuss issues concerning brain development and how it relates to emotion and language and communication. Among the topics to be discussed are psychiatric problems in early childhood, how parenting and play can facility neurocognitive development, as well as the neural basis of language and reading development.

Keynote Speakers


Professor Joan Luby

Early Childhood Depression: Identification and Treatment

Professor Joan L. Luby, M.D.

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis


Professor Catherine Tamis-LeMonda

Building Blocks for School Succcess: Children’s Early Learning Environment

Professor Catherine Tamis-LeMonda

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
New York University




Invited Speakers


Professor Elizabeth S. Norton

Promises and Pitfalls of Brain Research in Language and Reading Development

Professor Elizabeth S. Norton
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA
Professor Florrie Ng

Making the Grades at an Emotional Cost: How Parents Respond to Children’s Performance, Why, and What It Means for Children

Professor Florrie Ng
Department of Educational Psychology
The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Lecture Theatre 7, Yasumoto International Academic Park, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong

Campus map of the Chinese University of Hong Kong: print version
Transportation from the University Train Station to the Conference Venue The University provides regular free school bus services from the MTR (formerly KCR) University train station to the main campus throughout the day.



Friday, March 29, 2019
Lecture Theatre 7, Yasumoto International Academic Park, CUHK

9:30-9:40 Welcome Speeches, Group Photo
9:40-10:20 Keynote Speech: Joan Luby
Topic: Early Childhood Depression:  Identification and Treatment
10:20-10:50 Invited Talk: Elizabeth Norton
Topic: Promises and pitfalls of brain research in language and reading development
10:50-11:00 Break
11:00-11:40 Keynote Speech: Catherine Tamis-LeMonda
11:40-12:10 Invited Talk: Florrie Ng
12:10-12:30 Concluding Remarks: Catherine Lam, Dept of Health, HKSAR