Dr Ouhao Chen

Dr Ouhao Chen


I joined School of Education in January 2024 as an Associate Professor in Psychology with Education. Before joining University of Leeds, I have been working in multiple countries. I was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate working on a MOOC project at Southern Cross University (Australia). After 11-month post-doctoral training and PhD study in Australia, I was appointed as a Lecturer at National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), then I moved to the UK as a Lecturer in Psychology with Education at Loughborough University.

Research interests

I am interested in cognitive processes in learning, cognitive load theory, and evidence-based instructional design principles. My specific contributions include detailed experimental studies of the role of learner prior knowledge and element interactivity in learning (expertise reversal effect and element interactivity effect); the working memory resources depletion effect; the applications of cognitive load theory to mathematics education.

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  • PhD in Educational Psychology
  • MSc in Education
  • BSc in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

Professional memberships

  • Deputy Editor of British Journal of Educational Psychology
  • Outreach Coordinator of British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics

Student education

I am teaching Psychology with Eductaion (BSc) and Education (MA/MSc) programs, with supervising dissertation, Postgraduate and Doctoral students.

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