Dr WONG, Puisan
Dr WONG, Puisan
B.A., M.A., M. Phil. & Ph.D. (City University of New York)
Director, Multimodal Speech-Language Research Laboratory
CCC-SLP, American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Human Communication, Development, and Information Sciences
Tel: (852) 3917 1567
Location: Room 757, Meng Wah Complex
Areas of Expertise:
• Speech pathology
• Suprasegmental speech acquisition
• First- and second-language speech perception and production
• Training and intervention approaches for speech acquisition
Puisan Wong is an Associate Professor in the Academic Unit of Human Communication, Development, and Information Sciences (CDIS) in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong. She received her doctoral degree from the City University of New York and was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech Communication Arts and Sciences at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Before joining the University of Hong Kong, she was a Research Scientist in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at the Ohio State University. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and practiced as a speech-language pathologist in special schools in New York.
Puisan Wong’s research aims at understanding factors that affect speech and language acquisition and developing effective teaching and intervention approaches to promote speech and language acquisition in monolingual and bilingual-speakers with and without communication disorders.
Her current research projects include (1) Cantonese and Mandarin lexical tone acquisition in children with and without dyslexia, (2) Effective training for second-language speech sound acquisition, (3) prosodic effect on word learning in children with and without austism spectrum disorder, (4) tone and emotion processing in children with and without autism spectrum disorder, and (5) effective cues on word learning in young children with and without austism spectrum disorder.
Puisan Wong is the director of the Multimodal Speech-Language Research Lab, which houses 5 workstations, an Eyelink 1000 plus eyetracker, a sophisticated video recording system, the Observer XT behavior analysis software and a variety of hardware and software in a sound treated booth. The lab supports a range of speech perception and production research, and projects that examine audio- visual processing and integration, processing effort, and verbal and non-verbal communication.
Selected Honors and Awards
1. 2011. Fellow, Lessons for Success Research Conference: Developing the Emerging Scientist. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), Research and Science division of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHF).
2. 2009. Fellow, NICHD Summer Research Institute in Applied Child and Adolescent Development, National Institute of Health (NIH).
External Research Grants
1. 2016-2018. Monosyllabic tones in child-directed and adult-directed Cantonese tones, General Research Fund (GRF), University Grants Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
2. 2006-2008. Development of Mandarin lexical tone production, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Pre-doctoral Fellows (F31, NRSA), National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institute of Health (NIH).
3. 2006. Production of Mandarin tones by 3-year-old Monolingual children from monolingual versus bilingual environments, East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Award, National Science Foundation (NSF).
Internal Research Grants
1. 2018-2020. Principal Investigator. Pitch and lexical tone perception in school-age children with and without dyslexia. Seed Funding Programme for Basic Research. The University of Hong Kong.
2. 2017-2019. Principal Investigator. Developmental trajectory of Cantonese tone production in young children. Seed Funding Programme for Basic Research. The University of Hong Kong.
4. 2016-2018. Principal Investigator. English pronunciation training in Cantonese-speakers learning English as a second language. Seed Funding Programme for Basic Research. The University of Hong Kong.
5. 2016-2017. Principal Investigator. Acoustic characteristics of Cantonese tones produced by three-year-old children. Faculty Research Fund, Faculty of Education. The University of Hong Kong.
6. 2015-2017. Principal Investigator. Mothers’ modification of Cantonese monosyllabic tones to one- to two-year-old children. Seed Funding Programme for Basic Research. The University of Hong Kong.
7. 2014-2016. Principal Investigator. Equipment Grant for a Multisensory Speech and Language Learning Laboratory. University Development Fund. The University of Hong Kong.
8. 2014-2016. Principal Investigator. Effect of semantic contexts on Cantonese tone and consonant perception in noise in young adults. Seed Funding Programme for Basic Research for New Staff. The University of Hong Kong.
9. 2013-2015. Principal Investigator. Acoustic cues for Cantonese tone perception. Faculty Research Fund, Faculty of Education. The University of Hong Kong.
& aLeung, C. T. (2018). Suprasegmental features are not acquired early: Perception and production of monosyllabic Cantonese lexical tones in 4- to 6-year-old children. do.
6. & aChan, H. Y. (2018). Acoustic characteristics of highly distinguishable Cantonese entering and non-entering tones. , 143 (2), 165-179
7. & Strange, W. (2017). Phonetic complexity affects children’s Mandarin tone production accuracy in disyllabic words: A perceptual study. .
8. aFu, W. M., & aCheung, E. Y. L. (2017). Cantonese-speaking children do not acquire tone perception before tone production -- A perceptual and acoustic study of three-year-olds’ monosyllabic tones. Research topic: Lexical tone perception in infants and young children: Empirical studies and theoretical perspectives. .
1. aa2019). Do children with dyslexia have a general auditory processing deficit, phonological processing deficit or semantic deficit: Insights from linguistic and non-linguistic tone perception in Cantonese-speaking children with Dyslexia. In Sasha Calhoun, Paola Escudero, Marija Tabain & Paul Warren (eds.) Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019 (pp. 3837-3841). Canberra, Australia: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc. ISBN 978-0-646-80069-1. http://intro2psycholing.net/ICPhS/papers/ICPhS_3886.pdf
2. (2018). Recent findings on children’s lexical tone development: Implications for models of speech development. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 143(3), 1849-1849. doi:
5. , (2012). Acoustic analyses of Taiwan children’s monosyllabic Mandarin lexical tone productions. .
Editorial Board Member
1. Speech Section, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
Guest Associate Editor
1. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
Ad Hoc Reviewer
1. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
2. Journal of Acoustical Society of America
3. Journal of Phonetics
4. Applied Psycholinguistics
5. Journal of Child Language
6. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics
8. The Laryngoscope
9. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Students Preparing for Academic Research Careers (SPARC) Award, Academic Affairs and Research Education (AARE) Award and Mentoring Program, 2010, 2015.
10. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Professional Issues Statement—The clinical education of students with accents, 2011.
11. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Self- study program on Phonological Speech Sound Disorders in Bilingual Children, 2010.
Invited Session Chair
1. Speech perception across languages, modalities, and levels of ability, Acoustics 2012, Acoustical Society of America, Hong Kong, 2012.
2. Tones, Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics, Ohio, U.S.A. 2012.
3. Session 6, Phonetic Conference of China, Shanghai, China, 2012
1. Student presentation, 175th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Minneapolis, U.S.A.
2. Student presentation, 173rd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and the 8th Forum Acusticum, Boston, U.S.A.
Student poster competition, 167th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
3. Student presentations, 21st International Congress on Acoustics, 165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, 52nd Meeting of the Canadian Acoustical Association, Montreal, Canada.
4. Student presentations, Acoustics 2012, Acoustical Society of America, Hong Kong.
Doctoral Dissertation Committee
1. Yining Victor Zhou, The role of amplitude envelope in lexical tone perception: Evidence from Cantonese lexical tone discrimination in adults with normal hearing. Ph.D. Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. 2010-2012.
- Effects of auditory training on English vowels perception in Cantonese-speaking L2 learners of English: A comparison of five training programs, Linguistic Department, Aarhus University, Denmark, August 21, 2018.
- Recent findings on children’s lexical tone development: Implications for models of speech development. Special Session in Memory of James J. Jenkins. 175th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, U.S. A., May 9, 2018.
- What do mothers' child-directed Cantonese tone productions tell us about the function of child-directed speech, U.S.A. June 22, 2017.
- Factors affecting inter-rater reliability in the judgment of monosyllabic Mandarin lexical tones, Colloquium on East Asian Psycholinguistics, Institute of Chinese studies, , U.S.A., October 13, 2012.
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