Project Description

Prof. Terry Kit-fong AU

Emeritus Professor


  • 1982
Harvard University
  A.B., Psychology and Social Relations
  • 1987
Stanford University
  Ph. D., Psychology


Language & Conceptual Development
Health & Science Education
Childhood Anxiety & Autism Spectrum Concerns


Lau, W., Chan, C. K., Li, J. C., & Au, T. K. (2010).  Effectiveness of group cognitive-behavioral treatment for childhood anxiety in community clinics.  Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 1067-1077. 

Oh, J. S., Au, T. K., & Jun, S.-A. (2010).  Early Childhood Language Memory of International Adoptees.  Journal of Child Language37, 1123-1132.

Wong, A. M. Y., Kidd, J., Ho. C. S., & Au, T, K. (2010).  Characterizing the overlap between SLI and dyslexia in Chinese: the role of phonology and beyond.  Scientific Studies of Reading,14, 30-57.

Cheung R. Y., & Au, T. K. (2011).  Nursing students’ anxiety and clinical performance.  Journal of Nursing Education, 50, 286-289.

Li, J. C., Lau, W., & Au, T. K. (2011).  Psychometric Properties of the Spence Children’s Anxiety Scale in a Hong Kong Chinese Community Sample.  Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 584-591.

Bridges, S. M., Parthasarathy, D. S., Wong, H. M., Yiu, C. K., Au, T. K., & McGrath, C. P. (2014).  The relationship between caregiver functional oral health literacy and child oral health status.  Patient education and counseling, 94, 411-426.

Chan, W. W. L., Au, T. K., & Tang, J. (2014).  Strategic counting: A novel assessment of place-value understanding.  Learning and Instruction, 29, 78-94.

Tso, R. V. Y., Au, T. K., & Hsiao, J. H. (2014).  Perceptual expertise: Can sensorimotor experience change holistic processing and left-side bias?  Psychological Science, 25, 1757-1767.

Au, T. K., Chan, W. W. L., Cheng, L., Siegel, L. S., & Tso, R. V. Y. (2015).  Can Non-Interactive Language Input Benefit Young Second-Language Learners?  Journal of Child Language, 42, 323-350.  

Kidd, J., Shum, K. K., Ho. C. S., & Au, T. K. (2015).  Phonological Representations and Early Literacy in Chinese.  Scientific Studies of Reading, 19, 89-113.

Shum, K. K., Ho. C. S., Siegel, L. S., & Au, T. K. (2016).  First-language longitudinal predictors of second-language literacy in young L2 learners.  Reading Research Quarterly, 51, 323-344.  

Au, T. K., Kwok, A. F., Tong, L. C., Cheng, L., Tse, H. M., & Jun, S.-A. (2017).  The Social Costs in Communication Hiccups between Native and Nonnative Speakers.  Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 48, 369-383.

Chan, W. W. L., Au, T. K., N. T. T. Lau, & Tang, J. (2017).  Counting errors as a window onto children’s place-value concept.  Contemporary Educational Psychology, 51, 123-130.

Kidd, J., Shum, K. K., Wong, A. M. Y, Ho. C. S., & Au, T. K. (2017).  Auditory perception and word recognition in Cantonese-Chinese speaking children with and without Specific Language Impairment.  Journal of Child Language, 44, 1-35.

Kong, M. M., & Au, T. K. (2018).  The Incredible Years Parent Program for Chinese Preschoolers with Developmental Disabilities.  Early Education and Development, 29, 494-514.

Oh, J. S., Au, T. K., Jun, S.-A., Lee, R. M. (2019).  Childhood language memory in adult heritage language (re)learners.   In M. S. Schmid and B. Köpke (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Language Attrition (pp. 481-492).  Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Xiao, Y., Pinkney, E., Au, T. K., & Yip P. S. F. (2020).  Athena SWAN and gender diversity: A UK–based retrospective cohort study.  BMJ Open, 10(2).

Yip P. S. F., Xiao, Y., Wong, C. L. H., & Au, T. K. (2020).  Is there gender bias in research grant success in social sciences?: Hong Kong as a case study.  Humanities & Social Sciences Communications, 7173.

Au, A. H. C., Shum, K. K. M., Cheng, Y., Tse, H. M. Y., Wong, R. M. F., Li, J., & *Au, T. K. F. (2021).  Autism spectrum disorder screening in preschools.  Autism25(2), 516-528. (*co-corresponding author)

Shum, K., Au, T., Romo, L., & Jun, S.-A. (2021).  Learning challenging L2 sounds via computer training: High-variability perceptual training for children and adults. Language Learning and Development, 17(4), 327-342.

Shum, K. K. M., Wong, R. M. F., Au, A. H. C., & Au, T. K. (2021).  Autism spectrum disorder screening in Chinese-language preschools.  Autism.

Wang, L., Hung, S., & *Au, T. K. F. (2021).  What mothers can do about their toddlers’ stranger anxiety. Social Development.  (*co-corresponding author)


Developmental Psychology Laboratory
My lab explores how to support children with developmental challenges and risks: learning a second language, childhood social anxiety, and autism spectrum concerns

HKU Psychology