Weihua Niu

Weihua Niu

Professor
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Psychology - NYC
NYC
426
52 Broadway

Biography

Faculty Bio

Dr. Weihua Niu received a B.A in Psychology from Beijing Normal University and a M.S. in educational psychology from the Chinese Academic of Sciences (CAS) while working as an educational psychologist there. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Yale University in 2003 and joined Pace University as an assistant professor in 2003. She is now a full-professor in the Department of Psychology at the Downtown campus.

Awards and Honors

  • Pace University, 2009, Scholarly Research Award
  • Pace University, 2008, Provost Research Award
  • Pace University, 2007, Presidential Award
  • Pace University, 2007, Scholarly Research Award
  • Pace University, 2006, Scholarly Research Award
  • Pace University, 2005, Provost Research Award
  • Pace University, 2004, Scholarly Research Award
  • 2003, APA International Research of Excellence Award
  • 2002, APA Science Directorate Dissertation Research Award

Education

BA, Beijing Normal University
Psychology

MPhil, Yale University
Psychology

MS, Institute of Psychology
Psychology

PhD, Yale University
Psychology

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

She is internationally known for her research in creativity, cross-cultural psychology, educational testing, and comparative education, with more than 30 publications on peer reviewed journals such as “Psychology Review,” “International Journal of Psychology “Comparative Education”,“ Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology”,“ Psychology in the Schools”,” Journal of Creative Behavior,” and “Psychology of Aesthetics, creativity, and the Arts.” She helped establishing the Confucius Institute at Pace University and became the first Director of the Institute in 2009.

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

Behavioral Lab for Conducting Experiments in Marketing and Psychology
2012 - 2013. Thinkfinity, Pace University, $11,000.00. Funded.

Courses Taught

Past Courses

PSY 112: Introduction to Psychology
PSY 260: Critical Think & Prblm Solving
PSY 260: Critical Think and Prblm Solving
PSY 315: Cognitive Psychology
PSY 327: Mentored Lab Class Semester 1
PSY 328: Mentored Lab Class Semester 2
PSY 380: Experimental Psychology I
PSY 381: Experimental Psychology II
PSY 395: Indpndnt Study in Psych (A)
PSY 395: Indpndnt Study in Psychology
PSY 615: Research Design & Statistics I
PSY 616: Research Dsgn & Statistics II
PSY 617: Human Learning
PSY 627: Mentored Lab Class Semester 1
PSY 628: Mentored Lab Class Semester 2
PSY 695: Independent Stdy in Psychology
PSY 699: M.A. Thesis
PSY 701: Doctoral Mentored Lab Class
PSY 715: Statistics & Research Design I
PSY 716: Statistics & Research Desgn II

Publications and Presentations

Publications

Intelligence in worldwide perspective
(2011). NYC,NY :Cambridge University Press. , pages 623-646.

Creativity in Chinese mathematics classrooms. In R. Beghetto & J. Kaufman
(2010). R. Beghetto & J. Kaufman (Eds.), NYC,NY :Cambridge University Press. , pages 270-288.

Presentations

Chinese creativity: Past, present, and future
(2012, July). Interdisciplinary Research Convention . German Breuninger Foundation,

Sibling relationship quality, parent-child relationship quality, and their effects on adult romantic relationships
(2011, August). American Psychological Association. Washington D.C.

Sibling Relationship Quality, Parent-child Relationship Quality, and their Effects on Adult Romantic Relationships
(2011, August). American Psychological Association Annual Meetings. Washington, D.C..

Creativity of Chinese elderly
(2010, August). 118th Annual American Psychological Association conference. San Diego, CA.

Stimulating or suppressing - the effects of different types of instruction on rated creativity
(2010, August). 118th Annual American Psychological Association Conference. San Diego, CA.

The effect of knowledge of ingroup/outgroup performance on nonverbal deductive reasoning and creativity: A cross-cultural examination
(2010, August). 118th Annual American Psychological Association conference. San Diego, CA.

Stimulating or suppressing. The effect of instruction on rated creativity
(2010, March). Annual Conference of Eastern Psychological Association (EPA). Eastern Psychological Association (EPA),

Test fanaticism in the 21st century of China: The reality and rationales.
(2009, September). International Conference on “A Century of Change: China and Modernization. Washington D.C.

Quality of campus life of students from different ethnic and college setting environments
(2007, May). 19th Annual Conference of Association of Psychological Sciences (APS). Association of Psychological Sciences (APS),

Chinese educational testing systems
(2006, June). at the meeting of the Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the United States . Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the United States,

Creativity research in mainland China
(2004, August). International Congress of Psychology. Beijing, China.

Perceived parental rearing and different instructions on children’s artistic creativity
(2004, August). International Congress of Psychology. Beijing, China.

The effect of message framing on college student behavior and attitude changes toward elderly: A cross-cultural comparison
(2004, August). International Congress of Psychology. Beijing, China.

Cross-cultural comparison of creativity and deductive reasoning
(2004, July). American Psychological Association Conference. Hawaii, USA.

Fostering children’s creativity in different cultures
(2004, April). Eastern Psychological Association conference. Washington, D. C. .

Cultural influence of Creativity
(2003, May). 15th Annual Conference of American Psychological Society (APS). Atlanta, GA.

The Effect of Culture on Creativity
(2001, October). Yale University, Department of Psychology,

Cultural influence on Artistic Creativity
(2001, June). 13th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society. Toronto, Canada.

A Confluence Model of Creativity
(2001, May). Institute of Psychology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences,

Using immediate feedback sheet: A quick and easy way to communicate with every student in class
(1999, June). 11th Annual convention of the American Psychological Society,

A self-determination study on children with mathematical learning disabilities
(1997, December). 2nd International Conference for Chinese Psychologists. Hong Kong.

Experimental researches on testing the effects of a new method to promote children’s mathematical thinking
(1994, August). International Society of Social and Behavioral Development (ISSBD) Congress. Beijing, China.

Children’s development of the spatial perception under different teaching methods
(1993, October). Chinese National Psychology Congress. Beijing, China.

Social interactions and children’s cognitive development
(1990). Chinese National Psychological Congress. Dalian, China.

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • Eastern Psychological Association

Professional Service

American Journal of Psychology [Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer]
Educational Psychology [Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer]
Instructional Science [Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer]
International Journal of Creative Thinking & Problem Solving [Editorial Review Board Member]
International Journal of Psychology [Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer]
Journal of Creative Behavior [Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer]
Journal of Psychology in Chinese Societies [Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer]
Learning & Individual Differences [Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer]
Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts [Editorial Review Board Member]