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NG, Reuben

Reuben Ng

Ph.D. (Public Health), Yale University

Reuben Ng
Contact Details
DID: +65 6601 3967

Office Location

469B Bukit Timah Road
Level 2 #02-09, Li Ka Shing Building
Singapore 259771


A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Reuben Ng trained as a behavioural scientist at Oxford and Yale.  He spent 15 years in government, consulting, and research.  In government, he was the Deputy Director in the Prime Minister’s Office driving evidence-based policy making through data analytics, and Smart Nation strategies.  In consulting, he built the advanced analytics practice at a Fortune 100 firm as an Associate Director, and implemented complex analytics projects across industries (e.g., government, banking, consumer goods) and functions (e.g., strategy, HR, operations).

Reuben is an expert in preventive healthcare of older adults, population health analytics, psychometrics, resilience and culture.  He is credited with creating innovative techniques to measure societal perceptions/stereotypes that are applied to social policy, and program evaluation.  His applied policy research has been recognised by grants/awards from the US National Institute of Aging, American Psychology Association, and featured in major Singapore newspapers including The Straits Times, Business Times, TODAY, Lianhe Zaobao.  He is also the first Singaporean to receive the International Fulbright Science and Technology Award, the first non-British recipient of the UK Social and Economic Research Council (ESRC)’s Neville Butler Prize (runner-up) awarded at the Houses of Parliament in London, and the youngest winner of an Early Research Career Award from the International Council of Psychologists.  He has over 50 journal/conference papers, taught extensively in Asia & US, and was nominated for teaching awards at Quinnipiac and Yale. 

Reuben’s Research and Media Expertise: Social Gerontology; Healthcare and People Analytics; Learning Analytics; Retirement; Resilience; Social cohesion; Culture; Psychometrics; Policy and program evaluation; Smart cities; Data policy, strategy and cyber security.


Selected Publications

  • Ng, R., Monin, J., Allore, H., & Levy, B. (2016). Retirement as meaningful: Positive Retirement Stereotypes Associated with Longevity.  Journal of Social Issues, 72(1), 69-85.  doi: 10.1111/josi.12156.  “Highly Cited Paper: Received enough citations to place it in the top 1% of the academic field”—Awarded by Essential Science Indicators on Web of Science.
  • Ng, R., Allore, H., Trentalange, M., Monin, J., & Levy, B.R. (2015).  Increasing Negativity of Age Stereotypes across 200 Years: Evidence from a Database of 400 Million Words. PLoS One, 10(2), e0117086.
  •  Sima, L.C., Ng, R., & Elimelech, M. (2013).  A Structural Equation Model to Predict Childhood Diarrhea Length:  Demonstration with a Dataset from Jakarta, Indonesia. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, 89, 884-891.
  • Levy, B.R., Ng, R., Myers, L.M., & Marottoli, R.A. (2013). Predicting Older Adults’ Adverse Driving Events Over Time: A Social Comparison Framework.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43, 556-561.
  • Lakra, D., Ng, R., & Levy, B. (2012). Increased Longevity from Viewing Retirement Positively.  Ageing and Society, 32, 1418-1427.
  • Ng, R., Ang, R.P., & Ho, M.H.R (2012).  Coping with Anxiety, Depression, Anger and Aggression: The Mediational Role of Resilience in Adolescents. Child and Youth Care Forum, 41, 529-546.
  • Steglitz, J., Ng, R., Mosha, J.S., & Kershaw, T. (2012).  Divinity and Distress: The Impact of Religion and Spirituality on the Mental Health of HIV-positive Adults in Tanzania.  AIDS & Behavior, 16, 2392-8
  • Ng, R. & Rayner, S.  (2010). Integrating Psychometric and Cultural Theory Approaches to Formulate an Alternative Measure of Risk Perception.  Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 23, 85-100.


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