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Hsing-Fen Tu

Department of Psychology, Uppsala University

Hsing-Fen Tu

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

Oct. –

Postdoctoral Researcher with a focus on “Learning and Brain Plasticity throughout the Life Span”, Department of Applied Educational Science, Umeå University, Sweden

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Bert Jonsson and Prof. Dr. Lars Nyberg


(May – Sep.)

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Sweden

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Gustaf Gredebäck


(Jan. – Mar.)

JSPS Short-term Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan, Center for Baby Science, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. Supervisor: Prof. Shoji Itakura
2023 Scientific Assistant (80%), Region Uppsala, Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden. (with Prof. Alkistis Skalkidou working on the Swedish National Cohorts and Register Data)
2022 (Oct.) Invited Doctoral Researcher, Center for Baby Science, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan.

Invited by Prof. Dr. Shoji Itakura

2020–2023 Lab Coordinator, Scientific Assistant, Child and Baby Lab, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Sweden.
Feb. 2018–

Jul. 2023

Doctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer


(Jul. – Sep.)

Visiting Doctoral Student, Visual Attention Lab, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jeremy M. Wolfe

2023 PhD (Department of Neurology, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences) in Medical Science (Dr. rer. med., Magna Cum Laude), Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany.

Supervisor: Prof. Arno Villringer. Co-supervisor: Prof. Gustaf Gredebäck

2019–Jul.2023 IMPRS Research School Training at International Max Planck Research School on Neuroscience of Communication: Function, Structure, and Plasticity, Leipzig, Germany.



Countries Sweden;
Topics LTC and people with mental health conditions; Outcome measurement in LTC;
Methods Longitudinal data analysis; Mixed methods; Observational studies; Psychometric testing; Quantitative data analysis; Quasi-experimental methods; Questionnaire; Systematic Review; Theory and frameworks; Time series analysis; Translation and cultural adaptation of instruments;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Climate Change and LTC; Data Science; Quasi-experimental methods;
Research interests

Child development; Peripartum mental health; Attentional control; Eye-tracking paradigm; Cross-generational impact

Key publications
Tu, H. F. (2023). The longitudinal investigation of infants’ attentional control and its associations with self-regulatory functions in toddlerhood and maternal mental distress (Doctoral Dissertation, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany. Doctoral training at Max Planck for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig).


Journal Articles

Tu, H. F., Fransson, E., Elofsson, U., Kallak, T.K., Ramklint, M., & Skalkidou, A. (2023). Cohort profile: the U-BIRTH study on peripartum depression and child development in a Swedish cohort. BMJ Open, 13(11), e072839.

Tu, H. F., Lindskog, M., & Gredebäck, G. (2022). Attentional control is a stable construct in infancy but not steadily linked with self-regulatory functions in toddlerhood. Developmental Psychology, 58(7), 1221-1236.

Tu, H. F., Skalkidou, A., Lindskog, M., & Gredebäck, G. (2021). Maternal childhood trauma and perinatal distress are related to infants’ focused attention from 6 to 18 months. Scientific Reports11(1), 1-13.