I was awarded my DPhil in Evidence Based Social Interventions by the University of Oxford. I also hold an MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology from the University of Cambridge.
In 2009, I was appointed as a Research Fellow in the Centre of Criminology and Sociology at Royal Holloway, University of London.
I currently supervise a number of undergraduates and postgraduates carrying out research in Family Ecology, Psychology of Child Development or Developmental Psychology.
My research and publications focus on how different aspects of culture impact parenting and socialization processes, and children behaviour. In particularly, among children, young people, parents and families from different cultural backgrounds (i.e. socio-cultural context, mixed versus monocultural, majority versus minority) and vulnerable groups (i.e. children in care, care leavers). I am also interested in the policy implications of research findings in the context of evidence-based interventions and how evidenced-based programme influence general population and at-risk groups. I am a mixed-methods researcher and specialises in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. I also specialise in multivariate analysis with extensive experience in examining the various models of parenting pratices across different groups and how it relate to children and young people behaviour.
My academic collaborations include:
The Development and Testing of Grandparenting Stressor-Strength Inventory in Malaysia (2014-2016)
Source: Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, RM58,310, Principal Investigator
Tackling Youth Crime: Mobile Apps in the Youth Justice System (2013-2014)
Source: Nominet Trust (UK), £161,000, Co-Investigator
Analysis and adaptation of a measurement instrument for parenting/parenting-related skills, in collaboration with the NGO Pro Familia (2013-2014)
Source: The Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs, Euro9,900, Co investigator/ Mixed methods Expert
Parents and Children in Families and in Cultures (PACIFIC), in collaboration with Department of Psychology at HELP University Malaysia and Brigham Young University, USA, (2011-2014)
Source: Brigham Young University (in Provo, Utah, USA), USD30,000, Co-Investigator
Understanding the Mobile Device Usage of Young People (2012)
Source: Association for Chief Police Officers (ACPO) (UK), £19,900, Co Investigator
Quality of Life of Established Amputees (Phase 1) (2012)
Source: Limbless Association (UK), £10,000, Co Investigator/ Research methods Expert
Comparative Asian Family Survey (Malaysia) (2011-2012)
Source: Global Center Of Excellence (GCOE), Kyoto University, Japan, USD46,000, Principal Investigator
Social Competency Among Emerging Adults in Universities, 2012
Source: Institute of Malaysia Youth Development, Ministry of Sports & Youth, RM30,000, Principal Investigator
Developing a Model for Parenting Practices of Multicultural Families in Malaysia (2011-2013)
Source: Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, RM50,000, Principal Investigator
Filial Piety in Intergenerational Relations: A Moral Literacy Module for Malaysian Preschoolers, in collaboration with Institute of Gerontology, UPM (2011-2012)
Source: Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO, RM80,000, Co Investigator
Intergenerational Influence, parental Involvement and Child-Adolescent Biopsychosocial Well-Being, (2010-2012)
Source: Research Management Centre (RMC), UPM (Category of Capable Researcher), RM70,000. Co-Investigator
Benchmarking Parenting Competencies and its Correlates to Child Well-Being: Implications for Enhancing Human Capital Development, (2009-2011)
Source: Research Management Centre (RMC), UPM (Category of High Impact Research Group), RM160,000, Co-Investigator
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Rumah Tunas Harapan Program in Malaysia, (2009-2010)
Source: Department of Welfare Malaysia, collaboration with University Malaya, RM200,000, Co Investigator
Intergenerational Relationships and Adolescent Psychological Adjustment (2009-2010)
Source: Research Management Centre (RMC), UPM , RM30,000, Principal Investigator
Involved Grandparenting and Children’s Well-being, (2007-2008)
Source: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), £70,000, Researcher
Supporting Parents in Promoting Early Learning: The Evaluation of the Early Learning Partnership Project, (2007-2008)
Source: Department for Children, School and Family (DCSF- UK), £80,000, Researcher
Intercultural and Monocultural Families in Malaysia: An Ecological Perspective, (2005-2006)
Source: Dept of National Unity and Integration, at the Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia, RM15,000, Principal Investigator
JP. Tan (2018). Do grandparents matter? Intergenerational relationships between the closest grandparents and Malaysian adolescents. Contemporary Social Science. 13(2), pp.246-260.
SA. Tan, SN. Yaacob, JP. Tan (2018). The usage of sexual internet media and sexual behaviour among sexually experienced adolescents in Malaysia: Sexual intention as a mediator. Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities. 26(4), pp.2571-2582.
CS. Ang, JP. Tan, SY. Fam (2016). Psychometric Properties of the Training Parenting Style Scale in a Malaysian Sample of Adolescents: Factor Analysis, Internal Consistency, and Measurement Invariance. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 25(5), pp.1505-1514.
R. Barn, JP. Tan (2015). Foster youth and drug use: Exploring risk and protective factors. Children and Youth Services Review. 56, pp.107-115.
C-S. Ang, M. Abu Talib, K-A. Tan, J-P. Tan, SN. Yaacob (2015). Understanding computer-mediated communication attributes and life satisfaction from the perspectives of uses and gratifications and self-determination. Computers in Human Behavior. 49, pp.20-29.
MW. Choon, M. Abu Talib, SN. Yaacob, H. Awang, JP. Tan, et al. (2015). Negative automatic thoughts as a mediator of the relationship between depression and suicidal behaviour in an at-risk sample of Malaysian adolescents. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 20(2), pp.89-93.
J. Tan, B. Barn, R. Barn (2014). Smart Phone Activity: Risk-Taking Behaviours and Perceptions on Data Security among Young People in England. International Journal of Social and Organizational Dynamics in IT. 3(4), pp.43-58.
CS. Ang, MA. Talib, JP. Tan, SN. Yaacob (2014). Computer-mediated communication use among adolescents and its implication for psychological need satisfaction. Pertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities. 22(3), pp.861-877.
J. Tan, HS. Kuay, Y. Siti Nor, J. Rumaya (2013). Parental involvement and health practices as predictors of social functioning among children in Peninsular Malaysia. Archives Des Sciences. 66(1), pp.736-750.
J. Tan, Y. Siti Nor, SA. Tan, NS. Esmaeili, J. Rumaya (2013). Role of Gender in Perceived Stress and Adjustments among Adolescent in Malaysia. Jokull. 63(7), pp.221-234.
J. Tan, HJ. Lim, B. Rozumah (2013). Perceived Parental Warmth and Depression in Early Adolescents: Path Analysis on the Role of Self-esteem as a Mediator. Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities. 21(1), pp.165-178.
J. Tan, Y. Siti Nor, SA. Tan, J. Rumaya (2012). Malaysian Adolescent's Life Satisfaction. Archives Des Sciences. 65(8), pp.182-192.
R. Barn, J-P. Tan (2012). Foster youth and crime: Employing general strain theory to promote understanding. Journal of Criminal Justice. 40(3), pp.212-220.
J. Tan (2012). Inter-ethnic and mono-ethnic families: Examining the association of parenting and child emotional and behavioural adjustment. Pertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities. 20(1), pp.165-178.
J. Tan, B. Rozumah, S. Krauss, Y. Siti Nor (2011). Family processes as predictors of antisocial behaviors among adolescents from urban, single-mother Malay families in Malaysia. Journal of Comparative Family Studies. 45(4), pp.509-522.
E. Flouri, A. Buchanan, J-P. Tan, J. Griggs, S. Attar-Schwartz (2010). Adverse life events, area socio-economic disadvantage, and adolescent psychopathology: The role of closeness to grandparents in moderating the effect of contextual stress. Stress: The International Journal on the Biology of Stress. 13(5), pp.402-412.
J-P. Tan, A. Buchanan, E. Flouri, S. Attar-Schwartz, J. Griggs (2010). Filling the Parenting Gap? Grandparent Involvement With U.K. Adolescents. Journal of Family Issues. 31(7), pp.992-1015.
S. Attar-Schwartz, J-P. Tan, A. Buchanan (2009). Adolescents' perspectives on relationships with grandparents: The contribution of adolescent, grandparent, and parent–grandparent relationship variables. Children and Youth Services Review. 31(9), pp.1057-1066.
J. Tan, I. Nellie, I. Rahimah (2009). The relationship between parental belief on filial piety and child psychosocial adjustment among Malay Families. Pertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities. 17(2), pp.283-292.
J. Griggs, J-P. Tan, A. Buchanan, S. Attar-Schwartz, E. Flouri (2009). ‘They’ve Always Been There for Me’: Grandparental Involvement and Child Well-Being. Children & Society.
S. Attar-Schwartz, J-P. Tan, A. Buchanan, E. Flouri, J. Griggs (2009). Grandparenting and adolescent adjustment in two-parent biological, lone-parent, and step-families. Journal of Family Psychology. 23(1), pp.67-75.
J. Tan, B. Rozumah, J. Rumaya, SE. Krauss (2008). Socio-demographic characteristics of intercultural marriage: A study of a multi-ethnic community in Malaysia. European Journal of Social Sciences. 5(4), pp.30-44.
H. McLaughlin, JP. Tan (2017). Social work academia and policy in the United Kingdom. In: Where Academia and Policy Meet: A Cross-National Perspective on the Involvement of Social Work Academics in Social Policy. pp.201-219.
J. Tan (2016). Links Between Grandfather Involvement and Adolescent Well-Being in England and Wales. In: Grandfathers.
I was awarded the 2008 Young Researcher Award for the Category of Social Sciences and Humanities by the University of Putra, Malaysia when I worked with them.