Adj A/Prof Chong Shang Chee graduated from the medical faculty of National University of Singapore in 1998. She obtained her specialist degrees in paediatrics from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK) and Master of Medicine, Paediatrics (Singapore) in 2002. She completed her advanced specialist training in 2005 and currently heads the Child Development Unit (CDU) at National University Hospital (NUH). In 2009, she spent a 6 month clinical attachment at the learning disabilities clinic of the Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
Adj A/Prof Chong works with the Ministry of Health (MOH) on meeting the national objectives and ministry directives on the national Child Development Programme (CDP). Under this programme, she is also involved in the national development of policies in early childhood practices, as well as early intervention and educational initiatives with other ministry partners. She was Vice-Chair of the Professional Practice Guidelines on the Psycho-educational Assessment & Placement of Students with Special Education Needs (MOE) 2018 and was also an appointed Member of the Advisory Panel appointed to study the Implementation of Compulsory Education for Children with Special Educational Needs (MOE) 2016-2017. She is also currently serving as a member on the Maternal and Child health workgroup under MOH. For her work in various projects with Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), she was awarded the Friends of MSF Award 2021.
Adj A/Prof Chong has provided leadership to several milestone programmes in the past 5 years. She is involved in the development and provision of a preschool-based model of care which includes the timely delivery of health and development screenings to low-income children funded by Ministry of Health (HEADS-UPP programme), as well as serving on the national KidSTART programme research evaluation panel. She is also currently providing leadership to the CDU team to implement and evaluate the use of telehealth technology as a novel and innovative way to enhance early intervention practices for children with autism spectrum disorder.
Adj A/Prof Chong’s areas of clinical interests are also in the neurodevelopmental follow-up of medically complex children (pre-terms, post-cardiac surgery). Believing in a family-centred practice, she and her team established NUH CDU as the first Brazelton Touchpoints site in Asia and she is a certified Brazelton Touchpoints Trainer (Brazelton Touchpoints Institute, Harvard).
Adj A/Prof Chong is currently also serving as the Deputy Director of the Center for Holistic Initiatives for Learning and Development (CHILD) under the NUS YLLSOM. She brings to the center relevant expertise in early childhood sector leadership and practice.