Professor Huy P. Phan

Professor, Learning and Teaching - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Education

Huy P. Phan

Phone: +61 2 6773 3327



Huy P. Phan is a Professor in Learning and Teaching at UNE’s School of Education (Teaching & Learning).


B.ED (Mathematics)(Hons, Class 1)(USyd, Australia)
Ph.D in Educational Psychology (USyd, Australia)

Teaching Areas

Huy P. Phan is a Professor in Learning and Teaching at UNE’s School of Education. He teaches units that closely relate to educational psychology of teaching and learning processes, for example:

  • EDLT115 (Learners and Learning)
  • EDLT116 (Learners and Teaching)
  • EDLT330 (Learning, Assessment and Evaluation)
  • EDLT390 (Advanced Learning Theories 1)

Research Interests

Huy’s research interests and areas of expertise relate to cognition, motivation, and the proactivity of human behaviour. He recently published a book with Oxford University Press, titled Teaching, Learning and Psychology (Phan & Ngu, 2019), which reflects his previous and current research inquiries into the study of cognition and motivational processes of human behaviour and development. Many of his research projects, published in high-tier journals, involved quantitative data drawn from different sociocultural settings, and involved the use of complex causal modelling techniques (e.g., latent growth modelling). Over the past few years, drawing from his research collaborations with scholars from China, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan, Huy has focused on the development of theoretical models and complex methodological conceptualizations that may advance our understanding of individuals’ learning and non-learning experiences, as well as their motivational beliefs and psychological well-being – for example, his theoretical, empirical, and methodological contributions to date have involved the development of the following:

  1. The Framework of Achievement Bests (e.g., Phan & Ngu, 2017a; Phan, Ngu, & Yeung, 2017), which enables focuses on the achievement of optimal best practice and a state of flourishing.
  2. A Holistic Model of Mindfulness (Phan & Ngu, 2019; Phan et al., 2019), which takes into consideration Eastern ethos, knowledge, and philosophy.
  3. The concept of Energy, which may help to explain the intricacy of the process of optimization (Phan et al., 2019).
  4. Proposition of a Multi-time series, Multi-group Single-case Experimental Design (Phan & Ngu, 2017b) for usage in social sciences research.
  5. Thee paradigm of Holistic Psychology, which advances existing theoretical tenets of Positive Psychology.

Huy’s research and publications have, to date, included the following areas:

  • Positive Psychology, Holistic Psychology, and Subjective Well-Being
  • Human Optimization and Optimal Best Practice
  • Cognitive Load Imposition and Instructional Designs
  • Eastern Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Cognitive Strategies in Achievement contexts (e.g., Critical thinking, Persistence, Achievement Goals)
  • Future Time Perspectives and Hope
  • Student Approaches to Learning (SAL)
  • Motivation, Student Engagement/Disengagement
  • The Self-systems, including personal self-efficacy and self-esteem
  • The Sociocultural System of Development and Learning (e.g., Epistemological beliefs)
  • Complex Modelling procedures, including latent growth modelling (LGM), hierarchical linear modelling (HLM), andmultiple-indicator correlated trait-correlated method (MI CT-CM)

Huy is active in his research development and appears on different editorial boards of international journals in Education and Psychology. Aside from his research interests, Huy is also extremely well-versed in curriculum development and has, to date, developed a number of degree programs – for example: the Bachelor of Education (K – 12), the Bachelor of Educational Studies, and the Bachelor of Education (In-Service Conversion).

Research Supervision Experience

Yes – main supervisor in the areas of:

Optimal Best
Self-Beliefs (e.g., self-concept, self-efficacy)
Sociocultural Development
Quantitative Research Methods
Causal Modelling (e.g., latent growth modelling)
Structural Equation Modelling
Confirmatory Factor Analysis
Educational Psychology
Developmental Psychology


For Huy's full list of publications, refer to

Sample Publications Only

Book Chapters

Phan, H. P. (2015). The essentialness of hope: Reflection, articulation and anticipation. In L. Bormans (Ed.), The world book of hope (pp. 270-272). Tielt, Belgium: Lannoo Publishers.

Phan, H. P., & Ngu, B. H. (2019). Expanding on the theoretical concept of ‘Optimization’ for effective learning: Establishing empirical evidence from an Eastern sociocultural context. In A. D. Liem & T. S. Hong (Eds.), Student motivation, engagement, and growth: Asian insights. Singapore: Routledge.

Journal Articles

Phan, H. P., Ngu, B. H., Wang, H.-W., Shih, J.-H., Shi, S.-Y., & Lin, R.-Y. (2018). Understanding levels of best practice: An empirical development. PLOS One, 13(6), e0198888. doi:

Phan, H. P., & Ngu, B. H. (2017). Undertaking experiments in social sciences: Sequential, multiple time series designs for consideration. Educational Psychology Review, 29(4), 847-867. doi:10.1007/s10648-016-9368-0


Phan, H. P., & Ngu, B. H. (2019). Teaching, Learning and Psychology. Docklands, Melbourne: Oxford University Press.


Editorial Board member for a number of different international journals, for example:

Education Research International
Teaching in Higher Education
PloS One

Consultancy Interests

Subjective Well-Being in School
Positive Psychology, Life Education, and Holistic Education
Motivation and Schooling Processes