Dong Qi was born in 1961 in Chongqing. He holds a doctorate in Psychology and is a Professor and Doctoral Supervisor. Dong Qi is the current President of Beijing Normal University, presiding over BNU’s administration, in charge of financial work, human resources development, education discipline development, and continuing education work. As such he is responsible for the President’s Office, the Finance Office, the Accounting Center, the Personnel Office and the HR Service Center.
September 1978 to June 1982: undergraduate, Department of Psychology, BNU
September 1982 to June 1985: graduate, Department of Psychology, BNU
September 1985 to April 2002: worked at the Institute of Children’s Psychology, BNU (later renamed the Institute of Developmental Psychology, BNU)
September 1985 to June 1988: received an on-the-job Ph.D. from the Institute of Children’s Psychology, BNU
December 1986 to April 1988: pursued further study in the United States, at Kent State University and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
September 1988 to November 1999: Vice Director of the Institute of Development Psychology, BNU
November 1991 to August 1995: Vice Director of the Office of Science and Technology, BNU
September 1994 to February 1996: Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and visiting psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley
September 1995 to April 2002: Vice Dean of the School of Psychology, BNU
September 1997 to April 2002: Vice Director of the Institute of Psychology Health and Education, BNU
September 1999 to February 2008: member of the Standing Committee, and Vice President, BNU
September 2001 to April 2005: Director of the National Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, BNU
April 2002 to January 2004: Director of the Institute of Brain and Cognitive Science Research at the School of Psychology, BNU
January 2004 to November 2009: Director of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, BNU
April 2005 to present: Director of the Academic Committee of the National Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, BNU
December 2007 to present: Director of the National Assessment of Education Quality, Ministry of Education (concurrent post)
February 2008 to July 2012: member of the Standing Committee, and Executive Vice President, BNU
July 2012: named President of BNU (Vice Minister rank)
President Dong engages primarily in research on child and adolescent psychological development and evaluation, language and mathematics learning and its brain mechanism, quality monitoring and education evaluation. He serves as the chief scientist for "research on children's brain development and quality education,” a project of the National "Climbing" Program. He is also the chief in charge of "The Investigation of Chinese children and teenagers’ psychological development features," a National R&D Infrastructure and Facility Development Program of the State Ministry of Science and Technology.
President Dong is involved in more than ten other national and provincial key projects and major international cooperation projects. Currently, he is in charge of the national brain science and cognitive science innovation talent-introduction base. He is a winner of the National Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars award, a candidate for the National Hundred and Thousand Talents Program, and he was among the first group winners of the Trans-Century Program Foundation for Talents supported by the Ministry of Education.
He receives special government allowances from the State Council.
He is also is the group leader of the 6th Psychology Science Group of Academic Degrees, Committee of the State Council, the state school inspector, the group leader of the Strategic Development of Basic Education Group from the "national medium and long-term education reform and development plan outline,” and he serves as Deputy Director of the Middle and Primary School Mental Health Education Expert Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Education. He has published five books and over 150 academic papers in important academic journals at home and abroad and has won several national and provincial scientific research and teaching awards.