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Academic Staff
Head of Department & Chair Professor  

Prof. Chang Lei

Ph.D. (University of Southern California)


Room: E21-3045
Tel: +(853) 8822 8386


Professor Chang has over 200 referred journal publications in the areas of evolutionary psychology, including cultural evolution, life history, and evolutionary mating research, and developmental psychology focusing on parenting and child and adolescent social development. His h-Index is 50, with 14,000 citations (by Google Scholar).

Full Professors  

Prof. Todd Jackson

Ph.D. (Windsor)


Room: E21-3061
Tel: +(853) 8822 4259

Broadly speaking, my professional interests are in clinical psychology and health psychology. A key research focus is upon understanding neural, cognitive, and psychosocial influences on responses to experimental pain and disabling chronic pain. We have used various approaches to study these experiences including neuroimaging, evoked response potentials, eye-movement tracking, behavior observation, self-report questionnaires, and meta-analysis. A second major research interest has been upon discerning neurocognitive, psychosocial, and sociocultural influences on body dissatisfaction, disordered eating, and obesity with the approaches mentioned above. Aside from running numerous cross-sectional and experimental studies, we have conducted both modest and large-scale longitudinal studies to identify reliable biological and psychosocial risk factors for later increases in these disturbances among Chinese adolescents and young adults.


Prof. Wu Man Sze, Anise
Ph.D. (Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK)


Room: E21-3058
Tel: +(853) 8822 8377

My research is concerned with both individual and public health, with particular emphasis on addictive behaviors (e.g., gambling, gaming, Internet use, smartphone use, shopping, and substance use), organ donation, and older adults' wellbeing. In order to facilitate Chinese addiction research, I also actively participate in developing and/or validating measurement tools such as the Inventory of Gambling Motives, Attitudes and Behaviours, the Gambling Motivation Scale, and the Internet Gaming Disorder Test in Chinese populations.



Associate Professors



Prof. Tong Kwok Kit
Ph.D. (Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK)
Programme Coordinator of Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology


Room: E21-3065
Tel:  +(853) 8822 8393


My research interests are (1) the processes underlying fairness perception, (2) subjective well-being and (3) problem gambling. Currently my collaborators and I are also studying issues on responsible gambling and internet gaming.



Prof. Cheung Shu Fai
Ph.D. (Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK)


Room:  E21-3057
Tel:  +(853) 8822 8391

My research involves three areas: quantitative research methods, personality, and attitudes. Specifically, I study how to solve some practical problems encountered in conducting meta-analysis. I also worked with a research team to study personality traits from the Chinese perspective. On attitudes, I am particularly interested in the theory of planned behavior. Recently, I am expanding my research interests to include disability and religion.




Prof. Guo Tieyuan, Tony
Ph.D. (Queen's University, Canada)


Room:  E21-3064
Tel:  +(853) 8822 8373


My research is mainly focused on culture and cognition. Specifically, I am interested in how cultural background (East Asian culture vs. North American) shapes the way people think and reason about the world. I am also interested in other topics in social psychology, such as motivation, decision making, etc.






Prof. Chang Sio Nga, Kay
Psy.D. (California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA)


Room: E21-3042
Tel: + (853) 8822 8385

Prof. Kay is a California licensed clinical psychologist, Internationally Certified Addiction Specialist, Registered Psychologist in Hong Kong, and Registered Psychotherapist in Macau. Her research interests include the clinical relevance of trauma, creativity, assessment, positive psychology, program evaluation, Indigenous Psychology and Constructivism. She welcomes opportunities to work with creativity minds that appreciate multi-disciplinary approach and or an action research component.


Prof. Brian J. Hall
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology (Kent State University)


Room: E21-3040
Tel: +(853) 8822 8369

Prof. Hall’s research group is interested in questions related to population health following exposure to multiple forms of adversity. Situated in a global mental health and public health framework, we aspire to answer questions such as: What are the determinants of health among migrant communities? How to build resilience in communities that experience and are prone to natural disasters and political violence? How is mental health measured and defined in different cultures? Which interventions are most effective in under resourced communities and among people most at-risk? We utilize both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to answer these questions.




Assistant Professors




Prof.Tao Yick Ku, Vivienne
Ph.D. (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK)


Room: E21-3048
Tel: +(853) 8822 8389

I teach Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Sensation & Perception and Social Psychology. My research interests cover achievement orientation and motivation, health behavior and gambling studies. Recent collaborative projects include gambling scale development and validation for Chinese gamblers.



Prof. Chi Peilian
Ph.D. (University of Hong Kong, HK)


Room: E21-3049
Tel: +(853) 8822 4025

Prof. Chis research interest focuses on relationships between close relationship and health. Her research has three main facets: close relationship processes, HIV prevention and AIDS care, resilience of children and adolescents. Her current project answers two research questions: how to promote resilience among children affected by parental HIV/AIDS in resource-poor settings and how to design and implement culturally and developmentally appropriate intervention for children and adolescents in adversity. She employs a variety of research methodologies (qualitative interview, quantitative survey, and mixed design) and statistical strategies (structural equation modeling, dyadic data analysis, growth curve modeling, cross-lagged modeling) in her research.



Prof. Davood Gozli
Ph.D. (University of Toronto, Canada)


Room: E21-3047

Tel: +(853) 8822 4202

My research is concerned with understanding biases in perception and action, and what these biases reveal about human cognition. In addition, I am interested in the history and philosophy of psychology.








Prof. Wei (Sophia) Deng
Ph.D. (The Ohio State University, USA)


Room: E21-3037

Tel: +(853) 8822 4253


A major goal of my research is to understand how and why human cognition changes in the course of development and learning. I am especially interested in the developmental interactions between categorization, attention, and memory. My research uses a variety of behavioral and neuroscience methods to study infants, children, and adults.





Prof. Xiao Ting (Amy Shaw)
Ph.D. (Rice University, USA)


Room: E21-3039

Tel: +(853) 8822 4297


My research and practice have focused on predicting success for working adults in organizational and educational settings. This includes a) conceptualizing and examining psychological constructs such as intelligence, creativity, personality, motivation, and emotion; b) developing, validating, and implementing psychological assessments to measure individual differences (e.g., cognitive ability, personality, interests) that are predictive of job performance; c) investigating organizational and situational factors (e.g., organizational support, leadership, resources) that can impact employees’ productivity and happiness.


Prof. Yan Ming
Ph.D. (Beijing Normal University, China)


Room: E21-3055

Tel: +(853) 8822 8967


Dr. Yan’s research focuses on how eye-movement control in reading varies across different orthographies and across different individuals. His main research topics include (a) the influence of high-level linguistic factors on fixation location, (b) lexical processing of foveal and parafoveal words, (c) perceptual span in reading and (d) reading behaviors of typically developing readers and impaired readers.




Emeritus Full Professor

Prof. Robert Joseph Taormina
Ph.D. (University of California, USA)

Chartered Psychologist (Organizational Psychology) British Psychological Society


Tel: +(853) 8822 8381 / 8822 4261

Professor Robert J. Taormina is Emeritus Professor of Psychology. During his tenure in the Department of Psychology, Professor Taormina has taught and researched in social psychology, applied social psychology, leadership, organizational socialization, adult personal resilience, and cross-cultural comparisons. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the Sage journal, Leadership, and chaired the University of Macau Panel on Research Ethics.

Post-doctoral Fellows

Dr. Wu Qinglu, Luke

Room: E21-3054


My research interests mainly focus on: (1) factors of positive psychology (e.g., forgiveness, gratitude, sacrifice) and self-compassion in personal healing, interpersonal relationship (e.g., romantic relationship and marriage), and specific context (e.g., recovery from intimate partner violence); (2) impacts of parent-child relationship on adult development; (3) relationships among subjective social economic status, social mobility, and personal development.




Dr. Zhu Nan, Darren

Room: E21-3063


My research interests lie in the areas of evolutionary psychology, cross-cultural psychology, and social psychology. Specifically, my research seek to elucidate how and why people make different social judgments in various ecological and social environments based on evolutionary theories. I also aim at understanding within- and between-cultural conflicts caused by differences in social judgments in different ecologies and social environments.




Dr. Andrian Liem

Room: E21-3067g


Andrian earned his PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia. His research interests are including indigenous/cultural psychology, community psychology, gender/sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and interfaith dialogue. He is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Global and Community Mental Health Research Group and be mentored by Prof. Brian J Hall in improving migrant domestic workers' mental health.





Dr. Chen Lihua

Room: E21-3054


Dr. Chen earned her Ph.D. and Master’s Degree in Developmental and Educational Psychology at the Beijing Normal University. Her research interest lies in: (1) stress and health: the psychological and physiological mechanisms of the associations between early adversities (poverty, discrimination, and physical maltreatment) and health; (2) resilience and health: how resilience buffering the detrimental effects of stress and promoting health.



PhD Students


Ms. Chen Honglei, Juliet

Room: E21-3052


Juliet is interested in clinical psychology and social psychology. Research to her is like playing a jigsaw—she welcomes new fields as long as they can contribute new pieces to her bigger picture of deciphering the mechanisms of social cognition and promoting attitude and behavior change. Currently, she is studying intergroup relations and prejudice reduction.




Ms. Sun Rongwei, Iris

Room: E21-3066g


I am interested in quantitative research methods, especially meta-analysis and standardized mean differences. My research is mainly focused on the influence of non-normality on effect sizes and meta-analysis.








Mr. Ivan Jacob Pesigan, Jek

Room: E21-3066b

As a Quantitative Psychologist in training, my research interests fall under two broad categories, namely the development of quantitative research methodologies and the application of these methods in psychological research.




Ms. Shen Zhuozhuo, Ruth

Room: E21-3067t

I graduated with a BSS in counseling psychology from UM and a MSc in psychology with a specialization in animal behavior from the University of Exeter. My research is focused on integrating animals into intervention programs to improve community health. I'm very interested in Animal- assisted Intervention and want to introduce Animal-assisted Therapy to China in the future.



Ms. Li Yun, Lynn

Room: E21-3067d



My research interests include parenting styles, achievement motivation, academic-related patterns and the internalization process of Chinese students. Furthermore, I also focus to unveil the cultural differences in terms of the cultural meanings attached to the differential parenting styles and learning motivation and academic achievement of students in the school settings between the West and the East.






Ms. Shi Wei, Vivian

Room: E21-3067t


My research interests are public health and e-mental health. I primarily use quantitative and qualitative approaches in my research. Besides,I hope to develop a public health platform (e.g., website, app) that provides valuable mental health resources for those who suffer from mental problems.







Mr. Li Qianfeng

Room: E21-3067l

Li Qianfeng is interested in AIDS care, occupational health psychology, and parent-child relationship. He recently focuses on psychological well-being among mainland migrant workers in Macau. He received the master degree in applied psychology from Henan University in 2013.






Ms. Xing Linna, Solna

Room: E21-3067n

I am especially interested in developmental psychology, with positive and cognitive perspectives. Currently I am working on coping negative emotions in positive cognition. My research aimed to promote developmentally appropriate intervention in emotional resilience and apply it to education.






Ms. Feng Chun

Room: E21-3067m


My research is mainly focused on social psychology, such as prosoical behavior, friendship, attitude, etc. In addition, I am interested in cultural psychology.











Ms. Chen Feifei, Faye

Room: E21-G003

My research interests are in social psychology and cognitive psychology. A major goal of my current research is to understand how cultural background and cognitive factors affect individual behavior and mental health. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Psychology from Anyang Normal University and Master’s Degree in Basic Psychology from Southwest University.




Ms. Zhang Mengxuan, Harper

Room: E21-3066c

My current research interest is mainly concerned with addictive behavior, like drinking, gambling, internet addiction and I am also interested in health behavior and life history theory. I want to find effective psychological methods to solve people’s unhealthy behavior.







Ms. Wang Xinrui

Room: E21-G003

My current research interest is life history strategy and its association with individual’s prosocial and moral behaviors. My previous work focused on moral judgment in moral dilemma. And I am also interested in other social behaviors such as altruistic or prosocial behaviors. I find it fascinating to interpret human’s social behaviors via theories of evolutionary psychology. So during my PhD study, I aim to explore individual’s social behaviors in the evolutionary perspective.





Ms. Zhao Shan

Room: E21-G003

My current research area is in Intervention and health psychology, including mindset intervention towards people in low socioeconomic status or AIDS orphans. I am also interested in the influence of fibre consumption intervention on individual cognitive function, which is the main project completed in my master degree in University of Leeds.






Ms. Liu Yuanyuan

Room: E21-G003

My current research interest is to explore different human behaviors and personalities in different regions from the perspective of evolutionary psychology. And I will specialize in life history theory and cultural evolution.







Ms. Hu Qin, Renee

Room: E21-G003

A primary goal of my research is to understand the development of social cognition. My current research is specifically focused on the interplay between theory of mind and decision making as well as the developmental changes in these processes. Through this line of research, we aim to elucidate the role of the developing theory of mind in human decision making process and hopefully contribute to a better understanding of the development of social minds.


Ms. Dang Le, Della

Room: E21-3066d

My research area is in social psychology, focus on individual’s addictive behavior, like Internet addiction, Internet gaming disorder, problematic social media use, etc. I am interested in using multi-method to research the motives, influenced conditions and individual characters of these unhealthy behaviors, and find some interventions.



Ms. Zhao Qi, Gigi

Room: E21-G003

My current research area is mainly focus on health psychology, especially on resilience of children affected by parental HIV/AIDS. I am also interested in exploring cognitive abilities development using variety methods, such as ERP.









Ms. Li Jianhua, Christy

Room: E21-G003

My research aims to understand individual differences in cognition and its development. One line of my research focuses on the relationship between endogenous hormone and cognition, and another line focuses on the changes of cognitive ability (e.g., attention, memory, cognitive control) in different individual growth stages. In my current research, I use behavioral and neuroscience methods to study the effect of puberty, menstrual cycle, and menopause on changes of cognition.




Ms. Sit Hao Fong, Millet

Room: E21-3067t

I am interested in community psychology, health psychology, and clinical psychology. My research interests focus on individual and community mental health, stigma, digital mental health intervention, and treatment evaluation.








Mr. Yuan Guangzhe, Frank

Room: E21-3067t



I have three intersecting lines of research. The first line of my research is on resilience and negative emotional reactions in the face of extreme adversity. I aim to understand the content and process underlying some traumatic experiences and to improve survivors’ resilience and well-being. The second line is on the personal recovery of mental illness, wherein people with lived experience are encouraged and empowered to live a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life and pursue personally meaningful goals. The third line is on longitudinal work to examine the mechanism of cyberbullying.





Administrative Staff

Ms. Xaviera Chong
Department Secretary (Undergraduate Student Related Affairs)

Room: E21-3053

Tel: +(853) 8822 8381


Ms. Fabiana Tang
Department Secretary (Postgraduate Student Related Affairs)

Room: E21-3053

Tel: +(853) 8822 4261