I received my professional training from the School of Psychology, University of New South Wales (UNSW) in the mid-eighties, and then obtained PhD specializing in adolescent psychology from the University of Hong Kong. I am a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Registered Psychologist of the Hong Kong Psychological Society, and full member of the Australian Psychological Society (Division of Indpendently Practising Psychologists). Being a specialist in psychological testing and psychometrics, I apply my academic interests to assessment and evaluation of health and posttraumatic growth, self-esteem and cognitive development, antisocial and prosocial behaviours.
I have received a number of highly competitive research grants and government commissioned grants, including General Research Fund (GRF), CERG, HMRF, etc. Recently I have been granted by the Medical & Health Research Fund (HMRF) to research the psychometric properties of the Chinese Post-Traumatic Growth Inventory (CPTGI).
Professional Practice and Knowledge Transfer
I have developed the Chinese Adolescent Self-Esteem Scales (CASES) which has been adopted to measure the self-concept of Hong Kong students in the first Assessment Program for Affective and Social Outcomes (APASO), Education Bureau HKSAR Government. I serve as the associate editor of International Journal of Science in Society, Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Criminology and Sociology, and Adjunct Researcher for the Institute of Crime Prevention and Control of the School of Law at the Nanjing University. Besides academia, I am pleased to have the opportunities to serve various NGOs and public institutions, such as school manager, Hong Kong Psychological Society, Hong Kong Kun Sun Association (香港更生會), Centre for Restoration of Human Relationships (復和綜合服務中心).
I have served as the chair for the B.Soc.Sc.(Psychology) program for almost a decade (2006-2015). My current teaching focuses on statistical analysis and psychological assessments, and applied social psychology (e.g. cross-cultural psychology). Besides classroom teaching I am actively engaged in PhD/MPhil education both as supervisor and examiner. As one of the founding members of the Psychology Laboratories, I also serve as the director of the Psychometrics Lab.
- health and well-being, posttraumatic growth
- psychological testing
- cross-cultural psychology, Chinese behaviour
- self-esteem and self-efficacy
Editor or Editorial Membership
I serve as the associate editor of International Journal of Science in Society, Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Criminology and Sociology