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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 published 8 books (in Chinese) and 150 journal articles in the following areas: evolutionary psychology, including cultural evolution, life history strategies, and mating research; developmental psychology focusing on parenting and child and adolescent social development; applied psychometrics and statistics. His current research is mainly in evolutionary psychology. h-Index = 43, over 10,000 citations.

Emeritus Full Professor

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

Chartered Psychologist (Organizational Psychology) British Psychological Society


Tel: +(853) 8822 8361 / 8822 8381

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, 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.

Full Professors  

Prof. Allan B.I. Bernardo

Ph.D. (Yale University)


Room:  E21-3060
Tel: +(853) 8822 8394

My current research interests are in three broad and related themes: (a) the role of lay theories, social beliefs/axioms, and values in intergroup cognitions, particularly in Asian societies with entrenched social hierarchies and/or rapid socioeconomic development, (b) how sociocultural meaning systems influence motivations and learning in schools in Asian cultures, and (c) collectivist constructions of hope, prosocial behavior, gratitude, and other positive psychological concepts. I primarily use quantitative and experimental approaches in my research.


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.

Associate Professors



Prof. Gertina Johanna Van Schalkwyk
DPhil. (University of Pretoria, South Africa)


Room: E21-3058
Tel: +(853) 8822 8363

My interests include developmental psychology, identity development, family studies, and teaching ofpsychology, and I prefer working in qualitative methodologies when exploring the psycho-social realities people of different cultures occupy in their daily lives.






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


Room: E21-3055
Tel: +(853) 8822 8377

My major research is concerned with both individual and public health, with specific focuses on addictive behaviors (including gambling, gaming, and Internet use etc.), organ donation, volunteerism, 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.



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.




Assistant Professors



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


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

Dr. 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.




Dr.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.



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


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

Dr. 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.



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


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

Dr. Chi¡¯s 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.



Dr. 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.








Dr. 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.





PhD Students


Ms. Sit Ho Yi, Holly

Room: E21-3052


My research interests include identity development and gender studies. I am also interested in different topics in social psychology. I primarily use qualitative approach in my research.






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.








Ms. Yu Shu, Mogu

Room: E21-3066d


My research interest is mainly concerned with addictive behavior, especially gambling, internet, and game addiction. In the past few years I have conducted projects about juvenile delinquency, and people’s gambling attitude in different cultural background. My supervisor and I are currently working on a study of social networking addiction among college students.





Ms. Zhang Xin

Room: E21-G003

I conducted quantitative research on comparing two models of successful aging and verifying its related factors on Chinese elderly during my master study. I finally found that culture can't be denied in this process. Even though such concepts, like successful aging, positive aging, are very popular currently,I still want to let Chinese elderly, especially from rural areas, construct what aging means to them. Furthermore, if lucky enough,I wish to raise some indigenous concepts about aging phenomenon in rural area of China during my PHD study. And it's possible that I would use narrative methods in my future research.




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. Wang Yiwen, Tulips

Room: E21-3066e

My current research is mainly focused on culture and social cognition. Specifically, I am interested in attitudes toward socioeconomic inequality and wealth distribution among different social hierarchy. The emphasis mainly on implicit attitude, and impact of culture on these issues. I study these aspects using quantitative methods.



Ms. Mary Angeline A. Daganzo

Room: E21-3066f

My research interest is in the development of helping behavior among children and adolescents in the context of hierarchical intergroup relations. My previous research work covered parenting cognitions and practices, child delinquency and prosocial behaviors, and self-efficacy beliefs concerning parent-child relationship.




Mr. Xiong Peng, Paul

Room: E21-3067t

Xiong Peng received his bachelor degree in medicine from Hubei University of Medicine in 2010 and Master of Science in nursing from Wuhan University in 2014. He has worked for three years as a health care specialist. His research is focused on the intersection of mental health, clinical epidemiology, global public health and sleep medicine. He plans to develop interventions to reduce the burden of mental disorders among medical patients in China.



Mr. Liu Yanping

Room: E21-3067n

My current interest is generativity and ego-integrity development of left-behind grandparents living in rural areas of China, whose middle-aged children migrate to cities for work but leave their young offspring back home with the grandparents. Qualitative methodologies like narrative analysis or grounded theory are going to be adapted. Hopefully, my work can lead to a local theory about the participants’ construction of self while aging.



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.




Mr. Norman Biliwang Mendoza

Room: E21-3067t


Norman earned his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Angeles University Foundation (Philippines) in April 2011 and finished his graduate studies of Counseling and Psychotherapy at University of Saint Joseph (Macau) in November 2013. Most recently he was a full-time faculty member of the Psychology Department of Angeles University Foundation where he taught General Psychology, Theories of Personality, Research, and Behavioral Statistics. His research is focused on various constructs concerning migration and migrant worker health.





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.







Ms. Leong Sin U, Cynthia

Room: E21-3067t


Cynthia completed her Bachelor in Psychology in 2009 and Master in Counseling and Psychotherapy in 2012; both degrees were obtained at the University of Saint Joseph. She is well experienced in conducting quantitative research; she gained the experience by working as a research assistant in a research center for three years. She is now a lecturer at the University of Saint Joseph, teaching Social Science Research Methods, Social Statistics, and Methods and Skills in Counseling. Her plan for the PhD studies will be focusing on mental health and psychosocial risk factors in Macau.



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. 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.





Administrative Staff

Ms. Anita Fu
Department Secretary

Room: E21-3053

Tel: +(853) 8822 8361



Ms. Xaviera Chong
Department Secretary

Room: E21-3053

Tel: +(853) 8822 8381