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Prof. Chi Peilian

Department of Psychology

Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS)

Room: Humanities and Social Sciences Building E21-3049
Telephone: +(853) 8822 4025

E-mail: peilianchi@umac.mo


Lab Website: https://chihealthlab.wixsite.com/chihealthlab


Academic Qualifications





Post-doctoral Fellow, Health Psychology
Pediatric Prevention Research Center
Wayne State University School of Medicine






Family Studies
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2007- 2011







Family Therapy
Sigmund Freud Private University, Vienna, Austria
2010, March to October, Supported by Eurasia-Pacific Uninet Ph.D. Scholarship






Developmental Psychology
Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China





Jilin Normal University, Jilin, China

2000- 2004
Honors and Awards
2011 Park Jung-heun Young Scholar Awards, Asian Association of Social Psychology
2010 Eurasia-Pacific Uninet Ph.D. Scholarship, Austria
Research Areas
  • Close relationships and health
  • HIV prevention and intervention
  • AIDS care
  • Resilience of disadvantaged population
  • Forgiveness and couple dynamic


Research Grants




Principal Investigator, Neurophysiological Evidence of Affective Reactions to Death-Related Thoughts, Research Council, University of Macau.





Principal Investigator, Quality of Life and Health Behaviors among Mainland Migrant Workers in Macau, Research Council, University of Macau.





Principal Investigator, Stigma, Resilience and Mental Health among Mainland Migrant Workers in Macau, China, Research Council, University of Macau.






Co-Investigator. Self-Expansion as a Terror Management Mechanism (PI: Du, Hongfei). National Natural Science Foundation of China






Principal Investigator, Implementation of ChildCARe in School System: A pilot study NIH/NIDA P30-DA-028728, Subcontract to the Northwestern University (IS-03-02, Mentor, Xiaoming Li), Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology (Ce-PIM)



Invited Reviewer for Academic Journals

  • Assessment
  • AIDS Behavior
  • AIDS Care
  • Journal of Child and Family Studies
  • Global Health Action
  • Social Indicator Research
  • Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
  • The Scientific World Journal (Child Health and Human Development)
  • The Open AIDS Journal
Professional Affiliations
  • International AIDS Society
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Asian Association of Social Psychology
  • Chinese Psychological Society

1.       Lin, X., Fang, X., Health, M., Chi, P., Xu, S., & Fang, X. (in press). Multiple levels of family factors and oppositional defiant disorder symptoms among Chinese children. Family Process.

2.       Zilioli, S., Slatcher, R. B., Chi, P., Li, X., Zhao, J., & Zhao, G. (in press). Self-esteem mediates the association between early life adversity and diurnal cortisol profiles across the lifespan. Psychological Science,doi: 10.1177/0956797616658287

3.      Chi, P., & Li X. (2017). Parental HIV: From Psychopathology to Resilience. In David Morley, Xiaoming Li, Crispin Jenkinson, (Ed.). Children and Young People’s Response to Parental Illness: A Handbook of Assessment & Practice, CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group: London, England.

4.       Li, L., Lin, X., Chi, P., Heath, M. A., Fang. X., Du, H., & Wang, Z. (in press). Maltreatment and emotional and behavioral problems in Chinese children with and without oppositional defiant disorder: The mediating role of the parent-child relationship. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260515624234

5.      Du, H, Li, X., Chi, P., Zhao, G., & Zhao, J. (in press). Psychometric properties of the Relational Self-Esteem Scale in a community-based sample in China. European Journal of Psychological Assessment. doi: 10.1027/1015-5759/a000320

6.      Zilioli, S., Slatcher, R. B., Chi, P., Li, X., Zhao, J., & Zhao, G. (2017). The impact of daily and trait Loneliness on diurnal cortisol and sleep among children affected by parental HIV / AID. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 75, 64-71. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2016.10.012  

7.      Zilioli, S., Slatcher, R. B., Li, X., Chi, P. (2016). Early life adversity and diurnal HPA activity across the lifespan: The role of self-esteem. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 71s, 23. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2016.07.067

8.         Lin, X., Fang, X., Chi, P., Health, M. A., Li, X., Chen, W. (2016). Social ecological factors associated with future orientation of children affected by parental HIV/AIDS. Journal of Health Psychology. 21(7), 1404-1414.doi: 10.1177/1359105314554817

9.         Lin, X., Chi, P., Zhang, L., Zhang, Y., Fang, X., Qiao, S., & Li, X. (2016). Disclosure of HIV serostatus and sexual orientation among HIV-positive men who have sex with men in China. Community Mental Health Journal, 52(4), 457-465. doi: 10.1007/s10597-015-9879-z

10.       Lin, X., Li, L., Chi, P., Wang, Z., Heath, A.M., Du, H., & Fang, X. (2016). Child maltreatment and interpersonal relationship among Chinese children with oppositional defiant disorder. Child Abuse & Neglect, 51, 192-202. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.10.013.

11.       Chi, P., Li, X., Du, H., Tam, C. C., Zhao, G., & Zhao, J. (2016). Does stigmatization wear down resilience? A longitudinal study among children affected by parental HIV. Personality and Individual Differences, 96, 159-163. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.03.001

12.       Du, H., & Chi, P. (2016). War, worries, and religiousness. Social Psychology and Personality Science. 7(5), 444-451. doi: 10.1177/1948550616644296 Media coverage: PacificStandard

13.        Du, H., Li, X., Chi, P., Zhao, J., & Zhao, G. (2016). Relational self-esteem, psychological well-being, and social support in children affected by HIV. Journal of Health Psychology, 20(12), 1568-1578. doi: 10.1177/1359105313517276


14.        Chi, P., Li, X., Tam, C. C., Du, H., Zhao, G., & Zhao, J. (2015). Parenting mediates the impact of caregivers' distress on children’s well-being in families affected by HIV/AIDS. AIDS and Behavior, 19(11), 2130-2139. doi: 10.1007/s10461-015-1104-0

15.        Chi, P., Slatcher, R., Li, X., Ren, X., Zhu, J., Zhao J., Zhao, G., & Stanton, B. (2015). Perceived stigmatization, resilience and diurnal cortisol rhythm among children of parents living with HIV. Psychological Science,26(6), 843-852. doi:10.1177/0956797615572904


16.        Slatcher, R. B., Chi, P., Li, X., Ren, X., Zhu, J., Zhao J., Zhao, G., & Stanton, B. (2015). Associations between coping and diurnal cortisol among children affected by parental HIV/AIDS in rural China. Health Psychology, 34(8), 802-810.doi: 10.1037/hea0000169

17.        Li, X., Chi, P., Sherr, L., Cluver, L., & Stanton, B. (2015). Psychological resilience among children affected by parental HIV/AIDS: A conceptual framework for research and intervention. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, 3(1). 217-235. doi: 10.1080/21642850.2015.1068698

18.        Hong, Y., Chi, P., Li, X., Zhao, G., Zhao, J, Stanton, B., & Li, L. (2015). Community-based family-style group homes for children orphaned by AIDS in rural China: an ethnographic investigation. Health Policy and Planning, 30(7), 928-937. doi: 10.1093/heapol/czu093

19.        Du, H., Li, X., Weinstein, T. L., Chi, P., Zhao, J. & Zhao, G. (2015). Links between mental and behavioral health among children affected by HIV/AIDS and teachers’ assessments of children. AIDS Care. 27(7), 876-884. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2015.1009360


20.        Lin, X., Fang, X., Chi, P., Li, X., Chen, W., & Heath, M. A. (2014). Grief-processing-based psychological intervention for children orphaned by AIDS in central China: A pilot study. School Psychology International. 35(6), 609-626. doi: 10.1177/0143034314535617

21.        Zhao, J., Chi, P., Li, X., Tam, C. C., & Zhao, G. (2014). Extracurricular interests as a resilience building block for children affected by HIV/AIDS. AIDS Care. 26(6), 758-762. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2013.845290

22.        *Han, T., Li, X., Chi, P., Zhao, & J. Zhao G. (2014). The impact of parental HIV/AIDS on children’s cognitive ability in rural China. AIDS Care. 26(6), 723-730. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2013.855298

23.        Chi, P., Li, X., Zhao, J., & Zhao, G. (2014). Vicious circle of perceived stigma, enacted stigma and depressive symptom among children affected by HIV/AIDS. AIDS and Behavior. 18(6), 1054-1062. doi: 10.1007/s10461-013-0649-z

24.        Chi, P., Li, X., Barnett, D., Zhao, J., & Zhao, G. (2014). Do children orphaned by AIDS experience distress over time? A latent growth curve analysis of depressive symptoms. Psychology, Health & Medicine. 19(4), 420-432. doi: 10.1080/13548506.2013.841965.


25.        Chi, P., Epstein, N. B., Fang, X., Lam, D. O. B., & Li, X. (2013). Similarity of relationship standards, couple communication patterns, and marital satisfaction among Chinese couples. Journal of Family Psychology. 27(5), 806-816. doi: 10.1037/a0034113

26.        Chi, P., & Li, X. (2013). Impact of parental HIV/AIDS on children’s psychological well-being: A systematic review of global literature. AIDS and Behavior, 17 (7), 2554-2574. doi:10.1007/s10461-012-0290-2

27.        Du, H., King, R.B., & Chi, P. (2012). The development and validation of the Relational Self-Esteem Scale. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology 53, 258\264. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2012.00946.x

28.        Zhang, H., Tsang, K. M., Chi, P., Cheung, Y. T., Yip, P. S. F., & Zhang, X. (2012). Wives’ relative income and marital satisfaction among urban Chinese population: Exploring some moderating effect. Journal of Comparative Family Studies. 43(2), 185-199.

29.        Zhang, H., Yip, P. S. F., Chi, P., Cheung, Y. T., & Zhang, X. (2012). Factor structure and psychometric properties of the Work-Family Balance Scale in an urban Chinese sample. Social Indicators Research. 105(3), 409-418. doi: 10.1007/s11205-010-9776-3

30.        Ju. X., Fang, X., Tai, L. K., & Chi, P. (2012). Couple communication patterns and marital satisfaction in Macau and Northeast China. Studies of Psychology and Behavior. 10(2), 131-137. [In Chinese]


31.        Chi, P., Tsang, S. K. M., Chan, K. S., Xiang, X., Yip, P. S. F., Cheung, Y. T., & Zhang, X. (2011). Marital satisfaction of Chinese under stress: Moderating effects of personal control and social support. Asian Journal of Social Psychology. 14(1), 15-25. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-839X.2010.01322.x

32.        Chi, P., Lam, D. O. B., & Du, H. (2011). Mental health following partner’s extramarital involvement: The role of decisional forgiveness and emotional forgiveness. Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology, 19(3), 331-334. [In Chinese]

33.        Liu, Q., Fang, X., & Chi, P. (2009). Couple relationship standards’ characteristics and development. Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology, 17(4), 491-494. [In Chinese]

34.        Wan, J., Fang, X., Li, Y., & Chi, P. (2008). The relationship between the subjective-objective parental monitoring and the peer interaction of the adolescents. Chinese Mental Health Journal, 22(1), 20-23. [In Chinese]



*Indicates graduate student whom I have advised/co-advised.

Editorial Service
Editorial Board Member



Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine


Invited Reviewer for Academic Journals

Assessment, BMC Public Health; BMC Pediatrics; BMC Psychiatry; AIDS Behavior; AIDS Care, Journal of Child and Family Studies; Global Health Action; Social Indicator Research; Journal of Family Issues; Women and Health


Courses Taught
  • Health Psychology
  • Close Relationships