About our lab

The CARLab studies community psychology, political psychology, and their intersection.

We explore issues pertinent to the wellbeing–broadly defined–of our city and its residents, strive to make life easier and better for as many people as possible, with as little resources as possible.

Currently our lab is working on multiple projects. Quite often our work leads us to unfamiliar territories, both physical (e.g., Tacloban) and intellectual. We employ a wide range of research methodologies, including online and lab experiments, longitudinal questionnaires, randomized trials, as well as qualitative interviews.

Our current projects

Post-Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda recovery

Dr. Charlie Labarda

We are collaborating with Philippines NGOs to provide psychological relief to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in Tacloban. We hope to develop a brief mental health evaluation inventory to more efficiently identify at-risk individuals.

Social Identity and Collective Action

Dr. Christian Chan

We are conducting a mixed-methods, longitudinal study to examine the antecedents of collective action in the context of Hong Kong. In particular, we are interested in the dynamic relationship between politicized identification and participation in normative and non-normative (radical) collective action.

Psychotherapy and Psychoeducation smartphone apps development

Dr. Christian Chan

We have developed a web-based app for psychotherapy, proACT. We are currently pilot testing the app to further improve its functionality. We are also developing a self-help version of the app ("proACT-S"), as well as an app that facilitates face-to-face play between parents and their children, tentatively called “Plaily”.

Li Po Chun College Sleep Study

Jacklyn Leung

We are conducting a multi-wave longitudinal study to investigate the impact of delayed school start time on the academic performance and psychological well-being of students at Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong.


Katy Tam

We are conducting a series of studies using various research methods to explore the interplay of boredom, meaning and behaviors. In particular, we are interested to find out how meaning affects the way people cope with boredom.

Security Guards

Dr. Victoria Hui

This is a prospective 3-year community intervention project in collaboration with local NGOs and social work scholars in Hong Kong. It aims to train and mobilize security guards in public housing estates to help safeguard and support vulnerable residents, thereby building social cohesion and community support network.

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