I am an assistant professor of clinical psychology at HKU's Department of Psychology. I received a BA in psychology from McGill University and a MA and an APA-accredited PhD in clinical psychology from University of Massachusetts Boston. My clinical training was completed at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School and New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College. I study disaster and mental health, positive youth development, and intergroup relations.
I am a medical doctor and trained in Family Medicine and Community Medicine in the Philippine General Hospital of the Philippines. For the last several years I taught at an innovative medical program of the University of the Philippines (Manila) to train physicians to serve in far-flung and poor communities. I was also adjunct professor at the University of the Philippines (Visayas) in the Social Science Division. In the aftermath of our experiences during Typhoon Haiyan, we got opportunities to engage in disaster response activities and studies. My research interest lies at the interface of disaster mental health, community health and public health psychology. Dr. Chan and I are doing a longitudinal study to look at the long-term mental consequences of Typhoon Haiyan on affected communities. We hope to test models of community health interventions meant to address post-disaster public health challenges, particularly in the area of mental health.
This is currently my sixth year at the University of Hong Kong, and third year working with Dr. Chan. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, I decided to accumulate more research experience before embarking on my next academic journey, and joined the CARLab team as a research assistant. In the two years as an RA at this lab, my knowledge in the field of psychology deepened and I acquired many useful skills regarding statistics and research. I am now matriculated in the Master of Philosophy program with Dr. Chan as my supervisor. In collaboration with the Hong Kong Correctional Services Department, I will be investigating psychosocial factors predictive of offender recidivism.
I completed my undergraduate degree at Wheaton College, IL in the United States. I studied and received honors with a major in psychology and a minor in communications. During the last year of my studies, I completed an internship in Chiang Mai, Thailand, working with young women who are victims of, or at high risk for, sex trafficking and abuse. This internship facilitated the completion of my independent study on the topic of home for this population. Currently I am working with Dr. Chan on the Zheng Sheng project investigating the processes of positive youth development. When I am not in the research lab, I enjoy reading a good book, canoeing, or hiking.
I am a recent graduate from HKU, majoring in Psychology and Counseling. During my last year of studies, I completed a thesis project examining the interplay of boredom, meaning and smartphone use under the supervision of Dr. Chan, which has sparked my interest in conducting experimental research. Currently I am working with Dr. Chan on the boredom projects. Outside work in the lab, I enjoy drawing, reading and camping.
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