POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY LABORATORY

The Positive Psychology Laboratory (PP Lab) provides an open floor area for supporting activity-based learning, evidence-based practice, and empirical research that contribute to human flourishing. The location and room design of the PP Lab is tailored to enhance the mindful experience of learners to reflect their minds, relationships, and souls so as to refresh and revitalize their lives.

       

        

Lab Directors

Director (Right) 
Dr. CHAN, Chi-keung Alex
Ph.D. (Educational Psychology), University of Minnesota (USA)
M.A. (Educational Psychology), University of Minnesota (USA)
B.A. (Sociology), Hong Kong Baptist University
Associate Director (Left) 
Dr. SIU, Yat-fan Nicolson
Ph.D., The Chinese University of Hong Kong
B.S.Sc., The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Introduction
The Positive Psychology Laboratory (PP Lab) focuses on five broad categories: 1) Evidence-based positive psychology practices in Chinese societies, 2) positive parenting and positive development, 3) positive education, 4) positive psychology in cyberpsychology, and 5) religion and well-being. Within these five broad categories, the PP Lab further focuses on five key research areas: 1) self-compassion/compassion & forgiveness, 2) non-violent communication, 3) prosocial behavior, 4) positive parenting, and 5) meaning in life. Three teams (research team, creative/visual art team, and performing/media art team) have been established to support and carry out projects related to the five broad categories and five key research areas mentioned above.     
Ongoing Research Projects

2018-2020, Faculty Development Scheme, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong. Developing and Validating a Parent-focused Intervention to Enhance the Executive Function Skills of Young Chinese Children from Low-Income Families. (Project No.: UGC/FDS15/H01/17) (Principal Investigator: Dr. Chan Chi-keung, Department of Counselling and Psychology, Hong Kong Shue Yan University) Amount funded: HK $937,488

2019-2022, Faculty Development Scheme, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong.  Enhancing Parents’ Competency to Support the Social and Emotional Needs of Young Children Through a Parent-based Empathy and Compassion Intervention. (Project No.: UGC/FDS15/H03/19) (Principal Investigator: Dr. Siu Yat-fan, Department of Counselling and Psychology, Hong Kong Shue Yan University) Amount funded: HK $1,059,439

2020, External Grant, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong. Youth Gambling Prevalence in Online Gaming and eSports Environment Research. (Principal Investigator: Dr. Chan Chi-keung, in collaboration with Hong Kong Children and Youth Services & Department of Social Work, HKSYU) Amount funded: HK $486,160

Completed Research Projects

Selected Publications and Conference Presentations by Key Areas:

 

POSITIVE PARENTING & POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT:

 

Publications:

 

Chan, C.-K., Cutuli, J. J., Herbers, J. E., Zhang, X., Cheung, Y., & Kung, M.-W. (under review). Executive function skills and early school success in young Chinese children from low-income families. Early Education and Development.

 

陳自強、龔文尉、及盧芷晴。(2019)<建立孩子未來的鑰匙培育幼童的執行功能技巧實用手冊。香港樹仁大學 輔導及心理學系。https://ra.lib.hksyu.edu.hk/jspui/handle/20.500.11861/5800

 

Professional Presentations:

Chan, C.-K., Cutuli, J. J., Herbers, J. E., Zhang, X., Bernard, B. P. H., & Kung, M.-W. (2019). Executive function skills and early school success in young Chinese children from low-income families. Paper presentation at 2019 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, April 5-9, 2019.

Hanlin, P., Morrow, A., Kung, M.-W., Chan, C.-K., & Cutuli, J. J. (2019). Behavioral Inhibition and Classroom Self-Regulation: Comparing Young Children in Hong Kong and Camden, NJ.  Poster presentation at the 2019 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, United States, March 21-23, 2019.

陳自強及龔文尉。(October 29, 2018)。《建立孩子未來的鑰匙培育幼童的執行功能技巧 - 實用手冊》。香港香港樹仁大學輔導及心理學系。新書發佈會,香港中央圖書館地下演講廳。

Ng, W.-T., Chan, C.-K., Bernard, B. P. H., Cutuli, J. J., Zhang, X., & Herbers, J. E. (2016).  Socioeconomic disparity in executive functioning skills of young Chinese children: The mediation effects of parenting styles. Poster presentation at the Hong Kong Psychological Association Annual Conference 2016, Hong Kong, June 2016.

Chan, C.-K., Cutuli, J. J., Zhang, X., Bernard, B. P. H., Herbers, J. E., &  Ng, W.-T. (2016). Socioeconomic disparity in executive functioning skills of young Chinese children: The mediation effects of parenting styles. Paper presentation at the International School Psychology Association (ISPA) 2016 Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 2016.

Chan, C.-K., Cutuli, J. J., Zhang, X., Bernard, B. P. H., Herbers, J. E., & Ng, W.-T. (2016). Socioeconomic disparity in parenting and executive functioning skills of young Chinese children. Poster presentation at the American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention 2016, Denver, Colorado, August 2016.

POSITIVE EDUCATION

Publications:

Chan, C.-K. (2018). Positive education and the whole-person mental wellness of college students (in Chinese). Journal of Youth Studies, 21(1) (Serial No: 41), 82-89.

Chui, C-F, & Chan, C-K. (2017). The relations of school adjustment and social support with the mental health of Mainland Chinese college students studying in Hong Kong.  Journal of College Student Development, 58(1), 88-100.

Professional Presentations:

Wong, T.-K. & Chan, C.-K. (2019). Developing a theoretical framework of perceived quality of life for people of mental health in Hong Kong. Poster presentation at the 65th Anniversary Symposium on Mental Health, The Mental Health Association of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, December 10-11, 2019.

Law, C.-Y. & Chan, C.-K. (2019). Performance goal and academic stress: Can self-compassion help reduce academic stress for college students in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Shue Yan University Evidence-Based Practice International Conference 2019, October 25, 2019.

Yu, T.-S. & Chan, C.-K. (2019). Promoting strength-based parenting to enhance parent-child relationship in Hong Kong Chinese families. Poster presentation at the International Positive Psychology Association’s (IPPA) Sixth World Congress on Positive Psychology, Melbourne, Australia, July 18-21, 2019.

Law, C.-Y. & Chan, C.-K. (2019). Performance goal and academic stress: Can self-compassion help reduce academic stress for college students in Hong Kong. Poster presentation at the 31st Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention, Washington D. C., May 23-26, 2019.

Chan, C.-K., Wong, T. K., Lo, T. C., Lee, S. M., & Kung, M. W. (2018). Developing a theoretical framework of perceived quality of life for people with mental illness in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the International Society for Quality-Of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) 16th Annual Meeting, Hong Kong, June 14-16, 2018.

Chan, C.-K., & Wong, S.-F. (2017). Predicting and enhancing the perceived self-efficacy of patients with atopic eczema using hope theory. Roundtable presentation at the Fifth World Congress on Positive Psychology organized by the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 13-16, 2017.

Law, Y. Y., Leung, C., Chun, T. H., Chin, H. I., & Chan, C.-K. (2016). The relationship of helicopter parenting and life satisfaction among Chinese college students: The self-determination theory perspective. Paper presented at the 2016 Asian Mental Health Conference, Hong Kong.

Choy, M.-Y. C., Thompson, N., Chan, C.-K. (2016). The relationships of religiosity and spirituality with life satisfaction and resilience of Hong Kong Chinese Christian students.  Poster presentation at the 2016 Psychology of Christian Faith Conference, The Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, January 2016.

Chan, P. N., & Chan, C.-K. (2016). The relations of religiosity and personality with subjective well-being among Chinese Christian college students. Poster presentation at the 2016 Psychology of Christian Faith Conference, The Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, January 2016.

Chan, C.-K., & Yau, Y.-Y. (2015). The mediating role of positive reappraisal between trait mindfulness and academic stress of Chinese college students. Poster presentation at the Fourth World Congress on Positive Psychology organized by the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States, June 2015.

Chan, C.-K., & To, K.-M. (2015). Exploring and facilitating adaptation of Chinese new immigrants using hope theory. Poster presentation at the Fourth World Congress on Positive Psychology organized by the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States, June 2015.

Hon, K.-H., Wong, S.-F., Chan, C.-K., Chui, C.-F. (2015). The effects of interpersonal and intrapersonal factors on psychological resilience among Chinese college students. Poster presentation at the Hong Kong Psychological Association Annual Conference 2015, Hong Kong, June 2015.

Chu, H.-K., & Chan, C.-K. (2014). Enhancing hope with gratitude intervention among Hong Kong undergraduates: The associations between gratitude, perceived social support, and hope. Poster presentation at the Hong Kong Psychological Association Annual Conference 2014, Hong Kong, June 2014.

Li, W. L., & Chan, C.-K. (2013). Developing a comprehensive culturally-based counselling program for supporting mental illness patients’ families in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the 2013 Asian Mental Health Conference, Hong Kong, November 2013

POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY IN CYBERPSYCHOLOGY:

Publications:

Chan, C.-K. & Cheung, K.-L. (in press). The Influence of Online Gaming Experience and its Social Components on Gamers’ Mental Health. In Will W. K. Ma, Anna W.-B. Tso, & K.-W. Tong (Eds), Learning Environment and Design: Current & Future. Singapore: Springer.

Chan, C.-K., Leung, H.-M. & Kung, M.-W. (2019). Understanding the effect of gamification of learning using flow theory. In Will W. K. Ma, Wendy W. L. Chan & Miaoting Cheng (Eds), Shaping the Future of Education, Communication and Technology (pp. 3-14). Singapore: Springer.

Chan, C.-K., Wong, P. S., & Lo, T. C. (2018). The relations of secure attachment style and love satisfaction with online relationship maintenance. In Deng, L., Ma, W. W. K., & Fong, C. W. R. (Eds) New media for educational change: Effect on learning and reflection in practice. Singapore: Springer.

Chiu, P.-Y., & Chan, C.-K. (2017). The roles of information seeking and information evaluation for decision-making behaviors. In Ma, W. W. K., & Chan, C.-K., Tong, K.-W., Fung, H., & Fong, C. W. R. (Eds) New ecology for education – Communication X learning. Selected papers from the HKAECT-AECT 2017 Summer International Research Symposium (pp. 251-262). Singapore: Springer.

Lau, W.-Y., & Chan, C.-K. (2017). Emoticons and emotions: Exploring the roles of emoticons in emotional representativeness, awareness, and management. In Ma, W. W. K., & Chan, C.-K., Tong, K.-W., Fung, H., & Fong, C. W. R. (Eds) New ecology for education – Communication X learning. Selected papers from the HKAECT-AECT 2017 Summer International Research Symposium (pp. 199-212). Singapore: Springer. 

Ma, W. W. K., & Chan, C.-K., Tong, K.-W., Fung, H., & Fong, C. W. R. (2017). New ecology for education – Communication X learning. Selected papers from the HKAECT-AECT 2017 Summer International Research Symposium (Eds). Singapore: Springer. 

Ma, W. W. K., & Chan, C.-K. (2015). Online knowledge sharing and psychological well-being among Chinese college students. Journal of Communication and Education, 2(1), 31-38.

Wong, W. K., & Chan, C.-K. (2014). The effect of a brief mass media intervention on help seeking attitudes among college students in Hong Kong. In Ma, W. W.K., Yuen, A. H. K., Park, J., Lau, W. W. F., & Deng, L. (Eds).  New Media, Knowledge Practices, and Multiliteracies (pp. 33-41). Proceedings for 2014 Hong Kong Association for Educational Communications and Technology (HKAECT) International Conference. Singapore: Springer.

Professional Presentations:

Chan, C.-K., & Tse, Y.-Y. (2019). Prosocial tendency, Peer influence, and cyber bullying. Paper presentation at the 2019 Hong Kong Association for Educational Communications and Technology (HKAECT) International Conference, Hong Kong, June 17-19, 2019.

Chan, C.-K., & Cheung, K.-L. (2019). The influence of video games and social component on personal mental health. Paper presentation at the 2019 Hong Kong Association for Educational Communications and Technology (HKAECT) International Conference, Hong Kong, June 17-19, 2019.

Chan, C.-K., Leung, H.-M. & Kung, M.-W. (2019). Understanding the effect of 

gamification of learning using flow theory. Paper presentation at the 2019 Hong Kong Association for Educational Communications and Technology (HKAECT) International Conference, Hong Kong, June 17-19, 2019.

Chan, C.-K. (2018). Critical questions for big data research. Workshop presentation at the 2018 Hong Kong Association for Educational Communications and Technology (HKAECT) International Conference, Hong Kong, July 25-27, 2018.

Chan, C.-K., & Fung, Heidi. (May 15, 2018).  New Ecology for Education –  Communication X Learning. Book Launch Seminar at the Hong Kong Central Library Exhibition Hall.

Chan, C.-K., Wong, P. S., & Lo, T. C. (2018). The relations of secure attachment style and love satisfaction with online relationship maintenance. Paper presented at the 2018 Hong Kong Association for Educational Communications and Technology (HKAECT) International Conference, Hong Kong, July 25-27, 2019.

Lau, W.-Y., & Chan, C.-K. (2017). Emoticons and emotions: Exploring the roles of emoticons in emotional representativeness, awareness, and management. Paper presented at the HKAECT-AECT 2017 Summer International Research Symposium, Hong Kong, June 15-17, 2017.

Chiu, P.-Y., & Chan, C.-K. (2017). The roles of information seeking and information evaluation for decision-making behaviors. Paper presented at the HKAECT-AECT 2017 Summer International Research Symposium, Hong Kong, June 15-17, 2017.

Wong, P. S., Chow, H. Y., & Chan, C.-K. (2017). The relations of secure attachment style and love satisfaction with online relationship maintenance. Poster presentation at the Hong Kong Psychological Society Annual Conference 2017, Hong Kong, June 15, 2017.

Chu, S. T., Lok, H. F., Chui, C. F., & Chan, C.-K. (2016). Gender difference in the relationship between bullying victimization and psychological health in the Chinese context. Paper presented at the 2016 Asian Mental Health Conference, Hong Kong.

Yuen, A. H. K., Chan, A. K. M., Ma, W. W. K., Chan, C.-K., Lau, W. W. F. (2016). Students’ conceptions of learning and adoption of e-learning technology. Paper presented at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) 2016 Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, October 2016.

Chiu, P.-Y., & Chan, C.-K. (2016). The roles of information seeking and information evaluation for decision making behaviours. Poster presentation at the Association of Psychological Science Convention 28th Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois, United States, May 2016.

Lau, W.-Y., & Chan, C.-K. (2016). Emoticons and emotions: Exploring the roles of emoticons in emotional representativeness, awareness, and management. Poster presentation at the Association of Psychological Science Convention 28th Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois, United States, May 2016.

Chan, C.-K., Yuen, A. H. K., Lau, W. W. F., & Chan, A. (2015). Predicting cyberbullying victimization: Linking children and their parents’ perception and understanding of cyberbullying. Paper presented at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) 2015 Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, November 2015.

Au, K.-H., Chan, C.-K., & Chui, C.-F. (2015). The relations of traditional bullying and cyberbullying victimization with psychological health. Poster presentation at the Hong Kong Psychological Association Annual Conference 2015, Hong Kong, June 2015.

Wong, W. K., & Chan, C.-K. (2014). The effect of a brief mass media intervention on help seeking attitudes among college students in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the 2014 Hong Kong Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Conference, Hong Kong, December 2014.

Ma, W. W. K., & Chan, C.-K. (2014). Online knowledge sharing and psychological well-being among Chinese college students. Paper presented at the 2014 Hong Kong Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Conference, Hong Kong, December 2014.

Chan, C.-K., Yuen, A. H. K., Lau, W. W. F., & Chan, A. (2014). A latent class analysis of adolescents’ risky online behaviours. Paper presented at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) 2014 Convention, Jacksonville, Florida, United States, November 2014.