Prof. YU, Kai-Ching Calvin (余啟程教授)

Director, Counselling and Research Centre

Director, Neuropsychology Laboratory 


- Dreaming
- Analytic Investigation and Assessment of Neurological and Psychiatric Patients
- Integration of Psychoanalytic and Neuroscientific Models of the Mind
Ph.D., University of Cape Town, S.A.
M.Sc., University College London, U.K.
M.Sc., University College London and the Anna Freud Centre, U.K.
Grad.Dip., University College London, U.K.
B.Sc., Middlesex University, U.K.
Hon.Dip., Hong Kong Shue Yan University, H.K.
  1. Wong, S.-S., & Yu, C. K.-C. (2022). Direct and indirect effects of dispositional emotion regulation on dream experiences. Dreaming, 32(4), 393–407.
  2. Yu, C. K.-C. (2022). Imperial dreams and oneiromancy in ancient China – we share similar dream motifs with our ancestors living two millennia ago. Dreaming, 32(4), 364–374.
  3. Li, W. O., Yu, C.K.-C., & Yuen, K. S. L. (2022). A systematic examination of the neural correlates of subjective time perception with fMRI and tDCS. Neurolmage, 260.
  4. Yu, C. K.-C., & Liu, T.-W. (2022). Indigenous Chinese personality and dream content of Hong Kong and Taiwanese people. Dreaming, 32(2), 173–182.
  5. Wong, S.-S., & Yu, C. K.-C. (2022). A moderated mediation analysis of nightmare lucidity and emotion regulation. International Journal of Dream Research, 15(1), 135-140.
  6. Wong, S.-S., & Yu, C. K.-C. (2022). Lucid nightmare as a state midway between nightmare and lucid dream. Dreaming, 32(1), 63–74.
  7. Yu, C. K.-C. (2022). Automated analysis of dream sentiment—The royal road to dream dynamics? Dreaming, 32(1), 33–51.
  8. Yu, C. K.-C., Ng., J., & Wong, S.-S. (2022). The effects of therapists’ attractiveness and attributes on clients’ inclination toward self-disclosure – To wear makeup or not to wear makeup? Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 13(1), 53-67.
  9. Pong, L.-H. E., Cheung, R., & Yu, C. K.-C. (2021). Predicting therapeutic alliance with client characteristics and expectations in Hong Kong. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 12(2), 111-126.
  10. Chan, S. H. W., Yu, C. K.-C., & Li, A. W. O. (2021). Impact of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy on counseling self-efficacy: A randomized controlled crossover trial. Patient Education and Counseling, 104(2), 360-368.
  11. Yu, C. K.-C. (2020). We dream about typical themes in both REM and non-REM sleep. Dreaming, 30(4), 317–328.
  12. Young, B. C., & Yu, C. K.-C. (2020). Hong Kong and Western people have different expectations of counselling: A Hong Kong study of the Expectations about Counselling-Brief Form. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 11(2), 198-219.
  13. Yu, C. K.-C. (2020). Green and dreams can facilitate creativity. Dreaming, 30(1), 92–99.
  14. Yu, C. K.-C., & Wong, S.-S. (2020). Lucid dreaming as a correlate of locus of control and resilience. Dreaming, 30(1), 19–28.
  15. Yu, K.-C., Lo, L.-Y., Lin, M., Cheung, Y., & Wong, S.-S. (2020). A preliminary study of an online pain management programme for pateints with ankylosing spondylitis. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 21(1), 227-236.
  16. Chan K.-L., Thompson, N. S., & Yu, C. K.-C. (2019). Help-seeking attitudes, locus of control, and emotional expressivity in Hong Kong and Western people. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 10(2), 95-110.
  17. Yu, C. K.-C., & Fu, W. (2019). Information technology usage as a moderator between disordered gambling, Internet gaming addiction, and illusory control. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 17(4), 781-792.
  18. Fung, H. W., Ross, C. A., Yu, C. K.-C., & Lau, E. K.-L. (2019). Adverse childhood experiences and dissociation among Hong Kong mental health service users. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 20(4), 457-470.
  19. Yu, C. K.-C. (2019). A skeleton key to dream interpretation. International Journal of Dream Research, 12(1), 1-33.
  20. Tse, C. K., & Yu, C. K.-C. (2018). The effects of visual cues, blindfolding, synesthetic experience, and music training on pure-tone frequency discrimination. Behavioral Sciences, 9(1), 2.
  21. Yu, C. K.-C. (2018). Pathological narcissism, dream experiences, and personality dynamics. Dreaming, 28(4), 322-336.
  22. Li, E. C.-Y., & Yu, C. K.-C. (2018). Filial piety as a protective factor against burden experienced by family caregivers of diabetic patients in Hong Kong. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 9(2), 186-203.
  23. Yu, C. K.-C., & & Fung, C.-M. (2018). Letting go of the ego: Dreams about ego-centered concerns as a function of adversity, Taoist orientation, and locus of control. Dreaming, 28(1), 84-98.
  24. Yu, C. K.-C., & Li, W.-O. (2018). Examining dense-array electroencephalographic networks during sleep – Partial or non-partial correlations? Sleep and Hypnosis, 20(4), 253-261.
  25. Yu, C. K.-C. (2018). Why is self-report of sleep position sometimes unreliable? Sleep and Hypnosis, 20(2), 105-113.
  26. Yu, C. K.-C., & Li, W.-O. (2018). A fundamental question about the application of high-density electroencephalography and time-series analysis in examining synchronous networks during sleep – Does the use of different referencing and data preprocessing methods really matter? Sleep and Hypnosis, 20(1), 67-84
  27. Yu, C. K.-C. (2018). Dream Motif Scale – Short Form. Sleep and Hypnosis, 20(1), 8-16.
  28. Hsu, S., & Yu, C. K.-C. (2017). A Hong Kong study of Working Alliance Inventory Short Form – Therapist. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 8(2), 87-100.
  29. Yu, C. K.-C., & Lam, T.-C. (2017). Does eating a fourth meal (siu-yeh) before bedtime affect sleep quality and dream experiences? International Journal of Dream Research, 10(1), 23-29.
  30. Yu, C. K.-C. (2016). We dream typical themes every single night. Dreaming, 26(4), 319-329.
  31. Yu, C. K.-C. (2016). A neuroanatomical framework for understanding dream content. Sleep and Hypnosis, 18(4), 82-91.
  32. Yu, C. K.-C. (2016). Classification of typical dream themes and implications for dream interpretation. Neuropsychoanalysis, 18(2), 133-146.
  33. Chan, Y.-M., & Yu, C. K.-C. (2016). Qi stagnation and its manifestations in dreams. International Journal of Dream Research, 9(2), 124-129.
  34. Yu, C. K.-C. (2016). The Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine and the interpretation of typical dreams two millennia ago. Dreaming, 26(3), 250-269.
  35. Hsu, S. S., & Yu, C. K.-C. (2016). Content analysis of Chinese dreams – Pleasure or pain? Dreaming, 26(3), 208-220.
  36. Hsu, S., Zhou, R. D.-H., & Yu, C. K.-C. (2016). A Hong Kong validation of Working Alliance Inventory – Short Form – Client. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 7(1-2), 69-81.
  37. Yu, C. K.-C. (2016). Obsessions at night: Dream experiences, emotional attributes, and personality traits as indicators of sleep problems. Sleep and Hypnosis, 18(2), 30-40.
  38. Yu, C. K.-C. (2016). Can students’ dream experiences reflect their performance in public examinations? International Journal of Dream Research, 9(1), 15-21.
  39. Yu, C. K.-C., & Thompson, N. S. (2016). Sleep problems and the phenomenological factors of dreaming. Sleep and Hypnosis, 18(1), 8-18.
  40. Yu, C. K.-C. (2015). The vicissitudes of affective valence across the night: A high-density electroencephalographic study. Dreaming, 25(4), 274-290.
  41. Yu, C. K.-C. (2015). One hundred typical themes in most recent dreams, diary dreams, and dreams spontaneously recollected from last night. Dreaming, 25(3), 206-219.
  42. Yu, C. K.-C. (2015). What cannot kill you will make you stronger – Traumatization, dreaming, and performance in public examinations. Sleep and Hypnosis, 17(1-2), 1-10.
  43. Fu, W., & Yu, C. K.-C. (2015). Predicting disordered gambling with illusory control, gaming preferences, and Internet gaming addiction among Chinese Youth. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 13(3), 391-401.
  44. Yu, C. K.-C. (2015). A high-density electroencephalographic study of synchronous networks during rapid-eye-movement sleep. Dreaming, 25(1), 1-17.
  45. Yu, C. K.-C. (2014). Psychopathological symptoms as a function of trauma, dreams, and inhibitions. Dreaming, 24(4), 309-322.
  46. Yu, C. K.-C. (2014). Normality, pathology, and dreaming. Dreaming, 24(3), 203-216.
  47. Yu, C. K.-C. (2014). Toward 100% dream retrieval by rapid-eye-movement sleep awakening: A high-density electroencephalographic study. Dreaming, 24(1), 1-17.
  48. Yu, C. K.-C., & Fu, W. (2014). Cognitive distortions and pathological gambling among Chinese youth. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 5(1), 62-70.
  49. Yu, C. K.-C. (2013). Superego and the repression of affective and dream experiences. Dreaming, 23(4),266-276.
  50. Yu, C. K.-C. (2013). Lust, pornography, and erotic dreams. Dreaming, 23(3), 175-193.
  51. Yu, C. K.-C. (2013). The structural relations between the superego, instinctual affect, and dreams. Dreaming, 23(2), 145-155.
  52. Yu, C. K.-C. (2013). Obsessive-compulsive distress and its dynamic associations with schizotypy, borderline personality, and dreaming. Dreaming 23(1), 46-63.
  53. Yu, C. K.-C. (2012). Testing the factorial structure of the Dream Intensity Scale. Dreaming, 22(4), 284-309.
  54. Yu, C. K.-C. (2012). Pornography consumption and sexual behaviors as correlates of erotic dreams and nocturnal emissions. Dreaming, 22(4), 230-239.
  55. Yu, C. K.-C. (2012). The effect of sleep position on dream experiences. Dreaming, 22(3), 212-221.
  56. Yu, C. K.-C., Fan, T.-W., & Li, W.-O. (2012). Diagnostic characteristics of care receivers with intellectual disabilities and the difficulty and burden experienced by family caregivers. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 3(2), 202-211.
  57. Yu, C. K.-C. (2012). Dream Motif Scale. Dreaming, 22(1), 18-52.
  58. Li, W.-O., Fan, T.-W., & Yu, C. K.-C. (2012). Difficulty and burden experienced by principal family caregivers of people with intellectual disabilities in Hong Kong. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 3(1), 95-105.
  59. Yu, C. K.-C., & Fu, W. (2011). Sex dreams, wet dreams, and nocturnal emissions. Dreaming, 21(3), 197-212.
  60. Yu, C. K.-C. (2011). Pain in the mind: Neuroticism, defense mechanisms, and dreaming as indicators of hysterical conversion and dissociation. Dreaming, 21(2), 105-123.
  61. Yu, C. K.-C. (2011). The mechanisms of defense and dreaming. Dreaming, 21(1), 51-69.
  62. Yu, C. K.-C. (2011). The constancy of typical dreams. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2(1), 51-70.
  63. Yu, C. K.-C. (2010). Recurrence of typical dreams and the instinctual and delusional predispositions of dreams. Dreaming, 20(4), 254-279.
  64. Yu, C. K.-C. (2010). Dream intensity profile as an indicator of the hysterical tendencies to dissociation and conversion. Dreaming, 20(3), 184-198.
  65. Yu, C. K.-C. (2010). Dream Intensity Scale: Factors in the phenomenological analysis of dreams. Dreaming, 20(2), 107-129.
  66. Yu, C. K.-C. (2010). Contemporary Chinese sex symbols in dreams. Dreaming, 20(1), 25-41.
  67. Yu, C. K.-C., Fu, W., Zhao, X., & Davey, G. (2010). Public understanding of counsellors and counselling in Hong Kong. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 1(1), 47-54.
  68. Yu, C. K.-C. (2009). Paranoia in dreams and the classification of typical dreams. Dreaming, 19(4), 255-272.
  69. Yu, C. K.-C. (2009). Confirming the factor structure of the Dream Intensity Inventory. Dreaming, 19(2), 97-107.
  70. Yu, C. K.-C. (2009). Delusions and the factor structure of typical dreams. Dreaming, 19(1), 42-54.
  71. Yu, C. K.-C. (2008). Ancient Chinese sex symbols in dreams. Dreaming, 18(3), 158-166.
  72. Yu, C. K.-C. (2008). Dream Intensity Inventory and Chinese people’s dream experience frequencies. Dreaming, 18(2), 94-111.
  73. Yu, C. K.-C. (2008). Typical dreams experienced by Chinese people. Dreaming, 18(1), 1-10.
  74. Yu, C. K.-C. (2007). Fostering positive attitudes towards hypnosis through a measure of mental imagery ability. Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 35(2), 134-149.
  75. Yu, C. K.-C. (2007). Dream recall and the dissociation between dream cessation and neurological memory disorders. Neuro-Psychoanalysis, 9(2), 213-221.
  76. Yu, C. K.-C. (2007). Emotions before, during, and after dreaming sleep. Dreaming, 17(2), 73-86.
  77. Yu, C. K.-C. (2007). Cessation of dreaming and ventromesial frontal-region infarcts. Neuro-Psychoanalysis, 9(1), 85-92.
  78. Yu, C. K.-C. (2006). Defence mechanisms and suggestibility. Contemporary Hypnosis, 23(4), 167-172.
  79. Yu, C. K.-C. (2006). Memory loss is not equal to loss of dream experience: A clinicoanatomical study of dreaming in patients with posterior brain lesions. Neuro-Psychoanalysis, 8(2), 191-198. 
  80. Yu, C. K.-C. (2006). Sources of information about hypnosis and attitudes towards being hypnotized in Hong Kong. Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 34(2), 135-145.
  81. Yu, C. K.-C. (2006). Facilitating dream recall in Chinese people. Dreaming, 16(3), 186-195.
  82. Yu, C. K.-C. (2006). Cognitive-behavioural hypnotic treatment for managing examination anxiety and facilitating performance. Contemporary Hypnosis, 23(2), 72-82.
  83. Yu, C. K.-C. (2006). Commentary on Simon Boag’s ‘Freudian dream theory, dream bizarreness, and the disguise-censor controversy’. Neuro-Psychoanalysis, 8(1), 53-59.
  84. Yu, C. K.-C. (2005). A paradox of studying dream alteration in patients with pontine lesions. Neuro-Psychoanalysis, 7(2), 85-90.
  85. Yu, C. K.-C. (2005). Application of cognitive-behavioural hypnotic treatment for anxiety management in the Chinese. Contemporary Hypnosis, 22(2), 104-114.
  86. Yu, C. K.-C. (2005). Suggestibility of Chinese as revealed by the Creative Imagination Scale. Contemporary Hypnosis, 22(2), 77-83.
  87. Yu, C. K.-C. (2004). Beliefs and opinions regarding hypnosis and its applications among Chinese professionals in medical settings. Contemporary Hypnosis, 21(4), 177-186.
  88. Yu, C. K.-C. (2004). Beliefs and attitudes of Chinese regarding hypnosis and its applications. Contemporary Hypnosis, 21(3), 93-106.
  89. Yu, C. K.-C. (2003). Neuroanatomical correlates of dreaming, III: The frontal-lobe controversy (dream censorship). Neuro-Psychoanalysis, 5(2), 159-169.
  90. Yu, C. K.-C. (2001). Neuroanatomical correlates of dreaming, II: The ventromesial frontal region controversy (dream instigation). Neuro-Psychoanalysis, 3(2), 193-201.
  91. Yu, C. K.-C. (2001). Neuroanatomical correlates of dreaming: The supramarginal gyrus controversy (dream work). Neuro-Psychoanalysis, 3(1), 47-59.
  92. Yu, C. K.-C. (2000). ‘The new neuropsychology of sleep: Implications for psychoanalysis’: Commentary on J. Allan Hobson and Edward Pace-Schott’s response. Neuro-Psychoanalysis, 2(2), 212-213.
PSY371-2 Research Project
PSY311-2 Research Internship
PSY401-3 Research Thesis
PSY411-2 Honours Research Project I
CP530-1 Dissertation I-II
CP605 Advanced Skills in Research Methods in Counselling Psychology
CP606 Research Mentorship in Counselling Psychology
CP607-9 Clinically-Based Research Thesis I-III
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