Project Description

Prof. Cecilia CHENG


Prof. LEE Tatia Mei-chun

Office: 6.60

Phone: (852) 3917-4224


HKU Researcher Page:


  • B.Soc.Sc. (Psychology), Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Ph.D. (Psychology), The University of Hong Kong


Social and Personality Psychology
Health Psychology
Applied Social Psychology
Cross-cultural Psychology


Social and Health Psychology Laboratory
Lab website:


Cheng, C., Ebrahimi, O. V., & Luk, J. W. (2022). Heterogeneity of prevalence of social media addiction across multiple classification schemes: Latent profile analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 24, e27000.

Wang, H., & Cheng, C. (2022). The associations between gaming motivation and internet gaming disorder: Systematic review and meta-analysis. JMIR Mental Health, 9, e23700

Cheng, C., Ebrahimi, O.V., & Lau, Y. (2021). Maladaptive coping with the infodemic and sleep disturbance in the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Sleep Research, 30, e13235.

Cheng, C., Lau, Y., Chan, L., & Luk, J.W. (2021). Prevalence of social media addiction across 32 nations: Meta-analysis with subgroup analysis of classification schemes and cultural values. Addictive Behaviors, 117, 106845. 

Cheng, C., Wang, H., & Chan, L. (2021). Multiple forms of mass anxiety in Coronavirus Disease-2019 pandemic. Journal of Affective Disorders, 291, 338-343.

Cheng, C., Wang, H., & Ebrahimi, O.V. (2021). Adjustment to a “new normal:” Coping flexibility and mental health issues during the COVID -19 pandemic. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 12, 626197.

Wang, H., & Cheng, C. (2021). New perspectives on the prevalence and associated factors of gaming disorder in Hong Kong community adults: A generational approach. Computers in Human Behavior, 114, 106574.

Cheng, C., Chan, L., & Chau, C. (2020). Individual differences in susceptibility to cybercrime victimization and its psychological aftermath. Computers in Human Behavior, 108,  106311.

Cheng, C., Lau, Y., & Luk, J.W. (2020). Social capital-accrual, escape-from-self, and time-displacement effects of internet use during the COVID-19 stay-at-home period: Prospective, quantitative survey study. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 22, e22740.

Wang, H., & Cheng, C. (2020). Psychometric evaluation and comparison of two gaming disorder measures derived from the DSM-5 and ICD-11 frameworks. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11, 577366.

Wong, K. F. E., & Cheng, C. (2020. shared first authorship). The turnover intention–behavior link: A culture-moderated meta-analysis. Journal of Management Studies, 57, 1174-1216.

Cheng, C., Wang, H., Sigerson, L., & Chau, C. (2019). Do the socially rich get richer? A nuanced perspective on social network site use and online social capital accrual, Psychological Bulletin, 145, 734-764.

Wang, H., Sigerson, L., & Cheng, C. (2019). Digital nativity and information technology addiction: Age cohort versus individual difference approaches. Computers in Human Behavior, 90, 1-9.

Cheng, C., Cheung, M. W. L., & Wang, H. (2018). Multinational comparison of internet gaming disorder and psychosocial problems versus well-being: Meta-analysis of 20 countries. Computers in Human Behavior, 88, 153-167.

Li, A. Y. L., Lo, B. C. Y., & Cheng, C. (2018). It is the family context that matters: Concurrent and predictive effects of aspects of parent-child interaction on video gaming-related problems. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 21, 374-380. 

Sigerson, L., & Cheng, C. (2018). Scales for measuring user engagement with social network sites: A systematic review of psychometric properties. Computers in Human Behavior, 83, 87-105.

Wang, H., Sigerson, L., Jiang, H., & Cheng, C. (2018). Psychometric properties and factor structures of Chinese Smartphone Addiction Inventory: Test of two models. Frontiers in Psychology – Clinical and Health Psychology, 9, 1411. 


Project Title: “Individual differences in coping with stress among Chinese patients”
Adopting a psychosocial interactionist approach, this project seeks to explicate why patients handle stress in an adaptive manner.

Intern Selection:
Preferably second-year psychology major
High research ethics
Academic excellence
Excellent Chinese and English communication skills
Interest in personality, social, and health psychology

Students interested in applying should send a CV via email (

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