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., Chan, T.N., Chio, J.H.M., Chan, P., Chan, A.O., & Hui, W. (in press). Being active or flexible?: Role of control coping on quality of life among patients with gastrointestinal cancer. Psycho-Oncology.

Cheng, C., Jose, P.E., Sheldon, K.M., Singelis, T.M., Cheung, M.W.L., … & Sims, C. (in press). Socio-cultural differences in self-construal and subjective well-being: A test of four cultural models. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

Cheng, C., Lo, B.C.Y., & Chio, J.H.M. (2010). The Tao (ways) of Chinese coping. In M.H. Bond (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Psychology (pp. 399-419). New York: Oxford University.

Cheng, C. (2009). Dialectical thinking and coping flexibility: A multimethod approach. Journal of Personality, 77, 471-493.

Cheng, C., Chen, Z., & LuoKogan, A. (2008). Social support and money as double-edged swords: Primary soothers and precipitants of pain. Psychological Inquiry, 19, 153-160.

Cheng, C., Yang, F., Jun, S., & Hutton, J.M. (2007). Flexible coping psychotherapy for functional dyspeptic patients: A randomized controlled trial. Psychosomatic Medicine, 69, 81-88.

Cheng, C., Wong, W., & Tsang, K. W. (2006). Perception of benefits and costs during SARS outbreak: An 18-month prospective study. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 870-879.


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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