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Lecturer in Psychology, University of Bradford

My research over the last two years in my postdoctoral training, and that which I plan to continue in the future, focuses on social and individual influences on psychological health across the adult lifespan. In addressing this topic, my work utilizes multiple methodologies, and is informed by an interdisciplinary theoretical framework. Drawing from the World Health Organization’s definition of mental health and the work of a number of researchers, such as Carol Ryff’s extensive work, I conceptualize psychological health as a state of well-being in which individuals realize their potentials and can cope successfully with the normal stresses of life. Within this broad framework, I address three questions. First, what are the psychosocial determinants of psychological health? That is, what personality and social factors predict individuals’ psychological health status? Second, do the effects of psychosocial determinants of psychological health vary across age groups? Third, how do adults of different ages maintain an optimal level of psychological health in the face of stress?


  • –present
    Lecturer in Psychology, University of Bradford
  • 2011–2014
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Flinders University
  • 2010–2011
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • 2010 
    Colorado State University, Ph.D., Applied Social Psychology with an Emphasis in Lifespan Development
  • 2002 
    London School of Economics and Political Science, MSc, Gender
  • 1999 
    Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, BSSc, Journalism and Communications (Minor: Psychology)


  • 2014
    Measuring future time perspective across adulthood: Development and evaluation of a short multidimensional questionnaire, The Gerontologist
  • 2014
    Cumulative load of depressive symptoms is associated with cortisol awakening response in very old age, Research in Human Development
  • 2014
    Social partners and momentary affect in the oldest-old: The presence of others benefits affect depending on who we are and who we are with, Developmental Psychology
  • 2014
    Change in coping and defense mechanisms across adulthood: Longitudinal findings in a European American Sample, Developmental Psychology
  • 2012
    Personal risk and resilience factors in the context of daily stress, Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics
  • 2012
    Cognitive Resilience in Adulthood, Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics
  • 2007
    Parental response to child's isolation during the SARS outbreak, Ambulatory Pediatrics
  • 2007
    A community epidemiological survey of generalized anxiety disorder in Hong Kong, Community Mental Health Journal
  • 2006
    Stigmatizing experience and structural discrimination associated with the treatment of schizophrenia in Hong Kong, Social Science and Medicine

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Resilient Ageing and the Oldest-Old in the Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council