Cecilia Cheng is a professor of psychology at the University of Hong Kong. She specializes in personality, social, health, and cross-cultural psychology. She is an elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and has served as the board secretary of the International Council of Psychologists (ICP). She received the Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, Cambridge Hughes Hall Fellowship, ICP Early Career Research Award, and Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship of the Research Grants Council (RGC).
Professor Cheng was an Associate Editor of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Personality Processes and Individual Differences section), a flagship journal in the social psychology field; and is currently an Associate Editor of Health Psychology Review, a flagship journal in the clinical psychology field. At the University of Hong Kong, she was the Associate Dean (Postgraduate Education) at the Faculty of Social Sciences and now the Associate Dean (Courses and Professional Development) at the Graduate School.
Professor Cheng's research team seeks to enhance both mental and physical health for quality living for Hong Kong people. To realize this aim, the team applies theoretical frameworks from personality and social psychology to the understanding of real-life problems such as information technology addiction, digital citizenship, stress and coping, psychosomatic disorders, emotional disorders, and health-risk behaviors. The research group also organizes workshops, courses, and lectures to promote public awareness regarding mental and physical health.
- Applied Social Psychology
- Close Relationships
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Gender Psychology
- Health Psychology
- Interpersonal Processes
- Motivation, Goal Setting
- Person Perception
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
Research Group or Laboratory:
- Cheng, C. (2009). Dialectical thinking and coping flexibility: A multimethod approach. Journal of Personality, 77, 471-493.
- Cheng, C. (2003). Cognitive and motivational processes underlying coping flexibility: A dual-process model. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 425-438.
- Cheng, C. (2001). Assessing coping flexibility in real-life and laboratory settings: A multimethod approach. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 80, 814-833.
- Cheng, C., Chan, T. N., Chio, J. H. M., Chan, P., Chan, A. O., & Hui, W. (2012). Being active or flexible? Role of control coping on quality of life among patients with gastrointestinal cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 21, 211-218.
- 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. doi:10.1080/10478400802608806
- Cheng, C., & Cheung, M. W. L. (2005). Cognitive processes underlying coping flexibility: Differentiation and integration. Journal of Personality, 73, 859-886.
- Cheng, C., Cheung, M. W. L., & Lo, B. C. Y. (2016). Relationship of health locus of control with specific health behaviours and global health appraisal: A meta-analysis and effects of moderators. Health Psychology Review, 10, 460-477. doi:10.1080/17437199.2016.1219672
- Cheng, C., Cheung, M. W. L., & Montasem, A. (2016). Explaining Differences in Subjective Well‐Being Across 33 Nations Using Multilevel Models: Universal Personality, Cultural Relativity, and National Income. Journal of Personality, 84, 46-58. doi:10.1111/jopy.12136
- Cheng, C., Cheung, S., Chio, J. H., & Chan, M. S. (2013). Cultural meaning of perceived control: A meta-analysis of locus of control and psychological symptoms across 18 cultural regions. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 152-188.
- Cheng, C., Chiu, C., Hong, Y., & Cheung, J. S. (2001). Discriminative facility and its role in the perceived quality of interactional experiences. Journal of Personality, 69, 765-786.
- Cheng, C., Hui, W., & Lam, S. (2004). Psychosocial factors and perceived severity of functional dyspeptic symptoms: A psychosocial interactionist model. Psychosomatic Medicine, 66, 85-91.
- Cheng, C., Hui, W., & Lam, S. (2000). Perceptual style and behavioral pattern of individuals with functional gastrointestinal disorders. Health Psychology, 19, 146-154.
- Cheng, C., Jose, P. E., Sheldon, K. M., Singelis, T. M., Cheung, M. W. L., Tiliouine, H., Alao, A. A., Chio, J. H. M., Lui, J. Y. M., Chun, W. Y., de Zavala, A. G., Hakuzimana, A., Hertel, J., Liu, J., Onyewadume, M., & Sims, C. (2011). Socio-cultural differences in self-construal and subjective well-being: A test of four cultural models. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 42, 832-855.
- Cheng, C., Kogan, A., & Chio, J. H. (2012). The effectiveness of a new, coping flexibility intervention as compared with a cognitive-behavioural intervention in managing work stress. Work & Stress, 26, 272-288.
- Cheng, C., Lau, H. B., & Chan, M. S. (2014). Coping flexibility and psychological adjustment to stressful life changes: A meta-analytic review. Psychological Bulletin, 140, 1582-1607. doi:10.1037/a0037913
- Cheng, C., & Li, A. Y. (2014). Internet addiction prevalence and quality of (real) life: A meta-analytic review of 31 nations across seven world regions. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 17, 755-760
- Cheng, C., Sun, P., & Mak, K. (2015). Internet addiction and psychosocial maladjustment: Avoidant coping and coping inflexibility as psychological mechanisms. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 18, 539-546. doi:10.1089/cyber.2015.0121
- 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. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2018.01.023
- Sigerson, L., Li, A. Y. L., Cheung, M. W. L., & Cheng, C. (2017). Examining common information technology addictions and their relationships with non-technology-related addictions. Computers in Human Behavior, 75, 520-526. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2017.05.041
- Sigerson, L., Li, A. Y. L., Cheung, M. W. L., Luk, J. W., & Cheng, C. (2017). Psychometric properties of the Chinese Internet Gaming Disorder Scale. Addictive Behaviors, 74, 20-26. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.05.031
- Advanced Social Psychology
- Current Issues in Psychology
- Graduate Seminar in Social Psych
- Health Psychology
- Interpersonal Communication
- Interpersonal Relations
- Introduction to Psychology
- Personality Psychology
- Social Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Hong Kong
- Phone: 852-3917-4224
- Fax: 852-2219-4158