Dr ZHU Shimin 朱詩敏博士
MS (South China Normal University)
BS (South China Normal University)
Child and adolescent development
Self-identity and possible selves
Youth mental health
Family and child development
Human Behavior and Social Environment
Advanced Human Behavior and Social Environment
Psychology of Interpersonal Relationship
Youth mental health
Mindsets (implicit theories)
Peer Review Journal Papers
(* corresponding author)
- Zhu, S.*, Zhuang, Y. , Lee, P., & Wong, P. (accepted) Changes in prevalence of suicidal ideation in the context of COVID-19 in Hong Kong: A longitudinal school-based survey. Journal of Affective Disorders.
- Li, J.C.-M., Cheung, C.K., Sun, I. Y., Cheung, Y.K., & Zhu, S. (accepted). Work-family conflicts, stress, and turnover intention among Hong Kong police officers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Police Quarterly.
- Zhu, S.*, Zhuang, Y., & Lee, P. (2021). Psychometric properties of the Mindsets of Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale (MDASS) in Chinese young adults and adolescents. Early Intervention in Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1111/eip.13177
- Zhu, S.*, Zhuang, Y. & Ip, P (2021) Positive mental health-related impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on early adolescents in Hong Kong and their associations with other negative impacts. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094780
- Zhu, S.*, Zhuang, Y., Lee, P., Li, J., & Wong, P. (2021) Leisure and problematic gaming behaviour among children and adolescents during school closures caused by COVID-19 in Hong Kong: A school-based quantitative survey. JMIR Serious Games doi: 10.2196/26808. https://games.jmir.org/2021/2/e26808/
- Zhu, S., Lee, P., & Wong, P. (2021). Does prolonged social withdrawal behaviour confer additional risk for self-harm or suicidal behaviours related to poor mental health? BJPsych Open. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjo.2021.47
- Wong, P., Zhu, S., Li, M. H. … Tse, S. (2021). An uncontrolled, naturalistic study of the efficacies of brief counselling sessions with individuals with mild and moderate psychological problems in Hong Kong. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. https://doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2021.1880077 .
- Ngai, S., Au-Yeung, H., Tsui, C., & Zhu, S. * (2020) Effectiveness of an attachment-based parenting programme for parents in Hong Kong. China Journal of Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1080/17525098.2020.1848345
- Zhu, S. *, Ni, S., & Hamilton, K. (2020) Cognition malleability belief, emotion regulation and adolescent well-being: examining a mediation model among migrant youth. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1080/21642850.2020.1806717
- Zhu, S.*, Zhuang, Y., & Cheung, S. H. (2020). Domain Specificity or Generality: Assessing the Chinese Implicit Theories Scale of six fundamental psychological attributes. Frontiers in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00142
- Chan, K. L., Lo, C. K. M., Ho, F. K. W., Zhu, S., Lai, S. M. K., & Ip, P. (2018). The longer-term psychosocial development of adolescents: Child Development Accounts and the role of mentoring. Frontiers in Pediatrics, 6, 147-153. https://doi.org/10.3389/fped.2018.00147
- Chen, F., Zhu, S., & Bi, C. (2017) The development of self-esteem and the role of agency and communion: A longitudinal study among Chinese children. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 6. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-017-0942-y
- Zhu, S., Tse, S., Yuan, W., Goodyear-Smith, F. & Wong, P. (2017). Health-related behaviours and mental health in Hong Kong employees. Occupational Medicine, 67(1), 26-32. doi:10.1093/occmed/kqw137
- Zhu, S., Tse, S., Tang, J., & Wong, P. (2016). Knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours associated with mental illness among the working population in Hong Kong: A cross-sectional telephone survey. International Journal of Culture and Mental Health, 9(3) 313-325. https://doi.org/10.1080/17542863.2016.1198409
- Li, L., Zhu, S., Tse, N., Tse, S., & Paul, W. (2016). Effectiveness of motivational interviewing to reduce illicit drug use in adolescents: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Addiction,111(5), 795-805. https://doi.org/10.1111/add.13285
- Tse, S., Zhu S., Yu, C. H., Wong, P., & Tsang, S. (2015). An ecological analysis of secondary school students’ drug use in Hong Kong: A case-control study. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 60(1), 31-40. doi: 10.1177/0020764015589132
- Zhu, S.,* & Tse, S. (2015). Possible selves, strategies and perceived likelihood among adolescents in Hong Kong: Desire and concern. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth. 20(4), 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1080/02673843.2015.1031683
- Zhu, S., * (2015). Possible selves theory and its application in youth social work. (in Chinese) Social Work and Social Management, 5(3), 12-16.
- Zhu, S. *, Tse, S., Cheung, S-H., & Oyserman, D. (2014). Will I get there? Effects of parental support on children’s possible selves. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 84(3), 435-453. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjep.12044
- Tse, S., Ran, M., Huang, Y., & Zhu, S. (2013). The urgency of now: Building recovery-oriented, community mental health services in China. Psychiatric Services, 64(7), 613-616. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.000022013
- Tse, S., & Zhu, S. (2013). “Possible selves”: Concept and applications for individuals in recovery from mental health problems. Asian Health Care Journal, 3(1), 16-19. Available at http://healthcare.org.hk/ebook/AHCJournal_Apr2013/index.html#/14/
- Zhu, S. & Zheng, X. (2009). Effect of affective priming on attention bias induced by short films. (in Chinese) Psychological Science,32(2), 327-330.
Lu, S., Luo, H., & Zhu, S. (in press) interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health Screener (ChYMH-S): Chinese version assessment form and manual, interRAI 儿童青少年精神健康筛查 (ChYMH-S): 评估表和使用手册.
Tsang, S.K.M., Tse, S., Wong, H.M.C., & Zhu, S. (2010). Study of young people’s attitudes toward prevention of drug addiction and mental health promotion in the Southern District. Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. Available at http://www.socialwork.hku.hk/people/staff/files/attachment/20101119095721.pdf
Wang, X., Zhu, S., Han, Y., & Zeng, J. (2009). Training Handbook on Non-violence Parenting (in Chinese). UNICEF and The Women’s Union of Guangdong.
Zhu, S. (2022) Who are most suffered? An investigation of the impact of social incidents on adolescents' mental health and wellbeing in Hong Kong. 26th Biennial Meeting of The International Society for The Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD), Rhodes Island, Greece
Zhu, S.*, Zhuang, Y., Lee, P., & Wong, P. W. C. (2021) Loneliness and gaming behaviours among children and adolescents during COVID-19: gender and age differences. 2021 Virtual Biennial Meeting of Society for Research in Child Development (April 7-9, 2021, Virtual)
Zhu, S. *, Keech, J., Hagger, M. S., Tsang, H. & Hamilton, K.(2021). Examining the cross-lagged associations between mindsets of depression, anxiety, and stress on mental health symptoms. 2021 Virtual Biennial Meeting of Society for Research in Child Development (April 7-9, 2021, Virtual)
Lu, S., Luo, H., Stewart, S., Zhu, S., & Lu, R.（February,2020）interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health Screener (ChYMH-S) among Chinese migrant children: A validation study. World interRAI Conference 2020, Leuven, Belgium
Zhu, S., & Novin, S. (November 2019). Cultural mindsets and future possible selves: a cultural comparison study between Chinese and Netherland primary school students. Annual Conference of Cultural Psychology Conference, 2019, Beijing, China
Zhu, S., Ni, S. & Hamilton, K. (April , 2019) Cognition malleability belief, emotion regulation and adolescent well-being: The mediation model among migrant youth. Oral Presentation. Symposium The role of mindsets in determining health and wellbeing in 2019 Australia Psychological Society College of Health Psychologists Conference, Adelaide, Australia.
Hamilton, K., Keeth, J. & Zhu, S. (April, 2019) Examining the buffering effect of stress mindsets on the relationship between self-regulatory styles, health-related behaviours, and psychological health. Oral presentation. Symposium The role of mindsets in determining health and wellbeing in 2019 Australia Psychological Society College of Health Psychologists Conference, Adelaide, Australia.
Zhu, S., Ni, S. & Hamilton, K. (June, 2018) Cognition malleability belief, emotion regulation and adolescent well-being: The mediation model among migrant youth. Oral Presentation. 16th Annual Meeting of International Society for Quality-of-life Studies: Promotion of Quality of life in the changing world. Hong Kong, China
Zhu, S., & Zhuang, Y. (March, 2018) Validation of implicit theories scale of fundamental psychological attributes among Chinese young people. Oral Presentation. Distinguished Paper Award. 2018 International Symposium of Education and Psychology, Osaka, Japan
Zhu. S. (April, 2017) Having strategy for future self or not: An examination on the effect of gender, self-esteem and planfulness. Oral Presentation. 2017 International Symposium of Education and Psychology, Kyoto, Japan
Zhu, S. (December, 2015) Just say no? Who helps and who hinders teen’s drug refusal attitude. Oral presentation, International Conference on Outreach Work: Youth Gangs, Violence and Female Delinquency, 2015, Hong Kong, China
Current Research Projects:
Served as Principal Investigator (PI)
- 2022-2024 PI: General Research Fund (GRF) of Research Grant Council of Hong Kong.
Web-based single-session growth mindset intervention for adolescent anxiety: A three-arm cluster randomised control trial HKD
- 2019-2021 PI: Early Career Scheme (ECS) of Research Grant Council of Hong Kong. “Implicit theories and adolescent anxiety: A longitudinal test of reciprocal relationships” HKD 518,040.
- 2013-2014 PI: RGC-Fulbright Research Project “Localization of possible selves intervention program”. (PI). Funded by RGC-Fulbright Program, USD23,850.
Served as Co-Investigator
- 2020-2022 Co-I: Research on the Training Modes on Nurturing Innovative Students in Technology Universities in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area: from the Perspective of Research and Design. Funded by National Scoial Science Fundation, Education panel. (Ref No. BIA200169), RMB200,000
- 2018-2020 Co-I: SoInno Design Education. Funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, HK$24,1900,000.
- 2018-2019 Co-I: Further Study on the Long Term Development of Child Development Fund Project Participants. Funded by the Labour and Welfare Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Approved amount: HK$1,058,000. Starting date: 1 January 2018. Completion date: 31 December 2019.
- 2017-2019 Co-I: Evaluation Study of “Youth Outreach Jockey Club: Youth Cultural Front Line” funded by Youth Outreach, HK$496,981
- 2010- 2013 Co-I: “Assessment of the effects of applying cooperative learning in secondary schools: A longitudinal study”. (CoI). Funded by Tin Ka Ping Foundation, RMB210,000.
- Served as Principal Investigator or Co-PI
- 2020-2022 Co-PI: Faculty Collaborative Research Scheme between Social Sciences and Health Sciences. Investigation on the psychological needs of post-radiotherapy rectal cancer survivors and their direct caregivers in Hong Kong. HKD250,000.
- 2020-2022 Co-PI: Faculty Collaborative Research Scheme between Social Sciences and Health Sciences. Enhanced mirror therapy for improving brain reorganization and function in stroke: A pilot randomized controlled trail with economic evaluation. HKD249,186.
- 2019-2020 PI: 2019 Departmental General Research Fund. “Striving to see the future: A pilot mixed-method study on scarcity, possible selves, and wellbeing of adolescents in working poor families” Funded by Department of Applied Social Sciences, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKD70,000
- 2019-2021 PI: 2019 Griffith University and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Collaborative Research Grants. “Development of a novel imagery intervention to change implicit theories about willpower: Evaluation in Australian and Chinese university students.” Co-PI, Dr. Kyra Hamilton. Funded by Griffith University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, AUD$15,000 and HKD47,898.
- 2018-2020 PI: 2017 Griffith University and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Collaborative Research Grants. “Mindsets, individual differences, coping, and health: an investigation among Australian and Hong Kong university students”, Co-PI, Dr. Kyra Hamilton. Funded by Griffith University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, AUD$14,000 and HKD 60,000.
- 2018-2020 PI: Internal Grant for GRF/ECS Proposals Ranked 3.5 by RGC in the 2017/18 Exercise “Implicit Theories and Psychological Distress: An Exploratory Study among Late Adolescents”, Funded by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKD105,000
- 2017-2020 PI: Start-up Fund “Development and Validation of Implicit Theories Scales among Chinese Young People”. (PI) Funded by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKD200,000
- 2015-2016 PI: Small Project Fund “Luck or effort: What shapes young people’s attitude toward future- An experimental study”. (PI) Funded by The University of Hong Kong, HKD42,223
- 2015-2016 PI: Matching Fund for Post-doctoral Fellow “Protective and risk factors of a smooth transition from primary to secondary school: A longitudinal study”. (PI). Funded by Department of Social Work and Social Administration, HKU, HKD30,000
- 2009-2010 Doctoral Research Intern Participate in Project “Study of young people’s attitude towards prevention of drug addiction and mental health promotion in the Southern district”, (PI): Tsang, S. K. M., Co-I: Tse, S. Funded by Joint Committee for South District Community Programme against Youth Drug Abuse, HKD176,000.
Served as Co-Investigator
- 2020-2022 Co-I: Aspiration: examining the effectiveness of the learning to learn training package on University teaching and learning (Ref: LS-APSS2). Funded by Teaching and Development Grant (Larger-scale Collaborative Projects), HK$ 375,000
- 2019-2021 Co-I: Assessing Chinese Child and Youth Mental Health: Validation and Localization of the interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health Screener (ChYMH-S), Funded by The University of Hong Kong Seed Project Fund. HK$ 119,873
Journal editorial board
2020-now Editorial Board member of Psychology and Health
British Journal of Educational Psychology;
Journal of Affective Disorders;
Journal of Adolescence;
Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology;
Adolescence and Society;
Applied Research in Quality of Life;
Child and Adolescent Mental Health;
Psychological Science (in Chinese);
Psychological Exploration (in Chinese)
Frontier in Psychology, social and personality psychology
Frontier in Psychology, education psychology