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Family studies;

Suicide and self-harm prevention;

Positive youth development;

Online and text-based counselling;

Developmental psychology;

Vocational psychology


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Tomorrow's Leader


Research Interests:

Positive youth development

Suicide and self-harm intervention

Effective online counselling practice


Selected Publications:

Xu, Z.Z., Xu, Y., Cheung, F., Cheng, M.N.S., Lung, D., Law, Y.W, Chiang, B., Zhang, Q.P., Yip, P.S.F. (in press) Prediction of suicide risk using knowledge-aware natural language processing and social medica counselling system data. The Lancet Digital Health.


Shek, D.T.L., Dou, D., Cheng, M.N.S. (2020). Transition from adolescence to emerging adulthood. In The Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development (eds S. Hupp and J. Jewell), History, Theory, and Culture in Adolescence, Wiley & Sons, Inc.


Shum, A.K.Y., Lai, E.S.Y., Leung, W.G., Cheng, M.N.S., Wong, H., So, S.W.K., Law, Y.W., Yip, P.S.F. (2019). Effectiveness of using digital game-based and school-based interventions to promote mental health in primary school students in Hong Kong. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 21(4), DOI: 10.2196/12003


Shek, D.T.L., Cheng, M.N.S., Ma, C.M.S. (2019). Nurturing service leadership qualities in university students through corporate-community-university partnership. Service-Learning for Youth Leadership: The Case of Hong Kong. Quality of Life in Asia. Singapore: Springer.


Conference presentations

Shek, D.T.L., Law, M.Y.M., Cheng, M.N.S. (2019, Jan). The use of Interactive Learning Platform (ILP) to enhance students’ learning in a positive youth development program (P.A.T.H.S.). Oral presentation at Association for Information Science and Technology Pacific Regional Conference.


Cheng, M.N.S., & Shek, D.T.L. (2018, Jun). Subjective evaluation of the teacher’s training program of Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Project in China. Oral presentation at 16th International Society for Quality of Life Studies Annual Conference: Promotion of Quality of Life in the Changing World.


Zhao, Y., Cheng, M.N.S. (2016, Aug). Student’s voices on university residential experience at The University of Hong Kong. Oral presentation at International Conference – Beyond the Formal Curriculum in Universities.


Cheng, et al. (2016, May). The effectiveness of a web-based and school-based universal mental health programme for primary school students in Hong Kong. Oral presentation at Asia Pacific Regional Conference of International Association for Suicide Prevention.


Professional & Community Service:

Hong Kong Psychological Society

Hong Kong Institute of Analytical Psychology

PSI CHI – The International Honor Society in Psychology