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Research Assistant Professor

PhD (City University)
LLB (Xiamen University)



2766 7827




Promotion of Children & Adolescent Development

Service Leadership through Serving Children and Families with Special Needs


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Research Interests: 

Aggression and delinquency

Child and adolescent development

Psychometric assessment

Service leadership


Selected Publications: 

Li, X., & Shek, D. T. (2019). Objective outcome evaluation of a leadership course utilising the positive youth development approach in Hong Kong. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. (SSCI; Q1 in Education & Educational Research, IF = 2.473, 5-year IF = 2.832)


Li, X., & Ang, R. P. (2019). Parent criminality and adolescent delinquency: The moderating roles of narcissism, callous-unemotional traits, and impulsivity. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 28, 776-783. (SSCI; Q2 in Family Studies, IF = 1.556, 5-year IF = 2.105)


Ang, R. P., Li, X., Huan, V. S., Liem, G. A. D., Kang, T., Wong, Q., & Yeo, J. Y. P. (2019). Profiles of antisocial behavior in school-based and at-risk adolescents in Singapore: A latent class analysis. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. (SSCI; Q2 in Developmental Psychology, IF = 2.071, 5-year IF = 2.433)


Ang, R. P., Li, X., & Huan, V. S. (2018). Psychopathic traits and gender as moderators of the parental arrest-proactive aggression link. Current Psychology. doi:10.1007/s12144-018-9942-3 (SSCI; Q2 in Multidisciplinary Psychology, IF = 1.468, 5-year IF = 1.582)


Ang, R. P., Huan, V. S., Li, X., & Chan, W. T. (2018). Functions of Aggression and Delinquency: The Moderating Role of Parent Criminality and Friends’ Gang Membership. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 33, 3531-3550. (SSCI; Q1 in Criminology & Penology, IF = 3.064, 5-year IF = 2.821)


Fung, A. L. C., Li, X., Ramírez, M. J., Lam, B. Y. H., Millana, L., & Fares‐Otero, N. E. (2018). A cross-regional study of the reactive and proactive aggression of youth in Spain, Uruguay, mainland China, and Hong Kong. Social Development, 27, 748-760. (SSCI; Q2 in Developmental Psychology, IF = 2.045, 5-year IF = 2.731)


Ang, R. P., Li, X., & Seah, S.L. (2017). The role of normative beliefs about aggression in the relationship between empathy and cyberbullying. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 48, 1138-1152. (SSCI; Q2 in Social Psychology, IF = 1.795, 5-year IF = 2.239)


Li, X., Chan, W. T., Ang, R. P., & Huan, V. S. (2017). Assessment of psychopathic traits in Singaporean adolescents: Validation of the Antisocial Process Screening Device (APSD). Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 39, 198-208. (SSCI; Q2 in Clinical Psychology, IF = 2.025, 5-year IF = 2.505)


Ang, R. P., Huan, V. S., Li, X., & Chan, W. T. (2016). Factor structure and invariance of the reactive and proactive aggression questionnaire in a large sample of young adolescents in Singapore. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 47, 883-889. (SSCI; Q2 in Developmental Psychology, IF = 2.071, 5-year IF = 2.433)


Shek, D. T., & *Li, X. (2016). Perceived school performance, life satisfaction, and hopelessness: A 4-year longitudinal study of adolescents in Hong Kong. Social Indicators Research, 126, 921-934. (*Equal contribution) (SSCI; Q1 in Social Sciences, IF = 1.395, 5-year IF = 1.875)


Yang, A., Li, X., & Salmivalli, C. (2016). Maladjustment of bully-victims: Validation with three identification methods. Educational Psychology, 36, 1390-1407. (SSCI; Q2 in Education, IF = 1.157, 5-year IF = 1.511)


Li, X., & Fung, A. L. C. (2015). Reactive and proactive aggression in mainland Chinese secondary school students. Journal of Social Work, 15, 297-316. (SSCI; Q1 in Social Work, IF = 1.233)

Book Chapters: 

Shek, D. T., & Li, X. (2014). Subjective well-being of early adolescents in Hong Kong. In D. T. L. Shek, R. C. F. Sun, & C. M. S. Ma (Eds.), Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong—Family life, psychological wellbeing and risk behavior (pp. 93–109). New York: Springer.

Conference papers: 

Li, X., & Fung, A. L. C. (August, 2018). Developmental Pathways from Victimization to Reactive Aggression: A Longitudinal Study on School-based Aggressive Victims in China. Paper presented at the 13th International Conference on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, Sarawak, Malaysia.


Li, X., & Ang, R. P. (June, 2018). The moderating roles of psychopathic traits between parental arrest and adolescent delinquency. Paper presented at the 16th ISQOLS Annual Conference: Promotion of Quality of Life in the Changing World.


Ang, R. P., Li, X., & Huan, V. S. (June, 2017). Psychopathic traits and gender moderating the effect of parent criminality on proactive aggression. Paper presented at the Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, Bristol, UK.


Ang, R. P., Li, X., Chan, W. T., & Huan, V. S. (July, 2015). Reactive and proactive aggression: Factor Structure, research and clinical Implications. Paper presented at the 14th European Congress of Psychology, Milan, Italy.


Li, X., & Fung, A. L. C. (August, 2011). Chinese school-aged victims’ responses towards aggression: The roles of personal traits and social adjustments. Paper presented at the 15th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway.


Li, X., & Fung, A. L. C. (June, 2011). Pathway between perception of hostility and aggressive responses of victims in Chinese secondary schools. Paper presented at the 14th International Congress of ESCAP – European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Helsinki, Finland.


Li, X. (August, 2010). Factors contributing to Chinese children changing from aggressive victims into reactive aggressors. Paper presented at the 5th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

Li, X. (June, 2010). Behavior changing process of Chinese children from aggressive victims into reactive aggressors of school bullying. Paper presented at the 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development, Hong Kong.
Current Research Projects :
PI, “Cyberbullying after being cyber-victimized in primary school students: Individual values and the protective role of the school environment”, Funded by Research Grants Council General Research Fund -
Early Career Scheme (ECS), 2020-2022 (HK $594,330)
PI, “Victimization, cyber behavior, and behavioral health: A two-year longitudinal study of Chinese secondary school students”, Funded by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Departmental General Research Grant (DGRG), 2019-2021 (HK $90,000)
CO-PI, “The effect of poor ability to understand other's mental states on the development of emotional and disruptive behavior problems in adolescents: A study of the neural underpinnings”, Faculty Collaborative Research Scheme between Social Sciences and Health Sciences, 2019-2021 (HK $250,000)
PI, “Victimization in real life and youth responses in the cyber world”, Funded by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Start-up Fund, 2018-2019 (HK $89,980)
Co-PI, “A study on the mechanism and prevention of delinquency among rural left-behind adolescents in China,” Funded by National Social Science Fund, China, 2018-2021, RMB $200,000.
Co-PI, “Research on the construction of National Index of sense of benefit,” Funded by National Social Science Fund, China, 2017-2020, RMB $200,000.
Co-PI, “Sociology of happiness and positive education,” Funded by Wuhan University Humanities and Social Sciences Academic Development Program for Young Scholars, 2016 - 2019, RMB $300,000.


Professional & Community Service: 

Reviewer for Academic Journals

Children and Youth Services Review

Journal of Community Psychology

Social Indicators Research

Child Psychiatry & Human Development

Journal of Social Work

Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment

Applied Research in Quality of Life

BMJ Open



External Examiner of Doctoral Thesis

University of Sydney