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Psychology, Mental Health, and Health

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Professor, Associate Dean of Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

MPhil (CUHK)
MA (Santa Clara)
BA (Sun Yat-sen)



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The social psychology of bilingualism and biculturalism;
Globalization and multiculturalism;
Personality and social behavior in cultural contexts;
Socio-cultural influences on illness behaviors and help-seeking patterns


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Social Psychology
Cross-cultural Psychology
Guided Study II: Research Methodology II


Research Interests:

Research Interests

The social psychology of bilingualism and biculturalism
Globalization and multiculturalism
Personality and social behavior in cultural contexts
Cultural diversity and mental health


Selected Projects (as PI)

1. “Psychological Ramifications of Global Orientation in the Multicultural Society” (funded by RGC General Research Fund, 2014)

2. Examining the Effects of Generalized Beliefs on Coping Strategies and Psychological Functioning (funded by RGC General Research Fund, 2012)

3. Promoting Policy Favoring Multiculturalism and the Social Integration of Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong (funded by Public Policy Research Funding Scheme, 2011)

4. Examining the Long-Term Impact of Bicultural Orientations on Psychological Adjustment (funded by RGC General Research Fund, 2008)

Total amount of internal and external grants obtained to date: HK$4.87 million in the capacity of PI and HK$2.87 million and RMB 220k in the capacity of co-I.


Selected Publications:
Chen, S. X., Lam, B. C. P., Hui, B. P. H., Ng, J. C. K., Mak, W. W. S., Guan, Y., Buchtel, E. E., Tang, W., & Lau, V. C. Y. (in press). Conceptualizing psychological processes in response to globalization: Components, antecedents, and consequences of global orientation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Chen, S. X., Lam, B. C. P., Wu, W. C. H., Ng, J. C. K., Buchtel, E. E., Guan, Y., & Deng, H. (in press). Do people’s worldviews matter? The why and how. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Chen, S. X., Benet-Martinez, V., & Ng, J. C. K. (2014). Does language affect personality perception? A functional approach to testing the Whorfian hypothesis. Journal of Personality, 82, 130-143.

Chen, S. X., Lam, B. C. P., Buchtel, E. E., & Bond, M. H. (2014). The Conscientiousness paradox: Cultural mindset shapes competence perception. European Journal of Personality, 28, 425-436.

Chen, S. X., Benet-Martínez, V., Wu, W. C. H., Lam, B. C. P., & Bond, M. H. (2013). The role of dialectical self and bicultural identity integration in psychological adjustment. Journal of Personality, 81, 61-75.

Chen, S. X., & Bond, M. H. (2010). Two languages, two personalities? Examining language effects on the expression of personality in a bilingual context. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 1514-1528.

Chen, S. X. (2010). From emic to etic: Exporting indigenous constructs. Personality and Social Psychology Compass, 4, 364-378.
Oyserman, D., Sorensen, N., Reber, R., & Chen, S. X. (2009). Connecting and separating mindsets: Culture as situated cognition. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 217-235.

Chen, S. X., Bond, M. H., Chan, B., Tang, D., & Buchtel, E. E. (2009). Behavioral manifestations of modesty.Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 40, 603-626.

Mak, W. W. S., Chen, S. X., Lam, A., & Yiu, V. F. L. (2009). Understanding distress: The role of face concern among Chinese Americans, European Americans, Hong Kong Chinese, and Mainland Chinese. The Counseling Psychologist, 37, 219-248.

Chen, S. X., & Mak, W. W. S. (2008). Seeking professional help: Etiology beliefs about mental illness across cultures. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 55, 442-450.

Chen, S. X., Benet-Martinez, V., & Bond, M. H. (2008). Bicultural identity, bilingualism, and psychological adjustment in multicultural societies: Immigration-based and globalization-based acculturation. Journal of Personality, 76, 803-838.

Chen, S. X., Chan, W., Bond, M. H., & Stewart, S. M. (2006). The effects of self-efficacy and relationship harmony on depression across cultures: Applying level-oriented and structure-oriented analyses. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 37, 643-658.

Chen, S. X., Cheung, F. M., Bond, M. H., & Leung, J. P. (2005). Decomposing the construct of ambivalence over emotional expression in a Chinese cultural context. European Journal of Personality, 19, 185-204.

Full Publication List


Professional & Community Service:
Associate Editor

Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Asian Journal of Social Psychology

Consulting Editor

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Personality Processes and Individual Differences section) (2014)
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Journal of Social and Political Psychology
International Journal of Personality Psychology

Regional Representative (East Asia), International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology
Representative-at-large (Hong Kong), Asian Association of Social Psychology


Honors & Awards:

Michael Harris Bond Award for Early Career Research Contributions, Asian Association of Social Psychology, 2013 recipient
Student International Research Competitive Awards, American Psychological Association Division 52 (International Psychology), 2005, 2006, and 2007 recipient
Travel Fellowship, Gallup Positive Psychology Institute, 2006 recipient
Jung-heun Park Young Scholar Award, Asian Association of Social Psychology, 2005 recipient
J. P. Leung Memorial Award for Best Student Paper, Hong Kong Psychological Society, 2004, 2005, and 2006 recipient

Associate Deans of Faculty of Health and Social Sciences