Our Faculty

Smrithi Prasad, Assistant Professor (Incoming Faculty)

Research Areas
Dr. Smrithi's research investigates: 1) the role that stressful and competitive events play in our social and economic decision-making behaviours, 2) the hormonal and psychological processes underlying our decision-making and behaviours, and 3) how and for whom do psychological interventions improve the quality of decision-making.
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Teaching Subjects

Jean Liu, Assistant Professor

Research Areas
Professor Liu studies social neuroendocrinology and its implications for policy and models of health. She investigates how hormones and the modern environment affect the experience of two natural rewards, love and food. In addition, she examines how psychology can inform public policy.
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Teaching Subjects

Lab in Public Policy

Parenting and Child Development

Introduction to Psychology*

Love in an Age of Technology

*Previously named Understanding Behaviour and Cognition

Shian-Ling Keng, Assistant Professor, Head of Studies

Research Areas
Professor Keng’s research interests broadly span three areas: a) efficacy and mechanisms of change of mindfulness-based interventions, b) emotion regulation, and c) cross-cultural presentations of psychopathology, particularly borderline personality disorder and depression.
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Teaching Subjects

Advanced Clinical Psychology

Abnormal Psychology

Psychology of Mindfulness

Paul A O’Keefe, Assistant Professor

Research Areas
Professor O’Keefe investigates how goals are most effectively pursued. He focuses on psychological variables relating to motivation, including implicit self-theories, interest/passion, and self-regulation.
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Teaching Subjects

Introduction to Social Psychology

Lab in Social Psychology

Goals and Motivation

 

Cheung Hoi Shan, Assistant Professor

Research Areas
Professor Cheung studies parenting practices and their influence on children’s social development. Her current work investigates cultural differences in parenting styles and practices, parent-peer dynamics in adolescence, social stratification and children’s self-concept, and academic stress in childhood.
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Teaching Subjects

Developmental Psychology

Parenting and Child Development

Introduction to Psychology*

*Previously named Understanding Behaviour and Cognition

Christopher L Asplund, Assistant Professor

Research Areas
Despite having complex brains with billions of neurons, we are often unaware of events that happen right before our eyes. Professor Asplund conducts behavioral and fMRI-based experiments to understand what such limitations reveal about attention, control, and consciousness.
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Teaching Subjects

Cognitive Psychology

Human Neurosicence

Introduction to Psycology*

*Previously named Understanding Behaviour and Cognition

Vania Yip, Lecturer, Capstone Coordinator

Research Areas
Dr Yip is broadly interested in exploring resilience factors which can enhance the emotional well-being of individuals from the educational, clinical, and organisational settings. Her recent research examined how self-compassion, a frame of mind that promotes being accepting and kind to oneself, helps to mitigate negative emotions during difficult experiences.
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Teaching Subjects

Organizational Psychology

Statistics & Research Methods for Psychology

Quantitative Reasoning

Jeannette Ickovics, Professor, Dean of Faculty

Research Areas
Professor Ickovics investigates the interplay of complex biomedical, behavioural, social and psychological factors that influence individual and community health. She uses this lens to examine challenges faced by those often marginalised by the health care system and by society.
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Teaching Subjects

The Human Condition: Psychology & Health in Literature

Community Health Assessment and Improvement

Social and Behavioural Foundations of Health

Karen Wynn, Visiting Professor

Research Areas
Dr. Wynn’s teaching and research interests lie in the fields of early cognition, on the development of morality and bigotry, and on the mental lives of infants and animals.
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Teaching Subjects

The Origins of Morality and Bigotry

The Mental Lives of Infants and Animals