First Hong Kong Scholars Elected IAAP Fellows

CUHK Professors Elected First IAAP Fellows from Hong Kong for Distinguished Contribution in Applied Psychology

September 2018

Professor Fanny M.C. Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Choh-Ming Li Professor of Psychology, and Professor Hau Kit-tai, Choh-Ming Li Professor of Educational Psychology, have been elected fellows of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP). The two CUHK professors are the first Hong Kong scholars who receive this honour. The rank of Fellow is the highest level of membership in IAAP. It is presented every four years to honour distinguished psychologists who have made substantial contributions to applied psychology.

Professor Cheung remarked, ‘I am honoured to be conferred with the IAAP fellowship. It demonstrates the University’s global impact and research standing in the field of psychology. The Department of Psychology at CUHK has always been committed to the development of psychology of the Chinese people, which raises the awareness of cultural perspectives in mainstream psychology.’

Professor Hau was honoured to be elected as an IAAP Fellow, ‘As cross-cultural psychologists, we try hard to find differences among people from different cultures. But actually they have many more commonalities than differences. For any minor differences that people may have, we should understand and respect them. I am looking forward to cooperating with other IAAP distinguished scholars to promote the science and practice of applied psychology to solve various social problems around the world.’

Professor Fanny M.C. Cheung 
Pioneer of Chinese Personality Assessment

CUHK scholars elected IAAP Fellows
Professor Fanny M.C. Cheung

Professor Cheung plays a leading role in developing and validating culturally relevant assessment tools in applied psychology. She translated the Chinese version of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI and MMPI-2), the most widely used and researched standardised psychometric test of adult personality and psychopathology, and helped standardise the Chinese versions using large-scale representative national samples in China and Hong Kong. She then initiated the research programme to develop the Chinese Personality Assessment Inventory (CPAI), the first comprehensive personality measure in Asia. The CPAI is now recognised as the best indigenously derived personality measure that demonstrates definitive evidence of cultural relevance with incremental validity. The combined etic-emic approach spearheaded by the CPAI inspired the development of other indigenous personality measures in South Africa and Arab countries. Her landmark article in American Psychologist in 2011 served as a call to mainstream psychology to incorporate the voice of non-western cultures in their epistemology and training.


Professor Hau Kit-tai 
Youth Education Expert

CUHK scholars elected IAAP Fellows
Professor Hau Kit-tai

Professor Hau's research areas include motivation, psychometrics, research methodology and large scale educational monitoring. He has published extensively in major international academic journals and spared no effort in contributing to the education sector of Hong Kong and mainland China. Professor Hau actively serves on various advisory boards of the government, secondary schools and voluntary agencies in curriculum and youth development. He has also conducted over 100 national advanced applied statistics workshops in mainland China to promote empirical research in social sciences and education. He is a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) Technical Advisor Group and Strategic Development Group.


About the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP)

Established in 1920, the IAAP is the oldest international association of psychologists and is nowadays supported by over 1,500 members from more than 80 countries who are active in the different disciplines of Psychology through its 18 divisions. Its mission is to promote the science and practice of applied psychology and to facilitate interaction and communication about applied psychology around the world.


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