Symposia & Conferences

To enhance the Department's international exposure and to promote academic exchange, the Department either hosts or sponsors conferences, seminars, symposia, and workshops for psychologists. Recent symposium and conferences include:

U.S.-Hong Kong 2018 Conference: Aging across Time and Contexts (19-20 May 2018)

In the past few years, The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) has successfully co-organized numerous US-China conferences in China, with the aim to foster the development of strong linkages and collaboration between aging researchers in the United States and China. We are very happy to announce that GSA will co-organize the international conference with the CUHK-NCKU Joint Centre for Positive Social Science and the Chinese University of Hong Kong during May 19 – 20, 2018. This conference will provide a differentiated perspective on individual constructions of old age and aging in different life domains across countries, with the aim to foster the development of aging research. The conference expects about 200 attendees.

Besides, a publication workshop with the theme “How to Publish in GSA Journals” will be conducted by Prof Laura Sands, GSA’s Editor-in-Chief of Innovation in Aging and Dr Rachel Pruchno, Editor-in-Chief of The Gerontologist.

Online registration is available on the website. Early bird rates are in effect until April 15.

Association for Reading and Writing in Asia (ARWA) (24-25 February 2017)

On February 24-25, 2017, we launched a new society, called the Association for Reading and Writing in Asia (ARWA). This society was cofounded by a group of researchers interested in cross-linguistic and cross-scriptal literacy development and impairment in Asia. The conference, which took place at the Education University Hong Kong, was cosponsored by the CUHK Psychology Department. The ARWA website can be found here: http://www.psy.cuhk.edu.hk/arwa/ ARWA now has over 100 members worldwide, and the conference was attended by those from several countries and territories, including Mainland China, the Philippines, India, Australia, Singapore, the U.K., Korea, The U.S., Japan, and Hong Kong. The first president of ARWA is Professor Catherine McBride. Thanks to all who attended this inaugural meeting.

The 16th International Conference on Social Dilemmas (23-26 June 2015)

The 16th International Conference on Social Dilemmas was held between 23 and 26 June, 2015 at Esther Lee Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The Conference was a great success both judging from the turnout and the verbal and written feedback from the participants. We had 113 registered participants from 15 countries across 4 continents attending the Conference, with the keynote addresses attracting an additional registration of 27 local academics. These numbers excluded the many non-registered participants who attended the keynote addresses and also the poster session. Altogether there were three keynote addresses delivered by Prof. David Rand of Yale University, Prof. Paul Zak of Claremont Graduate University, and Prof. Marilynn Brewer of Ohio State University and University of New South Wales, one review session delivered by Prof. Norb Kerr of University of Kent in Canterbury and Michigan State University, 73 oral presentations, and 10 poster presentations. Four students received oral presentation awards and one student received a poster presentation award.

This Conference focused on the many aspects and forms of social dilemmas and how they related to our daily functioning and other contemporary issues. Issues such as culture and society, ethics, environmental protection, and group dynamics were discussed. Worthy of note was also the interdisciplinary nature of the Conference – among the participants were psychologists, economists, sociologists, political scientists, neuroscientists as well as experts from other disciplines. The Conference provided an excellent platform for participants to interact with each other. Old bonds were strengthened and new networks were made. Many participants had utilized the opportunity to discuss future joint-efforts in their respective research areas. The organizers were glad to know that the Conference had served as a breeding ground for international collaboration.

The U.S.-Hong Kong 2015 Conference: Putting Aging Research and Clinical Practice in Cultural Context (5-6 January 2015)

The US-Hong Kong 2015 Conference: Putting Aging Research and Clinical Practice in Cultural Context was successfully held on 5 to 6 January, 2015 at the Yasumoto International Academic Park, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. We have around 130 registered participants from 10 countries across 4 continents. This conference focuses on the socio-psychological aspects of aging, with emphases on cross-cultural and multi-method studies. The CUHK Department of Psychology and the Gerontological Society of America joined forces as the main organizers of the conference, with the CUHK Department of Social Work, The Nethorsole School of Nursing, and the Jockey Institute of Ageing as co-organizers. Heartfelt thanks must be given to the CUHK Faculty of Social Science, the CUHK United College, and the Volkswagen Foundation from Germany for their generous financial support that made this conference a success.

Symposium: Pathway to Mental Health Recovery – User Involvement and Peer-led Services (14 & 15 March 2014)

The Symposium: Pathway to Mental Health Recovery – User Involvement and Peer-led Services was held at CUHK on 14 & 15 March 2014. It was hosted by New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association and co-organized by the Department of Psychology, CUHK and the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH). The Symposium was officiated by our Guest of Honor, Mr. Lam Woon Kwong, GBS, JP, Convenor of the Executive Council, HKSAR. Overseas speakers from America, England, Australia and Scotland as well as local experts were invited to give presentations, and over 200 participants from Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Macau and Mainland China attended the symposium. It provided a commendable chance for delegates to meet, network and exchange knowledge and practices on promoting mental health recovery especially on user involvement and peer-led services.

The 20th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Studies of Reading (10-13 July 2013)

The Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR) held its 20th annual meeting at CUHK on 10-13 July 2013. The meeting was co-organized by the Psychology Department of CUHK. SSSR had never held its annual meetings outside North America or Europe, so this was its first time ever in Asia. The meeting consisted of a variety of symposia and poster presentations, focusing on understanding the development of literacy skills, learning to read in a second language, expert reading and reading and writing difficulties such as dyslexia. Nearly 400 participants from 36 countries or territories attended the meeting. (http://www.50.cuhk.edu.hk/en/recap/sssr)

50th Anniversary Event of CUHK and 30th Anniversary Event of the Department of Psychology — Distinguished lecture on "My Journey from Evil to Heroism" by Prof. Philip Zimbardo (29 January 2013)

We are privileged to have invited Prof. Philip Zimbardo, Professor (Emeritus), Department of Psychology, Stanford University, as a guest speaker for the CUHK's 50th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture. It is also listed as one of the celebration activities of the Department's 30th anniversary. Prof. Zimbardo presented a lecture on 'My Journey from Evil to Heroism' on 29 January 2013 in Lecture Theatre 1 at Yasumoto International Academic Park, CUHK, to share insights into exploring and encouraging the psychology of everyday heroes, through which individuals can initiate positive changes in their own lives as well as that of their society as a whole. The lecture got overwhelming response and drew over 600 participants who spilt out onto the corridors of the lecture hall. (http://goo.gl/oyc4Zg)

International Conference on Chinese Voices in Psychology (19 May 2012)

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2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Department of Psychology. The major event of the 30th anniversary took place at Cheng Yu Tung Building, CUHK, on May 19, 2012 with an international conference in which international scholars and our alumni at different stages of their academic career shared their experiences with us. The theme of the day was "Chinese Voices in Psychology". Prof. Paul Lee, Dean of Social Science; Prof. Yuen Sang Leung, College Head of CCC; and Prof. Fanny Cheung, Department Chairperson, officiated at the opening ceremony. More than 150 guests attended the Conference.

The 7th Conference of the International Test Commission (ITC) (July 19-21, 2010)

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Venue: The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Shatin, Hong Kong
Theme: Challenges and Opportunities in Testing and Assessment in a Globalized Economy
  • Developments in psychometrics and test theory for international testing
  • Indigenous, second language, and cross national test development
  • Geotrends in testing: making use of technology advances in test administration and data management
  • Issues of policy, ethics, professionalism and training in multinational testing
  • Test security and privacy concerns when testing internationally

The 2nd Asian Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Conference (20-21 October, 2008)

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Venue: Sasa Patasala, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Organized by:

Faculty of Psychology, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
School of Psychology, The University of Queensland
Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Sixth Chinese Psychologist Conference (11-14 June, 2008)

6th CPC

The Chinese Psychologist Conference (CPC) aims to promote academic exchanges among Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong psychologists. The 1st conference was held at Taiwan University in 1995. The next three took place in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Taipei, respectively. Suzhou, Mainland China hosted the most recent (5th) one, in 2005.
The 6th conference will take place in Hong Kong, from 11-14 June, 2008. The Department of Psychology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong is the main organizer of this conference. Co-organizers include the Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Psychological Society.

The 11th International Conference on Processing Chinese and Other East Asian Languages (Dec 2005)

The 11th International Conference on Processing Chinese and Other East Asian Languages (PCOEAL 2005) was held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from December 9th to 11th, 2005. The conference provided a forum for researchers from all over the world to report original work on any aspect of cognitive processing in the target languages. The aim was to promote discussion of interdisciplinary research into processing major East Asian languages.

1st Asia-Pacific Conference on Trauma Psychology: Life Adversities & Challenges (Nov 2005)

1st Asia-Pacific Conference on Trauma Psychology: Life Adversities & Challenges, co-organized by Department of Psychology, Asian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and Hong Kong Single Parents Association, was held on 13 Nov 2005. It provided a valuable opportunity for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas in the field of trauma psychology.

The Conference on Chronic Drug Abuse in Hong Kong (May 2004)

The Conference on Chronic Drug Abuse in Hong Kong: Latest Findings and Social Relevance, co-organized by Department of Psychology, Department of Sociology, and the Social Welfare Practice and Research Center, Department of Social Work, was held on 15 May 2004. More than 60 researchers and practitioners joined this conference and shared their knowledge in the field of drug abuse.

An International Conference on Neuropsychology:Recent Advances in the East and West (Dec 2003)

An International Conference on Neuropsychology: Recent Advances in the East and West was held from 9 to 12 December 2003. The conference, aimed at creating a forum for professional and scholars in Asian and Western countries to exchanges ideas on Neuropsychology, composed of workshops by world-renowned neuroscientists, and presentations and discussions about some unique researches conducted in China.