Prof CHENG, Sheung-Tak   鄭相德
Chair Professor
Department of Health and Physical Education
Phone No: (852) 2948 6563
Email: takcheng@eduhk.hk
Contact
ORCiD
0000-0003-2923-4217
Phone
(852) 2948 6563
Email
takcheng@eduhk.hk
Scopus ID
7404684775
Research Interest
  • Successful aging
  • Elderly depression and suicide
  • Dementia caregivers
  • Social network
  • Activity therapy
External Appointment

Consultancy in the past 3 years

  • Member, Working Group on Active Ageing, Elderly Commission, HKSAR
  • Advisor, Regional Committee for the Prevention of Suicide in the Elderly, Kowloon West Cluster, Hospital Authority
  • Honorary Advisor, Yan Chai Hospital Elderly Services Division
  • Expert Consultant, United Nations Programme on Ageing

Membership of professional societies

  • Member, Gerontological Society of America
  • Life Member, Mental Health Association of Hong Kong
Professional Profile

Sheung-Tak Cheng is Chair Professor of Psychology and Gerontology. He joined the Hong Kong Institute of Education as the founding Head of the Department of Psychological Studies. Besides, he is also an Honorary Professor at the Gender Studies Program, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and an Honorary Chair at the Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia. In addition, he is an Emeritus Member and Issue Matter Specialist of the Global Council on Brain Health, and formerly an expert consultant to the United Nations Programme on Ageing. Locally, he was founding Vice-President of the Chinese Dementia Research Association and a former member of the Working Group on Active Ageing, Elderly Commission, HKSAR Government.

His primary research foci are family gerontology and dementia care. He has published over 150 articles and has edited a book in successful aging. He has pioneered randomized controlled trials of cognitive leisure activities on delaying cognitive decline and interventions to promote positive aspects of dementia caregiving (i.e., the Benefit-Finding Intervention). His work in these areas had led to invited addresses to the World Health Organizations Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations (December, 2013), the International Congress of Psychology (July, 2016), Alzheimer’s Association (Northern California & Northern Nevada Chapter) Annual Updates on Dementia Conference (May, 2016), and the World Dementia Council Summit (Dec, 2018), among others.

He is Associate Editor of Psychology and Aging (2017- ) and Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being (2001- ), and has been a long-standing editorial board members of several major journals in gerontology, including Aging & Mental Health, Research on Aging, and Journal of Applied Gerontology. He is elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science, and the Gerontological Society of America. He was awarded the Outstanding International Psychologist Award and the Henry David Mentoring Award by APA’s Division 52 in 2007 and 2015 respectively, and was honored in 2008 with the Certificate of Appreciation for Contributions as a Humanitarian Worker that was jointly presented by APA’s Division 48 and Psychologists for Social Responsibility.

Research Interest

  • Successful aging
  • Elderly depression and suicide
  • Dementia caregivers
  • Social network
  • Activity therapy
External Appointment

Consultancy in the past 3 years

  • Member, Working Group on Active Ageing, Elderly Commission, HKSAR
  • Advisor, Regional Committee for the Prevention of Suicide in the Elderly, Kowloon West Cluster, Hospital Authority
  • Honorary Advisor, Yan Chai Hospital Elderly Services Division
  • Expert Consultant, United Nations Programme on Ageing

Membership of professional societies

  • Member, Gerontological Society of America
  • Life Member, Mental Health Association of Hong Kong
Selected Output

Scholarly Books, Monographs and Chapters
Fung, A.W.T., Cheng, S.-T., & Lai, F.H.Y. (2019). Respite care. In D. Gu & M. Dupre M. (Eds.). ., Encyclopedia of gerontology and population aging (.-.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
Márquez-González, M., Cheng, S.-T., & Losada, A. (2019). Coping mechanisms through successful aging. In R. Fernández-Ballesteros, A. Benetos & J.-M. Robine (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of successful aging (401-425). United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
Fok, H.-K., & Cheng, S.-T. (2018). Intimate Relationships and Happiness in Asia: A Critical Review. In M. Demir, & N. Sümer (Eds.), Close Relationships and Happiness across Cultures (55-67). Cham: Springer.
Wakui, T., & Cheng, S.-T. (2017). Filial Responsibility. In N. A. Pachana (Ed.), Encyclopedia of geropsychology (874-881). Singapore: Springer.
Cheng, S.-T., Fung, H. H., Li, L., Li, T., Woo, J., & Chi, I. (2015). Successful aging: Concepts, reflections and its relevance to Asia. S.-T. Cheng, I. Chi, L. W. Li, J. Woo, & H. H. Fung, Successful Aging: Asian Perspectives (1-20). Netherlands: Springer.
Li, T., & Cheng, S.-T. (2015). Family, friends, and subjective well-being: A comparison between the West and Asia. In M. Demir (Ed.), Friendship and Happiness (235-251). Netherlands: Springer.
Cheng, S.-T. (2015). Demographic and family trends in Asia. In S.-T. Cheng, I. Chi, H.H. Fung, L.W. Li, & J. Woo (Eds.), Successful aging: Asian perspectives (pp.21-32). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
Cheng, S.-T., Chi, I., Fung, H.H., Li, L.W., & Woo, J. (2015). Successful aging: Asian perspectives. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
Cheng, S.-T., Li, L.W., Woo, J., Chi, I., & Fung, H.H. (2015). Successful aging in Asia: A concerted effort of the state, the family, and the individual. In S.-T. Cheng, I. Chi, H.H. Fung, L.W. Li, & J. Woo (Eds.), Successful aging: Asian perspectives (pp.339-346). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
Cheng, S.-T., & Chan, J.W.H. (2014). Respect, generational concern, and psychological well-being. In A.C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research (pp.5534-5538). Berlin: Springer.
Cheng, S.-T., & Chan, J.W.H. (2014). Well-being and filial piety. In A.C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research (pp.7046-7050). Berlin: Springer.
Fung, H.H., & Cheng, S.-T. (2010). Psychology of aging in the land of the panda. In M.H. Bond (Ed.), Handbook of Chinese psychology (2nd ed.) (pp.309-326). Hong Kong: Oxford University Press.
Leung, K.-W., Cheng, S.-T., & Ng, S.-S. (2010). Asperger syndrome, humor, and social well-being. In A. Makinen & P. Hajek (Eds.), Psychology and happiness (pp.143-155). New York: Nova Science Publisher.
Phillips, D.R., Chan, A.C.M., & Cheng, S.-T. (2010). Aging in a global context: The Asia-Pacific region. In C. Phillipson & D. Dannefer (Eds.), Handbook of social gerontology (pp.430-446). London: Sage.
Cheng, S.-T., Phillips, D. R., & Chan, A. C. M. (2009). Aging in the Asia-Pacific region: An overview. In E. Palmore, F. Whittington & S. Kunkel (Eds.), International handbook on aging (pp. 29-54). Santa Barbara, California: Praeger.
Cheng, S.-T., & Mak, W.W. (2007). Community psychology in a borrowed place with borrowed time: The case of Hong Kong. In S. Reich, M. Riemer, I. Prilleltensky & M. Montero (Eds.), International community psychology: History and theories (pp. 200-216). New York: Kluwer.
Shong, S.Y.L. & Cheng, S.-T. (2007). Language assessment: A review of cross-cultural issues and the development of an indigenous tool for Hong Kong infants and toddlers. In E. M. Vargios (Ed.), Educational psychology research focus (pp.191-211). New York: Nova Science Publisher.

Journal Publications
Yu, S.F.D., Cheng, S.-T., & Kwok, T. (2021). Developing and testing an integrative theoretical model to predict positive aspects of caregiving among family caregivers of persons with dementia: A study protocol. Journal of Advaned Nursing, 77(1), 401-410.
Cheng, S.-T., Mak, E.P.M., Kwok, T., Fung, H.H., & Lam, L.C.W. (2020). Benefit-finding intervention delivered individually to Alzheimer family caregivers: Longer-term outcomes of a randomized double-blind controlled trial. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 75(9), 1884-1893.
Yu, S.F.D., Cheng, S.-T., Chow, E.O.W., Kwok, T., & Mccormack, B. (2020). Effects of strength-based intervention on health outcomes of family caregivers of persons with dementia: A study protocol. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 76(10), 2737-2746.
Cheng, S.-T. (2020). Will there be a silver lining in the end? Lessons from and reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong and beyond. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 12(S1), S28-S30.
Zhang, F., & Cheng, S.-T. (2020). Does exposure to information about dementia change stigma? An experimental study. Aging & Mental Health, 24(7), 1161-1166.
Cheng, S.-T. (2020). The effect of negative aging self-stereotypes on satisfaction with social support. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 75(5), 981-990.
Cheng, S.-T., & Zhang, F. (2020). A comprehensive meta-review of systematic reviews and meta-analyses on nonpharmacological interventions for informal dementia caregivers. BMC Geriatrics, 20: 137, pp. 1-24.
Cheng, S.-T., Chen, P.P., Chow, Y.F., Chung, J.W.Y., Law, A,C.B., Lee, J.S.W., Leung, E.M.F., & Tam, C.W.C. (2020). Developing a Short Multidimensional Measure of Pain Self-efficacy: The Chronic Pain Self-efficacy Scale-Short Form. The Gerontologist, 60(3), e127-e136.
Au, A., Lai, D.W.L., Biggs, S., Cheng, S.-T., Haapala-Biggs, I., Chow, A., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2020). Perspective-taking interventions for intergenerational caregivers of Alzheimer’s disease: A randomized controlled trial. Research on Social Work Practice, 30(3), 306-319.
Au, A., Lai, S., Wu, W., Hofer, J., Busch, H., Solcova, I.P., Tavel, P., & Cheng, S.-T. (2020). Generativity and positive emotion in older adults: Mediation of achievement and altruism goal attainment across three cultures. Journal of Happiness Studies, 21(2), 677-692.
Cheng, S.-T., & Haley, W.E. (2020). Coping with cognitive impairment and family caregiving: Introduction to the special section. Psychology and Aging, 35(1), 1-7.
Cheng, S.-T., Li, K.-K., Losada, A., Zhang, F., Au, A., Thompson, L.W., Gallager-Thompson, D. (2020). The effectiveness of nonpharmacological interventions for informal dementia caregivers: An updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychology and Aging, 35(1), 55-77.
Au, A., Yip, H.-M., Lai, S., Ngai, S., Cheng, S.-T., Losada, A., Thompson, L., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2019). Telephone-based behavioral activation intervention for dementia family caregivers: Outcomes and mediation effect of a randomized controlled trial. Patient Education and Counseling, 102(11), 2049-2059.
Cheng, S.-T., Chen, P.P., Chow, Y.F., Chung, J.W.Y., Law, A.C.B., Lee, J.S.W., Leung, E.M.F., & Tam, C.W.C. (2019). The Pain Catastrophizing Scale—short form: Psychometric properties and threshold for identifying high-risk individuals. International Psychogeriatrics, 31(11), 1665-1674.
Cheng, J.O.S., & Cheng, S.-T. (2019). Effectiveness of physical and cognitive-behavioural intervention programmes for chronic musculoskeletal pain in adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. PLoS One, 14(10), e0223367.
Yu, D.S.-F., Li, P.W., Zhang, F., Cheng, S.-T., Ng, T.K., & Judge, K.S. (2019). The effects of a dyadic strength-based empowerment programs on the health outcomes of people with mild cognitive impairment and their family caregivers: A randomized controlled trial. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 14, 1705-1717.
Cheng, S.-T., Chan, W.C., & Lam, L.C.W. (2019). Long-term outcomes of the benefit-finding group intervention for Alzheimer family caregivers: A cluster-randomized double-blind controlled trial. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27(9), 984-994.
Cheng, S.-T., Ma, D.Y., & Lam, L.C.W. (2019). A brief measure of predeath grief in dementia caregivers: The Caregiver Grief Questionnaire. International Psychogeriatrics, 31(8), 1099-1107.
Steffen, A.M., Gallagher-Thompson, D., Arenella, K., Au, A., Cheng, S.-T., Crespo, M., Cristancho-Lacroix, V., Lopez, J., Losada, A., Marquez-Gonzalez, M., Nogales-Gonzalez, C., & Romero-Moreno, R. (2019). Validating the Revised Scale for Caregiving Self-Efficacy: A cross-national review. The Gerontologist, 59(4), e325-e342.
Cheng, S.-T., Au, A., Losada, A., Thompson, L.W., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2019). Psychological interventions for dementia caregivers: What we have achieved, what we have learned. Current Psychiatry Reports, 21(7), 59, pp., 1-12.
Fung, A.W.T., Lee, A.T.C., Cheng, S.-T., & Lam, L.C.W. (2019). Loneliness interacts with family relationship in relation to cognitive function in Chinese older adults. International Psychogeriatrics, 31(4), 467-475.
Cheng, C.P., Cheng, S.-T., Tam, C.W., Chan, W.-C., Chu, W.C., & Lam, L.C. (2018). Relationship between cortical thickness and neuropsychological performance in normal older adults and those with mild cognitive impairment. Aging and Disease, 9(6), 1020-1030.
Cheng, S-T. (2018). Therapeutic mechanism(s) of the benefit-finding intervention for dementia caregivers: a reply to Cantó. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 26(12), 1281-1282.
Cheng, C.P., Lam, L.C.W., & Cheng, S.-T. (2018). The effects of integrated attention training for older Chinese adults with subjective cognitive complaints: A randomized controlled study. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 37(10), 1195-1214.
Cheng, S.-T., Leung, C.M.C., Chan, K.L., Chen, P.P., Chow, Y.F., Chung, J.W.Y., Law, A.C.B., Lee, J.S.W., Leung, E.M.F., & Tam, C.W. (2018). The relationship of self-efficacy to catastrophizing and depressive symptoms in community-dwelling older adults with chronic pain: A moderated mediation model. PLoS One, 13(9), e0203964.
Cheng, S.-T., & Lam, L.C.W. (2018). Improving diagnostic communication in dementia. International Psychogeriatrics, 30(8), 1149-1152.
Cheng, S.T. (2018). The Principles and Techniques of Benefit-Finding for Dementia Caregivers: Reply to Gersdorf. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 26(3), 405-406.
Yu, D.S.F., Cheng, S.-T., & Wang, J. (2018). Unraveling positive aspects of caregiving in dementia: An integrative review of research literature. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 79, 1-26.
Chung, L.M.Y., Fong, S.S.M., Ma, A.W.W., Cheng, S.T. (2018). Integration of behavioural feedback in web-based systems nutrition learning among university students. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 10.1111/jcal.12249, 1-8.
Cheng, S.T., Chan, K.L., Lam, R.W.L., Mok, M.H.T., Chen, P.P., Chow, Y.F., Chung, J.W.Y., Law, A. C.B., Lee, J.S.W., Leung, E.M.F., & Tam, C.W.C. (2017). A multicomponent intervention for the management of chronic pain in older adult: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 18 (1), 528-.
Cheng, S.-T. (2017). Dementia caregiver burden: A research update and critical analysis. Current Psychiatry Reports, 19(9), art. no. 64, 1-8.
Cheng, S.-T. (2017). Self-perception of aging and satisfaction with children’s support. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 72(5), 782-791.
Li, K.-K., Ng, L., Cheng, S.-T., Fung, H.H. (2017). Reverse message-framing effects on accelerometer-assessed physical activity among older outpatients with Type 2 diabetes. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 39(3), 222-227.
Xing, C., Zhang, X., & Cheng, S.-T. (2017). Would more social partners lead to enhanced health? The paradox between quantity and quality. PsyCh Journal, 6(3), 219-227.
Cheng, S.-T., Mak, E.P.M., Fung, H.H., Kwok ,T., Lee, D.T.F., & Lam, L.C.W. (2017). Benefit-finding and Effect on Caregiver Depression: A Double-blind Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85(5), 521-529.
Lu, H., Ma, S.L., Wong, S.W.H., Tam, C.W.C., Cheng, S.-T., Chan, S.S.M., & Lam, L.C.W. (2017). Aberrant Interhemispheric Functional Connectivity within Default Mode Network and its Relationships with Neurocognitive Features in Cognitively Normal APOE ϵ 4 Elderly Carriers. International Psychogeriatrics, 29(5), 805-814.
Hou, W. K., Lau, K. M., Ng, S. M., Cheng, S. T., Shum, T. C. Y., Cheng, A. C. K., & Cheung, H. Y. S. (2017). Savoring moderates the association between cancer-specific physical symptoms and depressive symptoms. Psycho-Oncology, 26, 231-238.
Cheng, S.-T. (2016). Cognitive Reserve and the Prevention of Dementia: The Role of Physical and Cognitive Activities. Current Psychiatry Reports, 18:85, 1-12.
Cheng, S.-T., Fung, H. H., Chan, W. C., & Lam, L. C. W. (2016). Short-term effects of a gain-focused reappraisal intervention for dementia caregivers: A double-blind cluster-randomized controlled trial. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 24(9), 740-750.
Cheng, S.-T., Mak, E.P.M., Lau, R.W.L., Ng, N.S.S. & Lam, L.C.W (2016). Voice of Alzheimer Caregivers on Positive Aspects of Caregiving. The Gerontologist, 56(3), 451-460.
Cheng, C.P.W., Chan, S.S.M., Mak, A.D.P., Chan, W.C., Cheng, S.-T., Shi, L., Wang, D., & Lam, L.C.W. (2015). Would Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) Enhance the Effect of Working Memory Training in Older Adults with Mild Neurocognitive Disorder due to Alzheimer’s Disease: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. Trials, 16(479), .-.
Fung, H. H., Li, T., Zhang, X., Sit, I. M. I., Cheng, S.-T., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2015). Positive portrayals of old age do not always have positive consequences. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences, 70(6), 913-924.
Lou, W., Shi, L., Wang, D., Tam, C.W.C., Chu, W.C.W., Mok, V.C.T., Cheng, S.-T. & Lam, L.C.M. (2015). Decreased Activity with Increased Background Network Efficiency in Amnestic MCI during a Visuospatial Working Memory Task. Human Brain Mapping, 36(9), 3387-3403.
Cheng, S.-T., Tsui, P. K., & Lam, J. H. M. (2015). Improving mental health in health care practitioners: Randomized controlled trial of a gratitude intervention. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83(1), 177-186.
Cheng, S.-T. (2014). Double compression: A vision for compressing morbidity and caregiving in dementia. The Gerontologist, 54(6), 901-908.
Cheng, S.-T., Lau, R.W.L., Mak, E.P.M., Ng, N.S.S., Lam, L.C.W. (2014). Benefit-finding intervention for Alzheimer caregivers: Conceptual framework, implementation issues, and preliminary efficacy. The Gerontologist, 54(6), 1049-1058.
Wong, A., Cheng, S.-T., Lo, E.S.K., Kwan, P.W.L., Law, L.S.N., Chan, A.Y.Y., Wong, L.K.S., & Mok, V. (2014). Validity and reliability of the Neuropsychiatric Inventory Questionnaire Version (NPI-Q) in stroke or transient ischemic attack patients with cognitive impairment. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 27(4), 247-252.
Cheng, S.-T., Kwok, T., & Lam, L.C.W. (2014). Dimensionality of burden in Alzheimer caregivers: Confirmatory factor analysis and correlates of the Zarit Burden Interview. International Psychogeriatrics, 26(9), 1455-1463.
Cheng, S.-T., Leung, E.M.F., & Chan, T.W.S. (2014). Physical and social activities mediate the associatons between social network types and ventilatory function in Chinese older adults. Health Psychology, 33(6), 524-534.
Cheng, S.-T. (2014). Response to Park's letter to the editor. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22(5), 524-525.
Cheng, S.-T (2014). Defining successful aging: The need to distinguish between pathways and outcomes. International Psychogeriatrics, 26(4), 527-531.
Cheng, S.-T., Chow, P.K., Song, Y.-Q., Yu, E.C.S., & Lam, J.H.M. (2014). Can leisure activities slow dementia progression in nursing home residents? A cluster-randomized controlled trial. International Psychogeriatrics, 26(4), 637-643.
Wong, A., Cheng, S. T., Lo, E. S. K., Kwan, P. W. L., Law, L. S. N., Chan, A. Y. Y., Wong, L. K. S., & Mok, V. (2014). Validity and Reliability of the Neuropsychiatric Inventory Questionnaire Version in Patients With Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack Having Cognitive Impairment (doi: 10.1177/0891988714532017). Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, Retrieved from http://jgp.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/04/23/0891988714532017.abstract, online publication, online.
Hui, A.N.N., Yeung, D.Y.L., Sue-Chan, C., Chan, K., Hui, D.C.K., & Cheng, S.-T (2014). Gains and losses in creative personality as perceived by adults across the lifespan. Developmental Psychology, 50(3), 709-713.
Li, K.-K., Cheng, S.-T., & Fung, H.H. (2014). Effects of message framing on self-report and accelerometer-assessed physical activity across age and gender groups. Journal of Sports and Exercise Psychology, 36(1), 40-51.
Cheng, S.-T., Chan, T.W.S., Li, G.H.K., & Leung, E.M.F (2014). Childlessness and subjective well-being in Chinese widowed persons. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 69(1), 48-52.
Cheng, S.-T., Chow, P.K., Song, Y.-Q., Yu, E.C.S., Chan, A.C.M., Lee, T.M.C., & Lam, J.H.M. (2014). Mental and physical activities delay cognitive decline in persons with dementia. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22(1), 63-74.
Chou, K.-L., Zarit, S.H., & Cheng, S.-T. (2014). Families and well-being in East Asia: A special section. Aging & Mental Health, 18(1), 1-3.
Chan, K., Hui, A., Cheng, S.-T., & Ng, Y.-L. (2013). Perceptions of age and creativity in the workforce. The Journal of Creative Behavior, 47, 256-272.
Cheng, S.-T., Lam, L.C.W., Kwok, T., Ng, N.S.S., & Fung, A.W.T. (2013). The social networks of Hong Kong Chinese family caregivers of Alzheimer's disease: Correlates with positive gains and burden. The Gerontologist, 53(6), 998-1008.
Cheng, S.-T., Chou, K. L., & Zarit, S.H. (2013). Dementia in Asia: Introduction to a special section. Aging & Mental Health, 17(8), 911-914.
Cheng, S.-T., Ip, I.N., Kwok, T. (2013). Caregiver forgiveness is associated with less burden and potentially harmful behaviors. Aging & Mental Health, 17(8), 930-934.
Cheng, S.-T., Yu, E.C.S., Chan, L.K., & Wong, M.M.L. (2013). Brief Geriatric Depression Scale as a measure of change in level of depression. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 28(11), 1207.
Cheng, S.-T., Lam, L.C.W., & Kwok, T. (2013). Neuropsychiatric symptom clusters of Alzheimer's disease in Hong Kong Chinese: Correlates with caregiver burden and depression. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 21(10), 1029-1037.
Cheng, S.-T., Lum, T., Lam, L.C.W., & Fung, H.H. (2013). Hong Kong: Embracing a fast aging society with limited welfare. The Gerontologist, 53(4), 527-533.
Cheng, S.-T., Lam, L.C.W., & Kwok, T., Ng, N.S.S., Fung, A.W.T. (2013). Self-efficacy is associated with less burden and more gains from behavioral problems of alzheimer’s disease in Hong Kong Chinese caregivers. The Gerontologist, 53(1), 71-80.
Lam, L.C.W., & Cheng, S.-T. (2013). Maintaining long-term adherence to lifestyle interventions for cognitive health in later life. International Psychogeriatrics, 25(2), 171-173.
Cheng, S.-T., Chow, P.K., Yu, E.C.S., & Chan, A.C.M. (2012). Leisure activities alleviate depressive symptoms in nursing home residents with very mild or mild dementia. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20(10), 904-908.
Cheng, S.-T., Lam, L.C.W., & Kwok, T. (2012). Neuropsychiatric symptom clusters of Alzheimer’s disease in Hong Kong Chinese: Prevalence and confirmatory factor analysis of the Neuropsychiatric Inventory. International Psychogeriatrics, 24(9), 1465-1473.
Cheng, S.-T., Lau, R.W.L., Mak, E.P.M., Ng, N.S.S., Lam, L.C.W., Fung, H.H., Lai, J.C.L., Kwok, T., & Lee, D.T.F. (2012). A benefit-finding intervention for family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer disease: Study protocol of a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 13, 98.
Cheng, S.-T., Yip, L.C.Y., Jim, O.T.T., & Lau, A.N.N. (2012). Self-perception of aging and acute medical events in chronically institutionalized middle-aged and older persons with schizophrenia. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27(9), 907-913.
Lau, R.W.L., & Cheng, S.-T. (2012). Gratitude orientation reduces death anxiety but not positive and negative affect. OMEGA: Journal of Death and Dying, 66(1), 79-88.
Cheng, S.-T., Lam, L.C.W., & Chow, P.K. (2012). Under-recognition of dementia in long-term care homes in Hong Kong. Aging & Mental Health, 16, 516-520.
Lau, R.W.L., & Cheng, S.-T. (2011). Gratitude lessens death anxiety. European Journal of Ageing, 8(3), 169-175.
Cheng, S.-T., Lam, L.C.W., Chan, L.C.K., Law, A.C.B., Fung, A.W.T., Chan, W., Tam, C.W.C., & Chan, W. (2011). The effects of exposure to scenarios about dementia on stigma and attitudes toward dementia care in a Chinese community. International Psychogeriatrics, 23, 1433-1441.
Cheng, S.-T., Lee, K.-K., Leung, E.M.F., & Chan, A.C.M. (2011). Social exchanges and subjective well being: Do sources of positive and negative exchanges matter?. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 66, 708-718.
Cheng, S.-T., & Li, K.-K. (2010). Combining major life events and recurrent hassles in the assessment of stress in Chinese adolescents:. Psychological Assessment, 22, 532-538.
Cheng, S.-T., Lee, C.K.L. & Chow, P.K. (2010). Social support and psychological well-being of nursing home residents in Hong Kong. International Psychogeriatrics, 22, 1185-1190.
Cheng, S.-T., Yu, E. C. S., Lee, S. Y., Wong, J. Y. H., Lau, K. H., Chan, L. K., Chan, H., & Wong, M. W. L. (2010). The Geriatric Depression Scale as a screening tool for depression and suicide ideation: A replication. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 18(3), 256-265.
Cheng, Sheung-Tak; Mak, Emily P. M.; Fung, Helene H.; Kwok, Timothy; Lee, Diana T. F.; Lam, Linda C. W. (2010). Benefit-finding and effect on caregiver depression: A double-blind randomized controlled trial. Journal of Counsulting and Clinical Psychology, 85, 521-529.
Chow, P.K., & Cheng, S.-T. (2010). Shame, internalized heterosexism, lesbian identity, and coming out to others: A comparative study of lesbians in mainland China. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 57(1), 92-104.
Cheng, S.-T., Lee, C. K. L., Chan, A. C. M., Leung, E. M. F., & Lee, J.-J. (2009). Social network types and subjective well-being in Chinese older adults. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 64B(6), 713-722.
Cheng, S.-T., & Heller, K. (2009). Global aging: Challenges for community psychology. American Journal of Community Psychology, 44(1-2), 161-173.
Cheng, S.-T., & Siankam, B. (2009). The impacts of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and socioeconomic development on the living arrangements of older. American Journal of Community Psychology, 44(1-2), 136-147.
Cheng, S.-T., Fung, H. H., & Chan, A. C. M. (2009). Self-perception and psychological well-being: The benefits of foreseeing a worse future. Psychology and Aging, 24(3), 623-633.
Shong, S. Y. L., & Cheng, S.-T. (2009). Development of a screening instrument for early language delay in Hong Kong Chinese: A preliminary study. The Journal of Genetic Psychology, 170(3), 193-196.
Cheng, S.-T. (2009). Generativity in later life: Perceived respect from younger generations as a determinant of goal. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 64B(1), 45-54.
Cheng, S.-T. (2009). The social networks of nursing-home residents in Hong Kong. Ageing & Society, 29, 163-178.
Cheng, S.-T., & Chan, A.C.M. (2008). Detecting depression in mildly demented Chinese adults: The Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale. Psychiatry Research, 159, 44-49.
Cheng, S.-T., & Chan, A.C.M. (2008). Validity of the GDS-4 revisited. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 13, 621-626.
Cheng, S.-T., & Kwan, K.W.K. (2008). Attachment dimensions and contingencies of self-worth: The moderating role of culture. Personality and Individual Differences, 45, 509-514.
Cheng, S.-T., & Yim, Y.-K. (2008). Age differences in forgiveness: The role of future time perspective. Psychology and Aging, 23, 676-680.
Cheng, S.-T., Chan, W., & Chan, A.C.M. (2008). Older people’s realisation of generativity in a changing society: The case of Hong Kong. Ageing & Society, 28, 609-627.
Cheng, S.-T., Cheung, K.C.C., & Cheung, C. (2008). Peer victimization and depression among Hong Kong adolescents. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 64, 766-776.
Cheng, S.-T., Fung, H.H., & Chan, A.C.M. (2008). Living status and psychological well-being: Social comparison as a moderator in later life. Aging & Mental Health, 12, 654-661.
Got, I.L.S., & Cheng, S.-T. (2008). The effects of art facilitation on the social functioning of people with developmental disability. Art Therapy, 25, 50-55.
Cheng, S.-T., & Chan, A.C.M. (2007). Multiple pathways from stress to suicidality and the protective effect of social support in Hong Kong adolescents. Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, 37, 187-196.
Cheng, S.-T., & Chan, A.C.M. (2007). Withdrawal, apathy and lack of vigor in later life: Effect on the diagnosis of depression. Aging & Mental Health, 11, 532-537.
Cheng, S.-T., Fung, H.H., & Chan, A. (2007). Maintaining self-rated health through social comparison in old age. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 62B, P277-P285.
Cheng, S.-T. (2006). Negative emotions make positive emotions more salient in well-being appraisal. Personality and Individual Differences, 40, 557-567.
Cheng, S.-T., & (2006). Relationship with others and life satisfaction in later life: Do gender and widowhood make a difference?. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 61B, P46-P53.
Cheng, S.-T., & Chan, A.C.M. (2006). Filial piety and psychological well-being in well older Chinese. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 61B, P262-P269.
Cheng, S.-T., & Chan, A.C.M. (2006). Social support and self-rated health:Is there a gender difference in later life?. Social Science & Medicine, 63, 118-122.
Cheng, S.-T., Chan, A.C.M., & Fung, H.H. (2006). Factorial structure of a short version of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 21, 333-336.
Cheng, S.-T., Chan, A.C.M., & Yu, E.C.S. (2006). An exploratory study of the effects of mahjong on the cognitive functioning of persons with dementia. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 21, 611-617.
Tse, M.C., & Cheng, S.-T. (2006). Depression reduces forgiveness selectively as a function of relationship closeness and transgression. Personality and Individual Differences, 40, 1133-1141.

Conference Papers
Wong, S., Cheng, R. W-Y., Chu, W. C-W, Kennedy, K., Wang, D., and Cheng, S-T. (2015, June). The gender difference in the decision-making ability of adolescents: an fMRI study. 21st Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Honolulu, United States.
Wong, S., Cheng, R. W, Chu, W. C., Kennedy, K., Wang, D. & Cheng, S-T (2013, June). Neural mechanism of the undermining effect in adolescents. The 19th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Seattle, USA.
Cheng, S.-T. (2011, June). The effects of cognitive stimulation and physical exercise on the cognitive performance of nursing home. Paper presented at the International Society of Advanced Care Planning and End of Life Care Conference, London, U.K.
Cheng, S.-T. (2010, December). Social support and depression in nursing home residents in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the 2nd HK/UK Joint Psychiatrist Conference, Hong Kong.
Cheng, S.-T. (2010, July). The effects of social exchanges depend on relationship types: A study of Chinese older adults. Paper presented at the 20th International Congress of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Melbourne, Australia.
Cheng, S. T. (2010, June). Caregiver depression: The role of cognitive and noncognitive symptoms of dementia. Invited paper presented at Hong Kong Psychological Society Annual Conference 2010, Hong Kong.
Cheng, S. T. (2010, June). Global trends in dementia: Implications for psychologists. Plenary address to Hong Kong Psychological Society Annual Conference 2010, Hong Kong.
Cheng, S. T. (2010, May). Every cloud has a silver lining: A positive approach to helping dementia caregivers. Paper presented at the 1st Alzheimer’s Disease Conference, Hong Kong.
Cheng, S. T. (2009, December). Empowering caregivers: A key to successful dementia care. Plenary address to the 1st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Chinese Dementia Research Association, Hong Kong.
Cheng, S. T. (2009, November). Social exchanges and psychological well-being: Do sources of positive and negative exchanges matter?. Paper presented at the 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Atlanta, United States.
Cheng, S. T. (2009, July). Older persons and disasters. Invited Symposium Chair, 19th World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Paris.
Cheng, S. T. (2009, July). Older persons in disasters: A focus on developing countries. Paper presented at the 19th World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Paris.

Creative and Literary Works, Consulting Reports and Case Studies
Cheng, S.-T., Chan, A. C. M., & Phillips, D. R. (2008). Ageing trends in the Asia and the Pacific. In United Nations Department of Economic and. New York: United Nations.

Project

Nonpharmacological Interventions for Informal Caregivers: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Effects on Symptoms and Functioning of Persons with Dementia
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Project Start Year: 2021, Principal Investigator(s): CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德
 
Interventions for Sarcopenia in Older Adults: A Pilot Study
We propose a pilot study to compare the effectiveness of an exercise program and nutrition intervention on improving muscle mass, muscle strength and physical performance in Chinese older adults who meet the Asian Working Group of Sarcopenia (AWGS) criteria for sarcopenia.
Project Start Year: 2017, Principal Investigator(s): LAW PUI SZE QUEENIE 羅佩詩 (CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德 as Co-Investigator)
 
The Management of Chronic Pain in Older Adults: Randomized Controlled Trial of a Physical and Cognitive-behavioral Intervention Program
BACKGROUND: Pain is very common among older adults. Studies elsewhere have shown that physical interventions and psychological methods based on the cognitive-behavioral approach are both effective in alleviating pain. Yet, evidence-based pain management program for older people in Hong Kong is lacking. especially one that incorporates psychological methods. In view of the aging of the population and the prevalence of chronic pain in older adults, there is a need to put together a comprehensive p . . .
Project Start Year: 2016, Principal Investigator(s): CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德
 
The Prevalence of Chronic Pain and Depression among Chinese Older Adults in Hong Kong
Background: Pain is very common among older adults. Yet, evidence-based pain management services in Hong Kong that address the special needs of the older population are barely existent. One important barrier that hinders the progress in pain management among the elderly is the lack of an effective screening program for psychiatric distress, such as depression, among pain-suffering older adults. Objectives: To: (1) compare the assessment of pain in elderly patients as rated by family caregive . . .
Project Start Year: 2015, Principal Investigator(s): CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德
 
Age Differences in Cognitive Control and Daily Control Strategies and Emotional Experiences: Implications on Physical and Emotional Health
This project aims to investigate age differences in cognitive control, and control strategies and emotional experiences in daily life, and how these processes impact physical and emotional health over time. In-depth understanding of our everyday experiences is essential for the study of human stress resilience. Older adults relative to younger adults demonstrate higher cortisol levels, report higher positive affect and lower negative affect, and are more motivated to enhance positive emotional s . . .
Project Start Year: 2014, Principal Investigator(s): HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳 (CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德 as Co-Investigator)
 
Relieving Pain in Older Adults: A Community-based Geriatric Pain Management Project
Due to the non-life-threatening nature of pain, pain management in Hong Kong has never been a public health priority and it is hardly seen on the agenda of healthcare planning. With rapidly aging populations, the global number of people suffering from pain is expected to increase sharply in the decades to come. The urgency to increase professional, government and public awareness of pain in older persons, and to develop better pain management strategies for them is more than apparent. Currentl . . .
Project Start Year: 2014, Principal Investigator(s): CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德
 
The Role of Coping Flexibility and Its Underlying Mechanism in Chronic Pain Adjustment: A Longitudinal Study
Chronic pain is highly prevalent and remarkably intractable. Medication regimens to control chronic pain and to reduce associated disability have been shown to be insufficient. Pain management strategies that incorporate psychological interventions (e.g., cognitive-behavioral treatment), however, have been shown to be effective in improving patients’ functioning. Most of the evidence on the cognitive-behavioral model of chronic pain supports the pivotal role of pain coping in chronic pain adjust . . .
Project Start Year: 2014, Principal Investigator(s): WONG, Wing Sze 黃穎詩 (CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德 as Co-Investigator)
 
Toward an Integrative Model of Alzheimer Caregiver Stress: Grief and Burden as Different Pathways to Depression
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Project Start Year: 2014, Principal Investigator(s): CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德
 
Cognitive reserve and the prevention of dementia: The role of physical and cognitive activities
Purpose of Review: The article discusses the two most significant modifiable risk factors for dementia, namely, physical inactivity and lack of stimulating cognitive activity, and their effects on developing cognitive reserve. Recent Findings: Both of these leisure-time activities were associated with significant reductions in the risk of dementia in longitudinal studies. In addition, physical activity, particularly aerobic exercise, is associated with less age-related gray and white matter loss . . .
Project Start Year: 2012, Principal Investigator(s): CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德
 
Savoring moderates the association between cancer-specific physical symptoms and depressive symptoms
This study investigated the associations of savoring with cancer-specific physical symptoms, psychological distress, and psychological well-being and the moderating effect of savoring in the associations between physical symptoms and psychological outcomes among cancer patients. Methods: A total of 263 Chinese adults recently diagnosed with cancer (mean time since diagnosis = 43.72 days, SD = 38.20) were recruited and administered a questionnaire assessing cancer-specific physical symptoms, perc . . .
Project Start Year: 2012, Principal Investigator(s): HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳 (CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德 as Co-Investigator)
 
The Role of Social Cognition in Support Provision and Adjustment in Cancer Caregiving: A Longitudinal Analysis
Advances in treatment have substantially prolonged the lifespan of people with cancer. As cancer care shifts from hospitals to home or community settings, family caregivers face the difficulty of providing various kinds of support. They also shoulder the life-and-death responsibility for the patients. Despite the need to support cancer caregivers and reduce the risks of poor adjustment among them, very little research has been conducted in Chinese societies. This 12-month prospective study aims . . .
Project Start Year: 2012, Principal Investigator(s): HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳 (CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德 as Co-Investigator)
 
The Role of Social Cognition in Support Provision and Adjustment in Cancer Caregiving: A Longitudinal Analysis
Advances in treatment have substantially prolonged the lifespan of people with cancer. As cancer care shifts from hospitals to home or community settings, family caregivers face the difficulty of providing various kinds of support. They also shoulder the life-and-death responsibility for the patients. Despite the need to support cancer caregivers and reduce the risks of poor adjustment among them, very little research has been conducted in Chinese societies. This 12-month prospective study aims . . .
Project Start Year: 2012, Principal Investigator(s): HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳 (CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德 as Co-Investigator)
 
Voices of Alzheimer caregivers on positive aspects of caregiving.
Purpose: To discover positive gains as constructed by family caregivers of relatives with Alzheimer's disease. Design and Methods: Fifty-seven Hong Kong Chinese primary caregivers provided 669 diary recordings over an 8-week period, describing daily events and experiences in which positive gains were achieved. The diaries were analyzed independently by two researchers using thematic analysis. Results: Ten themes related to positive gains were identified: (a) insights about dementia and acceptanc . . .
Project Start Year: 2011, Principal Investigator(s): CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德
 
A Benefit-finding Intervention for Family Caregivers of Persons with Alzheimer Disease
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Project Start Year: 2010, Principal Investigator(s): CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德
 
Aberrant interhemispheric functional connectivity within default mode network and its relationships with neurocognitive features in cognitively normal APOE ϵ 4 elderly carriers
Background: Default mode network (DMN) is vulnerable to the effects of APOE genotype. Given the reduced brain volumes and APOE ϵ 4-related brain changes in elderly carriers, it is less known that whether these changes would influence the functional connectivity and to what extent. This study aimed to examine the functional connectivity within DMN, and its diagnostic value with age-related morphometric alterations considered. Methods: Whole brain and seed-based resting-state functional connectiv . . .
Project Start Year: 2010, Principal Investigator(s): LU, Hanna (CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德 as Co-Investigator)
 
Benefit-finding and effect on caregiver depression: A double-blind randomized controlled trial.
Objective: To examine the effects of using cognitive reappraisal to find positive gains on caregivers' depressive symptoms, burden, and psychological well-being. Method: Ninety-six caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease were randomly assigned to receive a benefit-finding intervention or 1 of 2 treatment-as-usual conditions, namely, simplified psychoeducation (lectures only; SIM-PE) or standard psychoeducation (STD-PE). Each participant received 4 biweekly interventions of 3 hr each, over . . .
Project Start Year: 2010, Principal Investigator(s): CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德
 
Caregiver Burden, Depression, and Social Support: Relations to Dementia Severity and Behavioral, Cognitive and Functional Problems in Persons with Alzheimer Disease
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Project Start Year: 2010, Principal Investigator(s): CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德
 
Short-term effects of a gain-focused reappraisal intervention for dementia caregivers: A double-blind cluster-randomized controlled trial.
Objective: To examine the effects of a benefit-finding intervention, the key feature being the use of gain-focused reappraisal strategies to find positive meanings and benefits in caring for someone with dementia. Methods: In a cluster-randomized, double-blind, controlled trial conducted in social centers and clinics, 129 caregivers aged 18 + and without cognitive impairment, providing at least 14 care hours per week to a relative with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer disease, and scoring ≥ 3 on the H . . .
Project Start Year: 2010, Principal Investigator(s): CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德
 
A Benefit-finding Intervention for Family Caregivers of Persons with Alzheimer Disease
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Project Start Year: 2009, Principal Investigator(s): CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德
 
A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Therapeutic Effects of Tai Chi and Mahjong on Older Persons with Cognitive Impairment
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Project Start Year: 2008, Principal Investigator(s): CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德