Dr HOU, Wai Kai   侯維佳
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Centre Director
Centre for Psychosocial Health
Phone No: (852) 2948 8841
Email: wkhou@eduhk.hk
Contact
ORCiD
0000-0003-1402-2318
Phone
(852) 2948 8841
Email
wkhou@eduhk.hk
Scopus ID
35147323500
Research Interest

Emotion

Health Psychology

Social and Affective Neuroscience

Stress Adaptation and Resilience in Everyday Life

Professional Profile

In his work, Dr Wai-Kai Hou seeks to integrate multiple levels of analyses for explicating the psychology and ecology of stress. His current research focuses on understanding everyday processes and mechanisms pertinent to adaptation and resilience. Other topics he focuses on include emotional processes and flexibility, social determinants of mental health, and psychological and social adaptation among people with chronic medical conditions and their caregivers.

Research Interest

Emotion

Health Psychology

Social and Affective Neuroscience

Stress Adaptation and Resilience in Everyday Life

Selected Output

Scholarly Books, Monographs and Chapters
Hobfoll, S. E., Hall, B. J., & Hou, W. K. (2020). Addressing the Immediate Aftermath of Mass Casualty: Focusing on Long Term History and Vulnerability. E. Vermetten, I. Frankova, L. Carmi, O. Chaban, & J. Zohar, Risk Management of Terrorism Induced Stress: Guidelines for the Golden Hours (Who, What and When) (145-151). Amsterdam: IOS Press BV.
Hou, W. K., Hall, B. J., & Hobfoll, S. E. (2018). Drive to thrive: A theory of resilience following loss. In N. Morina & A. Nickerson (Eds.), Mental Health in Refugee and Post-Conflict Populations (111-133). Cham: Springer.
Hou, W. K. (2010). Distinct and common issues in the psychosocial adaptation to cancer across cultures. In J. E. Jenkins (Ed.), Colorectal Cancer: Risk, Diagnosis and Treatments (1-50). New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Journal Publications
Hou, W. K., Lee, T. M. C., Liang, L., Li, T. W., Liu, H., Ettman, C. K., & Galea, S. (2022). Civil unrest, COVID-19 stressors, anxiety, and depression in the acute phase of the pandemic: a population-based study in Hong Kong. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, -, .
Liang, L., Ben-Ezra, M., Chan, E.W.W., Liu, H., Lavenda, O., & Hou, W.K. (2021). Psychometric evaluation of the Adjustment Disorder New Module-20 (ADNM-20): A multi-study analysis. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 81, 102406.
An, Y., Zhao, J., Shi, J., & Hou, W. K (2021). Network analysis of posttraumatic stress disorders symptoms among adolescent survivors of a major disaster in China. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, -, ---.
Hou, W. K., Lee, T. M. C., Liang, L., Li, T. W., Liu, H., Tong, H., Ben-Ezra, M., & Goodwin, R. (2021). Psychiatric symptoms and behavioral adjustment during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from two population-representative cohorts. Translational Psychiatry, 11, 174.
Hou, W. K., Liang, L., Hougen, C., & Bonanno, G. A. (2021). Regulatory flexibility of sustaining daily routines and mental health in adaptation to financial strain: A vignette approach. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(6), 3103.
Hou, W. K., Tong, H., Liang, L., Li, T. W., Liu, H., Ben-Ezra, M., Goodwin, R., & Lee, T. M. C. (2021). Probable anxiety and cognitive and behavioral components of psychological resilience amid COVID-19: A population-based study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 282, 594-601.
Sun, R., Hou, W.K., Hui, P.H., Siu, N.Y.F., Engels, T., & Sauter, D. (2021). Perception and evaluation of 23 positive emotions in Hong Kong and the Netherlands. Frontiers in Psychology, -, ---.
Hou, W. K., Hall, B. J., Liang, L., Li, T. W., Liu, H., & Galea, S. (2021). Probable depression and suicidal ideation in Hong Kong amid massive civil unrest. Annals of Epidemiology, 54, 45-51.
Liang, L., Ma, T. W., & Hou, W. K. (2021). Subjective power and emotions in everyday interpersonal interactions: Counterparts' constrictive posture as moderator. International Journal of Psychology, 56(1), 95-105.
Ben-Ezra, M., Hou, W. K., & Goodwin, R. (2021). Investigating the relationship between COVID-19-related and distress and ICD-11 adjustment disorder: two cross-sectional studies. BJPsych Open, 7(1), e21.
Goodwin, R., Hou, W. K., Sun, S., & Ben-Ezra, M (2021). Psychological and behavioural responses to COVID-19: a China–Britain comparison. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 75, 189-192.
Hou, W. K., Lai, F. T. T., Ben-Ezra, M., & Goodwin, R (2020). Regularizing daily routines for mental health during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Global Health, 10(2), 020315.
Lai, F. T. T., Hall, B. J., Liang, L., Galea, S., & Hou, W. K. (2020). Socioeconomic determinants of depression amid the anti-extradition bill protests in Hong Kong: the mediating role of daily routine disruptions. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 74(12), 988-994.
Li, T. W., Lee, T. M. C., Goodwin, R., Ben-Ezra, M., Liang, L., Liu, H., & Hou, W. K. (2020). Social Capital, Income Loss, and Psychobehavioral Responses amid COVID-19: A Population-Based Analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(23), 8888.
Ben-Ezra, M., Sun, S., Hou, W. K., & Goodwin, R. (2020). The association of being in quarantine and related COVID-19 recommended and non-recommended behaviors with psychological distress in Chinese population. Journal of Affective Disorders, 275, 66-68.
Goodwin, R., Hou, W. K., Sun, S., & Ben-Ezra, M. (2020). Quarantine, distress and interpersonal relationships during COVID-19. General Psychiatry, 33(6), e100385.
Ma, T. W., Bryant, F. B., & Hou, W. K. (2020). Associations of trait positive emotion regulation with everyday emotions: An experience sampling approach. International Journal of Psychology, 55(5), 871-881.
Lai, F. T. T., Ma, T. W., & Hou, W. K. (2020). How does chronic multimorbidity affect daily routines? An experience sampling study of community‐dwelling adults in Hong Kong. Journal of Community Psychology, 48(7), 2326-2348.
Smith, L. G. E., Wakeford, L., Cribbin, T., Barnett, J., & Hou, W. K. (2020). Detecting psychological change through mobilizing interactions and changes in extremist linguistic style. Computers in Human Behavior, 108, 106298.
Bonanno, G. A., Maccallum, F., Malgaroli, M. Hou, W. K. (2020). The Context Sensitivity Index (CSI): Measuring the ability to identify the presence and absence of stressor context cues. Assessment, 27, 261-273.
Chiu, H. T., Yee, L. T. S., Kwan, J. L. Y., Cheung, R. Y. M., & Hou, W. K. (2020). Interactive association between negative emotion regulation and savoring is linked to anxiety symptoms among college students. Journal of American College Health, 68(5), 494-501.
Hou, W. K., Liu, H., Liang, L., Ho, J., Kim, H., Seong, E., Bonanno, G. A., Hobfoll, S. E., & Hall, B. J. (2020). Everyday life experiences and mental health among conflict-affected forced migrants: A meta-analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 264, 50-68.
Hou, W. K., & Hall, B. J. (2019). The mental health impact of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. The Lancet Psychiatry, 6(12), 982.
Cheung, R. Y. M., Leung, M. C., Chiu, H. T., Kwan, J. L. Y., Yee, T. S., & Hou, W. K. (2019). Family functioning and psychological outcomes at emerging adulthood: Savoring positive experiences as a mediating mechanism. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36(9), 2693-2713.
Lai, F. T. T., Ma, T. W., & Hou, W. K. (2019). Multi-morbidity and depressive symptoms at three-month follow-up: A prospective study of community-dwelling Chinese adults in Hong Kong. International Psychogeriatrics, 31(9), 1367-1371.
Hou, W. K., Liang, L., Lau K. M., & Hall, M. (2019). Savouring and psychological well‐being in family dyads coping with cancer: An actor–partner interdependence model. European Journal of Cancer Care, 28(4), e13047.
Hou, W. K., Lai, F. T. T., Hougen, C., Hall, B. J., & Hobfoll, S. E. (2019). Measuring everyday processes and mechanisms of stress resilience: Development and initial validation of the Sustainability of Living Inventory (SOLI). Psychological Assessment, 31, 715-729.
Hou, W. K., Lau, K. M., Shum, T. C. Y., Cheng, A. C. K., & Lee, T. M. C. (2018). Do concordances of social support and relationship quality predict psychological distress and well-being of cancer patients and caregivers?. European Journal of Cancer Care, 27(4), e12857.
Hou, W. K., Canetti, D., Ma, T. W., Hall, B. J., Lau, K. M., Ng, S. M., & Hobfoll, S. E. (2018). What predicts threat perceptions toward people opposing to the government? A population-based study following the Umbrella Movement, Hong Kong. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 6, 383-400.
Ho, J., Ngai, S. P. C., Wu, W. K. K., & Hou, W. K. (2018). Association between daily life experience and psychological well-being in people living with non-psychotic mental disorders: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. Medicine, 97, e9733.
Hou, W. K., & Bonanno, G. A. (2018). Emotions in everyday life during social movements: Prospective predictions of mental health. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 65, 120-131.
Hall, B. J., Lam, A. I. F., Wu, T. L., Hou, W. K., Latkin, C., & Galea, S. (2017). The epidemiology of depression in Macau, China: Towards a plan for mental health action. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 52, 1227-1235.
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.
Ng, S. M., & Hou, W. K. (2017). Contentment duration mediates the associations between anxious attachment style and psychological distress. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 258--.
Lau, K. M., Hou, W. K., Hall, B. J., Canetti, D., Ng, S. M., Lam, A. L. F., & Hobfall, S. E. (2016). Social media and mental health in democracy movement in Hong Kong: A population-based study. Computers in Human Behavior, 64, 656-662.
Hou, W. K., Lau, K. M., Ng, S. M., Lee, T. M. C., Cheung H. Y. S., Shum, T. C. Y., & Cheng, A. C. K. (2016). Psychological detachment and savoring in adaptation to cancer caregiving. Psycho-Oncology, 25, 839-847.
Hou, W. K., Hall, B. J., Canetti, D., Lau, K. M., Ng, S. M., & Hobfoll, S. E. (2015). Threat to democracy: Physical and mental health impact of democracy movement in Hong Kong. Journal of Affective Disorders, 186, 74-82.
Hou, W.K., Lau, K.M., Ng, S.M., Cheng. A.C.K., Shum,. T.C.Y., & Cheung, H. Y. S. (2015). Explaining the Association between Physical Symptom Distress and Health Engagement Control Strategies among People with Cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 12 (Suppl 1), s247-s247.
Hou, W. K., Ng, S. M., & Wan, J. H. Y. (2015). Changes in positive affect and mindfulness predict changes in cortisol response and psychiatric symptoms: A latent change score modeling approach. Psychology & Health, 30, 551-567.
Hou, W. K., & Ng, S. M. (2014). Emotion-focused positive rumination and relationship satisfaction as the underlying mechanisms between resilience and psychiatric symptoms. Personality and Individual Differences, 71, 159-164.
Hou, W. K., & Lam, J. H. M. (2014). Resilience in the year after cancer diagnosis: A cross-lagged panel analysis of the reciprocity between psychological distress and well-being (doi:10.1007/s10865-013-9497-6). Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 37, 391-401.
Lee, T. M. C., Leung, M. K., Hou, W. K., Tang, J., Jing Yin, So, K. F., Lee, C. F., & Chan, C. C. H. (2012). Distinct neural activity associated with focused-attention meditation and loving-kindness meditation. PLoS ONE, 7(8), e40054.
Hou, W. K., & Wan, J. H. Y. (2012). Perceived control mediates the prospective impact of relationship quality in the year after colorectal cancer diagnosis. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 43, 129-138.
Ma, T. M. K.*, Hou, W. K.*, Hung, A., & Lee, T. M. C. (* Joint first author) (2010). Personality traits and social behaviors predict the psychological adjustment of Chinese people with epilepsy. Seizure – European Journal of Epilepsy, 19, 493-500.
Hou, W. K., Law, C. C., Yin, J., & Fu, Y. T. (2010). Resource loss, resource gain, and psychological resilience and dysfunction in the year following cancer diagnosis: A growth mixture modeling approach. Health Psychology, 29, 484-495.
Hou, W. K. (2010). Intrapersonal and interpersonal dimensions of cancer perception: A confirmatory factor analysis of the Cancer Experience and Efficacy Scale (CEES). Supportive Care in Cancer, 18, 561-571.
Hou, W. K., Law, C. C., & Fu, Y. T. (2010). Does change in positive affect mediate and/or moderate the impact of symptom distress on psychological adjustment after cancer diagnosis? A prospective analysis. Psychology & Health, 25, 417-431.
Hou, W. K., Lam, W. W. T., Law, C. C., Fu, Y. T., & Fielding, R. (2009). Measuring social relational quality in colorectal cancer: The Social Relational Quality Scale (SRQS). Psycho-Oncology, 18, 1097-1105.
Hou, W. K., Lam, W. W. T., & Fielding, R. (2009). Adaptation process and psychosocial resources of Chinese colorectal cancer patients undergoing adjuvant treatment: A qualitative analysis. Psycho-Oncology, 18, 936-944.

Conference Papers
Hou, W. K., Hall, B. J., & Hobfoll, S. E. (2017, November). Drive to Thrive theory: Understanding and fostering resilience among refugee and post-conflict populations. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 33rd Annual Meeting, Chicago, USA.
Hou, W.K., Hobfoll, S.E., Bradbury, T.N., Nguyen, T.P., Waldinger, R.J., Schulz, M.S., Cordova, J.V.,& Gray, T.D. (2017, May). Psychological resilience within intimate relationships: Processes and mechanisms (symposium chair). 29th Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Boston, USA.
Hou, W.K.,& Hobfoll, S.E. (2017, May). In a state of flux: How couples cope with stress in everyday life? (oral presentation). 29th Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Boston, USA.
Ma, T.W.,& Hou, W.K. (2017, May). The associations of savoring with emotional experiences in everyday life: An experience sampling study. 29th Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Boston, USA.
Yee, T.S.L., Chiu, H.T., Tsang, H.F., Kwan, L.Y.J., Cheung, Y.M.R.,& Hou, W.K. (2017, May). Regulation of Positive and Negative Emotional Experiences Mediate the Relationship between Dispositional Mindfulness and Anxiety Symptoms in Young Adults. 29th Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention, Boston, USA.
Hou, W.K.,& Ma, T.W. (2016, August). Does cognitive control predict everyday emotions and control strategies? An ecological momentary assessment study. 2016 Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society/British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology (EHPS/DHP 2016), Aberdeen, Scotland.
Hou, W.K.,& Ma, T.W. (2016, July). Age differences in control strategies in everyday life fabrics. 31st International Congress of Psychology, Yokohama, Japan.
Hou, W.K. (2015, July). Conservation of Resources Theory as Applied to Psychological Resilience and Dysfunction in Adaptation to Cancer. 36th Annual Conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Hou, W.K. & Ng, S.M. (2015, July). Contentment Mediates the Impact of Attachment Anxiety and Avoidance on Psychological Functioning. 36th Annual Conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Hou, W. K., & Ng, S. M. (2014, August). Affective and interpersonal processes relating to psychological resilience. Paper presented at 28th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, Innsbruck, Austria.
Hou, W. K., Lau, K. M., Ng, S. M., Cheng, A. C. K., Shum, T. C. Y., & Cheung, H. Y. S. (2014, August). Savoring as a daily life process mediates the associations between health promotion and depressive and physical symptoms in people newly diagnosed with cancer. Paper presented at 28th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, Innsbruck, Austria.
Hou, W. K. (2013, July). The associations of relationship quality with physical functioning and depressive symptoms are mediated by social support process among cancer caregivers. Paper presented at 21st World Congress of Social Psychiatry, Lison, Portugal.
Hou, W. K. (2012, August). Predicting diurnal cortisol rhythm: A growth mixture modeling approach. Paper presented at 26th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, Prague, Czechoslovakia.
Hou, W. K., & Lam, J. H. M. (2011, July). Using hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) to investigate temporal dynamics in behavioral and neuroimaging data. Paper presented at International Conference on the Educational Neuroscience of Mathematical Cognition, Hong Kong.
Hou, W. K. (2010, December). Measuring generic and culture-specific cancer perceptions in Chinese people with colorectal cancer. Invited paper presented at 2010 Asian Chinese Quality of Life Conference, Hong Kong SAR.
Hou, W. K., Jing Yin, So, K. F., Chan, C. C. H., & Lee, T. M. C. (2010, June). Attention and emotional functioning of meditators: An fMRI study. Paper presented at 16th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Barcelona, Spain.
Hou, W. K., Law, C. C., & Fu, Y. T. (2008, July). Psychological distress and well-being: Overlapped or distinct outcomes in the acute aftermath of cancer diagnosis?. Paper presented at XXIX International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, Germany.
Hou, W. K., Lam, W. W. T., Fielding, R. (2008, June). Chinese colorectal cancer (CRC) patients’ social relationship quality and negative affect. Paper presented at 10th World Congress of Psycho-oncology, Madrid, Spain.
Hou, W. K., Fielding, R., Lam, W. W. T., Law, C. C., & Fu, Y. T. (2007, September). Development and initial validation of the Chinese Social Relational Quality Scale (Ch-SRQ) in Chinese colorectal cancer patients. Paper presented at 9th World Congress of Psycho-oncology, London, UK.
Hou, W. K., Fielding, R., Lam, W. W. T., Law, C. C., & Fu, Y. T. (2007, September). Personal resources in the context of cancer diagnosis: The role of positive states of mind in psychological distress and well-being. Paper presented at 9th World Congress of Psycho-oncology, London, UK.
Hou, W. K., Fielding, R., Lam, W. W. T., Law, C. C., & Fu, Y. T. (2007, June). The impact of relational quality and social support on adaptation to colorectal cancer (CRC) diagnosis. Paper presented at Supportive Care in Cancer – 20th International Anniversary Symposium, St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Hou, W. K., Fielding, R., & Lam, W. W. T. (2006, November). Measuring social-cognitive processing in Chinese people with colorectal cancer (CRC): Development and initial validation of an instrument. Paper presented at 13th Hong Kong International Cancer Congress, Hong Kong SAR.

Project

Adaptation to Financial Strain: A Prospective Study of Everyday Processes and Mechanisms and Mental Health
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Project Start Year: 2021, Principal Investigator(s): HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳
 
Bringing Psychologists from around the World into Classrooms
To raise students’ awareness of the similarities and differences of the work of psychologists in different parts of the world
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): YEE, Ting Sum Lydia 余婷琛 (HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳 as Co-Investigator)
 
COVID-19 and Mental Health across Countries
COVID-19 and mental health across countries
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳
 
COVID-19 and Mental Health across Countries
COVID-19 and mental health across countries
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳
 
Civil Unrest, COVID-19 Stress, and Population Mental Health
Civil unrest, COVID-19 stress, and population mental health
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳
 
The Mental Health Impact of the Social Movements in Hong Kong: A Chance to Build Back Better Daily Life
Public Policy Research (PPR) Funding Scheme (Special Round), Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office, Hong Kong SAR Government, Hong Kong SAR
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳
 
Understanding Emotions across Cultures during COVID-19
Understanding Emotions across Cultures during COVID-19
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): SAUTER, Disa (HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳 as Co-Investigator)
 
A Multi-Method Approach for Assessing and Intervening the Behavioral Mechanisms of Resilience in Trauma-Affected Population: Initial Development
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Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳
 
Asian Network of Traumatic Stress Studies
Asian network of traumatic stress studies
Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): GOODWIN, Robin (HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳 as Co-Principal Investigator)
 
Behavioral and Emotional Coregulation among Colleagues: A Longitudinal Study of Primary and Secondary School Teachers in Hong Kong
This proposed study aims to identify the well-being and health outcomes of coregulation between colleagues by examining the influence of intra- and interpersonal regulation in dyadic work relationships.
Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): HO, Chun Yip Henry 何振業 (HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳 as Co-Investigator)
 
Enhancing Well-being and Resilience: A Comprehensive, Fundamental Programme for University Students and Staff
The ultimate goal of this project is to enhance emotional, physical, spiritual, and interpersonal well-being of university students and staff through a series of stepwise modules that contribute towards holistic health. Our comprehensive programme will consist of four key components that empower students and staff to change their behavior and ecology for well-being and resilience (Figure 1). Experienced expert instructors will conduct well-designed modules on (1) mindfulness meditation training . . .
Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳
 
Mental Health in Hong Kong amid Massive Civil Unrest
Mental health in Hong Kong amid massive civil unrest
Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳
 
Mental Health of Adolescents Following the Yancheng Tornado
Mental health of adolescents following the Yancheng Tornado
Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): AN, Yuanyuan (HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳 as Co-Investigator)
 
Predicting Online Radicalisation
Detecting psychological change through mobilizing interactions and changes in extremist linguistic style
Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): SMITH, Laura G. E. (HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳 as Collaborator)
 
A Pilot Study of Mindfulness Programme for University Students
A Pilot Study of Mindfulness Programme for University Students
Project Start Year: 2018, Principal Investigator(s): HUE, Ming Tak 許明得 (HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳 as Co-Investigator)
 
Adaptation to Financial Strain A Longitudinal Study of Everyday Processes and Mechanisms and Mental Health
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Project Start Year: 2018, Principal Investigator(s): HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳
 
Behavioral Adjustment in Everyday Life
This research aims to validate a vignette-based task, which contains hypothetical scenarios of coping with different problems in everyday life, for assessing individual differences in sustaining everyday life routines. Self-report instruments will also be validated, contributing to current theoretical and empirical literature on psychological resilience in different forms of trauma and chronic stress conditions.
Project Start Year: 2018, Principal Investigator(s): HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳
 
Personal, Social, and Community Well-Being Cluster
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Project Start Year: 2018, Principal Investigator(s): POON, Kai Tak 潘啟德 (HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳 as Team Member)
 
Validation of ADNM (Adjustment Disorder New Module) and the ICD-11
Validation of ADNM (Adjustment Disorder New Module) and the ICD-11
Project Start Year: 2018, Principal Investigator(s): HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳
 
Drive to Thrive Theory: Understanding Everyday Processes and Mechanisms of Psychological Resilience
A mutilmethod approach for investigating everyday mechanisms of stress resilience.
Project Start Year: 2017, Principal Investigator(s): HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳
 
Multitasking in everyday life
Multitasking, mobile phone addiction, daily routines, and mental health.
Project Start Year: 2017, Principal Investigator(s): Blachnio, Agata (HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳 as Co-Investigator)
 
Understanding Positive Emotions across Cultures
A series of studies investigating positive emotions across cultures
Project Start Year: 2017, Principal Investigator(s): Sun, Rui (HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳 as Co-Investigator)
 
A comparison between mindfulness training and relaxation training on memory, physical and psychosocial wellbeing
This study compares between mindfulness training and relaxation training on memory, physical and psychosocial wellbeing
Project Start Year: 2016, Principal Investigator(s): YEE, Ting Sum Lydia 余婷琛 (HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳 as Co-Investigator)
 
Drive to Thrive Theory: Processes and Outcomes from a Flexibility Perspective
The ultimate goal of this project was to provide a new framework and empirical evidence for explaining human stress resilience using the drive to thrive theory and the framework of regulatory flexibility. Study 1 aimed to critically review the current literature on the strategies of sustaining everyday life fabrics across different traumatic and chronic stressful conditions and evaluate the utility of the three sequential components of regulatory flexibility in explaining everyday adaptation. St . . .
Project Start Year: 2016, Principal Investigator(s): HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳
 
Effect of Short-Term Mindfulness Training on Cognitive Control of Memory and Mental Health
The current study tests the links among mindfulness practice, cognitive control of memory retrieval, emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Project Start Year: 2015, Principal Investigator(s): YEE, Ting Sum Lydia 余婷琛 (HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳 as Co-Investigator)
 
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
 
Resource Change, Mental Health, Threat Perceptions, and Political Attitudes during the Pro-democracy Movement in Hong Kong, 2014-2015
The aim of this project is to investigate the nature of associations among changes in psychosocial and material resources, anxiety and depressive symptoms, threat perceptions, and exclusionist political attitudes among Hong Kong people in the midst of pro-democracy movement, 2014-2015.
Project Start Year: 2014, Principal Investigator(s): HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳
 
Reconciling the Impact of Control Strategies and Emotional Reactivity in Daily Life on Emotional Well-Being
Flexible psychobiological reactivity to stress buffers individuals of developing affective disorders, whereas cognitive flexibility as an essential substance in demanding modern life impacts daily emotional experience. Notwithstanding the importance of flexible emotional reactivity in daily life and the potential dynamic interplays of it with cognitive flexibility, very little research has been conducted to simultaneously examine the associations of the two coping resources with development of a . . .
Project Start Year: 2012, Principal Investigator(s): HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳
 
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
 
Psychobiology of Adaptation to Examination Stress: A Longitudinal Analysis
No studies have investigated the temporal dynamics of physiological stress response, namely cortisol, in adapting to and recovering from examination stress. This study aims to investigate the prospective patterns of salivary cortisol and its associations with coping resources and adjustment outcomes in undergraduate students before, during, and after examination.
Project Start Year: 2011, Principal Investigator(s): HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳
 
Psychobiology of Adaptation to Examination Stress: A Longitudinal Analysis
No studies have investigated the temporal dynamics of physiological stress response, namely cortisol, in adapting to and recovering from examination stress. This study aims to investigate the prospective patterns of salivary cortisol and its associations with coping resources and adjustment outcomes in undergraduate students before, during, and after examination.
Project Start Year: 2011, Principal Investigator(s): HOU, Wai Kai 侯維佳
 
Prizes and awards

President's Award for Outstanding Performance in Research (Early Career Research Excellence Award)

Date of receipt: 14/5/2018, Conferred by: Education University of Hong Kong
 
Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Senior Research Scholar Award
This Fulbright-Hong Kong Award Program supports scholars in Hong Kong to undertake research and lecture activities in the United States in the fields of the arts, humanities and social sciences, ranging from a period of four to ten months at major universities and research institutes in the United States.
Date of receipt: 9/5/2016, Conferred by: U.S. Department of State; Research Grants Council
 
Outstanding Assistant Professor Award
Strategic Recruitment for Outstanding Assistant Professor
Date of receipt: 1/7/2012, Conferred by: The Hong Kong Institute of Education