Sep 2021

Replay Webinar Series VII: Bringing a Chinese Voice to Internationalize Psychology

Speaker:Professor Fanny Cheung

To celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the HKPS, we are pleased to announce that we are hosting a webinar series from 2020-21. We are very honored that we have Prof. Fanny M.C. CHEUNG as the speaker for our final webinar on “Bringing a Chinese Voice to Internationalize Psychology”.


Details are as follows:


Date: 17th September 2021 (Friday)

Time: 13:00–14:00


About the speaker and abstract


Professor Fanny Cheung (BA, UC Berkeley; PhD, Minnesota) is currently Senior Advisor, Faculty of Social Science and the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies (HKIAPS) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and formerly Vice-President for Research, Choh-Ming Li Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the HKIAPS. Fanny’s research expertise lies in cross-cultural personality assessment, psychopathology, gender equality and women leadership with over 200 international refereed publications. Her latest book is the Cambridge Handbook of the International Psychology of Women co-edited with Diane Halpern in 2020. Fanny has previously served as President of the International Test Commission (ITC), President of the Hong Kong Psychological Society, Member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), and President of its Division of Clinical and Community Psychology. She is an elected Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the ITC, and the IAAP. Her academic awards include the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology 2012, the IAAP Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award 2014, and International Council of Psychologists Denmark-Gunvald Award 2020.


Abstract: Bringing a Chinese Voice to Internationalize Psychology


In my career as a psychologist, I have travelled through different phases of cross-cultural psychology development. In this talk, I will recall my career journey beginning with the Mental Testing Workshop of the Hong Kong Psychological Society. Incongruence between local experience and international literature on Chinese psychopathology prompted me to research into alternative explanations.


After China resumed psychology in 1980, I collaborated with the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, to standardize the Chinese MMPI and MMPI-2, which became a role model of cross-cultural test translation. Using this rigorous approach, we continued to adopt a combined emic-etic approach to develop the Chinese Personality Assessment Inventory (CPAI), subsequently recognized as the best example of indigenous test development.


The CPAI combined emic-etic approach has been adopted as the blueprint for the development of the South African Personality Inventory and the Arab-Levant Personality Inventory. Research with the CPAI has challenged the dominance of the universal Five Factor Theory and pointed out the need to mainstream cultural perspectives in western psychology.


Psychologists in Hong Kong have helped to bring a Chinese voice to psychology and should continue to play an important role in internationalizing psychology. My engagements with international professional associations may provide some suggestions on how psychologists and psychology in Hong Kong can become more internationalized.


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