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Chinese Name: 鄭相德

Variants: Cheng, S.-T.

Sheung-Tak Cheng is Chair Professor of Psychology and Gerontology. He joined the Hong Kong Institute of Education (now The Education University of Hong Kong) as the founding Head of the Department of Psychological Studies. Besides, he is also an Honorary Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and an Honorary Chair at the Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia. He has published over 100 articles in psychology and gerontology, and currently serves as an Associate Editor of Psychology and Aging and a member of the editorial boards of Aging & Mental Health, GeroPsych, Journal of Applied Gerontology, and Research on Aging.  He is elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA),  the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). He was awarded the Outstanding International Psychologist Award (2007) and the Henry David Mentoring Award (2015) by APA’s Division 52, 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. Professor Cheng is a member of the Working Group on Active Ageing, Elderly Commission, Hong Kong SAR Government, and a former expert consultant to the United Nations Programme on Ageing and the World Health Organization on aging issues. He studies late-life developmental and mental health issues in family and social contexts, with dementia caregiving being the current primary focus. He was former Vice-President of the Chinese Dementia Research Association.

Research interests

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

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Scopus ID: 7404684775

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Research Outputs 1990 2019

Does exposure to information about dementia change stigma? An experimental study

ZHANG, F. & CHENG, S-T., Apr 2019, In : Aging & Mental Health.

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Generativity and positive emotion in older adults: Mediation of achievement and altruism goal attainment across three cultures

AU, A., LAI, S., WU, W., HOFER, J., BUSCH, H., ŠOLCOVÁ, I. P., TAVEL, P. & CHENG, S-T., Mar 2019, In : Journal of Happiness Studies.

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The Pain Catastrophizing Scale—short form: Psychometric properties and threshold for identifying high-risk individuals

CHENG, S-T., CHEN, P. P., CHOW, Y. F., CHUNG, W. Y. J., LAW, A. C. B., LEE, J. S. W., LEUNG, E. M. F. & TAM, C. W. C., Feb 2019, In : International Psychogeriatrics.

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Geriatric Psychiatry
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Improving diagnostic communication in dementia

CHENG, S-T. & LAM, L. C. W., Aug 2018, In : International Psychogeriatrics. 30, 8, p. 1149-1152

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