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In his work, Dr. 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 and environmental determinants of health, public mental health, and psychological and social adaptation among people with chronic medical conditions and their caregivers.

Research interests

Everyday life processes and mechanisms of stress resilience

Social and environmental determinants

Public mental health

Psychometrics and psychological assessment

Professional information

Teaching Interests


Public mental health

Stress and coping

Psychological testing and assessment

External Appointments

2022 to present             Fellow (elected), Association for Psychological Science

2021 to present             Consulting Editor, Journal of Stress, Trauma, Anxiety, and Resilience

2021 to present             Member, International Trauma Consortium

2021 to present             Deputy/Section Editor, Stress and Health

2020 to present             Associate Editor, Frontiers in Psychology (Health Psychology section)

2021 to present             Guest Associate Editor, Frontiers in Communication

2018 to present             Member, SIG – Stress, Adaptation and Resilience, American Education Research Association (AERA)

2017 to present             Member, American Psychological Association Division 52 (International Psychology)

2017 to present             Member, Association for Psychological Science

2015 to present             Member and National Representative (Hong Kong SAR, China), Stress, Trauma, Anxiety, and Resilience Society (STAR Society)

2013 to present             Founding Member, Hong Kong Society of Behavioral Health

2011 to present             Member, American Psychological Association Division 38 (Health Psychology)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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