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Professor Sherry Xue YANG (楊雪教授)

BSc (HNU), MPhil (HKBU), PhD (CUHK) 

Research Assistant Professor

JC School of Public Health and Primary Care



Division of Behavioural Health and Health Promotion


Dr. Sherry Xue Yang obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and was trained at University of Oxford. She has been appointed as Research Assistant Professor in JC School of Public Health and Primary Care since 2018. She was trained in areas of health psychology, behavioral medicine, social work, counseling, and social psychology. Dr. Yang is awarded the American Psychological Association Student Award for International Research, Reaching Out Awards, and Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence in 2016 and the Conference Grant by the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the International Society of Behavioral Medicine in 2018. She is the Principle Investigator of General Research Fund and Health, Medical Research Fund, and Millennium Development Goals Programme. She is a member of the Hong Kong Society of Behavioral Health.

Research Interest

  • Addiction

  • Adolescent mental health

  • Occupational mental health

  • Dementia prevention

  • Ageing

Selected Publications 

  1. Yang, X., Lau, J. T., Wang, Z., & Lau, M. C. (2018) Potential roles of masculine role discrepancy, discrepancy stress, and self-esteem in affecting addictive use of social networking sites among Chinese men: a random population-based study. Journal of Behavioral Addictions. (impact factor = 4.134)

  2. Yang, X., Lau, J. T., Wang, Z., Ma, Y. L., & Lau, M. C. (2018). The mediation roles of discrepancy stress and self-esteem between masculine role discrepancy and mental health problems. Journal of affective disorders, 235, 513-520. (impact factor = 3.786)

  3. Yang, X., Lau, J. T., & Lau, M. C. (2018). Predictors of remission from probable depression among Hong Kong adolescents–A large-scale longitudinal study. Journal of affective disorders. (impact factor = 3.786)

  4. Yang, X. & Mak, W. W. S. (2016). The differential moderating roles of self-compassion and mindfulness in self-stigma and well-being among people living with mental illness or HIV. Mindfulness. doi: 10.1007/s12671-016-0635-4 (impact factor = 3.024)

  5. Yang, X., Mak, W. W. S., Ho, C. Y., & Chidgey, A. (2016). Self-in-love versus self-in-stigma: implications of relationship quality and love attitudes on self-stigma and mental health among HIV-positive men having sex with men. AIDS Care. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2016.1200714 (impact factor = 1.994)

  6. Yang, X.* (2016). Self-compassion, relationship harmony, versus self-enhancement: Different ways of relating to well-being in Hong Kong Chinese. Personality and Individual Differences, 89, 24-27. (impact factor = 1.967)

  7. Yang, X.*, Byrne, V., & Chiu, M. Y. L. (2015). Caregiving experience for children with intellectual disabilities among parents in a developing area in China. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. doi: 10.1111/jar.12157 (impact factor = 2.260)

  8. Yang, X.* (2015). No matter how I think, it already hurts: Self-stigmatized feelings and face concern Chinese caregivers of people with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. doi: 10.1177/1744629515577909 

  9. Chiu, M. Y. L., Yang, X., Wong, H. T., & Li, J. H. (2015). The mediating effect of affective stigma between face concern and general mental health–The case of Chinese caregivers of children with intellectual disability. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 36, 437-446. (impact factor = 1.820)

  10. Chiu, M. Y. L., Yang, X., Wong, F. H. T., Li, J. H. & Li, J. Y. (2013). Caregiving of children with intellectual disabilities in Mainland China - an examination of affiliate stigma and the cultural thesis. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 57(12), 1117-1129. (impact factor = 1.990)

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