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Dr. YANG Sherry (楊雪教授)

Research Assistant Professor

Phone: (852) 2252-8740


BSc (HNU), MPhil (HKBU), PhD (CUHK) 


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 a Principle Investigator of two General Research Funds, two Health Medical Research Funds, and Millennium Development Goals Programme. She is a Co-Investigator of Public Policy Research Funding Scheme and Direct Grant. Dr. Yang was awarded the American Psychological Association Student Award for International Research, Reaching Out Awards, and Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence, Conference Grants by the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the International Society of Behavioral Medicine, and Conference Outstanding Abstract Award. She is a member of the Hong Kong Society of Behavioral Health.

Research Interests
  • Addiction

  • Adolescent mental health

  • Occupational mental health

  • Population mental health

  • Internet gaming disorder

  • Adolescent depression

  • Dementia prevention

  • Ageing

Major Grants
  • Principal Investigator. General Research Fund. Internet gaming disorder among Hong Kong adolescents: Examining the socially-based intergenerational transmission theories (2021-2024)

  • Principal Investigator. General Research Fund. A cognitive behavioral therapy intervention in reducing Internet gaming disorder among secondary school students in Hong Kong. (2020-2023)

  • Principal Investigator. Health and Medical Research Fund. An Internet-based self-help skill strengthening (ISSS) selective intervention for secondary school teachers with emotional problems. (2020-2023)

  • Principal Investigator. Health and Medical Research Fund. A longitudinal study for identifying predictors of incidence/remission of probable depression among secondary school students. (2019-2021)

  • Co-Investigator. Special Round of the Public Policy Research (PPR) Funding Scheme 2020. Who in the general public support violent actions in the social movement and why? (Mar. 2020-Sep. 2020)

Selected Publications
  1. Yang, X. & Chiu, M. Y. (2020). Treatment of Adolescent Mental Disorders: Cross-cultural issues. Stephen Hupp and Jeremy D. Jewell (Eds.) The Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development. Wiley Blackwell.

  2. Yang, X., & Mak, W. W. S. (2020). Addressing sociopolitical determinants of mental health: An emerging challenge in Hong Kong. The Lancet. doi:

  3. Yang, X., Qiu, D., Lau, M. & Lau, J. T. (2020). The mediation role of work-life balance stress and chronic fatigue in the relationship between workaholism and depression among Chinese workers in Hong Kong. Journal of Behavioral Addictions.

  4. Yang, X. & Stewart. S. M.. (2020). The Beck Depression Inventory-II as a screening tool of depression in the Chinese adolescent population in Hong Kong: A validation study using the Composite International Diagnostic Interview as the gold standard. Asian Journal of Psychiatry.

  5. Yang, X.*, Jiang, X., Mo, P. K., Cai, Y., Ma, L., & Lau, J. T. (2020). Prevalence and interpersonal correlates of Internet gaming disorders among Chinese adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

  6. Yang, X.*, She, R., Lau, M. M., & Lau, J. T. (2020). Anticipated socio-political developments and related personal responses as structural determinants of mental health problems: A population-based study. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 66(1), 58-66.

  7. Yang, X., Qian, W, Wang, X., Mo, P., Wang, Z., Lau, J. T., & Wang, L. (2019). Direct and indirect associations between interpersonal resources and posttraumatic growth through resilience among women living with HIV in China. AIDS & Behavior, 1-14.

  8. 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, 7, 676-685.

  9. 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, 229, 491-497.

  10. Yang, X., & Mak, W. W. (2017). The differential moderating roles of self-compassion and mindfulness in self-stigma and well-being among people living with mental illness or HIV. Mindfulness, 8(3), 595-602.

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