Prof. Cecilia Cheng (Hong Kong University)
Cecilia Cheng is a Professor and Associate Dean at the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong. Her research interests are in the areas of social, personality, health, cross-cultural, and applied social psychology. She received many awards in the category of research achievement since 2006 until 2015. She wins the ICP Early Career Research Award in 2000 and the Fulbright Senior Scholar Award in 2009. She was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California, Berkeley and Hughes Hall Fellow of the University of Cambridge. She emphasizes in her teaching the development of discriminative thinking and the application of experiential learning, and adopts the student-centered approach to the contexts of advanced psychology courses and graduate seminars. Cecilia Cheng was formerly the Associate Editor of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Personality Processes and Individual Differences section) and Asian Journal of Social Psychology. She is also an elected fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and the board secretary of the International Council of Psychologists (ICP). Since 1997, she has published numerous professional articles and conference papers. Among them are “Explaining personality and contextual differences in beneficial role of online versus offline social support: A moderated mediation model” in Journal: Computers in Human Behavior and “Explaining Differences in Subjective Well-Being Across 33 Nations Using Multilevel Models: Universal Personality, Cultural Relativity, and National Income” in Journal: Journal of Personality.
Assoc. Prof. Christopher Sonn (Victoria University)
Christopher Sonn is a lecturer and researcher at the Victoria University, Melbourne. He teaches in the areas of community, cultural and liberation psychology, and qualitative social research methods. His research interests are in the area of sense of community, social identity, immigration, and intergroup relations. The major focus of his research is on understanding non-dominant group responses to oppression, including racism. As a researcher, he has investigated the adaptation of different immigrant communities in Australia as well as the responses of Indigenous Australians to dominant group settings and stories. His focus is on understanding the multiple and often hidden resources and structures that groups develop to help protect valued cultural identities, to resist oppression, and to promote liberation. Christopher was a Mellon Distinguished Scholar (2010) at the University of the Witwatersrand where he currently holds a Visiting Professor position. He was also a Senior Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bologna in 2012. He is a lead researcher on the international Apartheid Archive Project based in South Africa. Christopher has written various articles and book chapters in the related fields of critical, community and liberation psychology on the topics of migration, race and racism, whiteness studies, and creative and critical approaches to individual and community change.
Prof. Dr. Jas Laile Suzana Binti Jaafar (University of Malaya)
Jas Laile is a Professor at Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling Faculty of Education, University of Malaya. She was a past president of The Asian Psychological Association (2008-2010). As a lecturer, she responsible for supervising Post Graduate Level students. She is teaching Adult Development, Developmental Psychology, Mental Health and Adjustment. Since 2007 she has been reviewing many scientific papers, such as Risk and Protective Factors of Apostasy among Muslim Adolescents in Malaysia for the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Her research is in the area of developmental psychology and focusing on adolescents, child psychology, adulthood, subjective well-being, resilience, Malay identity. She has written articles in many academic journals, such as International Journal of Psychology, Journal of Peace Psychology, and Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. The latest is Individual and Culture-Level Components of Survey Response Styles: A Multilevel Analysis Using Cultural Models of Selfhood (2016). She also wrote many books and book chapters in the related fields of developmental psychology, such as adolescent psychology and psychosocial problems.
Sherly Saragih Turnip, M.Phil., PhD, Psikolog (Universitas Indonesia)
Sherly Saragih is a Doctor at Department of Clinical Psychology Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Indonesia. In 2013, she has conducted a research entitled Community Based Study of Mental Health in a Post Conflict Situation in Maluku, Indonesia, and then earned her PhD in Psychology from the University of Oslo. Since then, she was actively doing research and written numerous articles in the related fields of mental health, among them are “The Mental Health of Populations Directly and Indirectly Exposed to Violent Conflict in Indonesia” and “Predicting Positive Mental Health in Internally Displaced Persons in Indonesia: The Roles of Economic Improvement and Exposure to Violent Conflict”. For the last few years, she has been active as a speaker at many scientific seminars in several European countries. In 2012, she was awarded the Best Paper Award, Abstract Selected for Publication from 20th International Conference On Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services in Taipei and Young Poster Award from 15th Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists Scientific Meeting in Seoul.