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Dr. YU Xiaonan Nancy (于肖楠博士)

PhD (Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office: Y7311 AC1
Phone: 34429436
Fax: 34420283
Email: nancy.yu@cityu.edu.hk
Web: Google Scholar

Research Interests

  • Public health psychology, especially resilience in adversities: 1) To investigate positive effects of resilience in vulnerable populations 2) To develop effective interventions to promote resilience
Dr Nancy Xiaonan Yu is a health psychologist with training in public health. Her research program has focused on resilience in adversities. Dr Yu has been investigating the protective effects of resilience in vulnerable populations (e.g., people living with HIV, immigrants). In addition, she has applied the community-based participatory research approach to develop and implement culturally sensitive interventions to promote resilience in populations that are experiencing stress.


Award and Achievement

  • Dec 2017 “Outstanding Supervisor Award” City University of Hong Kong.
  • Nov 2017 “Award for the Best Oral Presentation” The 1st Interdisciplinary Behavioral Health Conference.
  • Sep 2017 “Award for Chinese Young Scholars(华人新秀奖)” The 10th Conference for Chinese Psychologists.
  • Dec 2013 “Excellence in Knowledge Transfer Award” College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong. Dr. Yu has been disseminating the research findings on the resilience intervention designed for new immigrants and training social workers to conduct evidence-based practice in social services. [URL]


Previous Experience

  • Dec 2009 - Aug 2012, Research Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong.
  • Oct 2006 - Oct 2009, Post-doctoral Fellow, School of Public Health and Primary Care, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Sep 2006, Visiting Scholar, Key Laboratory of Applied Statistics, Ministry of Education, China.


Research Grant

  • Emotion regulation intervention among newly arrived parents from mainland China and cross-border parents in Shenzhen: An evidence-based approach, Knowledge Transfer Earmarked Fund, University Grants Committee, Amount: HKD $200,000, 1 Jul 2018 - 30 Jun 2019, Yu, N. X. (PI), Liu, I. K. F. (Co-I).
  • Dyadic effects of stigma and discrimination on distress in patient–spouse dyads affected by HIV using the actor–partner interdependence model, General Research Fund, Research Grants Council , Amount: HKD $650,322, Jan 2018 - Sep 2020, Yu, N. X. (PI), Lin, D. H. (Co-I), & Qiao, S. (Co-I).
  • Resilience congruence in immigrant mother-child dyads: Examining intergenerational dynamics using the actor-partner interdependence model, General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, Amount: HKD $560,100, 1 Jan 2017 - 30 Jun 2019, Yu, N. X. (PI), Kouros, C. D. (Co-I).
  • Be good parents: Enhancing emotion management of cross-border and new arrival parents, Pilot Scheme on Thematic Sponsorship to Support Family-relat, Family Council, Home Affairs Bureau, Amount: HKD $900,000, 1 Nov 2016 - 30 Apr 2018, Yau, S. H. B. (PI) & Yu, N. X. (Co-I).
  • A psychological intervention to enhance resilience in Mainland new immigrants to Hong Kong, Health Care and Promotion Fund, Food and Health Bureau, Amount: HKD $500,000, 1 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2018, Yu, N. X. (PI), Cham, K. K. W (Co-I), Stewart, S. M. (Co-I), & Lam, T. H. (Co-I).
  • Community resilience and mental health of urban residents: Comparison of two cities in China, Grant of Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Amount: RMB $80,000, 1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2017, Yu, N. X. (PI), Zhou, M. J. (Co-I), Zhang, J. F. (Co-I), Li, W. X. (Co-I).
  • A longitudinal analysis of resilience and depressive symptoms among people living with HIV in rural China, Early Career Scheme, Research Grants Council, Amount: $531,384, 1 Jan 2014 - 30 Jun 2017, Yu, N. X. (PI), Stewart, S. M. (Co-I), Zhang, J. X. (Co-I) & Chau, Y. K. (Co-I).
  • Resilience intervention in new immigrants: Community participation and evidence-based evaluation, Knowledge Transfer Earmarked Fund, University Grants Committee, Amount: HKD $200,000, 1 Aug 2013 - 31 Aug 2015, Yu, N. X. (PI), Liu, I. K. F. (Co-I), & Lam, T. H. (Co-I).
  • FAMILY: Resilience and family functioning of new arrivals in Hong Kong, FAMILY Project, Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Amount: HKD $60,000, 1 Jul 2011 - 31 Oct 2012, Yu, N. X. (PI), Liu, I. K. F. (Co-I).
  • FAMILY: Boosting Positive Energy Programme-A randomized controlled trial to promote resilience in Chinese new immigrants to Hong Kong, FAMILY Project, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Amount: HKD $2,900,000, 1 Jun 2011 - 30 Jun 2013, Yu, N. X. (PI), Yau, S. H. B. (Co-I).


Publication Show All Publications Show Prominent Publications


Journal

  • Huang, J. S. , Zhang, J. X. & Yu, N. X. (in press). Close relationships, individual resilience resources, and well-being among people living with HIV/AIDS in rural China. AIDS Care.
  • Ye, Z. , Yu, N. X. , Zhu, W. , Chen, L. & Lin, D. (2018). A randomized controlled trial to enhance coping and posttraumatic growth and decrease posttraumatic stress disorder in HIV-infected men who have sex with men in Beijing, China. AIDS Care. 30(6). 793 - 801. doi:10.1080/09540121.2017.1417534
  • Zhang, J. F. , Yu, N. X. , Zhang, J. X. & Zhou, M. J.*. (2018). Age stereotypes, flexible goal adjustment, and well-being among Chinese older adults. Psychology, Health & Medicine. 23(2). 210 - 215. doi:10.1080/13548506.2017.1344253
  • Yeung, N. C. Y. , Lau, J. T. F*. , Yu, N. X. , Zhang, J. , Xu, Z. , Choi, K. C. , Zhang, Q. , Mak, W. W. S. & Lui, W. W. S. (2018). Media exposure related to the 2008 Sichuan earthquake predicted probable PTSD among Chinese adolescents in Kunming, China: A longitudinal study. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 10(2). 253 - 262. doi:10.1037/tra0000121
  • Zhang, J. F. , Zhang, J. X. , Zhou, M. J.*. & Yu, N. X.*. (2018). Neighborhood characteristics and older adults' well-being: The role of sense of community and personal resilience. Social Indicators Research. 137(3). 949 - 963. doi:10.1007/s11205-017-1626-0
  • Gan, Y. Q. , Zhang, L. , Yu, N. X. , Zhou, G. Y. , Miao, M. & Lu, Q. (2018). Why do oncologists hide the truth? Disclosure of cancer diagnoses to patients in China: A multisource assessment using mixed methods. Psycho-oncology. 27(5). 1457 - 1463. doi:10.1002/pon.4545
  • Zhang, J. F. , Yu, N. X. , Zhou, M. J. & Zhang, J. X*. (2017). Dyadic effects of resilience on well-being in Chinese older couples: Mediating role of spousal support. Journal of Family Psychology. 31/3. 273 - 281. doi:10.1037/fam0000250
  • Yu, N. X*. , Zhang, J. X. , Chow, A. Y. M. , Chan, C. H. Y. & Chan, C. L. W. (2017). Fate control and well-being in Chinese rural people living with HIV: Mediation effect of resilience. AIDS Care. 29(1). 86 - 90.
  • Yu, N. X. , Chen, L. H. , Ye, Z. , Li, X. M. & Lin, D. H*. (2017). Impacts of making sense of adversity on depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and posttraumatic growth among a sample of mainly newly diagnosed HIV-positive Chinese young homosexual men: The mediating role of resilience. AIDS Care. 29(1). 79 - 85.
  • Yu, N. X. , Liu, C. & Yue, Z.*. (2017). Resilience mediated the association between acculturation and psychological growth in college students from Hong Kong to Guanghzou, China. Journal of Mental Health. 26 (4). 326 - 333. doi:10.1080/09638237.2017.1294730
  • Zhang, J. F. , Yu, N. X.*. , Zhang, J. X. & Zhou, M. J.*. (2017). Sense of community and life satisfaction in Chinese older adults: Moderating roles of personal and partner resilience. Journal of Community Psychology. 45/5. 577 - 586. doi:10.1002/jcop.21878
  • Yu, N. X.*. (2017). The effects of beliefs about AIDS-related death on quality of life in Chinese married couples with both husband and wife infected with HIV: Examining congruence using the actor-partner interdependence model. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 15(1). 127. (Rank 4th in the Proceedings for the World AIDS Day 2017) doi:10.1186/s12955-017-0703-z
  • Yu, N. X*. , Mols, F. , Stewart, S. M. & Zhang, J. X. (2017). The moderation effect of personality on healthcare utilization in Chinese people living with HIV. AIDS Care. 29/6. 729 - 733. doi:10.1080/09540121.2016.1248350
  • Shi, X. , Yu, N. X. , Zhou, Y. , Geng, F. & Fan, F*. (2016). Depressive symptoms and associated psychosocial factors among adolescent survivors 30 months after 2008 Wenchuan earthquake: A follow-up study. Frontiers in Psychology. 30(7). 467 doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00467
  • Chan, J. S. M. , Yu, N. X*. , Chow, A. Y. M. , Chan, C. L. W. , Chung, K. F. , Ho, R. T. H. , Ng, S. M. , Yuen, L. P. & Chan, C. H. Y*. (2016). Dyadic associations of psychological distress and sleep quality in Chinese patients with cancer and their spouses. Psycho-oncology. 26/6. 856 - 861. doi:10.1002/pon.4240
  • Yu, N. X*. , Chan, C. L. W. & Zhang, J. X. (2016). Dyadic effects of stigma and discrimination on distress in Chinese HIV discordant couples. AIDS Education and Prevention. 28/4. 277-286 doi:10.1521/aeap.2016.28.4.277
  • Yu, N. X*. , Zhang, J. X. & Chan, C. L. W. (2016). Healthcare neglect, perceived discrimination, and dignity-related distress among Chinese patients with HIV. AIDS Education and Prevention. 28(1). 90 - 102. doi:10.1521/aeap.2016.28.1.90
  • Ni, M. Y*. , Li, T. K. , Yu, N. X. , Pang, H. , Chan, B. H. Y. , Leung, G. M. & Stewart, S. M. (2016). Normative data and psychometric properties of the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC) and the abbreviated version (CD-RISC2) among the general population in Hong Kong. Quality of Life Research. 25(1). 111 - 116. doi:10.1007/s11136-015-1072-x
  • Yu, N. X*. , Chan, C. L. W. , Zhang, J. X. & Stewart, S. M. (2016). Resilience and vulnerability: Prolonged grief in the bereaved spouses of marital partners who died of AIDS. AIDS Care. 28(4). 441 - 444. doi:10.1080/09540121.2015.1112354
  • Mo, P. K. H. , Lau, J. T. F*. , Yu, X. & Gu, J. (2015). A model of associative stigma on depression and anxiety among children of HIV-infected parents in China. AIDs and Behavior. 19. 50 - 59. doi:10.1007/s10461-014-0809-9
  • Lam, T. H. , Stewart, S. M*. , Hirschmann, M. , Fabrizio, C. S. & Yu, N. X. (2015). Can randomized controlled trials be conducted in community social service settings?. Public Health. 129. 601 - 603. doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2015.01.019
  • Yu, N. X. , Lam, T. H*. , Liu, I. K. F. & Stewart, S. M. (2015). Mediation of short and longer term effects of an intervention program to enhance resilience in immigrants from Mainland China to Hong Kong. Frontiers in Psychology. 6. 1769 doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01769
  • Fabrizio, C. S. , Lam, T. H*. , Hirschmann, M. R. , Pang, I. , Yu, N. X,. , Wang, X. & Stewart, S. M. (2015). Parental emotional management benefits family relationships: a randomized controlled trial in Hong Kong, China. Behavior Research and Therapy. 71. 115 - 124. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2015.05.011
  • Lau, J. T. F*. , Yeung, N. C. Y. , Yu, X. , Zhang, J. , Mak, W. S. W. , Lui, W. S. & Chan, E. Y. Y. (2015). Psychometric properties of the Chinese version of the revised Post-Traumatic Growth Inventory for Children (PTGI-C-R). Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. 27. NP1310 - 1320. doi:10.1177/1010539513479967
  • Yu, N. X*. , Chow, A. Y. W. , Chan, C. L. W. , Zhang, J. X. & Stewart, S. M. (2015). Stigma never dies: Mourning a spouse who died of AIDS in China. Psychiatry Research. 230(3). 968 - 970. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2015.10.034
  • Yu, X. , Stewart, S.M*. , Chui, J. , Ho, J. , Li, A. & Lam, T.H. (2014). A pilot randomized controlled trial to decrease adaptation difficulties in Chinese new immigrants to Hong Kong. Behavior Therapy. 45. 137 - 152. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2013.10.003
  • Yu, X. , Lau, J.T.F*. , Mak, W.W.S. , Cheng, Y. , Lv, Y. & Zhang, J. (2014). A pilot theory-based intervention to improve resilience, psycho-social well-being and quality of life among people living with HIV in rural China. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. 40. 1 - 16. doi:10.1080/0092623X.2012.668512
  • Yu, X. , Stewart, S.M*. , Liu, I.K.F. & Lam, T.H. (2014). Resilience and depressive symptoms in mainland Chinese immigrants to Hong Kong. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 49. 241 - 249. doi:10.1007/s00127-013-0733-8
  • Mo, P. K. H. , Lau, J. T. F*. , Yu, X. & Gu, J. (2014). The role of social support on resilience, posttraumatic growth, hopelessness and depression among children of HIV-infected parents in mainland China. AIDS Care. 26. 1526 - 1533. doi:10.1080/09540121.2014.923810
  • Yu, X. , Tam, W.W.S. , Wong, P.T.K. , Lam, T.H*. & Stewart, S.M. (2012). The Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) for measuring depressive symptoms among the general population in Hong Kong. Comprehensive Psychiatry. 53. 95 - 102. doi:10.1016/j.comppsych.2010.11.002
  • Lee, H.L.P. , Stewart, S.M*. , Lun, V.M.C. , Bond, M.H. , Yu, X. & Lam, T.H. (2012). Validating the Concord Index as a measure of family relationships in China. Journal of Family Psychology. 26(6). 906 - 915. doi:10.1037/a0029994
  • Yu, X*. , Chen, Z. , Zhang, J. & Liu, X. (2011). Coping mediates the association between Type D personality and perceived health in Chinese patients with coronary heart disease. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 18. 277 - 284. doi:10.1007/s12529-010-9120-y
  • Yu, X. , Lau, J.T.F*. , Mak, W.W.S. , Zhang, J. , Lui, W.W.S. & Zhang, J. (2011). Factor structure and psychometric properties of the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale among Chinese adolescents. Comprehensive Psychiatry. 52. 218 - 224 (Google cited times = 143). doi:10.1016/j.comppsych.2010.05.010
  • Yu, X. , Stewart, S.M*. , Wong, P.T.K. & Lam, T.H. (2011). Screening for depression with the Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ-2) among the general population in Hong Kong. Journal of Affective Disorders. 134. 444 - 447. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2011.05.007
  • Yu, X. , Lau, J.T.F*. , Zhang, J. , Mak, W.W.S. , Choi, K.C. , Lui, W.W.S. , Zhang, J. & Chan, E.Y.Y. (2010). Posttraumatic growth and reduced suicidal ideation among adolescents at Month 1 after the 5.12.2008 Sichuan Earthquake. Journal of Affective Disorders. 123. 327 - 331. (Google cited times = 101). doi:10.1016/j.jad.2009.09.019
  • Lau, J.T.F*. , Yu, X. , Zhang, J.X. , Mak, W.W.S. , Choi, K.C. , Lui, W.W.S. , Zhang, J.X. & Chan, E.Y.Y. (2010). Psychological distress among adolescents in Chengdu, Sichuan at one month after the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake. Journal of Urban Health. 87. 504 - 523. doi:10.1007/s11524-010-9447-3
  • Lau, J.T.F*. , Yu, X. , Mak, W.W.S. , Cheng, Y.M. , Lv, Y.H. & Zhang, J.X. (2010). Suicidal ideation among HIV positive former blood and/or plasma donors in rural China. AIDS Care. 22. 946 - 954. doi:10.1080/09540120903511016
  • Yu, X. , Lau, J.T.F*. , Mak, W.W.S. , Cheng, Y.M. , Lv, Y.H. & Zhang, J.X. (2009). Risk and protective factors in association with mental health problems among people living with HIV who were former plasma/blood donors in rural China. AIDS Care. 21. 645 - 654. doi:10.1080/09540120802459770
  • Yu, X. , Zhang, J*. & Liu, X. (2008). Application of the Type D Scale (DS14) in Chinese coronary heart disease patients and healthy controls. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 65. 595 - 601. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2008.06.009
  • Yu, X. & Zhang, J*. (2007). Factor analysis and psychometric evaluation of the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC) in Chinese people. Social Behavior and Personality. 35. 19 - 30. (Google cited times = 488). doi:10.2224/sbp.2007.35.1.19
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Service in CityU


Administrative Assignment

  • 2016 - Now, Joint Bachelor's Degree Program with Columbia University, Member.
  • 2015 - Now, Academic Conduct Committee, Department member.
  • 2015 - Now, Graduate and undergraduate mentors and alumni development, Department member.
  • 2014 - 2015, Teaching allocation in department, Team member.
  • 2013 - 2014, The Master of Social Sciences in Applied Psychology Program, Admission Tutor.

Research / Thesis Supervision

  • 2018 - Now, Miss Chen Chen, PhD.
  • 2018 - Now, Miss He Bu, PhD.
  • 2017 - Now, Miss Xingyun Liu, PhD, Co-supervision with Prof Tingshao Zhu, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
  • 2017 - Now, Miss Diyang Qu, PhD.
  • 2016 - Now, Miss Jiasheng Huang, PhD.
  • 2014 - 2016, Miss Jinfeng Zhang, PhD, Co-supervision with Prof Jianxin Zhang, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Assistant Professor in Chongqing University.
  • 2011 - 2015, Miss Samantha Sze Wan Fung, PhD, Co-supervision with Prof TH Lam and Prof SM Stewart, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong. Lecturer in PolyU SPEED.

Teaching Service

  • 2014 - Now, Undergraduate course, SS3724 Positive Psychology.
  • 2013 - Now, Undergraduate course, SS3713 Learning and Behavior.
  • 2012 - Now, Undergraduate course, GE2109 Love, Sex, and Relationships.
  • 2012 - Now, Postgraduate course, SS5751 Learning and Behavior.


Others

  • Grant review board and referee panel for Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF), Hong Kong, 2013-present.
  • External member of Center for Chinese Families Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2014-present.
  • International affiliate of the South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, 2016-2019.
  • Editorial board, Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, 2016-present.
  • Ad-hoc reviewer for AIDS Care, Asian Journal of Social Psychology, Brain and Behavior, Community Mental Health Journal, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, International Journal of Medical Informatics, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Journal of Tramatic Stress, & Social Science and Medicine.


Keynote Speech

  • Yu, N. X. (2017). Resilience enhancement among new immigrants in Hong Kong. Keynote speech presented at the 3rd Emotional and Health Psychology Conference, 29-31 Dec 2017, Shenzhen, China.



Honorary Appointment

  • 12/2011, Honorary Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong


Research supervision/Internship opportunities

  • We are conducting resilience research in community and clinical settings. Students are welcome to participate in our resilience projects. Those who have interest in further study in health psychology are particularly welcome.


Last update date : 12 Jun 2018