Our Team

Director

Tatia M.C. Lee, Ph.D., R. Psych.

Professor Tatia Lee, Ph.D., is Chair Professor of Psychological Science & Clinical Psychology and May Professor in Neuropsychology, at the University of Hong Kong. In addition, she is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 12 & 40), and of the American Psychological Society, respectively. Professor Lee is also a registered clinical psychologist and a board certified neuropsychologist.

Professor Lee’s research is at the frontier of neuropsychology and social cognitive affective neuroscience.

Research Assistant Professors

Robin Shao, Ph.D.

Robin is a Research Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Hong Kong. He completed his BA degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford in 2007, and his Ph.D. in Psychiatry at the University of Oxford in 2012.

Broadly, Robin is interested in 1) Clinical Neuroscience; 2) Neural Basis of Human Decision Making; 3) Neurobiological Basis of Stress Reactivity and Resilience; 4) Brain Plasticity and 5) Brain Mechanisms of Loneliness. He is particularly interested in the brain alterations in clinically significant affective issues such as major depressive disorder, as well as the neural basis of individual differences in stress resilience, risk-taking tendency, and impulsivity. He also looks at brain structural and functional plasticity induced by various non-pharmacological interventions such as meditation, cognitive training, neuromodulation, and exercise. 

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Nichol Wong, Ph.D.

Nichol is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hong Kong. He obtained a BSc in Psychology from the University of York, a MSc in Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology from University College London, and he received his Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong. Prior to his current appointment, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at King’s College London.

Broadly, Nichol is interested in the field of affective neuroscience. He aims to understand how different individuals process emotions and the neuropsychological mechanisms underlying such emotional processing. Using MRI techniques, he explores the neural underpinnings of emotion- and face-processing in individuals with and without affective psychopathology. In particular, he considers loneliness as one of the critical factors that hinder one’s emotional processing.

Postdoctoral Fellows

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Cheng Li (Lichee), Ph.D.

Lichee is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Psychology Department at the University of Hong Kong. She completed her BA in Psychology at the Guangzhou University and Georgia Southwestern State University (dual degree), and her Ph.D. in Psychology at the Education University of Hong Kong in 2021. Her research interests include sleep, emotion regulation, and close relationships.

Clive Wong, Ph.D.

Clive is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Psychology Department at the University of Hong Kong. He completed his BEng in Computer Engineering at the University of Hong Kong, BSocSc in Psychology at the Open University of Hong Kong, MPhil in Psychiatry at the University of Hong Kong, and his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Broadly, Clive is interested in depression and autism. He is particularly interested in applying machine learning and computational modeling in neuroscience.

Graduate Students

Mengxia Gao

Mengxia is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hong Kong, under the supervision of Professor Tatia M.C. Lee. She received her Master’s Degree in Psychology in 2017 and her Bachelor’s degree in 2014 from South China Normal University. Currently, she is interested in using functional and structural brain data to build machine learning models to understand cognitive and emotional functions in healthy and clinical populations.

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Run Jin

Run Jin is a first-year MPhil student under the supervision of Prof. Tatia Lee. She graduated from Peking University with a BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a BSc in Psychology (double major). In general, she is interested in combining neuroimaging techniques and computational modeling to delve into affective neuroscience and understand the aetiology of depression.

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Letian Lei (Grace)

Grace is a first-year PhD student under the co-supervision of Dr. Charlene Lam and Prof. Tatia Lee at HKU. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Beijing Normal University and her MPhil degree in psychology at CUHK. She has a broad interest in affective neuroscience. Her research at CUHK mainly focused on affective touch. Currently, she is interested in fear conditioning and addiction.

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Alex Hei Tung Leung

Alexis Leung is a first-year MPhil student under the supervision of Professor Tatia M.C. Lee. She obtained her B.A. in Psychology from the City University of New York. Her research interests include (but not limited to) ADHD, Autism, and emotional neglect.

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Li Liang (Lik)

Lik is a final-year MPhil Student from Guangzhou, China. He pursued his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the Education University of Hong Kong. He has been working on research investigating the adverse impact of massive stressful events on the population’s mental health. Lik is interested in the everyday processes and mechanisms related to stress adaptation and psychological resilience. Another line of his research interests is the psychometric evaluations of assessment tools.

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Yi Ping Li (Pinky)

Pinky is a first-year Ph.D. candidate under the supervision of Professor Tatia M.C. Lee. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Hong Kong and her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interest lies in memory.

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Mengyuan Liu (June)

June is a first-year Ph.D. student, under the supervision of Professor Tatia M.C. Lee. She completed her HBSc in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is interested in reinforcement learning, cognitive bias, and neuropsychology.

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Zhongwan Liu

Zhongwan is a final-year MPhil student. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Computer Science at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunictions. Using artificial neural networks, he is interested in identifying depressed individuals from healthy individuals via neuroimaging data.

Idy Man

Idy is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hong Kong, under the supervision of Professor Tatia M.C. Lee. She completed her BSc in Biochemistry at HKU and her MMedSc at HKU. Her research interest is in the neurobiological markers in psychological resilience.

Di Qi (Qidi)

Qidi is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hong Kong, under the supervision of Professor Tatia M.C. Lee. She completed her Bachelor’s in Clinical Medicine from Tianjin Medical University and her Master’s in Cognitive Neuroscience from Beijing Normal University. Qi Di is interested in brain/mind health and neuroplasticity.

Sammi Tam

Sammi is a second-year Ph.D. student under the supervision of Professor Tatia M.C. Lee. She obtained her B.Sc. in Psychology from University College London. Her research interests lie primarily in clinical psychology and neuropsychology. She is motivated to explore the static and dynamic functional connectivities underpinning affective disorders, as well as to work on the different approaches towards the detection and early intervention of depression in particular. Equally intrigued by the application of psychological theories, she hopes to scrutinise the field of clinical psychology and neuropsychology through both research and clinical perspectives.

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Horace Tong

Horace is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the lab. He graduated from Bangor University in Wales with a BSc in Psychology, and obtained his MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from University College London. His research in the UK mainly focused on imitation/mimicry and social liking. Currently, his research interests include brain and behavioural activities during stress and post-stress recovery, as well as how individuals recover from stress and adversity (resilience).

Research Staff

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Ryan Ho

Ryan graduated from the University of Toronto with a HBSc in Psychology and Human Biology. His research interests include psychopathology and exploration of innovative treatments. He aims to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology.

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Sylvia Lam

Sylvia graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a BSocSc in Psychology and Neuroscience. She is interested in exploring the factors contributing to mental disorders as well as how individuals cope with stressful life events.
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Hallie Liu

Hallie graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA in Psychology in 2021. She is broadly curious about Cognitive Neuroscience topics and brain imaging techniques. She wishes to explore related questions in graduate studies in the future.

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Imogen Yih

Imogen graduated from Wellesley College in 2020 with a BA in Psychology. Her research interests include mood disorders and emotion regulation. Imogen hopes to pursue further studies in this area.