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Professor CHEUNG M.C. Fanny, OBE, JP

Pro-Vice-Chancellor / Vice-President, Choh-Ming Li Professor of Psychology Director, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies

Professor Cheung is currently Choh-Ming Li Professor of Psychology and Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at CUHK. She joined CUHK in 1977 and was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and Chairperson of the Department of Psychology. An active advocate for promoting women’s status through scientific research, Professor Cheung established the Gender Research Centre in 1985, and initiated the Gender Studies Programme at CUHK. Her work has led to increased awareness of gender issues in the academia and the community. From 1996 to 1999, Professor Cheung served as the Founding Chairperson of the Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission, setting up the mechanism to eliminate discrimination and promote equal opportunities for women and men, and for people with disabilities.

Professor Cheung obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and PhD in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Her research expertise lies in cross-cultural personality assessment and psychopathology, gender equality, and women leadership. Professor Cheung is currently President of the International Test Commission, a Fellow and former President of the Hong Kong Psychological Society, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) as well as the Association for Psychological Science (APS).

Professor Cheung is dedicated to public service and has served on many government committees and advisory bodies, including the Electoral Affairs Commission, the Women’s Commission, the Independent Police Complaints Council, the Regional Council, and the Advisory Committee on Social Work Training and Manpower Planning. She was invited as a special representative for the 7th-10th National Congress of Chinese Women. In honour of her contributions to the community, she was appointed Justice of Peace in 1988 and a Hong Kong Affairs Advisor in 1995-97. She was made an Officer of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1997.

Professor Cheung has published and lectured widely internationally. Her academic publications total over 170 international refereed journal articles, book chapters, books and monographs. Her academic honours and awards include the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology 2012, Distinguished International Psychologist Award of APA Division 52 (2005), and Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals from the University of Minnesota (2003).