The Hong Kong Institute of Education is experiencing an exciting phase of development. As a strategic development within the Education-plus framework, the Department of Psychological Studies was established in January, 2010 to give greater breadth and depth to the study of psychology within current and emerging undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
Currently, academics in the Department have strong expertise in educational psychology, especially in relation to educational assessment and student learning and motivation. Other areas of growing strength include cognitive psychology, child and adolescent psychology, aging, positive psychology, cross-cultural psychology, health psychology, and social and cultural psychology.
Closely linked with the Department is the Assessment Research Centre, an Institute-level research centre specializing in cutting-edge issues in psychometrics and assessment, and Centre for Psychosocial Health, a Faculty-level research centre with a mission to develop cutting-edge research programs that will (a) enhance the community’s awareness and knowledge of the psychosocial aspects of health, and (b) inform private and public sector policy.
In the next few years, the Department expects to expand into other areas in psychology through strategic recruitment in order to service a broad range of courses within an increasingly multidisciplinary institution in line with the Institute’s plan to become a University of Education.
The Department of Psychological Studies aspires to be a leader in the Asia-Pacific region of psychology in education and related fields, and be at the cutting edge of scientific research, development, and teaching in psychology.
To contribute to public understanding of psychology and its applications in education and beyond
To promote human development, learning, health, and well-being through high quality education, research, and services
To nurture students into becoming intellectually competent through scientific studies of human behavior, emotion, and thought
To cultivate in students professional ethics, a sense of social responsibility, cultural sensitivity, and good citizenship in a globalized world
To engage in high quality and impactful research both within and across disciplines
To cultivate collegiality and support for the career development of staff