Professor AU Winton,
Dr. CAREY Tim,
Professor MAK Winnie,
Professor WANG Qian

Department of Psychology


Prof. Winton AU is an Associate Professor and Director of Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program at Department of Psychology of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has also served as Dean of General Education at Shaw College. His research interests include cooperation in social dilemmas and psychology at work. Besides teaching, he does consultancy work in the areas of assessing employee attitudes, conducting program evaluation and developing psychological assessments for personnel selection.

Dr. Tim CAREY is a Professional Consultant in the Psychology Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In addition to lecturing and placing interns for the past eight years, he has 15 years of experience in management consulting with multi-national companies, state, federal and local government organizations and universities. For four years, he was an associate consultant, consultant and then Director of Consulting services for Personnel Decisions International, a global consulting firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the USA. Dr. Carey has spent 13 years in Asia, in both Hong Kong and Shanghai, which has included extensive travel and consulting, in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the Middle East.

Prof. Winnie MAK is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research concerns promoting diversity and mental health in the communities, reducing stigma towards social minorities, and enhancing recovery and well-being of people with severe mental illness, and HIV prevention and promotion of well-being of People Living with HIV.

Prof. Qian WANG is an Assistant Professor at Department of Psychology of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research concerns social and personality development during childhood, adolescence, and emerging adulthood.


Action Learning: Experience Sharing on Conducting Practicums and Applied Projects in Psychology

Department of Psychology adopts a scientist-practitioner approach in teaching psychology. While we emphasize scientific research, we also expect students to be able to apply knowledge and skills to daily life. The combination is an action-learning approach that we encourage students to take on applied projects either as part of a course requirement or even as a full course as a practicum. Our practicum also serves as a capstone course for students aiming for an applied path. In this session we will share experiences developing and conducing these applied projects and practicum courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Challenges in managing student and community expectations, monitoring and evaluation of student performance, assessment of learning outcomes, feedback from students, teachers and organizations will be discussed. Implementing action-learning is an ever challenging process that there are no standard operating procedures for success. This session is an occasion for colleagues who have been conducting or who are interested in developing applied projects and practicums to share insights and concerns.