Prof. Winnie Mak Wing-sze

Professor Winnie Mak Wing-sze is the director the of Diversity and Well-Being Laboratory and currently a Professor at the Department of Psychology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara (2000)
BA in Psychology,specialising in Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (1995)

Research Interests

Stigma and well-being of social minorities; Stigma reduction
Promotion of mental health
Recovery of mental illness

Recent Projects

Jockey Club TourHeart+ Project-Online-offline stepped care mental health system
Discrete Choice Experiment for Therapy Preferences
Online mindfulness-based program for people with depression
Buddhist Psychological constructs for human flourishing and social justice
Yes I Can

Honors and Awards

Fellow of American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Psychological Science (APS), Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS), and Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA)
Aug 2016-2026 Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dec 2020 World’s Top 2% Scientists, Stanford University
2017《JESSICA Most Successful Women》
2017 Research Mentorship Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2016 Research Excellence Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2008 Young Researcher Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2006 Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Selected publications

Tsoi, E. W. S., Mak, W. W. S., Ho, C. Y. Y., & Yeung, G. T. Y. (2022). A Web-Based Stratified Stepped Care Mental Health Platform (TourHeart): Semistructured Interviews With Stakeholders. JMIR Human Factors, 9(2), e35057.

Ma, G. Y. K., & Mak, W. W. S. (2022). Associations of perceived stigma, perceived environmental inaccessibility, and self-compassion among people with physical disability in Hong Kong. Disability and Health Journal, 15(3), 101274.

Mak, W. W. S., Tsoi, E. W. S., & Wong, H. C. Y. (2022). Brief Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP®) as a mental health self-management tool for community adults in Hong Kong: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Mental Health, 1–8.

You, J. H. S., Luk, S. W. C., Chow, D. Y. W., Jiang, X., Mak, A. D. P., & Mak, W. W. S. (2022). Cost-effectiveness of internet-supported cognitive behavioral therapy for university students with anxiety symptoms: A Markov-model analysis. PLOS ONE, 17(5), e0268061.

Mak, W. W. S., Ng, S. M., Tsoi, E. W. S., & Yu, B. C. L. (2022). Interconnectedness Is Associated with a Greater Sense of Civic Duty and Collective Action Participation through Transcendental Awareness and Compassion during COVID-19. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(12), 7261.

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