Official Title: Assistant Professor | Research Coordinator for the School of Education | Coordinator of the Domingos Lam Centre for Research in Education
Faculty: School of Education
Ph.D. in Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
M.Phil. in Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
B.A., Psychology; B.A., Human Ecology; B.S., Interior Design (with special honors), The University of Texas at Austin, U.S.A.
Academic and Professional Positions
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences and Education, University of Saint Joseph, Macau (2021 – present)
Co-Principal Investigator for the GEG Chinese Literacy Education and Research (CLEAR) Project (「語文童樂」﹕銀娛讀寫支援及研究計劃」) (2021 – present)
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Macau, Macau (2012 – 2021)
Honorary Instructor and Co-investigator for the GEG Chinese Literacy Pilot Scheme Project (「語文童樂」﹕銀娛讀寫支援先導計劃」) and the GEG Chinese Literacy Education and Research (CLEAR) Project (「語文童樂」﹕銀娛讀寫支援及研究計劃」) (2016 – 2021)
Parenting and socialization
Early childhood development and education
Early childhood literacy development
Developmental, educational, social, personality, cultural, and evolutionary psychology
Attachment and human development
Sexuality education and sexual attitudes
Refereed Journal Articles
Mak, M. C. K., Yin, L., Li, M., Cheung, R. Y. H., & Oon, P. T. (2020). The relation between parenting stress and child behavior problems: Negative parenting styles as mediator. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 29, 2993-3003. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-020-01785-3 (SSCI; 2018 IF=1.556; 5Y-IF=2.105; Rank:22/46; Family Studies)
Vong, K. I. P., Mak, M. C. K., Leung, S. O., & Chang, S. H. (2020). Age as the most prominent predictor of young children’s creativity performance and challenges at critical turning points early in life. Creativity Research Journal, 32(2), 192-197. DOI: 10.1080/10400419.2020.1768486 (SSCI; 2018 IF=1.130; 5Y-IF=1.645; Rank: 85/137; Psychology, Multidisciplinary)
Mak, M. C. K., Vong, K. I. P., Lu, S., & Leung, S. O. (2020). Towards a Performing Creative Characteristics Scale (PCCS) for Chinese young children. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 35, 100633. DOI: 10.1016/j.tsc.2020.100633 (SSCI; 2018 IF=1.655; 5Y-IF=1.969; Rank: 106/243; Education & Educational Research)
Chen, W. W., Gao, X., Wang, Z., & Mak, M. C. K. (2020). Unhappy us, unhappy me, unhappy life: The role of self-esteem in the relation between adult attachment styles and mental health. Current Psychology, 1-10. DOI: 10.1007/s12144-019-00594-2 (SSCI; 2018 IF=1.468; 5Y-IF=1.582; Rank: 64/137; Psychology, Multidisciplinary)
Yang, X., Guan, Y. J., Zhang, Y., She, Z., Buchtel, E., Mak, M. C. K., & Hu, H. (2020). A relational model of career adaptability and career prospects: The roles of leader-member exchange and agreeableness. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 93(2), 405-430. DOI:10.1111/joop.12301 (SSCI; 2018 IF=2.323; 5Y-IF=4.613; Rank: 31/82; Applied Psychology)
Huang, L., Huang, F., Oon, P. T., & Mak, M. C. K. (2019). Constructs evaluation of student attitudes towards Science. Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 15(12):em1792. (SSCI: IF=0.903, 2014-IF=1.016; Rank: 76/224; Education & Educational Research)
Hu, B., Hou, Z., Mak, M. C. K., Xu, S. L., Yang, X., Hu, T., Qiu, Y., & Wen, Y. (2019). Work engagement, tenure, and external opportunities moderate perceived high-performance work systems and affective commitment. Social Behavior and Personality: An International Journal, 47(5), e7353. (SSCI: IF=0.548, 5Y-IF=0.687)
Wu, Z. L., Mak, M. C. K., Hu, B., He, J. B., and Fan, X. T. (2019). A validation of the Social Skills domain of the Social Skills Improvement System-Rating Scales (SSIS-RS) with Chinese preschoolers. Psychology in the Schools, 56, 126-147, DOI: 10.1002/pits.22193 (SSCI: IF=1.247, 5Y-IF=1.666; Rank: 37/59; Psychology, Educational)
Hu, B., Mak, M. C. K., Zhang, C., Fan, X., & Zhu, J. (2018). Chinese parents’ beliefs about the importance and feasibility of quality early childhood inclusion. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 65(2), 163-182, DOI:10.1080/1034912X.2017.1358809 (SSCI: IF=0.735, 5Y-IF=0.884; Rank: 25/39)
Hu, B., Mak, M. C. K., Neizel, J., Li, K., & Fan, X. (2016). Predictors of Chinese early childhood program quality: Implications for policies. Children and Youth Services Review, 70, 152–162. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.09.013 (SSCI; 2015 IF=0.969; 5Y-IF=1.521; Rank: 25/43)
Zhou, W. X., Guan, Y. J., Xin, L., Mak, M. C. K., & Deng, Y. F. (2016). Career success criteria and locus of control as indicators of adaptive readiness in the career adaptation model. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 94, 124-130. (SSCI; 2016 IF=2.555; 5Y-IF=3.885; Rank: 17/80)
Hu, B. Y., Vong, K. I., & Mak, M. C. K. (2015). An evaluation of China’s kindergarten quality rating system through the Chinese Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale – the Zhejiang case. Early Years: An International Research Journal, 35(1), 50-66.
Mak, M. C. K., Han, Y. M. Y., You, J. N., Jin, M. X., & Bond, M. H. (2011). Building life satisfaction through attachment to mother and beliefs about the world: Social Axioms as mediators in two cultural groups. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 14(3), 223-239.
Chang, L., Mak, M. C. K., Li, T., Wu, B. P., Chen, B. B., & Lu, H. J. (2011). Cultural adaptations to environmental variability: An evolutionary account of East-West differences. Educational Psychology Review, 23(1), 99-129. [SSCI; 2013 IF=2.846; 5-YEAR IF=4.52]
Mak, M. C. K., Bond, M. H., Simpson, J., & Rholes, S. (2010). Adult attachment, perceived support, and depressive symptoms in Chinese and American cultures. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 29(2), 144-165. [SSCI; 2013 IF=1.411; 5-YEAR IF=2.00]
Ng, M. H., Mak, M. C. K., Leong, K. I. Q., Cheng, P. W., Ho, G. W. S., Chan, A. O. K., & Tse, T. P. M. (2021, December). Monitor or On-site? Macau kindergartener parents’ learning experience in face-to-face and online parent education seminars. Paper presented in an oral session at The International Conference on Learning and Teaching 2021 (ICLT 2021), Hong Kong (held online).
Mak, M. C. K., Leong, K. I. Q., Ho, G. W. S., Cheng, P. W., Chan, A. O. K., Ng, M. H., & Tse, T. P. M. (2021, July). Does school closure during the COVID-19 pandemic have an effect on Macau kindergarteners’ literacy development in Chinese? Poster to be presented in a poster session at The 28th Annual Conference for the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR 2021), USA (held online).
Mak, M. C. K., Cheng, P. W., Ho, G. W. S., Chan, A. O. K., Leong, K. I. Q., Ng, M. H., & Tse, T. P. M. (2021, March). To Zoom or not to Zoom: Macau kindergartener parents’ perception of the effectiveness of parent education program for early literacy development using face-to-face and online methods. Paper presented in an oral session at The 5th Annual Conference for the Association for Reading and Writing in Asia (ARWA 2021), Taipei, Taiwan (held online).
Mak, M. C. K., & Cui, T. X. (2019, July). A study on the relationship among maternal parenting styles, gender role orientation, and subjective well-being (探討母親教養方式性別角色定位和主觀幸福感之間的關係). Paper presented in a paper session at The 6th Cross-Strait, Hong Kong and Macau Conference on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health 2019 (2019 年『第六屆海峽兩岸暨港澳地區青少年性與生殖健康論壇』), Taiwan.
Li, M. H., & Mak, M. C. K. (2015, June). An exploratory study of the association between parent-adolescent relationship and family sex communication in Chinese context. Paper presented in a paper session at The 4th Cross-Strait, Hong Kong and Macau Conference on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health 2015 (2015 年『第四屆海峽兩岸暨港澳地區青少年性與生殖健康論壇』), Macau.
Mak, M. C. K., Han, Y. M. Y., You, J. N., Jin, M. X., & Bond, M. H. (2008, July). Early attachment and life satisfaction across two cultures. Paper presented in a paper session at The 19th International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Bremen, Germany.
Mak, M. C. K., Bond, M. H., Simpson, J., & Rholes, S. (2008, June). Adult attachment, perceived support, and depressive symptoms in two cultures. Paper presented in a symposium at The 6th Chinese Psychologist Conference, Hong Kong.
Mak, M. C. K., Bond, M. H., Friedman, M., Rholes, S., Simpson, J., & Chan, C. (2007, July). The association between attachment styles to parent and lover, and its effect on current relationships. Paper presented in a symposium at The 7th Biennial Conference of Asian Association of Social Psychology, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.