Dr Vivian Tsang received her MPhil and PhD degree in Psychology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research examines the wellbeing and behavioral consequences of loneliness and social interaction across lifespan, and the ways to promote healthy ageing and intergenerational connection.
Teaching Areas & Research Interests
Loneliness and social isolation
Academic and Professional Experience
Project Team member, Knowledge Transfer Project Fund (KPF) (HK$ 399,596), Chinese University of Hong Kong, Title: Intervention for promoting old-age preparation in the community, 2021 – 2022
Principal Investigator, Seed Funding Support for Thesis Research (HK$ 4950), Chinese University of Hong Kong, Title: Consequences of unfulfilled social needs: an investigation on different underlying mechanisms, 2020 – 2021
Co-Investigator, Direct Grant for Research (HK$ 99,820), Chinese University of Hong Kong, Title: Loneliness and Well-Being Consequences When Older Parents Migrate with Their Adult Children versus When Older Adults Are Left Behind, 2019 – 2021
Principal Investigator, Opportunities for the Elderly Project (OEP) (HK$ 28,300),Hong Kong Social Welfare Department, Title: Friends Across Generations, 2018 – 2019
2018 3rd runner-up, Three-minute thesis competition, Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2017 Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award – 2nd term, 2016-17, Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2013 Reaching Out Award, Post -secondary Scholarship Scheme 2012/13, HKSAR Government
Chu, L., Fung, H. H., Tse, D. C., Tsang, V. H.L., Zhang, H., & Mai, C. (2021). Obtaining Information from Different Sources Matters During the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Gerontologist.
Chu, L.*, Lay, J. C.*, Tsang, V. H. L.* (Co-first author), & Fung, H. H. (2020). Attitudes Toward Aging: A Glance Back at Research Developments Over the Past 75 Years. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 75(6), 1125-1129.
Li, T., Tsang, V. H. L., Fung, H. H., Qiu, X. L., & Wang, W. C. (2019). Measuring dynamic goals for marriage: Development and validation of the Marital Goal Scale using Rasch modeling. Psychological Assessment, 32(3), 211-226.
Li, T., & Tsang, H.-L. V. (2016). Age differences in the understanding of wealth and power: The mediating role of future time perspective. European Journal of Ageing, 13(4), 349-360.
Li, T., & Tsang, H.-L. V. (2016). Age moderates the relationship between generativity concern and understanding of wealth. Current Aging Science, 9(3), 210-216.
Chen, A. X.*, Tsang, H.-L. V.* (Co-first author), Wong, J.T. K.*, Fung, H. H., & Ayalon, L. (2020). Three Ways that Ageing Affects Women Differently from Men: Menopause, Changes in Physical Appearance and Caregiving. Cambridge International Handbook on Psychology of Women. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 124 –136.
Chu, Li.*, Fang, Yang.*, Tsang, H.-L. V.* (Co-first author), & Fung, H. H. (2019). Cultural variance and invariance of age differences in social cognition. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, http://doi.org./10.1093/acrefore/9780190236557.013.406
Tsang, V. H. L., Chunyan Mai& Fung, H. H. (Accepted – 2021, Nov). Older adults pursue more autonomy during pandemic: An explanation by social obligation. The Gerontological Society of America 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, USA.
Tsang, V. H. L., & Fung, H. H. (2018, Nov). The only thing we have to fear is fear itself: A lifespan study on fear of loneliness and well-being across cultures. The Gerontological Society of America 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston, MA, USA.
Tsang, Vivian H.-L.; Chan, Darius; Cheng , Grand H.-L.; Yeung, Dannii Y (2018, May). Factors affecting housewives’ intentions to engage in collective action against wealth inequality: Some data from Hong Kong. U.S.-Hong Kong 2018 Conference – Aging across Time and Contexts, Hong Kong.
Tsang, V. H. L., & Fung, H. H. (2018, July). The fear of loneliness in old age explains the role of relationship dissatisfaction on depressive symptoms across ages and cultures: a longitudinal study. The 25th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development 2018, Australia
Tsang, V. H. L., & Fung, H. H. (2020, Nov). The Mediating Effect of Negative Emotion on the Well-Being Consequence of Belongingness Deficit Across Ages. The Gerontological Society of America 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting (Online).
Tsang, V. H. L., & Fung, H. H. (2018, July). The role of perceived social disconnectedness in explaining the effect of perceived discrepancy between actual and desired social support (DAD) on current loneliness level in emerging adulthood. The 25th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development 2018, Australia
Tsang, V. H. L. & Fung, H. H. (2018, July). An investigation of the effect of loneliness towards health outcomes with perceived fear as the mediator in college students. The25th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development 2018, Australia
Tsang, H.-L. V., & Li, T. (2016, May). Is perspective taking always related to altruistic tendency? The moderating effects of manipulated and chronic power status. The 28th Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention, Chicago, USA.
Li, T., Tsang, V. H. L., & Leung, J. Y. C. (2016, January). Age differences in goal priorities in marriage. The 2016 International Behavioral Health Conference, Hong Kong.
Li, T., & Tsang, V. H. L. (2015, January). Age Differences in Understanding of Wealth and Power and the Mediating Role of Future Time Perspective. 2015 Gerontological Society of America SinoConference, Hong Kong.