Dr Helena Chui - Nat Sch Psychology (Faculty of Health Sciences)
Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)
BSSc., 1999, Journalism and Communications, minor: Psychology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
MSc., 2002, Gender, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom
Ph.D., 2010, Applied Social Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Development, Colorado State University, CO, United States
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Age Differences in the Effects of Self-Esteem, in Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry
Change in Coping and Defense Mechanisms Across Adulthood: Longitudinal Findings in a European American Sample, in Developmental Psychology
Cumulative Load of Depressive Symptoms Is Associated With Cortisol Awakening Response in Very Old Age, in Research in Human Development
My research interests focus on the following:
The exploration of age and sex differences in personality and psychological well-being across the adult lifespan: to what extent do patterns of age difference provide good approximations of longitudinal age changes and are the patterns of age differences are different for men and women. At its most basic level, this research is linked to the question of whether personality is mostly stable throughout adulthood or whether it can change.
Psychological well-being across adulthood
To examine the predictive relevance of personality traits with regard to adultsa?? psychological well-being (McCrae, 2002; Schmutte & Ryff, 1997). Following Baltesa?? (1987) proposal of the importance of multidimensionality and multidirectionality in lifespan developmental psychology, the multidimensional measures of personality traits and psychological well-being enable the assessment of the extent to which personality traits predict certain dimensions of psychological well-being.
I am interested in examining the development of coping strategies and defence mechanisms over the adult lifespan. This research has implications on how individuals experience emotion as they get older.
Research into individual differences in emotion regulation across the adult lifespan. In everyday life, individuals frequently engage in emotion regulation to influence their current emotional states and it serves important functions for individualsa?? emotional well-being. Specifically, emotion regulation is related to the satisfaction of hedonic needs, facilitates goal achievement, and optimizes overall psychosocial functioning (Fredrickson, 1998, 2001; Koole, 2009).
Everyday emotion and daily stress
The association between momentary affect and social partners: using multilevel modelling, this work focused on modelling intra- and inter-individual variability in momentary affect as a function of the presence of social partners, neuroticism, depressive symptoms, and loneliness. In addition, I am interested in cortisol, a stress hormone, and its association with depressive symptoms in very old age.
Religiosity and prejudice
Aspects of religiosity are associated with prejudice against ethnic minorities and immigrants. Previous studies using samples in Europe and the United States suggest that aspects of the individual and the social context of religiosity are differentially associated with prejudice against ethnic minorities and immigrants (Bohman & Hjerm, 2014; Scheepers & Eisinga, 2015; Scheepers, Gijsberts, & Hello, 2002). In particular, age and gender are constantly significant predictors of prejudice. However, these studies are mostly limited to samples of native-born and predominantly white individuals. I am interested in the links between religiosity and prejudice in atheists and religious persons of different religions across the adult lifespan.