Winnie Wing-Sze MAK


Rm 354, Sino Building
3943 6577
2603 5019
Diversity & Well-Being Laboratory

Teaching Areas

  • PSYC6231- Thesis II 
  • PSYC6620- Health & Community Psychology 

Research Interests

"I am keen on promoting well-being in the community, advocating for human rights for all, and translating research into scalable practices. I have three intersecting lines of research. The first line of my research is on stigma and stigma reduction. I aim to understand the content and process underlying the stigma experience and to eradicate stigma. The second line is on mental health promotion. I am interested in developing evidence-based interventions to promote well-being and using technology to disseminate them. The third line is on personal recovery of mental illness, wherein people with lived experience are encouraged and empowered to live a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life and pursue personally meaningful goals. Research of the Diversity and Well-being Lab (www.psy.cuhk.edu.hk/maklab) is driven by our mission to promote social inclusion and well-being for all. Besides research, I found StoryTaler說書人(www.facebook.com/storytaler.hk) together with people with lived experience, people with psychology background and the general public with the aims to reduce stigma and promote well-being through co-production and sharing of personal stories"

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



Tong, A. C. Y., Tsoi, E. W. S., & Mak, W. W. S. (2021). Socioeconomic status, mental health, and workplace determinants among working adults in Hong Kong: A latent class analysis. Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, 7894. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157894.

Yuen, A. S. Y. & Mak, W. W. S. (2021). The effects of immersive virtual reality in reducing public stigma in the university population of Hong Kong: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 23(7):e23683 doi: 10.2196/23683.

Chan, R. C. H., Mak, W. W. S., Chan, W. Y., & Lin, W. Y. (2021). Effects of social movement participation on political efficacy and well-being: A longitudinal study of civically engaged youth. Journal of Happiness Studies, 22, 1981-2001. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-020-00303-y.

Chan, R. C. H. & Mak, W. W. S. (2021). Resistance as a form of resilience in sexual and gender minorities: Differential moderating roles of collective action on the discrimination–depression relationship among sexual minority men and women. Social Science & Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114056

Chan, R. C. H., & Mak, W. W. S. (2020). Empowerment for civic engagement and well-being in emerging adulthood: Evidence from cross-regional and cross-lagged analyses. Social Science & Medicine. 244, 112703. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112703

Mak, W. W., Tong, A. C., Yip, S. Y., Lui, W. W., Chio, F. H., Chan, A. T., & Wong, C. C. (2018). Efficacy and moderation of mobile app–based programs for mindfulness-based training, self-compassion training, and cognitive behavioral psychoeducation on mental health: Randomized controlled noninferiority trial. JMIR Mental Health, 5(4), e60. DOI: 10.2196/mental.8597

Mak, W. W. S., Chan, R. C. H., Yau, S. S. W. (2018). Development and validation of Attitudes towards Recovery Questionnaire across Chinese people in recovery, their family carers, and service providers in Hong Kong. Psychiatry Research, 267, 48-55. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.05.047

Chan, R. C. H., Mak, W. W. S., Chio, F. H. N., & Tong, A. C. Y. (2018). Flourishing with psychosis: A prospective examination on the interactions between clinical, functional, and personal recovery processes on well-being among individuals with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 44(4), 778-786. DOI: 10.1093/schbul/sbx120

Mak, W. W. S., Mo, P. K. H., Ma, G. Y. K., & Lam, M. Y. Y. (2017). Meta-analysis and systematic review of studies on the effectiveness of HIV stigma reduction programs. Social Science and Medicine, 188, 30-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.06.045

Other Positions

  • Research Director, CUHK-NCKU Joint Research Centre for Positive Social Science
  • Professor (by courtesy), Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, CUHK

Editorial Boards

  • Social Science and Medicine
  • Mindfulness
  • Stigma and Health

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
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