Winnie Wing-Sze MAK



Associate Dean (Research)
of Social Science
Rm 354, Sino Building
3943 6577
2603 5019
Diversity & Well-Being Laboratory

Teaching Areas

  • 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"


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.

Mak, W. W. S., Chio, F. H. N., Chan, A. T. Y., Lui, W. W. S., Wu, E. K. Y. (2017). The effectiveness of Internet-based mindfulness training and cognitive-behavioral training with telephone support in the enhancement of mental health among college students and young working adults: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research19(3):e84.

Mak, W. W. S., Chan, R. C. H., Wong, S. Y. S., Lau, J. T. F., Tang, W. K., Tang, A. K. L., Chiang. T. P., Cheng, S. K. W., Chan, F., Cheung, F. M., Woo, J., Lee, D. T. F. (2017). A Cross-diagnostic investigation of the differential impact of discrimination on clinical and personal recovery. Psychiatric Services68(2), 159-166.

Yang, X., Mak, W. W. S. (2017). The differential moderating roles of self-compassion and mindfulness on self-stigma and well-being among people living with mental illness or HIV. Mindfulness, 8(3), 595-602.

Mak, W. W. S., Ho, C. Y. Y., Wong, V. U. T., & Law, R. W., Chan, R. C. H. (2015). Cultural model of self-stigma among Chinese with substance use problems. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 155, 83-89.

Mak, W. W. S., Ng, I. S. W., & Wong, C. C. Y. (2011). Resilience: Enhancing well-being through the positive cognitive triad. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 58, 610-617.

Other Positions

  • Associate Editor, Translational Behavioral Medicine
  • 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
  • Stigma and Health
  • Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
  • Asian American Journal of Psychology

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)
  • 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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