Winnie W. S. MAK


Rm 333, Chen Kou Bun Building
3943 6577
2603 5019
Diversity & Well-Being Laboratory

Brief Introduction

I am a community-based clinical psychologist who works closely with people in recovery, non-government organizations, and corporates to translate research into practice. My research mainly focuses on stigma of social minorities, mental health promotion and personal recovery, digital mental health, mindfulness and Buddhist psychology. I am keen on using technology to increase access and availability of evidence-based mental health interventions to the general population. I co-founded the social enterprise, StoryTaler (https://www.storytalerhk.org/), and developed the first online stratified stepped care mental health platform (Jockey Club TourHeart+ Project, https://www.jcthplus.org/) for working adults in Hong Kong.

Teaching Areas

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

Research Interests

Stigma, digital mental health, personal recovery, Buddhist psychology, community psychology

Recent Projects

  • Jockey Club TourHeart+ Project for Workplace Mental Health
  • User Preferences on Modes of Psychotherapy for Depression
  • Immersive Virtual Reality Intervention for People with Social Avoidance



Fong, T. H. C., & Mak, W. W. S. (2022). Effects of Internet-based storytelling programs (Amazing Adventure Against Stigma) in reducing mental illness stigma with mediation by interactivity and stigma content: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 24(8), e37973; doi:10.2196/37973

Mak, W. W. S., Ng, S. M., Tsoi, E. W. S., Yu, B. C. L. (2022). Interconnectedness is associated with a greater sense of civic duty and collective action participation through transcendental awareness and compassion during COVID-19. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(12):7261. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19127261

Ho, C. Y. Y., Yu, B. C. L., & Mak, W. W. S. (2022). Nonattachment mediates the associations between mindfulness, well-being, and psychological distress: A meta-analytic structural equation modeling approach. Clinical Psychology Review, 95, 102175, ISSN 0272-7358, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2022.102175.

Mak, W. W. S., Tsoi, E. W. S., & Wong, H. C. Y. (2022). Brief Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP®) as a mental health self-management tool for community adults in Hong Kong: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Mental Health. https://doi.org/1080/09638237.2022.2069723.

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

Full list of publications can be found at: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=GVZa7lsAAAAJ&hl=en


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

  • 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)
  • 2021, Excellent Research Award, Food and Health Bureau, Hong Kong
  • 2016-21 Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2020-21, World’s Top 2% Scientists by Elsevier and 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
  • 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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