Michelle YIK


PhD University of British Columbia

Michelle Yik is a psychologist who joined Division of Social Science in 2002. During 2011-2013, she served as the acting head of the Division and during 2016-2020, she served as the Director of Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions. Her research centers on emotion, personality, and culture/language. She is the author or co-author of over 50 journal articles/book chapters and is currently editing the Oxford Handbook of Emotion and Culture. 

At HKUST, Michelle teaches Psychology of Personal Growth, Personality Psychology, Growing Up the Chinese Way, Leveraging Personality in the Workplace, and Seminar on Emotion. The personal growth course provides ample opportunity to satisfy her id impulses of performing in front of 400 students. The other courses provide a platform on which to utilize her research to enrich students understanding of human behaviors in comparative perspective. In 2007, Michelle won the Humanities and Social Science Teaching Award; in 2010, she became the medalist for the Michael G. Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching; and in 2011, she was the finalist for the University Grants Committee Teaching Award. Michelle is currently taking part in two MOOC courses and they are Psychology of Personal Growth and My Favorite Lectures @ HKUST.


Section Editor-in-Chief: Personality & Individual Differences

Google Scholar Citation Profile

Research Interests
• Architecture of Emotion
• Chinese Emotion
• Personality and Well-being; Personality and Language
• Romantic Love
Courses Taught
SOSC 1980: Psychology of Personal Growth
SOSC 2980: Personality Psychology
SOSC 6880: Seminar on Emotion
MASS 5980: Understanding Personality
MGCS 5880: Growing Up the Chinese Way