FEHD’s Dr Kevin Chan, Dr Ivan Poon, and Dr Rebecca Cheung have been awarded the APS Rising Star Award. The award recognises psychology researchers in the earliest stages of their careers whose innovative work has advanced the field.
Dr Kevin Chan examined the impact of societal stigma on the recovery of mental illness. His work used evidence to inform the development of community-based stigma reduction programs and recovery-oriented mental health services.
“It is such an honour for us to be selected as APS Rising Stars,” Dr Chan said. ”I think the achievement is a testament to the outstanding work that the Departments, the Faculty, and the University are doing in developing a vibrant research environment and building a strong research culture. I think we will keep up the good work.”
Dr Ivan Poon examined the impact of social ostracism and rejection. He also investigated factors that help people to cope with being treated badly by others.
"I feel honored to be named as one of the 2018 APS Rising Stars,” Dr Poon said. “This achievement would not have been possible without the support from my mentors, collaborators, and students. I also thank the Department, Faculty, and University for providing me with the opportunities and resources to conduct my research."
Dr Rebecca Cheung studied processes underlying mental health and adjustment from early childhood to emerging adulthood.
“I am honoured and grateful to be recognized as one of the APS Rising Stars alongside my wonderful colleagues. I thank all of my friends, collaborators, and mentors for making our research meaningful, important, fun, and innovative!” Dr Rebecca Cheung said.
As our APS Rising Star Awards illustrate, FEHD encourages innovative research that helps individuals and communities. By allowing our staff the freedom to focus on their work, we seek to raise what we do to the NEXT LEVEL.