Dr POON Kai Tak Ivan

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology,
The Education University of Hong Kong                         

Phone: (852) 29488873
Email: ktpoon@eduhk.hk
ORCID: 0000-0002-5651-1227

Education PhD, Social Psychology, Department of Psychology,
The University of Hong Kong
Biography Dr Ivan Poon Kai Tak obtained his BSocSc in Psychology and PhD in Social Psychology from The University of Hong Kong. Dr Poon’s primary research focuses on interpersonal relationships and processes, with an emphasis on the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral impacts of ostracism, objectification, and related forms of interpersonal maltreatments. Specifically, he examines when and why ostracism and objectification lead to undesirable outcomes (e.g., psychosocial maladjustments and antisocial behavior) and examines how to help people better cope with these interpersonal setbacks. In acknowledgement of his research accomplishments, the research awards he received include the Association for Psychological Science’s Rising Star Designation and the Education University of Hong Kong’s President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Research (Early Career Research Excellence Award).
Research Interests
  • Ostracism and social exclusion
  • Objectification
  • Aggression and violence
5 Representative Publications
  • Poon, K. T., Chen, Z., & Wong, W. Y. (in press). Beliefs in conspiracy theories following ostracism. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
  • Poon, K. T., Chen, Z., Teng, F., & Wong, W. Y. (in press). The effect of objectification on aggression. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
  • Chen, Z*., Poon, K. T*., DeWall, C. N, & Jiang, T. (in press). Life lacks meaning without acceptance: Ostracism triggers suicidal thoughts. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. (*co-first author)
  • Poon, K. T., & Jiang, Y. (in press). Getting less likes on social media: Mindfulness ameliorates the detrimental effects of feeling left out online. Mindfulness.
  • Poon, K. T., Wong, W. Y. (2019). Turning a blind eye to potential costs: Ostracism increases aggressive tendency. Psychology of Violence, 9, 634-643.