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羅琪茵女士及莊友堅先生

羅琪茵莊友堅基金教授席 (多元與公平社會研究)

在當下社會,實現多元與平等迫在眉睫。我們期待擁抱一個更寬容的世界,願此項教授席能夠為實現這目標略盡綿力。

羅琪茵女士及莊友堅先生
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前任明德教授

區潔芳

2018年就職

From UNESCO to Wall Street, and in the corporate sector and at the world's leading tech companies, the introduction of diversity, equity and inclusion programmes has been making headlines in recent years as multinationals, academic institutions and social media companies institute these initiatives. And while these moves have been well received, there has been a renewed push in many countries to discuss equal opportunities and take steps to address current failings.

In April 2015, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) became the first university in the world to launch the United Nations Women's HeForShe Initiative on campus. Since then, HKU's senior management team has looked at ways to improve gender equity and diversity across the campus and has stated its commitment to creating lasting change and implementing practical measures to help realise these objectives.

Professor Terry Au Kit-Fong is the Chair Professor of Developmental Psychology and the Karen Lo Eugene Chuang Professor in Diversity and Equity at the Department of Psychology at HKU. With her experience in cross-disciplinary human resources, Professor Au was appointed Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Staffing and Resources) in January 2016 and is spearheading efforts to promote gender diversity and equity.

Professor Au is a developmental psychologist by training and conducts research in this field and also in the fields of cognitive psychology and educational psychology. She is focused on driving a culture change that fosters a safer and more supportive learning and work environment, together with formulating and implementing gender parity and family-friendly human resource measures, and helping colleagues develop leadership competence while working towards a more diverse and equitable campus climate.

Her work has theoretical as well as applied significance. Her studies on health, science, and language education has offered evidence-based solutions to improving the well-being of children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds such as linguistic minorities and recent immigrants from low socio-economic communities.

Professor Au's research on childhood social anxiety, autism, dyslexia, and specific language impairments contributes to the early identification and early effective treatments of children with developmental challenges. By enhancing the well-being of children who face major challenges, she also helps enhance the diversity of and equity in schools and society at large. Professor Au and her research team have developed a user-friendly Structured Classroom Observation Scale that she hopes may be used to help identify mild autism spectrum disorder in 3-4 year olds.

Professor Au obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology and social relations at Harvard University in 1982, and her PhD in psychology at Stanford University in 1987. She was Associate Professor at Brown University and Professor at University of California, Los Angeles, and joined HKU in 2002 as Chair Professor of Psychology and served as Head of the Department of Psychology in 2003-05 and 2007-08.

Her work has been regularly published by leading international journals in psychology and related disciplines, with around 4,000 citations according to Google Scholar and 1,500 according to Scopus. She has contributed to research assessment internationally as Associate Editor of the premier journal in the field, Developmental Psychology.

Professor Au is an elected member of the US-based Association of Psychological Science and the Hong Kong Psychological Society.  She is also a research grant review panel member for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (RGC-HK), and is the Founding Chair of the Assessment Panel of the three Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Self-financing Degree Sector of the RGC-HK. She was also a member of the Social Sciences Panel of the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in Hong Kong.