BIOGRAPHY

Michelle received her PhD degree in Social/Personality Psychology from the University of British Columbia. After completing one-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Victoria, she returned to Hong Kong to take up a faculty position at the University of Hong Kong. In 2002, she joined Division of Social Science, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and served as the acting head of the division during 2011-2013. Since 2016, Michelle has been serving as the Director of Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions.

At HKUST, Michelle teaches Psychology and Everyday Life, Personality Psychology, and Exploring Personality and Social Psychology. The everyday life course provides ample opportunity to satisfy her “id” impulses of performing in front of 300 students. The other two courses provide a platform on which to utilize her research to enrich students’ understanding of human behaviors in the Chinese context. 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.

Michelle is happily married to Steven and they have two children. While Stephanie was a UBC baby who walked Michelle through long days of completing a multi-cultural study on the structure of emotion resulting in a 300-page dissertation, Christopher was a HKUST baby who challenged her to strike a balance between the “stress and tension” of the tenure pursuit and a family energized by a newborn. Both children are grown-ups now, as they claim, allowing Michelle to live out her childhood dreams.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“Chinese are in certain respects
a. like all other people,
b. like some other people,
c. like no other people.”
Michelle Yik

 

“With the truth, one cannot live. To be able to live, one needs illusions.”
Otto Rank

 

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
Abraham Lincoln

 

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”
Bill Cosby

 

“Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten.”
B. F. Skinner

 

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston Churchill

 

“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always.  As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.”
Robert Munsch

CONTACT

Michelle YIK
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Division of Social Science
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon
HONG KONG

Email: Michelle.Yik@ust.hk

Phone: (852) 2358-7664