May 2016 Member highlight: Daniel Shek
May 2016 Member Highlight: Daniel Shek
- Describe your background, experience, and research as it relates to Quality-of-life studies.
I am a psychologist with research interests in positive youth development, family process, scale development, quality of life, program evaluation, addiction and spirituality. I have been awarded many research grants by the Research Grants Council in Hong Kong. His research project on the adjustment of Chinese midlife people has been rated "excellent" by the Research Grants Council. He was awarded the CUHK Research Excellence Award 2007 by The Chinese University of Hong Kong. In the past decade, he has been leading a research project entitled “P.A.T.H.S. to Adulthood: A Jockey Club Youth Enhancement Scheme” (Project P.A.T.H.S.) which is financially supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust with an earmarked grant of HK$750 million.
I am heavily involved in quality of life research and publications. Some of his work is as follows:
- Editor-in-Chief, Applied Research in Quality of Life
- Member, Editorial Board, Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research
- Editorial board members of many journals on well-being of adolescents
- Shek, D.T.L., Chan, Y.K., & Lee, P. (Eds.). (2005). Special Issue: Quality of life research in Chinese, Western and global contexts. Social Indicators Research, 71 (1-3), 1-539.
- Shek, D.T.L., Chan, Y.K., & Lee, P. (Eds.). (2005). Social Indicators Research Series (vol. 25): Quality of life research in Chinese, Western and global contexts. The Netherlands: Springer.
- Shek, D.T.L. (Ed.). (2010). Special Issue: Quality of life of Chinese people in a changing world. Social Indicators Research, 95, 357-551.
- Shek, D.T.L. (Ed.). (2011). Special Issue: Quality in life research: Responses to emerging issues in a changing world. Social Indicators Research, 100(3), 371-562.
- Shek, D.T.L. (Ed.). (2011). Social Indicators Research series volume 44:Quality of life of Chinese people in a changing world. London: Springer.
- Shek, D.T.L., & Sun, R.C.F. (Eds.). (2013). Development and evaluation of positive adolescent training through holistic social programs (P.A.T.H.S.).Quality of life in Asia, vol. 3. Heidelberg: Springer.
- Ip, P.K., & Shek, D.T.L. (Eds). (2014). Special Issue: A tale of three Chinese societies: The quality of life and well-being of Chinese people in a changing world. Social Indicators Research, 117(3), 665-809.
- Shek, D. T. L., Sun, R. C. F., & Ma, C. M. S. (Eds.). (2014). Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong: Family life, psychological well-being and risk behavior. Quality of life in Asia, vol. 5. Singapore: Springer.
- Shek, D.T.L., & Chung, P.P.Y. (Eds.). (2015). Promoting service leadership qualities in university students: The Case of Hong Kong. Quality of life in Asia, vol. 6. Singapore: Springer.
- Lee, T.Y., Shek, D.T.L., & Sun, R.C.F. (Eds.). (2015). Student well-being in Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong: Theory, intervention and research.Quality of life in Asia, vol. 7. Singapore: Springer.
- Shek, D.T.L., & Hollister, R. (in press). University social responsibility and quality of life. Quality of life in Asia. Singapore: Springer.
- What initially attracted you to the field of quality-of-life studies?
As there were very few studies on adolescent mental health, I started with research on adolescent personal well-being some 30 years ago.
- What are some areas of quality-of-life studies you feel are lacking attention? Any advice for future QoL researchers?
With growing income disparity in the global context, there is a need to conduct more research to understand the QOL of poor families. Similarly, more research should be devoted to understand QOL in vulnerable groups. Finally, we need more research to examine the effectiveness of intervention programs and policies that can promote quality of life.
- How long have you been a member of ISQOLS? Why did you choose to be a member of ISQOLS? How has your involvement in ISQOLS impacted your career/research/advancement in your knowledge of QoL studies?
I have joined ISQOLS for more than one year. I have served as the Editor in Chief of Applied Research in Quality of Life for roughly two years.
- Feel free to include any other important comments or things you'd like to share with the ISQOLS community.
The Annual Conference of ISQOLS will be held in 2018 in Hong Kong.
I am the Associate Vice President (Undergraduate Programme) and Chair Professor of Applied Social Sciences at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is also Advisory Professor of East China Normal University, Honorary Professor of Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Adjunct Professor of University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and Fellow of the Hong Kong Psychological Society. He was Dean of Students (1996-1998) and Dean of General Education (2006-2009) of New Asia College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. During his stay at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, he was awarded two teaching awards.
I am the Chief Editor of Journal of Youth Studies and Applied Research in Quality of Life, Associate Editor ofFrontier in Child Health and Human Development and past Consulting Editor of Journal of Clinical Psychology. He is a Series Editor of Quality of Life in Asia published by Springer and an Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Family Studies to be published by Wiley-Blackwell. He is an Editorial Advisor of The British Journal of Social Work and an Editorial Board member of many international journals, including Social Indicators Research,Journal of Adolescent Health, International Journal of Behavioral Development, International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, International Journal on Disability and Human Development, International Journal on Child and Adolescent Health and Journal of Child and Family Studies.
I have to date published 136 books, 338 book chapters and more than 646 articles in international refereed journals. According to Google Scholars, his citations on March 4, 2016 are 13,354 with an h index of 58. He is currently Chairman of the Family Council, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.