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Dr. Ronnel B. King is an Associate Professor in the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and the Human Communication, Development, and Information Sciences Unit of the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong. He obtained his Ph.D. from The University of Hong Kong and his doctoral dissertation was awarded the “Highly Commended Dissertation Award” by the Global SELF Research Network. He has also been recognized as a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science (APS, 2017) and been conferred the Michael Bond Award for Early Career Contributions to Social Psychology by the Asian Association for Social Psychology (AASP, 2019).
His research has been funded by external bodies such as UNICEF, General Research Fund (GRF), Public Policy Research (PPR) Grant, Quality Education Fund (QEF), United Board, and Singapore’s Ministry of Education among others.
He is interested in understanding the factors that underpin motivation and well-being and developing positive psychology/education interventions to enhance these optimal states. He has published more than 120 journal articles on these core topics which have appeared in the top-ranked journals in educational psychology, including Educational Psychology Review, Educational Psychologist, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Journal of School Psychology, and British Journal of Educational Psychology among others. He is in the top 2% of the most highly-cited education scholars in the world according to Stanford University’s database of highly-cited authors (Ionnadis et al., 2020).
My research focuses on understanding the factors that underpin motivation and well-being in the educational context and to design positive psychology/education interventions to enhance these optimal psychological states. The core questions that drive my research include:
|Project Title||PI / Co-I||Funding Source(s) and Amount(HK$)||Start Date (DD/MM/YYYY)||Estimated Completion Date (DD/MM/YYYY)|
|Systematic integration of socio-emotional learning into interventions for children-at-risk||PI||UNICEF Philippines
|The psychological well-being of PhD students in Hong Kong: A territory-wide study and an international comparison||*PI from Jan to Jun 2020; Co-I from 2020-Aug 2021||GRF
|Well-being of Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong: A public policy priority for the future||*PI from Jul 2019-Jun 2020; Co-I from Jul 2020-2021||PPR
|Facilitating transition from kindergarten to primary school: Adapting Yale’s RULER approach to strengthen children’s social and emotional skills for better learning and psychological well-being||PI||QEF