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 Mengya Zhao

Mengya Zhao

PhD Student

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 Washington Singer WSL 306

 

Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK

Overview

I am a PhD student in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Professor Anke Karl, Professor Natalia Lawrence and Professor Tamsin Ford. 

I am interested in child mental health and relevant cultural difference. My research focuses on how psychosocial factors (e.g., parenting, self-compassion, self-esteem, friendships, peer difficulties) contribute to youth depression and how it can be influenced by cultural differences. I would like to propose conceptual models with a developmental and culturally-informed perspective to guide assessment and intervention in youth mental health.  

 

Qualifications

PhD Clinical Psychology, University of Exeter, UK (Sep 2017- present)

MSc Psychological Research Methods, University of Exeter, UK (Sep 2016 - Sep 2017)

BSc Applied Psychology, Shandong Normal University, China (Sep 2012 - Jul 2016)

Research

Research interests

Mental health

Psychosocial factors

Child development

Culture differences

Psychophysiological mechanisms 

Intervention

Psychometrics

 

Research projects

PhD

• Psychometric properties of the Chinese version of the Self-Compassion Scale and using focus group discussion to explore how Chinese young adults understand the construct of self-compassion
• Examining the association between self-compassion and adolescent depression from an interpersonal perspective in both the UK and China
• Investigating the associations between parenting, self-evaluation peer relations and depression from 3 years old to 17 years old: evidence from ALSPAC
• Exploring the associations between early family experience, social abilities, peer relations, self-esteem and depression from infancy to adolescence: evidence from MCS
• Investigating the facilitating effect of self-compassion exercise in a lab on prosocial behaviour in university students and its potential psychophysiological mechanism

Master

• Exploring the associations between empathy, self-compassion and prosocial behaviour

Undergraduate

• Examining the associations between negative body image, self-esteem, school adaptation and depression in middle school 
• Exploring the association between family factors and pubertal timing in early adolescence 
• Development of Education Decision Test for High School Students
• Compiling educational resources for Primary school pupils and exploring cognitive development in pupils 

Publications

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Publications by category


Journal articles

Zhao M, Smithson J, Ford T, Wang P, Wong NYB, Karl A (2021). Self-compassion in Chinese Young Adults: Specific Features of the Construct from a Cultural Perspective. Mindfulness, 12(11), 2718-2728. Abstract.

Publications by year


2021

Zhao M, Smithson J, Ford T, Wang P, Wong NYB, Karl A (2021). Self-compassion in Chinese Young Adults: Specific Features of the Construct from a Cultural Perspective. Mindfulness, 12(11), 2718-2728. Abstract.
Zhao M (2021). The Role of Psychosocial Factors in Adolescent Depressive Symptoms.  Abstract.

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