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 Mengya Zhao

Mengya Zhao

Postdoctoral Researcher

 +44(0)7511757501

 Washington Singer WSL 306

 

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

Overview

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- Aug 2021)

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.  Full text.
Zhao M, Ford T, Wang P, Karl A (2021). The role of parenting, self-compassion and friendships in depressive symptoms among young people in the UK and China. Current Psychology Abstract.  Full text.

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.  Full text.
Zhao M (2021). The Role of Psychosocial Factors in Adolescent Depressive Symptoms.  Abstract.  Full text.
Zhao M, Ford T, Wang P, Karl A (2021). The role of parenting, self-compassion and friendships in depressive symptoms among young people in the UK and China. Current Psychology Abstract.  Full text.

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