Faculty Profile

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CHENG Chi-Ying

Full-time Faculty

Associate Professor of Psychology; Lee Kong Chian Fellow

School of Social Sciences

Professor Cheng Chi-Ying is an Associate Professor of Psychology and IRB Chair at Singapore Management University. She received her PhD in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research examines how individuals negotiate their multiple social identities and reap the benefit of intra-personal diversity from various types of identity integration. Her research investigates identity integration of multiple self, cultural, racial, gender, and professional identities. The program of her identity integration research demonstrates the cognitive mechanisms underlying individuals’ identity management strategies as well as outcomes of identity integration including creativity. Recently, she initiated a new line of research in Singaporeans’ Kiasu (Fear of Losing Out, FoLO) mindset. Specifically, she investigates how Kiasu (FoLO) mindset as an indigenous Singaporean psychological construct influences Singaporeans’ well-being and performance. Professor Cheng’s work has been published in top-tier journals both in Psychology and Management including Psychological Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), Social Psychological and Personality Science, Leadership Quarterly and Journal of Organizational Behavior. She is the Lee Kong Chian Fellow in 2022-23. She has served as Associate Editor of the Asian Journal of Social Psychology and the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Business Studies. Her areas of teaching include self and identity, personality and individual differences, cultural psychology, I/O psychology, and business negotiation.


  • PhD in Organizational Psychology, University of Michigan, 2005
  • MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, National Taiwan University, 1997
  • BS in Psychology, National Taiwan University, 1994

Research Interests

  • Biculturalism and Cultural Identity Integration
  • Multiculturalism and Creativity
  • Cultural Diversity and Team Performance
  • Cross-cultural Negotiation
  • Gender and Professional Identity Integration

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Course(s) Taught in SMU

  • Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Psychology of Individual Differences
  • Psychology of the Self
  • Psychology Study Mission
  • Cultural Psychology