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National University of Singapore
10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260

Office: AS4/02-12
Email: ryan.hong@nus.edu.sg
Tel: (65) 6516 6120
Fax: (65) 6773 1843
Homepage: http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/psyhysr/
| Brief Introduction | Teaching Areas | Current Research | Publications | Other Information

Brief Introduction Top

After receiving my honors (1999) and masters (2002) degrees in psychology from the National University of Singapore, I had a short stint at the Department of Psychology as a teaching assistant (2001-2003).  I then worked with Professor Sampo Paunonen at the University of Western Ontario before obtaining my Ph.D. in personality psychology in 2007.  Broadly speaking, my research interests include personality and its assessment (e.g., the Big Five), psychopathology (e.g., mood, anxiety, and disinhibitory disorders), and the interface between these two areas.

Teaching Areas Top

PL3241 Personality and Individual Differences
PL4201 Psychometrics and Psychological Testing
PLC5008 Clinical Graduate Research Methods

Current Research Top

I am particularly interested in delineating personality vulnerabilities to psychopathology using dispositional-trait and social-cognitive perspectives of personality.  One domain of research I am currently working on is to explore linkages between broad dispositional traits (e.g., Neuroticism and Conscientiousness) and specific social-cognitive vulnerabilities to common psychopathology (e.g., depressogenic inferential style, ruminative style, anxiety sensitivity, poor self control/regulation).  It is hoped that through this research, current understanding regarding the etiology and development of psychopathology may be enhanced.

Publications Top


  • Hong, R. Y., & Lee, S. S. M. (in press). Further clarifying prospective and inhibitory intolerance of uncertainty: Factorial and construct validity of test scores from the Intolerance of Uncertainty Scale. Psychological Assessment.
  • Hong, R. Y., & Cheung, M. W.-L. (in press). The structure of cognitive vulnerabilities to depression and anxiety: Evidence for a common core etiologic process based on a meta-analytic review. Clinical Psychological Science.
  • Hong, R. Y., Tan, C. S., Lee, S. S. M., Tan, S. H., Tsai, F. F., Poh, X. T., Zhou, Y., Sum, E. L., & Zhou, Y. (in press). Interactive effects between parental personality and child temperament on parenting and family cohesion. Parenting: Science and Practice.
  • Liew, S. M., Thevaraja, N., Hong, R. Y., & Magiati, I. (2015).  The relationship between autistic traits and social anxiety, worry, obsessive-compulsive, and depression symptoms: Specific and non-specific mediators in a student sample. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 858-872.
  • Lies, J., Mellor, D., & Hong, R. Y., (2014). Gratitude and personal functioning among earthquake survivors in Indonesia. Journal of Positive Psychology, 9, 295-305.
  • Hong, R. Y. (2013). From dispositional traits to psychopathological symptoms: Social-cognitive vulnerabilities as intervening mechanisms. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 35, 407-420.
  • Paunonen, S. V., & Hong, R. Y. (2013). The many faces of assumed similarity in perceptions of personality. Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 800-815.
  • Hong, R. Y., Triyono, W., & Ong, P. S. (2013). When being discrepant from one’s ideal or ought selves hurts: The moderating role of neuroticism. European Journal of Personality, 27, 256-270.
  • Schirmer, A., Chen, C., Ching, A., Tan, L., & Hong, R. Y. (2013). Vocal emotions influence verbal memory: Neural correlates and inter-individual differences. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 13, 80-93.
  • Hong, R. Y., Koh, S., & Paunonen, S. V. (2012). Supernumerary personality traits beyond the Big Five: Predicting materialism and unethical behavior. Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 710-715.
  • Hong, R. Y., & Paunonen, S. V. (2011). Personality vulnerabilities to psychopathology: Relations between trait structure and affective-cognitive processes. Journal of Personality, 79, 527-562.
  • Chen, C. Y., & Hong, R. Y. (2010). Intolerance of uncertainty moderates the relation between negative life events and anxiety. Personality and Individual Differences, 49, 49-53.
  • Hong, R. Y. (2010). Neuroticism, anxiety sensitivity thoughts, and anxiety symptomatology: Insights from an experience-sampling study. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 34, 254-262.
  • Haikal, M., & Hong, R. Y. (2010). The effects of social evaluation and looming threat on self-attentional biases and social anxiety. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 24, 345-352.
  • Paunonen, S. V., & Hong, R. Y. (2010). Self-efficacy and the prediction of domain-specific abilities. Journal of Personality, 78, 339-360.
  • Hong, R. Y., & Paunonen, S. V. (2009). Personality traits and health-risk behaviors in university students. European Journal of Personality, 23, 675-696.
  • Reid, G. J., Hong, R. Y., & Wade, T. J. (2009). The relation between common sleep problems and emotional and behavioral problems among 2- and 3-year-olds in the context of known risk factors for psychopathology. Journal of Sleep Research, 18, 49-59.
  • Hong, R. Y., Paunonen, S. V., & Slade, H. P. (2008). Big Five personality factors and the prediction of behavior: A multitrait-multimethod approach. Personality and Individual Differences, 45, 160-166.
  • Hong, R. Y. (2007). Worry and rumination: Differential associations with anxious and depressive symptoms and coping behavior. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45, 277-290.
  • Hong, R. Y., Gwee, K., & Karia, M. (2006). The role of event-specific inferences in the etiological chain of hopelessness depression. Personality and Individual Differences, 41, 1119-1129.
  • Hong, R. Y., Tan, M. S., & Chang, W. C. (2004). Locomotion and assessment: Self-regulation and subjective well-being. Personality and Individual Differences, 37, 325-332.


  • Hong, R. Y., & Paunonen, S. V. (forthcoming). The five factor model of personality, facets of.  In J. D. Wright (Ed.), International encyclopedia of social and behavioral sciences (2nd ed.). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.
  • Paunonen, S. V., & Hong, R. Y. (2015). On properties of personality traits. In M. Mikulincer & P. R. Shaver (Eds.), The APA Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology: Vol. 4. Personality Processes and Individual Differences (pp. 233-259). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Hong, R. Y., & Paunonen, S. V. (2008). The Nonverbal Personality Questionnaire and the Five-Factor Nonverbal Personality Questionnaire. In G. J. Boyle, G. Matthews & D. H. Saklofske (Eds.), Handbook of personality theory and testing: Vol. 2. Personality measurement and assessment (pp. 485-507). London: Sage Publications.

Other Information Top


Member of Editorial Board
Personality and Individual Differences

Ad Hoc Reviewer
Asian Journal of Social Psychology
Behaviour Research and Therapy
Cognitive Therapy and Research
Depression and Anxiety
Journal of Abnormal Psychology
Journal of Personality
Personality and Individual Differences

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