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Prof. HUI Na Na Anna (許娜娜教授)

BA, DipEd, MPhil, PhD (CUHK)

Associate Professor

Coordinator of BDSS First Year Experience

Member, Developmental Psychology Laboratory

Contact Information

Office: LI-5661 Li Dak Sum Yip Chio Chin Academic Building
Phone: 34428260
Fax: 34420283
Email: annahui@cityu.edu.hk

Research Interests

  • Creativity and Innovation; Motivation and Self Regulation; Gifted Education; Lifespan Development
Creativity has been a fascinating research topic for me as it often opens up new opportunities for interdisciplinary as well as cross cultural study.

Dr. Anna Hui is currently an associate professor and also the coordinator of the BDSS First Year Experience at the Department of Social & Behavioural Sciences, City University of Hong Kong. Research interests include creativity and innovation; motivation and self-regulation, gifted and creativity education, lifespan development in creativity. She also served as the Chairperson of the Ad Hoc Committee of Reviewing the Curriculum Guide of Early Childhood Education, Curriculum Development Council of the Education Bureau, HKSAR.

Awards and Achievements

  • 2017 “Visiting Scholar” National Taiwan Normal University.
  • 2017 “Visiting Scholar” Nanyang Technological University.

Previous Experience

  • 1991 - 2008, Assistant Director, Center for Child Development, Hong Kong Baptist University.

Research Grants

  • Home learning as family-based program for infants and toddlers in underprivileged families, Simon KY Lee Foundation, 2022 - 2023, Anna Hui (Co-PI), Angela Siu (Co-PI, CUHK).
  • KeySteps@JC2.0, Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, 2022 - 2027, Anna Hui (PI), Sylvia Kwok (Co-PI), Andus Wong (Co-PI), Chan Siu Ming (Co-PI), Tse Chun Yu (Co-PI), Patrick Ip (PI, HKU), Kerry Lee (PI. EdUHK).
  • The Evaluative Study on Pilot Project of Tier 1 Support Services in Kindergartens (KGs)/Kindergarten-cum-Child Care Centres (KG-cum-CCC), Social Welfare Department, HKSAR, 2020 - 2023, Anna Hui (Co-PI), Angela Siu (Co-PI, CUHK).
  • 2020 A Longitudinal Study on the Performance and Adjustment of Children Discharged , Consutlancy Research, Social Welfare Departmentk HKSAR, Jun 2019 - Sep 2020, Anna Hui (Co-PI), Angela Siu (Co-PI).
  • KeySteps: Hong Kong Jockey Club Early Childhood Intervention to Promote Ready Children, Parents & Communities, Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Fund, Jul 2017 - Jun 2022, Patrick Ip (PI), Meanne Chan, Nirmala Rao, Anna Hui, & Jin Sun (Co-I).
  • JC-Giftness into Flourishing Talents, Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust Fund, Nov 2016 - Jan 2019, LK Chan, Daniel Shek, Alan Cheung, Anna Hui.
  • Research on Evaluating the Pilot Scheme on On-site Pre-school Rehabilitation , Social Welfare Department, HKSAR, Aug 2016 - Apr 2018, Anna Hui (PI), Angela Siu (PI), Elaine Au, Andy Cheng, HF Chen, WY Hsieh, MT Leung, Sam Ye (Co-Is).
  • Enhancement of Quality in Early Childhood Education: Using the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale – Extension (ECERS-E) & Revised (ECERS-R) as Formative Assessment Tools , Quality Education Fund, Amount: HKD $1,740,000, 2015 - 2017, Anna Hui (PI), Jannet Chik, Adith Ho, Carly Ng (Co-Is).
  • Evaluation of Jockey Club Appreciation for Chinese Culture & Arts Project, Hong Kong Institute of Aesthetic Education & Class 7A Drama , Amount: HKD $120,000, 2015 - 2016, Anna Hui (PI).
  • Student perception of the creative process and learning activities through the discovery-enriched curriculum , Teaching & Learning Fund, City University of Hong Kong, Amount: HKD $119,000, 2015 - 2016, Anna Hui (PI), Pedith Chan, Ray Cheung, Ron Kwok, Linda Lai, Denvid Lau (Co-Is).
  • Creativity, syntactic development and dialogic reading techniques for young children in Hong Kong: A contrastive and longitudinal approach, General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, Amount: HKD $315,000, 2014 - 2016, Anna Hui (PI), Bonnie Chow, M. T. Leung, S. M. Chan (Co-Is).
  • Engagement in Quality Infant-Toddler and Parenting Programs with child and parenting outcomes: A strengths-based approach, Simon K Y Lee Foundation, Amount: HKD $260,000, 2014 - 2016, Anna Hui (PI), Bonnie Chow, Mavis He, A.G. Tan (Co-Is).
  • Discovery Learning and its Rlationships with Creative Potentials, Creative Self-Efficacy, and Intrinsic Motivation of Undergraduate Students, Teaching & Learning Grant, City U, Amount: HKD $212,700, 2012 - 2014, Anna Hui (PI), Bonnie Chow, Benny Hon, & Kwok Leung (Co-Is).
  • Evaluation of Integrated Creative Arts Program for Young Children, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Quality Education Fund, Amount: HKD $190,500, 2012 - 2014, Anna Hui (PI), Karen Cheung (Co-I).
  • An interplay of age, contextual factors, team process and organizational creativity in Hong Kong professionals, GRF, Research Grants Council, Amount: HKD $697,675, 2011 - 2013, Anna HUI (PI), S.-T. Cheng, Christina Sue-Chan, & Dannii Yeung (Co-Is).
  • The making of a creative Hong Kong: Creativity for all ages and age integration , SPPR, Research Grants Council, Amount: HKD $1,000,000, 2010 - 2012, Anna Hui (PI), Kara Chan, S.-T. Cheng, Desmond Hui, Christina Sue-Chan, & Dannii Yeung (Co-Is).
  • Evaluation of "Quality Thematic Network (QTN) on Drama in Education", Ming Ri Institute for Arts Education, Quality Education Fund, Amount: HKD $1,083,000, 2008 - 2014, Anna Hui (PI).
  • Hong Kong Jockey Club KeySteps: Early Childhood Intervention to Promote Ready Children, , Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Fund, Patrick Ip (PI), Meanne Chan, Nirmala Rao, Jin Sun (Co-I).

Publications Show All Publications Show Prominent Publications


  • Cheung, S. N. & Hui, A. N. N. (Summer 2023). Impact of a mindfulness-based program on creativity and mindfulness disposition of school children. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts. doi:10.1037/aca0000598
  • Leung, C. , Hui, A. N.N. , Wong, R. S. , Rao, N. , Karnilowicz, W. , Chung, K. , Chan, J. & Ip, P. (Summer 2022). Effectiveness of a multicomponent parenting intervention for promoting social-emotional school readiness among children from low-income families in Hong Kong: A cluster randomized clinical trial. JAMA Pediatrics. 176/4. 357 - 364. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.6308
  • Siu, A. F. Y. & Hui, A. N.N. (Spring 2021). Factors influencing well-being and parenting self-efficacy among parents of children with special needs. Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences. 8/2. 218 - 236.
  • Hui, A. N. N. , Chow, B. W. Y. , Chan, E. S. M. & Leung, M. T. (Spring 2020). Reading picture books with elements of positive psychology in enhancing creativity and learning English as a second language in young children. Frontiers in Psychology. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02899
  • Lai, M. K. , Leung, C. , Kwok, S. Y. C. , Hui, A. N. N. , Lo, H. H. M. , Leung, J. T. Y. & Tam, C. H. L. (Summer 2018). A multidimensional PERMA-H positive education model, general satisfaction of school life, and character strengths use in Hong Kong senior primary school students: Confirmatory factor analysis and path analysis using the APASO-II. Frontiers in Psychology. 9. 1 - 11. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01090
  • Chow, W. Y. , Hui, Anna. N . N. & Chiu, B. (2017). Creative literacy activities promote positive reading attitude in children learning English as a foreign language. Journal of Research in Reading. doi:10.1111/1467-9817.12096
  • He, W. J. , Wong, W. C. & Hui, Anna. N. N. (2017). Emotional reactions mediate the effect of music listening on creative thinking: Perspective of the arousal-and-mood hypothesis. Frontiers in Psychology. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01680
  • Hui, A. N N. , He, M. & Ye, S. S. (2015). Arts education and creativity enhancement in young children in Hong Kong. Educational Psychology. 35(3). 315 - 327. doi:10.1080/01443410.2013.875518
  • Hui, A. N N. (2015). Challenging views and creative insights from a social cultural perspective. Journal of Creative Behavior. 49(3). 226 - 232. doi:10.1002/jocb.129
  • Hui, A. N N. , Chow, B. W Y. , Chan, A. Y T. , Chui, B. H T. & Sam, C. T. (2015). Creativity in Hong Kong classrooms: Transition from a seriously formal pedagogy to informally playful learning. Education 3-13. 43(4). 393 - 403. doi:10.1080/03004279.2015.1020652
  • Yue, X. D. & Hui, Anna. N . N. (Autumn 2015). Humor styles, creative personality traits, and creative thinking in a Hong Kong sample. Psychological Reports. 113/3. 845 - 855. doi:10.2466/04.17.PR0.117c28z4
  • Leung, S. Y. & Hui, A. N N. (2014). A recent look: Advertising creatives’ perceptions of creativity in Hong Kong/China. Services Marketing Quarterly. 35 (2). 138 - 154. doi:10.1080/15332969.2014.885366
  • Hui, A. N.N. , Yeung, D. Y. , Sue-Chan, C. , Chan, K. , Hui, D. C.K. & Cheng, S. T. (2014). Gains and losses in creative personality as perceived by adults across the life span. Developmental Psychology. 50(3). 709 - 713. doi:10.1037/a0034168
  • Chan, K. , Hui, A. NN. & Cheng, S. T. (2013). Perception of age and creativity in the workforce setting. Journal of Creative Behavior. 47 (4). 256 - 272.
  • Ye, S. , Ngan, R. Y.L. & Hui, A. N.N. (2013). The state, not the trait, of nostalgia increases creativity. Creativity Research Journal. 25 (3). 317 - 323. doi:10.1080/10400419.2013.813797
  • Cheng, S. T. , Jim, O. T.T. , Yip, L. C.Y. & Hui, A. N.N. (Autumn 2012). Image of aging and acute medical events in chronically institutionalized middle-aged and older persons with schizophrenia. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 27 (9). 907 - 913. doi:10.1002/gps.2798
  • Hui, A. N.N. , Cheung, P. K. , Wong, S. T.K. & He, M. (Autumn 2011). How effective is a drama-enhanced curriculum doing to increase the creativity of preschool children and their teachers?. Journal of Drama & Theatre Education in Asia. 2 (1). 21 - 48.
  • Leung, Y. B. & Hui, A. N.N. (Summer 2011). Language learning strategy of Hong Kong Putonghua learners. Education Research Journal. 26 (1). 17 - 39.
  • Chien, C. Y. & Hui, A. N.N. (Summer 2010). Creativity in early childhood education: Teachers’ perception in three Chinese societies. Thinking Skills & Creativity. 5 (2). 49 - 60. doi:10.1016/j.tsc.2010.02.002
  • Hui, A. N.N. & Lau, S. (Winter 2010). Formulation of policy and strategy in developing creativity education in four Asian Chinese societies: A policy analysis. Journal of Creative Behavior. 44 (4). 215 - 235. doi:10.1002/j.2162-6057.2010.tb01334.x
  • Hui, A. N.N. & Yuen, T. C.M. (Winter 2010). The blossoming of creativity in education in Asia: Changing views and challenging practices. Thinking Skills & Creativity. 5 (3). 155 - 158. doi:10.1016/j.tsc.2010.10.003

Book Chapter

  • Hui, A. N. N. & He, M. J. W. (Summer 2021). A life-span developmental approach to creativity. Creativity: An introduction. (pp. 67 - 83). Cambridge. Cambridge University Press.
  • Eason, M. S. , Lam, H. S. , Hui, A. N. N. , Cheung, R. W. L. & Liu-Au, E. S. C. (Spring May 2019). Collaborative therapy and playback theatre: A collaborative-dialogic model of creative insight. Creativity Under Duress in Education? Resistive Theories, Practices, and Actions. (pp. 235 - 252). Switzerland. Springer Nature Switzerland AG. 978-3-319-90272-2. doi:https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319902715#aboutBook
  • Hui, A. N . N. , He, M. J. W. & Wong, W. C. (Spring Apr 2019). Understanding the development of creativity across the lifespan. Cambridge handbook of creativity (2nd Ed.). (pp. 69 - 87). Cambridge. Cambridge University Press. 9781316979839. doi:10.1017/9781316979839.006
  • Hui, A. N. N. , Cheung, R. W. L. & Ho, M. Y. (Spring 2018). Creativity Fostering Teacher Index as an outcome of a drama-enriched curriculum in creativity in education. Creativity Fostering Teacher Behaviour: Measurement and Research. (pp. 75 - 91). Singapore. World Scientific Publishing. 978-981-3234-15-4.
  • Hui, A. N. N. , He, M. J. W. , Kuo, C. C. , Tan, A. G. , Lyu, Y. F. & Chan, L. K. (Summer 2018). Gaps and go in policy, practice, and research of gifted education in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. Routledge handbook on schools and schooling in Asia. (pp. 555 - 569). UK. Routledge. 978-1-13-8980849-9.
  • He, M. , Wong, W. C. & Hui, A. N N. (2015). Gender differences in means and variability on creative thinking: Patterns in childhood, adolescence, and emerging adulthood. Creativity, culture, and development. (pp. 85 - 98). Singapore. Springer Science+Business Media. 9789814021937. doi:10.1007/978-981-287-636-2
  • Hui, A. N N. (2015). Is relational theory a better answer to the psychology of creativity?. Creativity, culture, and development. (pp. 161 - 179). Singapore. Springer. 978-981-287-635-5. doi:10.1007/978-981-287-636-2
  • Hui, A. N N. , Yeung, D. Y L. , Sue-Chan, C. & Cheng, S. T. (2015). Team processing and creative self-efficacy in professionals from creative and non-creative industries. Creativity, culture, and development. (pp. 235 - 252). Singapore. Springer. 978-981-287-635-5. doi:10.1007/978-981-287-636-2
  • Hui, Anna. N. N. , Yeung, Dannii. Y. L. , Sue-Chan, Christina. & Cheng, S. T. (Summer 2015). Team processing and creative self-efficacy in professionals from creative and non-creative industries. Creativity, culture, and development. (pp. 235 - 252). Singapore. Springer. 9789812876362.
  • Hui, A. N N. , He, M. , Liu-Au, E. & Ching, C. (2015). Thinking creatively across the lifespan. Routledge International Handbook of Research on Teaching Thinking. (pp. 212 - 225). UK. Routledge. 9780415747493.
  • Hui, A. N N. , He, M. & Liu-Au, E. (2013). Creativity and early talent development in the arts in young and schoolchildren. Creativity, talent and excellence. (pp. 75 - 87). Singapore. Springer. 9789814021920. doi:10.1007/978-981-4021-93-7
  • Liu, E. S.C. , Wu, J. K.F. , Lo, T. W. & Hui, A. N.N. (2012). Implementing volunteer program to university students in Hong Kong – Enhancing volunteer participation through service matching and organizational support. A Chinese perspective of teaching and learning. (pp. 165 - 178). UK. Routledge. 9780415895941.

External Services

Public Service

  • Jan 2018 - Dec 2019, Member, Research Committee, Hong Kong Academy of Gifted Education.Hong Kong.
  • Jan 2015 - Feb 2017, Chairperson, Ad Hoc Committee on Reviewing Early Childhood Education Curriculum Guide, Curriculum Development Council, Education Bureau.HKSAR.
  • Sep 2012 - Aug 2015, Chairperson, Curriculum Development Council - Gifted Education Committee.HKSAR.

Community Service

  • 2017 - 2018, Vice Chairperson, Treats.Hong Kong.
  • 2008 - Now, Chairperson, Ming Ri Institute for Arts Education.Hong Kong.
  • 2008 - Now, Executive Committee Member, Hong Kong Committee on Children's Rights.Hong Kong.

Service in CityU

Administrative Assignment

  • Jul 2013 - Now, MSSPSYED, Program Leader.
  • Sep 2008 - Jun 2012, SS Dept, Foundation Year Coordinator.

Research / Thesis Supervision

  • Sep 2017 - Aug 2020, Supervisor of doctoral student, Miss Priscilla S.Y. Ip.
  • Sep 2016 - Jun 2017, Supervisor of Doctoral Thesis, Dr. Michael Scott Eason.
  • Sep 2015 - Now, Supervisor of Doctoral Student - Ms. Yifan Lyu.
  • 2013 - Now, Co-Supervisor of Doctoral Student - Miss Sharon Ingrid Kwok.

Teaching Service

  • 2014 - Now, Postgraduate, SS5762 Managing the Inclusive Classroom.
  • 2013 - Now, Postgraduate, SS5760 Foundations of Inclusive Education.
  • 2012 - Now, Bachelor, CLA1601/1602 Individuals and Society.
  • 2012 - Now, Bachelor, GE1216 Loving Work and Working to Love.
  • 2009 - Now, Bachelor, SS2023 Basic Psychology I.
  • 2009 - 2013, Bachelor, SS2028 Basic Psychology II.
  • 2009 - Now, Postgraduate, SS5755 Applying Psychology to Contemporary Issues.
  • 2008 - 2013, Bachelor, GE2203 Psychology for Young Professionals.

Conferences Attended

  • 9 Aug 2013 - 13 Aug 2013, Sue-Chan, C., Lam, J. H. M., Lu, L., & Hui, A. N. N. Antecedents and consequences of team engagement. In M. J. Woodwark & G. H. Seijts (Chair), International perspectives on the relati, Orlando, FL, USA.
  • 23 Jun 2013 - 29 Jun 2013, Hui, A. N. N. Creativity & leisure: An activity and engagement perspective. In A. N.N. Hui (Chair), Creativity & leisure in Asian societies: An interdisciplinary and lifespan approach. S, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
  • 23 May 2013 - 26 May 2013, Hui, A. N. N., & Law, K. Relationship between creative self-efficacy, group cohesiveness, empowering leadership, individual employee and group creativity. In A.G. Tan (Chair), Creativity:, Washington, D.C., USA.
  • 1 Dec 2012, Hui, A. N. N., Yeung, D. Y., Sue-Chan, C., Cheng, S. T., Chan, K. W., & Hui, D. C. Antecedents of consumption in creative and cultural economy: Applying the theory of planned behavior., Taipei, ROC.
  • 9 Nov 2012 - 11 Nov 2012, Hui, A. N. N., & Liang, E. Creativity as a reserve capacity in older adults and a virtue in positive psychology. Symposium presentation in the Second China International Conference , Beijing, China.
  • 13 Aug 2012 - 14 Aug 2012, Hui, A. N. N. Is relational theory a better answer to the Chinese psychology of creativity? Invited address in Creativity for Life Conference: Beyond Cultural & Disciplinary Bounda, Singapore.
  • 8 Jun 2012, Hui, A. N. N., Yeung, Y. L., Sue-Chan, C., & Cheng, S. T. Team processing and creative self efficacy in professionals of creative and non-creative industries. Paper presentation at the, Hong Kong.
  • 1 Jun 2012, Hui, A. N. N. Creativity development and arts education in young children. Invited address at the Annual Meeting of Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association (Hong Kong) , Hong Kong.
  • 2 May 2012 - 7 May 2012, Hui, A. N. N. Effect of drama in education. Invited presentation at the Cross Strait Drama in Education Seminar, Hong Kong, Changzhou, & Kaohsiung.
  • 1 Apr 2012 - 5 Apr 2012, Chan, K., Hui, A., & Cheng, S.T. Perception of age and creativity in the workforce context. Paper presentation at the International Journal of Arts & Sciences (IJAS) Conference, Vienna, Austria.
  • 15 Dec 2011 - 18 Dec 2011, Hui, A. N. N., He, M. W. J., & Lee, K. Y. M. Arts learning experience and creativity in primary schoolchildren. Paper presentation at the World Education Research Association & Tai, Kaohsiung, ROC.
  • 20 Nov 2011 - 24 Nov 2011, Hui, A. N. N. , Chan, K. W., Cheng, S. T., Hui, D. C., Sue-Chan, C., & Yeung, D. Y. The creative intention influenced by age, social norm and creative self efficacy. Poster ses, Boston, MA, USA.
  • 20 Nov 2011 - 24 Nov 2011, Hui, A. N. N., Chan, K. W., Cheng, S. T., Hui, D. C., Sue-Chan, C., & Yeung, D. Y. Creative intention, participation in creative & cultural activities, and quality of life in older , Boston, MA, USA.

Last update date : 02 Oct 2023