Shun Chen, PhD., CPsychol., MBACP (Accred), AFHEA. Lecturer (Assistant Professor) of Counselling Psychology in the School of Education at the University of Aberdeen. Shun is a Chartered Psychologist and a member of the Division of Counselling Psychology of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and an accredited psychotherapist with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Shun also holds an accreditation as a Gender, Sex, & Relationship Diversities (GSRD) trainer.
Shun studied Psychology as an undergraduate at the University of York. He has a master's degree in Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice and holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham.
- PhD School of Education2022 - University of Nottingham
- CPsychol Chartered Psychologist2022 - British Psychological Society
- MBACP (Accred) Accredited Psychotherapist2021 - British Association of Counselling and Psychology
- AFHEA2023 - Advance HE
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
School of Education Ethics Officer
Arts, Social Sciences and Business Ethics Committee
- External Memberships
Journal Manuscript Reviewer
Journal of Counseling Psychology
Journal of Humanistic Psychology
Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies
Counselling and Psychotherapy Research
Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Child & Society
Shun's research interests span across three pivotal domains: person-centred and positive psychology, LGBTQ+ mental health, wellbeing, and cultural experiences, and LGBTQ+ family and relationships.
In the field of Person-Centred and Positive Psychology, Shun focuses on facets such as authenticity, interpersonal relationships, therapeutic relationships, and therapeutic processes. He has developed a concise instrument to assess the core conditions of empathy, congruence, and unconditional positive regard. His primary objective is to empirically substantiate Carl Rogers' person-centred theory, whilst also fostering interconnections with other disciplines.
When exploring LGBTQ+ Mental Health, Wellbeing, and Cultural Experiences, Shun's research delves into the impacts of minority stress, the prevalence of microaggressions, and the power of stereotypes. Additionally, he brings a crucial cultural perspective, examining the unique experiences and challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community across diverse cultures. His work aims to illuminate these distinct stressors and to advocate for strategies promoting mental health resilience and wellbeing.
In the area of LGBTQ+ Family and Relationships, Shun utilises Rogers' theory of personality development and interpersonal relationships to analyse romantic partnerships. Specifically, his studies investigate the influence of a partner's dispositional authenticity on their own and their partner's relationship functioning amongst same-gender and opposite-gender couples.
I am currently accepting PhDs in Psychology.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
Funding and Grants
An independent evaluation of the outcomes for looked after and vulnerable children attending boarding schools (as co-investigator, funded by the Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation, £41,000, 2020-2023)
- Postgraduate, 3 stage, September start
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Dispositional Authenticity, Facilitativeness, Femininity Ideology, and Dyadic Relationship Functioning in Opposite-Gender Couples: Actor-Partner Interdependence AnalysisAsian Journal of Social PsychologyContributions to Journals: Articles
Dispositional Authenticity, Internalized Homonegativity, and Relationship Quality in Same-Gender Couples: An Actor-Partner Interdependence Moderation ModelPsychology and SexualityContributions to Journals: Articles
Development and validation of a 12-item version of the Barrett-Lennard Relationship Inventory (B-L RI:mini) using item response theoryCurrent Psychology, vol. 42, pp. 10566–10580Contributions to Journals: Articles
Measurement Invariance of the English, Chinese, and Spanish Versions of the Barrett-Lennard Relationship InventoryMeasurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, vol. 55, no. 1, pp. 30-47Contributions to Journals: Articles
The mediating role of authenticity on mindfulness and wellbeing: a cross cultural analysisAsia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, pp. 40-55Contributions to Journals: Articles
心理咨询师专业预嘱机制建设Psychological Communications, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 181-184Contributions to Journals: Articles