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GSS PREVIEW | Masterclass 3: Positive Psychology for the Post-Pandemic Era

1. 课程主题及简介 Theme and Introduction


Positive Psychology for the Post-Pandemic Era



The COVID-19 pandemic represents a massive global health crisis. Because the crisis requires large-scale behavioral changes and poses significant psychological burdens on individuals, insights from positive psychology are critical for dealing with the post-pandemic era. This lecture will briefly report on significant psychological assistance work conducted by Chinese psychologists to help medical professionals and people in need to cope with pandemic-related stress. Several important research developments in the field of positive psychology will be reviewed, and finally some general tips and suggestions will be shared to enhance people’s mood and wellbeing.

2. 特约教授/学者简介 Special Invited Professor/Scholar


Professor Kaiping Peng is professor of psychology and the Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Tsinghua University. He is the founder of the Psychology Department of Tsinghua University, the Happiness Technology Lab, and the Chinese Association of Positive Psychology. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1997 and then joined the faculty of the psychology department of University of California at Berkeley. He has published 12 books and more than 400 articles and essays on cultural, social and positive psychology. In 2007 he was the world’s most cited social psychologist at the associate professor level. He has won the titles of Top Ten Best Teachers of China in 2015, the Person of the Year in Health Professions in 2016 and is the most cited Chinese psychologist in the world since 2015.

3. 学术支持单位介绍 Academic Support Department  

清华大学社科学院 School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University


Since the 1980s, Tsinghua University has gradually developed into a comprehensive university, with the Department of Social Sciences rebuilt. In 2012, Tsinghua University established the School of Humanities and the School of Social Sciences on the basis of the former School of Humanities and Social Sciences. At present, the School of Social Sciences consists of the Department of Sociology, the Department of Political Science, the Department of International Relations, the Department of Psychology, and the Institute of Economics. There are 85 faculty members in the school, including 82 full-time professors.

清华心理学系 Department of Psychology, Tsinghua University


Department of Psychology in Tsinghua University was founded in Autumn 1926. In 1952, the department was consolidated with Peking University. In 2008, the Department of Psychology of Tsinghua University was revived. Each year, the department faculty publish more than 30 academic articles in leading (SCI/SSCI/CSSCI) academic journals. These research projects are funded by the National Prestigious 973 Research Projects sponsored by the Chinese National Science Foundation (CNSF) as well as numerous funding from CNSF and Chinese Social Science Foundation (CSSF).



The 2021 Tsinghua Global Summer School will be held from June 28 to July 6, themed Innovation for Sustainable Development. There will be more than 1,000 outstanding young students from all over the world participating in the courses online.