GSS PREVIEW | Masterclass 8: Positive Psychology for the Post-Pandemic Era


1. 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 behavior change and poses significant psychological burdens on individuals, insights from the positive psychology are critical for optimizing pandemic response in the post-pandemic era. I will briefly report significant psychological assistant work conducted by Chinese psychologists to help medical professionals and people in need to copying with stress that is relevant to pandemics. Then I will review a few important research developments in the field of positive psychology. At end, I will suggest a few tips to improve mood and well-being that is useful to everybody.

2. 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,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. He had been the world most cited social psychologist at the associate professor level in 2007. 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 the most cited Chinese psychologists in the world since 2015.

3. Academic Support Department  

School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University

Since the 1980s, Tsinghua University has gradually developed into a comprehensive university, and the Department of Social Sciences has been 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 teachers.

Department of Psychology, Tsinghua University

Department of Psychology in Tsinghua University was founded in autumn 1926. In 1952, the department was consolidated into Peking University. In 2008, the Department of psychology of Tsinghua University was revived. Each year the faculty of the department publish more than 30 academic articles in leading ( SCI/SSCI/CSSCI) academic journals. These research 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 2022 Tsinghua Global Summer School will be held from July 4 to July 10, themed A Healthy Planet for Sustainable Development. There will be more than 1,000 outstanding young students from all over the world participating in the courses online.


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