Dr Jiaqing O

PhD in Clinical Psychology - Australian National University; B. Soc. Sci. (Psychology), 1st Class Honours - National University of Singapore

Dr Jiaqing O

Lecturer in Psychology

Department of Psychology

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Dr Jiaqing O (OJ) is an evolutionary-minded, clinically-trained researcher who is profoundly involved in examining the kinds of (and potential solutions for some of the) modern-day health and wellbeing risks deriving from the interactions between humans and their physical and social environment from a multifaceted evolutionary perspective. More specifically, OJ is passionately curious about evolutionary mismatch in the modern world, with a primary focus on the detrimental effects of modern, highly-urbanised (vs. natural) physical/social environment and lifestyle choices on the evolutionarily-novel occurrence of maladaptive health and wellbeing/interpersonal issues; coupled with innovative strategies (in relation to public health strategies, community-wide measures and/or modifications to clinical practices) to resolve these risks. He is also a keen proponent and researcher in terms of examining these evolutionary hypotheses from a cross-cultural lens.

His work has been published in influential journals such as PNAS, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Current Psychiatry Reports, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Behavioral and Brain Sciences and Schizophrenia Research, among others; and they have been mentioned in international outlets including the World Economic Forum, BBC News, U.S. News & World Report, Hindustan Times, and Psych Central. He has also been awarded 7 different research grants since 2017. 

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His program of research revolves around 2 main themes:

1) The potential risks/effects of (and solutions for) evolutionary mismatch (e.g., the ubiquitous presence of evolutionarily-unnatural, highly-urbanised physical and social environmental factors and lifestyle choices) in the modern world. 

          -> Evolutionary mismatch and health and well-being

          -> Evolutionary mismatch and interpersonal functioning

2) The cross-cultural examination of these hypotheses that are derived from evolutionary approaches. Working with collaborators from all around the world is one of the most interesting aspects of this research focus. OJ has thus far collaborated or is collaborating with researchers across 6 different continents (except Antarctica) around the world.

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  • Thursday 16.00-17.30
  • Friday 16.00-17.30


O, J & Chang, L 2021, COVID-19 Restrictions-Related Mental Health Challenges and Associated Public Health Preventive Strategies Via a Critical Evolutionary Mismatch Perspective. in JN Lester & M O'Reilly (eds), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Critical Perspectives on Mental Health. Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-12852-4_96-1
Lu, HJ, Liu, YY, O, J, Guo, S, Zhu, N, Chen, BB, Lansford, JE & Chang, L 2021, 'Disease History and Life History Predict Behavioral Control of the COVID-19 Pandemic', Evolutionary Psychology, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 14747049211000714. https://doi.org/10.1177/14747049211000714
Apostolou, M, Birkás, B, da Silva, CSA, Esposito, G, Hsu, RMCS, Jonason, PK, Karamanidis, K, O, J, Ohtsubo, Y, Putz, Á, Sznycer, D, Thomas, AG, Valentova, JV, Varella, MAC, Kleisner, K, Flegr, J & Wang, Y 2021, 'Reasons of Singles for Being Single: Evidence from Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, India, Japan and the UK', Cross-Cultural Research, vol. 55, no. 4, pp. 319-350. https://doi.org/10.1177/10693971211021816
O, J, Pugh-Jones, C, Clark, B, Trott, J & Chang, L 2021, 'The Evolutionarily-Mismatched Impact of Urbanization on Insomnia Symptoms: A Short Review of the Recent Literature', Current Psychiatry Reports, vol. 23, no. 5, 28. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11920-021-01239-7
Zhu, N, O, J, Lu, HJ & Chang, L 2020, 'Debate: Facing uncertainty with(out) a sense of control: Cultural influence on adolescents’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic', Child and Adolescent Mental Health, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 173-174. https://doi.org/10.1111/camh.12408
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