Gender Studies Programme - Prof. WONG Wang Ivy

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WONG, Wang Ivy University of Cambridge: PhD in Social and Developmental Psychology, Gates Scholar


Associate Professor, Gender Studies Programme & Department of Psychology (by Courtesy)

Director, Gender Studies Programme

Assistant Dean (Interdisciplinary Programmes), Faculty of Social Science

The Chinese University of Hong Kong


By-Fellow, Churchill College, University of Cambridge


Telephone:  3943 9218
Fax No.:  2603 7223
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Courses Taught:

GDRS3003 - Field Study

GDRS3024 (UGEC3225) - Gender Biases in Education and the Workplace

GDRS4012 - Gender Development from a Lifespan Perspective

GDRS5090 - Special Topics

GDRS5640 - Psychology and Gender

Research Interest:

Psychology of gender

Gender development

Lifespan development

Lab Webpage

I specialize in gender development throughout the life span. My particular interests are controversial and intriguing issues that necessitate a scientific understanding of gender, such as gender-typed play, stereotyping and socialization, institutional sex segregation, gender nonconformity, gender identity, and sexual orientation. In my research, I have applied a range of methodologies, including cross-sectional, longitudinal, and experimental designs, and explicit and implicit measurements. I have adopted an eclectic theoretical perspective, drawing mainly upon social learning, cognitive, and hormonal theories. I am also interested in social and developmental phenomena in general, including young children’s understanding of others and parents’ perception of such ability in their children.

Currently, I collaborate closely with researchers from Canada, the Netherlands, the United States and Hong Kong on projects on developmental psychology, gender variance, gender stereotypes, sexual orientation, and school sex segregation. My work has received support from the Gates Cambridge Trust, the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and has been published in leading journals in the fields of Psychology and Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Selected professional activities:


VanderLaan, D., & Wong, W. I. (Eds.). Springer Focus Series—Gender and Sexuality Development: Contemporary Theory and Findings. Springer.

Editorial board member

Archives of Sexual Behavior 

Journal reviewing

Child Development 


Developmental Psychology 

Archives of Sexual Behavior

Journal of Sex Research 

Sex Roles 

International Journal of Behavioral Development 

Cognitive Development 

Social Development 

Journal of Gender Studies 

Infant and Child Development 

Selected Awards and Recognitions

2020 Visiting By-Fellow (by nomination and election), Churchill College, University of Cambridge, UK. 2020 Easter Term and Long Vacation (postponed to 2022)

2016 Invited speaker for the New Investigators session for promising young scholars, Gender Development Research Conference, San Francisco, CA.

2009-2012 Gates Cambridge Scholar

2009 Cambridge International Scholarship (declined in favor of the Gates Scholarship)

2009-2012 St John’s College Learning and Research Fund, University of Cambridge

2006-2007 Serena Yang Oxbridge Exchange Scholarship, University of Hong Kong

2006 Hong Kong University Alumni Prize

Selected Publications  (* corresponding author; ^ student supervisee):

Wong, W. I.*, Tsui. W. B. ^, & Siu, T. S. (In press). Empathic accuracy of young boys and girls in ongoing parent-child interactions: Performance and (mis)perception. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Qian, M. K., Wang, Y., Wong, W. I., Fu, G., Zuo, B., & VanderLaan, D. P. (Accepted). Children’s social appraisals at the intersection of race, gender identity, and gender-typed behavior. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

MacMullin, L. N., Nabbijohn, A. N., Kwan, K. M. W., Santarossa, A., Peragine, D. E., James, H. J.,Wong, W. I.*, VanderLaan, D. P.* (Accepted). Canadian replication study of gender-nonconformity Intervention. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality.


Nabbijohn, A. N., MacMullin, L. N., Kwan, K. M. W., Santarossa, A., Peragine, D. E., Wong, W. I.*, & VanderLaan, D. P.* (In press). Children's bias in appraisals of gender-variant peers.Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 196, 104865.

Wong, W. I.*, & Yeung, S. P.^ (In press). Preschool gender differences in spatial and social skills and their relations to play and parental socialization in Hong Kong Chinese children. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 48, 1589-1602.


Kwan, M. W. ^, Shi, Y.^, Nabbijohn, A. N., MacMullin, L. N., VanderLaan, D.*, & Wong, W. I*. (2020). Children’s responses towards gender-nonconformity: Developmental pattern and intervention. Child Development, 91, e780-e798.


Wong, W. I.*, & VanderLaan, D. P. (2020). Early sex differences and similarities: Evidence across cultures? In F. M. Cheung & D. F. Halpern (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of International Psychology of Women. Cambridge University Press.

Wong, W. I., van der Miesen, A., Li, T. G. F., MacMullin, L. N., & VanderLaan, D*. (2019). Childhood Social Gender Transition and Psychological Well-Being: A Comparison to Cisgender Gender-Variant Children. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology (APA)7, 241-253.

Wong, W.I. & Yeung, S.-P. (2019). Early Gender Differences in Spatial and Social Skills and Their Relations to Play and Parental Socialization in Children from Hong Kong. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 48, 1589-1602. (Article selected as high-impacted by Springer Nature) 

Wong, W. I.*, Shi, S. Y.^*, & Chen, Z. S. (2018). Students from single-sex schools are more gender-salient and more anxious in mixed-sex situations: Results from high school and college samples. Plos ONE, 13(12): e0208707. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0208707

Featured in Times Higher Education 17 Dec 2018

Wong, W. I.* (2018). [Invited peer-reviewed book review] GENDER-TYPED PLAY AND ITS STATE-OF-THE-ART SCIENCE Gender Typing Of Children's Toys: How Early Play Experiences Impact Development. Edited by Erica S. Weisgram and Lisa M. Dinella. Washington, DC: APA books, 2018. 341 pp. $ 74.95 (hardcover) ISBN: 978-1-4338-2886-7. Sex Roles, 79, 752-753.

Yeung, S. P.^, & Wong, W. I.* (2018). Gender labels on gender-neutral colors: Do they affect children’s color preferences and play performance? Sex Roles, 79, 260-272. doi: 10.1007/s11199-017-0875-3

Springer press release:

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Li, G., & Wong, W. I.* (2018). Single-sex schooling: Friendship, dating, and sexual orientation. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47, 1025-1039.

Wong, W. I.* (2018). Sex Differences. In M. H. Bornstein (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Wong, W. I.* (2017). The space-math link in preschool boys and girls: Importance of mental transformation, targeting accuracy, and spatial anxiety. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 35, 249-266.

Wong, W. I.* (2017). Digit Ratio. In V. Zeigler-Hill and T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Springer Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. New York, NY: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_742-1

 Li, R. Y. H.^, & Wong, W. I.* (2016). Gender-typed toy play and social abilities in boys and girls: Are they related? Sex Roles, 74, 399-410.

Wong, W. I.*, & Hines, M. (2016). Interpreting digit ratio (2D:4D)-behavior correlations: 2D:4D sex difference, stability, and behavioral correlates and their replicability in young children. Hormones & Behavior, 78, 86-94.

Wong, W. I.*, & Hines, M. (2015b). Preferences for pink and blue: The development of color preferences as a distinct gender-typed behavior. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44, 1243-1254.

Wong, W. I.*, & Hines, M. (2015a). Effects of gender color-coding on toddlers’ gender-typical toy play. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44, 1233-1242.

Wong, W. I.*, Pasterski, V., Hindmarsh, P. C., Geffner, M. E., & Hines, M. (2013). Are there parental socialization effects on the sex-typed behavior of individuals with congenital adrenal hyperplasia? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42, 381-391.

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Other affiliations: Department of Psychology, CUHK (By Courtesy) and Department of Psychology, HKU (Honorary)?