Yiqun Gan is a professor at School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, Peking University, China. She has received her Ph.D. in the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1998. She has published over 120 research papers as the first or the corresponding author, and her findings were published in top international journals. She has been the principle investigator of several research projects funded by the National Science Foundation of China. She currently serves as the co-Editor-in-Chief for the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) official journal “Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being”(IF=1.9-2.7) and the Secretary of Division 8 of IAAP. She is also an Associate Editor in SCI/SSCI indexed journals, “European Journal of Cancer Care” and “Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology”. Her research on future orientation and resilience has embraced numerous state-of-the-art techniques such as laboratory experiments, molecular genetics, physiological indexes, eye tracking, and ERP. She has won the title of “Recognized Psychologist” by the Chinese Psychological Society, has been awarded fellowship of International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), and Distinguished International Affiliate (fellow equivalent) in Society for Health Psychology (Division 38) of American Psychological Association (APA).


2011-present Professor, Department of Psychology, Peking University

2000-2011 Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Peking University


Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong, 1994-1998

Exchange Student, University of Hawaii at Manoa. The United States. 1996-1997.

M.S. Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, Peking University. Beijing, CHINA 1990-1992

B. S. Psychology, Department of Psychology, Peking University。 Beijing, CHINA 1986-1990


Current Funding as PI:

  • National Natural Science Foundation of China (Project Number 31571154). 2016-2019. The Adaptive Value of Future Orientation: the Temporal Doppler Effect and its Molecular Genetics.
  • National Natural Science Foundation of China (Project Number 31271094). 2013-2017. The Cognitive Representation of Meaning-focused Coping and the Revised Model of Meaning Making.
  • Key National Social Science Foundation of China. 2016-2019. Promotion of Interpersonal Harmony from a Mental Health Prospective. 2016-2019.

Past Funding as PI (2011-present):

  • National Natural Science Foundation of China (Project Number 31070913). The Sequential Model of Future-oriented Coping and its Time Discounting Mechanism
  • Bilateral Workshop on “Coping with Stress and Adversity: Implications and Interventions from a Mental and Physical Health Perspective”, Beijing (2011), Berlin
  • (2010), Organizer
  • Chinese National Office for Education Sciences Planning (Project Number DBA080173). Future-oriented Coping and Stress Management among University Students
  • Beijing National Education Sciences Planning (project number: AIA09121). Coping with Occupational Stress among Middle School Teachers

Professional Activities and Editorial Services for Journals

Important Professional Activities:

Invited Symposium, International Congress of Psychology (ICP), 2012, Cape Town

Transversal Keynote Speaker, International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), 2014, Paris

Faculty, 5th International Workshop on Psychological Intervention After Disasters (PIAD) Manila, invited by International Union of Psychology, November 2016

Visiting Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2017

Invited Symposium, International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), 2018, Montreal,

Invited speech in Tri-national Symposium on Disaster Psychology, the 31st Japanese Congress of Psychology, 2018, Sendai, Japan,

Keynote Speaker, 21th Chinese Congress of Psychology, 2018, Beijing

Editorial Board Member of Journals:

Co Editor-in-Chief, Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being (IF: 2.351, Q2): 2020-2023

Associate Editor, Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being (IF: 2.351, Q2): 2018-2019

Associate Editor, European Journal of Cancer Care (IF: 2.421, Q3): 2018-present

Associate Editor, Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology (IF: 0.909, Q4): 2017-present

Editorial Board Member, Stress and Health (IF: 1.875, Q3): 2017-present

Editorial board Member Psych-Journal (IF: 0.717, Q4): 2017-present

Editorial board Member Acta Psychologica Sinica (local journal): 2018-present

Editorial board Member Advances in Psychological Science (local journal): 2014- present

List of Publications

Journals indexed by SCI/SSCI (since 2010):

Gan, Y.,* (in press). Happy People Live Longer and Better: Advances in Research on Subjective Well-Being. Applied Psychology: Health and Wellbeing,11(3),438-458.

Miao, M. & Gan, Y* (in press). The Promotional Role of Meaning in Life in Future-Oriented Coping: Positive Affect as a Mediator. International Journal of Psychology.

Zarychta, K., Horodyska, K., Gan, Y., Chan, C. K., Wiggers, J., Wolfenden, L., Boberska, M., & Luszczynska, A. (in press). Associations of Parental and Child Food and Exercise Aversion With Child Food Intake and Physical Activity. Health Psychology.

Gao, L., Gan, Y* Whittal, A. Yan, S. Lippke, S. (in press). Do problematic internet use and perceived stress mediate health behaviors and work-life balance? - An online study with internet-users in Germany and China. Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Zarychta, K., Kulis, E., Gan, Y., Chan, C. K., Horodyska, K., & Luszczynska, A. (in press). Why are you eating, mom? Maternal emotional, restrained, and external eating explaining child's eating styles. Appetite, 104335.

Gan, Y.,*, Chen,Y., Yu, N.Y., Han, X.. & Wang, L. (2019). Neuropeptide Y Gene× Environment Interaction Predicts Resilience and Positive Future Focus. Applied Psychology: Health and Wellbeing,11(3),438-458.

Gan, Y.,*, Zheng, L., He, X., & Cheung, F. M. (2019). Interpersonal relatedness and temporal discounting. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36(6), 1695-1714.

Miao, M. & Gan, Y* (2019). How Does Meaning in Life Predict Proactive Coping? The Self-Regulatory Mechanism on Emotion and Cognition. Journal of Personality,87(3), 579-592.

Gan, Y.*, & Hall, B. J. (2019). Stress-related psychological outcomes: Psychological and biological mechanisms, developmental aspects, and management. Psych Journal, 8(3):277-279

Zhang, C. Q., Zhang, R., Gan, Y., Li, D., & Rhodes, R. E. (2019). Predicting transport-related cycling in Chinese employees using an integration of perceived physical environment and social cognitive factors. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 64, 424-439.

Zheng, L., Lippke, S. Chen,Y., Li,D., & Gan,Y.* (2019). Future Orientation Buffers Depression in Daily and Specific Stress. Psych Journal, 8(3),342-352.

Zhang, R., Zhang, C. Q., Gan, Y., Li, D., & Rhodes, R. E. (2019). Predicting Transport‐Related Walking in Chinese Employees by Integrating Worksite Neighbourhood Walkability and Social Cognition. Applied Psychology: Health and Well‐Being,11(3),484-498.

Wang, Y., Lippke, S. Miao, M., & Gan,Y.* (2019). Restoring Meaning in Life by Meaning-Focused Coping: The Role of Self-Distancing. Psych Journal, 8(3),386-396.

Wang, J., & Gan, Y*. (2019). The influence of need for cognitive closure on the attention‐recognition stage of preventive coping. International Journal of Psychology, 54(3), 397-405.

Zheng, L., Lu, Q., & Gan, Y*. (2019). Effects of expressive writing and use of cognitive words on meaning making and post-traumatic Growth. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, 13(1), 1-12.

Gan, Y.,*, Lei, Z., Yu, N.Y, Zhou, G. Miao M., & Lu, Q. (2018). Why Do Oncologists Hide the Truth? Disclosure of Cancer Diagnoses to Patients in China: A Multisource Assessment using Mixed Methods. Psycho-Oncology. 27:1457–1463.

Gan, Y.,* Lei, Z., Wang, Y., Li, W. (2018). An Extension of the Meaning Making Model using Data from Chinese Cancer Patients: The Moderating Effect of Resilience. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 10(5), 594-601.

Huang, S. & Gan, Y.,* (2018). Memory as a Cognitive Representation of Post-Traumatic Growth. Anxiety, Stress & Coping, 31,(1), 59–68.

Zheng, L. & Gan, Y.,* (2018). Influence of Early Family Cohesion on Future Orientation: Moderating Role of a Polymorphism in the FKBP5 Gene. Journal of Individual Differences. 39, 166-173.

Tang, C. S. K., Wu, A. M. S., Yan, E. C. W., Ko, J. H. C., Kwon, J. H., Yogo, M., Gan, Y., & Koh, Y. Y. W. (2018). Relative risks of Internet-related addictions and mood disturbances among college students: a 7-country/region comparison. Public Health, 165, 16-25.

Gan, Y.,* , Miao, M., Lei, Z., & Liu, H. (2017). Temporal Doppler effect and future orientation: adaptive function and moderating conditions. Journal of Personality, 85(3), 313-325.

Miao M., Zheng, L. , Gan,Y*. (2017). Meaning in life promotes proactive coping via positive affect: a daily diary study. Journal of Happiness Studies, 18(6), 1683-1696.

Miao M., Gan,Y*, Gan,T, & Zhou, G. (2017). Carry-over effect between diet and physical activity: the bottom-up and top-down hypotheses of hierarchical self-efficacy. Psychology, Health & Medicine. 22,266-274.

Zhou, G. Gan, Y.,* Hamilton K., & Schwarzer. R. (2017). The role of social support and self-efficacy for planning fruit and vegetable intake. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 49(2), 100-106.

Wang, Y., Gan, Y.*, Miao, M., Ke, Q., Li, W., Zhang, Z., & Cheng, G. (2016). High-level construal benefits, meaning making, and posttraumatic growth in cancer patients. Palliative and Supportive Care, 14(5), 510-518.

Zhou, G. Gan, Y.,*Qin K, Knoll, N., Lonsdale,C., & Schwarzer. R. (2016). Avoiding Exposure to Air Pollution by Using Filtering Facemask Respirators: An Application of the Health Action Process Approach. Health Psychology. 35(2), 141-147.

Li, W., Miao M., Gan,Y*, Zhang, Z., Cheng, G. (2016). The Relationship Between Meaning Discrepancy and Emotional Distress Among Patients with Cancer: The Role of Posttraumatic Growth in a Collectivistic Culture. European Journal of Cancer Care, 25(3), 491-501

Deng, J., Qian*, M., Gan,Y*, Hu, S., Gao, J., Huang, Z., Zhang,L.(2016). Emerging Practices of Counseling and Psychotherapy in China: Ethical Dilemmas in Dual Relationships. Ethics and Behavior, 26(1), 63-86.

Tiamiyu M F, Gan Y, Kwiatkowski D, et al. (2016). Relationships Between Latent Factors of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Growth. The Journal of nervous and mental disease, 204(5): 344-348.

Gan,Y*., Wang, Y., Meng, R., Wen, M. , Zhou, G., Lu, Y. & Miao M. (2015). Time Discounting Mechanisms of Future-Oriented Coping: Evidence from Delay Discounting and Task Prioritization Paradigms. Journal of Behavior Decision Making, 28, 529–541.

Gan,Y. & Gan,T, Chen, Z., Miao, M., Zhang, K.. (2015). Functional Pathways of Social Support for Mental Health in Work and Family Domains among Chinese Scientific and Technological Professionals. Stress and Health. 31(4), 336-349.

Zhou, G., Gan,Y*, Miao, M., Hamilton, K., Knoll, N., & Schwarzer, R. (2015). The role of action control and action planning on fruit and vegetable consumption. Appetite, 91, 64-68.

Gan, Y. , Wen,Y., Wang, J.., Rodriguez, M.A., Gong, X. & Xie,X.(2014). Is Expressive Suppression an Effective Coping Strategy? A Study of Chinese Rescue Medical Staff Following an Earthquake. Asian Journal of Social Psychology,17(4):264-276.

Gan, Y*., Zheng, W. & Wen,Y., (2014). The Sequential Model of Future-Oriented Coping and Adjustment to University Life: The Role of Attitudes as Further Evidence The Psychological Record,64,13-20.

Gan,T. & Gan,Y.* (2014). Sequential development among dimensions of job burnout and engagement among it employees. Stress and Health, 30: 122–133. DOI: 10.1002/smi.2502

Gan, Y.* Guo, M. & Tong, J. (2013). Scale development of meaning-focused coping. Journal Of Loss & Trauma, 18(1), 10-26.

Gan, Y., Xie,X., Wang,T., Rodriguez, M. A. Tang,C.S. (2013). Thriving in the shadow of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake: two studies on resilience in adolescents. Journal of Health Psychology, 18 (9) 1233 - 1242.

Guo, M., Gan, Y.* Tong, J. (2013). The role of meaning-focused coping in significant loss. Anxiety, Stress & Coping, 26(1), 87-102..

Zhou, G. Gan, Y.,*, Knoll, N., Schwarzer. R. (2013). Proactive coping moderates the dietary intention–planning–behavior path. Appetite, 70, 127–133.

Gan, Y., Kakiashvili,T. ,Koczkodajc,W..W.,Li, Feng (2013). A note on relevance of diagnostic classification and rating scales used in psychiatry. Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, 112:16-21.

Gan, Y.* & Liu, J. (2012).The Mechanism of How Interpersonal Coping Flexibility Influences Self-esteem. The Psychological Record.62, 735–746

Hu, Y., Gan, Y. *.(2012). How Chinese Infer Helpers’ Ambiguous Intentions: Helper Effort and Interpersonal Relationships. International Journal of Psychology,47(5):393-404

Gan, Y., Meng, R., Chen, H. & Che, H. (2012) 2008 Revision of the Chinese Code of Ethical Use of Psychological Tests and Its Implementation Status. Ethics and Behavior. 22(1), 30–41.

Wang, Z. & Gan, Y. * (2011) Coping Mediates between Social Support, Neuroticism, and Depression after Earthquake and Examination Stress among Adolescents', Anxiety, Stress & Coping: An International Journal, 24,343-358

Xie, X., Liu.,H. & Gan, Y.* (2011). Belief in a Just World When Encountering the 5/12 Wenchuan Earthquake. Environment and Behavior 43: 566-586.

Hu, Y & Gan, Y.*.(2011) Future-Oriented Coping and Job Hunting among College Students. The Psychological Record, 61 (2), 253-268.

Gan, Y.* & Cheung, F.M. (2010). From proactive personality to organizational citizenship behavior: mediating role of harmony. Psychological Reports, 106, 755-765.

Gan, Y.*, Hu, Y. & Zhang, Y.(2010). Proactive and Preventive Coping in Adjustment to College. Psychological Record, 60, (4):556-571.

Wang, Z. & Gan, Y*. (2010). Coping Mediates between Social Support, Neuroticism, and Depression after Earthquake and Examination Stress among Adolescents', Anxiety, Stress & Coping: An International Journal, 24: 3, 343-358.

Zhu, D., Xie, X., Gan, Y. (2010). Information source and valence: How information credibility influences earthquake risk perception. Journal of Environmental Psychology doi:10.1016/j.jenvp.2010.09.005

Zong, J. G., Cao, X. Y., Cao, Y., Shi, Y. F., Wang, Y. N., Yan, C., Gan,Y. , & Chan, R. C. (2010). Coping flexibility in college students with depressive symptoms. Health and quality of life outcomes, 8(1), 66-86.


Journals in Chinese (since 2010):

Zhang, J., Pi, D., Gan, Y., Qian, M., Li, G., Ling, H. (2019) The Content Analysis of Work Values from Perspective: Based on Reaction Frequency, Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology, 27(02):246-252.

Pang, Z., Zhuang, S., Wang, Y. Gan, Y.* (2019). Cognitive Appraisal and Meaning in Life in Recalling of Past Events: The Emotion as a Mediator. Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis Pekinensis

Chen,Y. & Gan, Y.* (2018). Harmonious Personality, Social Support, Self-control and Work-Family Conflict: Comparison of Three Models Based on Occupational Groups. Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis Pekinensis

Miao, M., Wang, Y., Ye, Q., Ke, Q. & Gan, Y.* (2017). Verification of the Sequential Model of Future-oriented Coping in Engaged Individuals. Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology, 25(04):678-683.

Zheng, L. & Gan, Y.* (2017). The time perception and molecular genetics of future orientation. Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis Southwest, 43(05):105-110.

Zhu, R., Gan, Y.,* Li, Y. & Zhang, X. (2017). Mediating Effect of Positive Emotion on Relationship between Cognition Reappraisal and Meaning of Life in Freshmen. Chinese Mental Health Journal, 31(06): 490-494.

Nie, H., Gan, Y.* & Cui, J. (2017). Occupational Stress and Job Burnout, Job Satisfaction in Cinema Employees: Mediating Effect of Emotional Labor and Emotion Regulation. Chinese Mental Health Journal, 31(05): 382-388.

Nie, H., & Gan, Y.* (2017). Relationship between Self-concept Clarity and Meaning in Life and Subjective Well-being. Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology,(05):923-927.

Wang, Y., Chen,W., Gan Y.*(2016). The Mechanism from Absence of Meaning to Meaning in Life: the Moderated Mediation of Satisfaction of Psychological Need. Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis Pekinensis, 52 (3), 581-586.

Wang, Y., Wu X., Gan Y.*(2015). Effect of search for meaning and perspective change on depression in college students: A mediated moderation model. Chinese Mental Health Journal, 29 (11),858-863.

Liu, T., Guo, M., Chen, W., Gan Y.*(2015). The Mechanism and Mediating Effect of Meaning-focused Coping. Journal of Beijing Normal University (Natural Science) 42(6),100-106.

Zhu, J. Gan Y.*, Gan, T. (2015). Developmental model of the three dimensions of job burnout of civil servants in drug regulatory system. Chinese Mental Health Journal, 29 (12),945-951.

Gan Y. (2014). Mediation in psychological research: study design and statistics. Chinese Journal of Mental Health,28(8), 584-585.

Jiang, H., Liu, H., Miao, M., Gan Y.* (2015) Daily hassles and Psychological Adjustment among freshmen: the Moderating Effect of Meaning in Life. Psychological Science, 38(1), 123-130.

Feng,Y., Gan Y.* Liu,Z., Nie,H.,& Chen,W. (2015) Relationship between Uncertainty Response and Future-oriented Coping: the Mediation of Anticipated Emotion. Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis Pekinensis, 51(3), 485-494.

Liu,Z.,Li, Q., Gan Y.*, Miao, M., Feng,Y., Nie,H.,& Chen,W. (2014). Health attitude-behavior consistency: a moderated mediation model. Chinese Journal of Mental Health, 28(8),586-591.

Chen,W., Gan Y.*,Guo, Z., Nie,H., Feng,Y., & Liu,Z. (2014). The Relationship between Meaning Thinking and Job Burnout from a Self-Determination Perspective. Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology,22(4):646-651.

Wen,M., Gan Y..*, Jiang, H., et.al. (2014). From Achievement Motivation to Academic Burnout and Engagement: Longitudinal Mediating Effect of Future-Oriented Coping. Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis Pekinensis, 50(2),388-396..

Tang, X., Xia, Y.,& Gan Y..*(2013). Hoped for Possible Selves and Its Relationship with Job Engagement and Burnout of Secondary School Teachers. Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis Pekinensis,49(1):20-25.49 (01):20-25.

Gan Y..*(2011). The Sequential Model of Future-oriented Coping and its Time Discounting Mechanism. Advances in Psychological Science,19(11), 1583–1587.

Wan, Y., Gan Y..*(2011).The Mediation Effect of Emotion Focused Coping Between Occupational Stress and Emotional Exhaustion. Psychological Research 4(5),60-66

Qu, X., Gan Y..*. (2012). The Relationship Between Adult Attachment and Personality Traits for Chinese College Students. Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology, 20 (1), 89-92.

Li, J., Gan Y..*,& Zhou, Y. (2012). Relationship between Perfectionism and Job Burnout of Architects. Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis Pekinensis, 48(4):679-684.

Chen, Y., Gan Y..*,Huang, S. et. al.(2012), Revision and Preliminary Application of Posttraumatic Growth Inventory Among Earthquake Survivors in Sichuan. Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology, 20 (3), 336-324.

Fan, Y., Gan Y..*,& Zheng, W. (2010). Relationship Between Optimism-pessimism and Coping Flexibility. Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology, 18 (6), 775-779.

Chen, H., Gan Y..*,Wen,Y.,et. al.(2010) An Empirical Research on the Theoretical Construct of Chinese Core Self-evaluation. Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis Pekinensis, 46(1):141-146.

Liu,S., Gan Y..*.(2010). Re liability and validity of the Chinese version of the Meaning in Life Questionnaire Chinese Journal of Mental Health, 24(6), 478-482.

Guo, M., Gan Y..* (2010). Reliability and validity of the Chinese version of Positive and Negative Affect Schedule Expanded in 660 college students Chinese Journal of Mental Health, 24(7), 524-528.

Wang, Z., Gan Y..* (2010).Reliability and Validity of Proactive Coping Scale. Psychological Research, 3(5), 64-68.