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 Samuel Chng

Samuel Chng

PhD student


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 College House 2.03


College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Samuel graduated from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) specialising in parental influences in the development of disordered eating in young adults. He then went on to work as a counsellor in Singapore with juveniles and young drug offenders within community-based rehabilitation programmes. In 2014 he started his PhD with the Psychology Applied to Health group to explore the social and cultural influences in the antecedents of transport behaviour and its consequences on our psychological wellbeing.


  • 2013 Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), James Cook University

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Research interests

My work contributes primarily to the research themes of (i) climate change and sustainable futures, and (ii) public health and wellbeing. My research interests include:

  1. Describing and measuring modifiable processes that regulate behaviour patterns (including explicit and implicit cognitions and affective responses as well and sociocultural influence processes);
  2. Developing evidence-based, behaviour change interventions and policies that apply specified behaviour change techniques to (a) disrupt existing behaviour patterns and/or (b) establish new behaviour patterns;
  3. Planning feasible, acceptable and sustainable behaviour change interventions across different cultural context.

Doctoral research

My doctoral research in applied psychology explored the psychological, social and economic determinants and consequences of travel decisions and their cross-cultural differences in the UK and Singapore. This resulted in the proposal of the CAUSE framework of behaviour that is more comprehensive and integrated than existing psychological theories.

This work is funded by Shell Global Solutions (UK) with an additional research award from Santander UK, and supervised by Prof. Charles Abraham, Dr. Mathew White and Dr. Stephen Skippon.


Chng, S. & Sani, A. S. (In press). Adolescents’ subjective appraisals: Relationships with body image and dieting attempts. International Journal of School Health. doi: 10.5812/intjsh.44761

Chng, S., White, M., Abraham, C., & Skippon, S. (2016). Commuting and wellbeing in London: The roles of commute mode and local public transport connectivity. Preventive Medicine, 88, 182-188. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.04.014.

Chng, S. & Fassnacht, D. (2016). Parental comments: Relationships with gender, body dissatisfaction, and disordered eating in Asian young adults. Body Image, 16, 93-99. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2015.12.001.

Chng, S., White, M., Abraham, C., & Skippon, S. (2015). Car commute differences within urban England and Wales. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 6(3), 46.


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