Academic Team - Dr Chung Kai Li, Head of Psychology; Director of Research Management Centre

Academic Team

Assoc. Prof. Dr Chung Kai Li | Head of Psychology; Director of Research Management Centre

Dr Chung Kai Li Dr Chung Kai Li joined University of Reading in 2017 after completing her PhD in Psychology from Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Kai Li’s main research interests lie in psychopathology and individual differences, where her PhD thesis focussed on aversive personality traits, particularly three traits collectively known as the Dark Triad – psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism. Her current research areas cover investigative interviewing as well as interpersonal violence, which involves working closely with the police force and abuse victims.

As a Senior Fellow of Advance HE and a member of the Malaysia Senior Fellows Network Working Group, Kai Li is committed to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education. She has taught various psychology modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including Forensic Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Researching Psychology, Social and Differential Psychology, and Work Psychology (for UK, Singapore, and Hong Kong). Additionally, she has developed online teaching materials for distance learning courses provided by University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and Open University, UK. Kai Li has also held the position of a course coordinator for the Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS) Summer School Psychology Programme between 2014 and 2017, where she also taught Personality Psychology. LEAPS is a widening participation programme to raise educational attainment among prospective students from under-represented groups.

Kai Li is an active member of the Johor Women’s League, a non-governmental, non-profit society working to promote women’s empowerment and the rights of children. She has a keen interest in advancing her career within the intersection of psychology and the justice system.


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Speciality areas

Personality Psychology
Forensic Psychology

Highest qualification and awarding body

PhD in Psychology, Edinburgh Napier University

UoRM programmes taught/supervised

BSc (Hons) Psychology:

PY3FOC Forensic Psychology and Criminal Behaviour
PY3P Project

PhD in Psychology

Research interests

Aversive personalities
Forensic interviewing

Current projects


Principles on Effective Interviewing for Investigations
(with Prof Dave Walsh, De Monfort University)

Child Investigative Interviewing Training
(with Dr Ummi Habibah Abd Rani, Polis Diraja Malaysia)

Sexual Offending Against Children
(with Prof Michael Seto, The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research & Assoc Prof Dr Mohammad Rahim Kamaluddin, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)

Child Suggestibility in Investigative Interviewing
(with Assoc Prof Dr Rachel Pye & PhD student Wong Yi Shan, University of Reading)

Pathogen Disgust
(with Dr Tan Kok Wei, University of Reading)

Dark Tetrad Traits and Eye Movements
(with Dr Shumetha Sidhu, University of Reading)

Recent publications

Chung, K., Y. Wong, Kamaluddin, M. R. & Bull, R. (2023). Investigative interviewing with suspects: Exploring current practices among Malaysian police. International Journal of Police Science and Management.

Chung, K., Chen, X., & Syed Faisal Al-Edros, S. D. H. (2023). Perceived severity of stalking behaviour and blame attributions: The influence of prior relationship, belief in a just world, and Dark Tetrad personality traits. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 32(6), 902–917.

Chung, K., Ding, I., & Sumampouw, N. E. J. (2022). Police’s and victim care officers’ beliefs about memory and investigative interviewing with children: Findings from Malaysia. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 36(3), 573–580.

Chung, K., Tay, C., Gan, A., & Tan, C. (2022). Attitudes toward corporal punishment of children: The role of past experience, Dark Tetrad traits, and anger rumination. Journal of Individual Differences, 43(2). 105–113.

Chung, K., & Bull, R. (2021). From interrogation to conversation. The Psychologist.
Chung, K., & Sheridan, L. (2022). Perceptions of stalking: Examining perceivers’ country of origin, perpetrator-target prior relationship, and the mediating effect of victim responsibility. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 37(21–22), NP19644–NP19663.

Chung, K., Ng, M., & Ding, I. (2021). Investigative interviews with suspects and witnesses: A survey of perceptions and interview practices among Malaysian police. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 37, 248–257.

Chung, K., Morshidi, I., Yoong, L., & Thian, K. (2019). The role of the dark tetrad and impulsivity in social media addiction: Findings from Malaysia. Personality and Individual Differences, 143, 62–67.   


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