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Athabasca University

Dr. Cheuk Fan Ng

Professor, Psychology




I joined Athabasca University in 1993. Before coming to AU, I had held faculty and research positions at University of Saskatchewan, University of New Brunswick, and St. Thomas University in Canada.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, I came to Canada with great enthusiasm to pursue my undergraduate studies in the frigid, peaceful, and sparsely populated Manitoba. This new life experience and my work experience in real estate appraisal sparked my interests in environmental psychology, the study of interactions between individuals and their physical environment. I continued on with my graduate work at the University of Victoria, B.C., where I received my masters and doctoral degrees in psychology with a focus in environmental psychology.

As I move on in my career, my teaching interests have cut across several applied, non-clinical areas of psychology. My research interests remain in the environmental, social, and cross-cultural psychology areas: noise, crowding, and privacy in the work and home environments, immigrants' use of space and acculturation, and more recently, telework and mobile work. As Athabasca University students are studying anytime anywhere, so are most of the professors and tutors working at different times from many different locations. It just seems critically important that we understand the ramifications of this new work trend.

I have been on the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Psychology since 2015 and a board member of the International Transdisciplinary Workplace Research Network since 2017. Having been a member of the Environmental Psychology Section of the Canadian Psychological Association for many years, I served as its Section Chair (1997-2002) and newsletter editor (1992-1995; 1998-2002). I am also a member of the Environmental Design Research Association, International Association of People-Environment Studies, American Psychological Association, Division 34, and Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

I was an affiliated researcher with the Prairie Metropolis Centre: A Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration, Integration, and Diversity, based in the University of Alberta (2000-2013 when it was de-established).

Selected Publications

Ng, C. F., Gifford, R., Veitch, J. A., & McCunn, L. J. (2019). Environmental psychology. In M. E. Norris (Ed.), The Canadian handbook for careers in psychology science (pp. 575-615). Kingston, ON: eCampus Ontario. Retrieved from

Ng, C. F. (2018). Research productivity of professors in Canadian undergraduate programmes. Canadian Psychology, 59(3), 211-219.

Ng. C. F. (2017). Living and working in tall buildings: Satisfaction, and perceived benefits and concerns of occupants. Frontiers in Built Environment.

Ng, C. F. (2016). Public spaces as workplace for mobile knowledge workers. In a special issue on the modern work environment in Journal of Corporate Real Estate, 18(3), 209-223.

Ng, C. F. (2016). Behavioral mapping and tracking. In R. Gifford (Ed.), Research methods in environmental psychology (Ch. 3, pp. 29-52). Wiley-Blackwell.

Ng, C. F., & Northcott, C. (2015). Living arrangements and loneliness of South Asian immigrant seniors in Edmonton, Canada. Ageing and Society, 35(3), 552-575. (first published online December 3, 2013). Doi: 10.1017/So144686X13000913

Ng, C. F. & Northcott, H. C. (2013). Living arrangements of South Asian immigrant seniors in Edmonton, Canada: An assessment of the economic, cultural, health, and availability of kin explanations. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 27(1-2), 1-27. Doi:10.1080/02763893.2011.649827

Ng, C. F., & Northcott, H. C. (2010). The ethnic and national identity of South Asian immigrant seniors living in Edmonton, Canada. Canadian Ethnic Studies, 41/42(3-1), 131-156.

Ng, C. F., & Northcott, H. C. (2010). South Asian immigrant seniors living in Edmonton, Canada: Diverse experiences. In D. Durst & M. MacLean (Eds.), Diversity and aging among immigrant seniors in Canada: Changing faces and greying temples (pp. 301-325). Calgary, AB: Detselig.

Ng, C. F. (2010). Teleworker's home office: An extension of corporate office? Facilities, 28(3/4) (a special issue on Environment Behavior in Facilities Management), 137-155.    Doi: 10.1108/02632771011023113

Ng, C. F., Northcott, H. C., & Abu-Laban, S. M. (2007). Housing and living arrangements of South-Asian immigrant seniors in Edmonton, Alberta. Canadian Journal on Aging, 26(3), 185-194. Doi:10.3138/cja.26.3.185

Ng, C. F. (2006). Academics telecommuting in open and distance education universities: Issues, challenges and opportunities. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 7(2).

Ng, C.F. (2003). Satisfying shoppers' psychological needs: From public market to cyber-mall. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 23, 434-450. Doi:10.1016/S0272-4944(02)00102-0

Ng, C. F. (2000). Effects of building construction noise on residents: A quasi-experiment. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 20, 375-385. Doi:10.1006/jevp.2000.0177

Ng, C. F. (1998). Canada as a new place: The immigrant's experience. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 18, 55-67. Doi:10.1006/jevp.1997.0065

Ng, C. F. (1997). Recruitment practices and job search in academic positions in psychology. Canadian Psychology, 38, 25-42.

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