Hok Chio (Mark) Lai 黎學昭

I am an Associate Professor of Psychology (Quantitative Methods) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern California. I am from Macau and speaks Cantonese as my native language. Mathematics has always been a favorite subject to me, but my growing interest in understanding the human mind lead me to pursue a bachelor degree in Psychology at the University of Macau, where I discovered that a career of developing and applying quantitative methods in the social sciences would be a very good fit to me.

I am interested in all kinds of statistical methods, but currently my research areas include multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, effect size statistics, and measurement invariance. I also have collaborations on projects studying the prevalence, antecedents and consequences of gambling disorder, and in other areas such as evolutionary psychology, social psychology, developmental sciences, health sciences, etc.


Texas A&M University | College Station, TX PhD in Educational Psychology (Research, Measurement and Statistics) | Aug 2011 - Aug 2015

University of Macau | Macau BSSc in Psychology | Sept 2007 - May 2011


University of Southern California | Assisstant Professor of Psychology | August 2018 - 2023

— Associate Professor of Psychology | August 2023 -

University of Cincinnati | Assistant Professor | Aug 2015 - Aug 2018