Geoffrey Blowers

Release date:2018-08-17
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Brief Biography

Geoffrey Blowers, formerly Associate Dean and Chairman of the Board of Social Sciences and Professor of Psychology at The University of Hong Kong, has most recently been the Director of the Research Office at Hong Kong Shue Yan University. He is co-editor with Alison Turtle of Psychology Moving East: the status of Western Psychology in Asia and Oceania (Westview, 1987), co-author with Kieron O'Connor of Personal Construct Psychology in the Clinical Context (Ottawa/Montreal U.P, 1996) and has published papers on the history of psychology and psychoanalysis in China and Japan . He was twice President of the Hong Kong Psychological Society and is currently its Registrar. He was also Founding President of the Hong Kong Institute of Analytical Psychology.
1972-76    The University of Hong Kong, China 
Ph.D. in Psychology
1969-72    University of Sussex, UK
MPhil in Experimental Psychology
1965-68    University of Sheffield, UK
B.Sc Major: Zoology and Physiology;
Minor: History and Philosophy of Science

Academic Career

2013-2018  The University of Hong Kong, China
                      Department of Psychology
                      Honorary Professor

2012-2016   Shue Yan University 
                      Professor; Director of the Research Office

2006-2012    The University of Hong Kong, China 
Department of Psychology and Faculty of Social Sciences 
Professor of Psychology 
Associate Dean of Social Sciences (Special projects)
1974-2006    The University of Hong Kong, China
Department of Psychology and Faculty of Social Sciences 
Acting Dean (2005-2006)
Associate Dean (Research) (2003-2005) (2006-2012)
Senior Lecturer (1984-2006) 
Director, Postgraduate Certificate of Psychology program (1978-2012) 
Lecturer (1975-1984) 
Assistant Lecturer (1974-1975)
1996    University of Kansas 
USIA (United States Information Agency) Exchange Fellow, Centre of East Asian Studies
1990, 1993    Universite de Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Chercheur Invite (Invited Researcher)
1978, 1983    Stanford University Medical School 
Visiting Research Associate

Having trained as a biological scientist with a sub-specialty in the history and philosophy of science, I began my professional career doing research in clinical psychiatry for the Medical Research Council. I came to Hong Kong in the early 1970s initially as a graduate student and stayed to teach and do research. Sensitive and alert to the impact of culture upon psychological understanding, from the early 1980s I concentrated on looking at the cultural and historical impact of psychology -- a modern discipline of western origin -- upon various Asian cultures, notably Hong Kong, China and Japan. Most of my work has been motivated by the broad question of how western psychology fits into Chinese intellectual life and its general applicability.