Dr Zhang, graduated from the Department of Psychology, Peking University, and then got his MPhil and PhD from the Department of Psychology, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has been working in the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences for 30 years, with major research interest and activities in the field of personality psychology, health psychology, and social psychology as well.
Dr Zhang has been elected as an Executive Member of Chinese Psychological Society in 2011, and working as the director of International exchange committee of CPS since then. CPS is the largest association of psychologists in China, under the leadership of Chinese Association of Science and Technology. He is also serving as a major leader in another two Chinese associations related to psychology: Chinese Association of Mental Healthy and Chinese Association of Social Psychology.
In 2009, Dr Zhang was elected as president in elect of AASP (Asian Association of Social Psychology), and is now serving as AASP President until 2013. During the meeting of the national representatives of IUPsyS being held just before the 30th international congress of psychology in Cape Town, South Africa in 2012, he has been elected as an EC member of the Union, working together with Ann Watts, General Secretary of the Union, to provide consultation to WHO on the mental disorder classification, and working together with Tor Hofgaard, Vice President of the Union, to review and to improve the Union’s policy.
Since Dr Zhang is also a national representative of ICSU-RCAP (Regional committee of Asian Pacific), which has collaborated with IUPsyS to support an international workshop on provision of psychological assistance after natural disaster, he has been involved in organization of and lecture in the workshop.
It is believed by many people that psychology is a kind of subjects highly evaluated in the rich part of the world, although its scientific nature does not confine itself in certain types of countries. It is evident that psychology has been well developed in European countries and the United States, in terms of both research activities and service quality.