PhD, Assistant Professor




Miao Miao

The research field

Stress and coping, meaning in life, health behavior





Assistant Professor

Education experience

2011-2016  Ph.D.  School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences,  Peking University

2007-2011  B.A. (Second Degree) School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, Peking University

2006-2011  B.A. School of Nursing, Peking University

Work experience

2020.10  School of Health Humanities, Peking University  Assistant Professor

2016.7-2020.9  School of Sociology, China University of Political Science and Law  Lecturer, Associate Professor


Medical Psychology, Advanced Psychological Statistics, Health Psychology

Academic papers

Qi W, Zhou Z, Miao M*. (2023). Quadripartite existential meaning among Chinese: Internal conceptual structure and reciprocating relationship with psychological flexibility and inflexibility. Personality and Individual Differences, 202, 111961.

Zheng L, Cai J, Wang F, Ruan C, Xu M, Miao M*. (2022). How Health-Related Misinformation Spreads Across the Internet: Evidence for the "Typhoon Eye" Effect. Cyberpsychology Behavior and Social Networking, 25(10): 641-648.

Miao M, Zheng L*, Wen J, Jin S, Gan Y. (2022). Coping with coronavirus disease 2019: Relationships between coping strategies, benefit finding and well‐being. Stress and Health, 38(1): 47-56.

Jin S, Zheng L, Wen J, Miao M*. (2022). The relationship between active coping and hope during the COVID-19 pandemic: The mediating role of meaning in life. Journal of Health Psychology, 27(12): 2685-2695.

Jin S, Miao M*. (2022). Family Incivility and Cyberbullying Perpetration Among College Students: Negative Affect as a Mediator and Dispositional Mindfulness as a Moderator. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 37(23-24), NP21826-NP21849.

Zhou Z, Zheng L, Qi W, Miao M*. (2022). Finding meaning from the present and future: The mediating role of meaning in life between temporal focus and mental health. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, 16, 183449092211387.

Zheng L, Miao M, Gan Y*. (2022). A systematic and meta-analytic review on the neural correlates of viewing high- and low-calorie foods among normal-weight adults. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 138, 104721-104721.

Miao, M., Zheng, L., & Gan, Y. (2021). Future-oriented function of meaning in life: Promoting hope via future temporal focus. Personality and Individual Differences, 179, 110897.

Wen J, Miao M*. (2022). Relationships Between Meaning in Life, Positive and Negative Affect, and Eating Behaviors: A Daily Diary Study. Journal of Happiness Studies, 23(4), 1315-1331.

Zheng L, Miao M*, Gan Y. (2020) Perceived Control Buffers the Effects of the COVID‐19 Pandemic on General Health and Life Satisfaction: The Mediating Role of Psychological Distance. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 12(4): 1095-1114.

Miao, M., & Gan, Y. (2020). The Promotional Role of Meaning in Life in Future-Oriented Coping: Positive Affect as a Mediator. International Journal of Psychology, 55(1), 52-59.

Dai Y, Jiang T*, Miao M. (2020). Uncovering the Effects of Awe on Meaning in Life. Journal of Happiness Studies, 23(7): 3517-29.

Miao M., & Gan Y. (2019). How does meaning in life predict proactive coping? The self-regulatory mechanism on emotion and cognition. Journal of Personality, 87, 579-592.

Miao, M., Zheng, L., Gan,Y. (2017). Meaning in life promotes proactive coping via positive affect: a daily diary study. Journal of Happiness Studies, 18(6), 1683-1696.

Miao, M., Gan,Y., Gan,T, & Zhou, G. (2017). Carry-over effect between diet and physical activity: the bottom-up and top-down hypotheses of hierarchical self-efficacy. Psychology, Health & Medicine. 22, 266-274.

Gan,Y., Miao, M., Zheng, L., & Liu, H. (2016). The Temporal Doppler Effect: Its Moderating Conditions and Adaptive Function. Journal of Personality.

Miao Miao, Zheng Lei, Jin Shuai, Wen Jie, Gan Yi-qun*. (2021). Development of the Benefit Finding from Epidemic Scale. Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology, 29(03), 529-533+538.

Miao Miao, Gan Yi-qun*. (2021). The Predictive Effects of Presence of Meaning in Life on Future-Oriented Coping: The Chain Mediating Role of Positive Affect and Resource Accumulation. Studies of Psychology and Behavior, 19(03): 403-409.

Li Xue-ying,Mao Kang-na,Mi Xiao-yi,Gao Ling-ling,Yang Xiao,Tao Hui-fen,Zhang Ying-wu,Chen Jing,Wang Xing,Shen Li-juan,Yuan Jie-ling,Miao Miao*,Zhou Hong*. (2021). Reliability and validity of the Chinese version of parenting sense of competence scale in mothers of preschool children. Journal of Peking University (Health Sciences), 53(03): 479-484.

Liu Peingbing, Miao Miao*, Chen Yalan, Liang Xinwen, Jiang Xinwen, Jiang Xinyi, Yu Yue. (2020). Development of sense of belonging to school scale among college students. Chine Journal of Health Psychology,10:1567-1571.

Miao Miao, Zhu Han, Gan Yi-qun*. (2018). Effect of Meaning in Life on Mental Health in Individuals Approaching Retirement. Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology, 26(2), 136-141.

Miao Miao, Wang Ya-qi, Ye Qing, Ke Qin, Gan Yi-qun*. (2017). Verification of the Sequential Model of Future-oriented Coping in Engaged Individuals. Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology, 25(4), 678-683.

Research subject

1. 2022.09 The National Social Science Found of China. The Promoting role of Meaning in Life on Physical Activity from the Perspective of Procrastination. 

2. 2021.07 The Young Scholar Project of Beijing Education Sciences Planning Program during the 14th Five-Year Plan. The Impact of Family Incivility on Adolescents’ Mental Health: The Underlying Mechanism and Interventional Research.

3. 2018.7-2021.7. The Ministry of Education (MOE) of the People’s Republic of China Project of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Promoting role of Meaning in Life on Proactive Coping: The Build Mechanism and Interventional Research

4. 2022.11 Chen Zhong Geng Foundation for the Development of Clinical and Counseling Psychology. The Protective Roles of Psychological and Family Resources on Menopausal women’s Mental Health: From the Perspective of Resilience