Zhijie (Jerry) Dai

Jerry Dai University of Canterbury

Jerry completed his PhD in Psychology at the University of Canterbury in 2012. His interests cut across several areas of contemporary psychology and economics, including decision making, cross-cultural psychology, and behavioral economics. As part of his research, Jerry explored the Cumulative Prospect Theory (Tversky & Kahneman, 1992), a well-known descriptive theory of risk attitudes (Prof. Kahneman is a Nobel Laureate in Economics). Jerry’s was the first research to approach this theory from a psychological perspective. Jerry has two co-authored articles published in SCI Journals, and is working on others.

Apart from his scholarly dedication, Jerry was heavily involved in social work during his time in New Zealand. He founded the Christchurch Chinese Students and Scholars Association in 2006, an organisation which promotes multi-cultural understanding among tertiary students in the Canterbury area. The association grew rapidly, and Jerry was successful in attracting a number of distinguished visitors, including current and former MPs, the local Mayor, community leaders, and officials from the Chinese government. As well as the SYLFF award, his achievements were recognised by another prestigious Scholarship: the China National Award for Outstanding Overseas Students.

Currently (2015) Jerry is Associate Professor at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Harbin Engineering University (located in the northeast of China where he is originally from). He has founded a lab of cross-cultural behavioral decision making there and is committed to the improvement of decision-making under the influence of cultures via his academic abilities and overseas experience.

In August 2015, Jerry will present a paper at the American Psychological Association 123th Convention (the world's largest society for psychologists) in Toronto, Canada, on methodological issues in behavioral psychology.