Vivian Wing-Sheung Chan

Ph.D. Candidate

Vivian ChanIndustrial/Organizational (I/O) psychology

B.Sc.(Hons) (University of Toronto), M.A. (University of Waterloo)

Supervisor: Dr. John Michela

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In my alma mater, I have been trained in the area of personality and individual differences as a research assistant and an independent studies student under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer Tackett. My interest towards I/O psychology developed while investigating the relationship between emotional intelligence and performance for the Rotman School of Management under the supervision of Dr. Jeremy Yip. To gain experience in applied research projects, my honours thesis project was conducted in collaboration with an Ontario health network under the supervision of Dr. Enza Gucciardi to examine patient perceptions to diabetes education programs.

Research interests

My current research focuses on Big Five personality factors and other traits (compound personality scales) and its relation to the occupation-entrepreneur fit and leader perception. 

My research with regards to using compound personality scales with entrepreneur fit is conducted to develop a benchmark of the psychological characteristic of entrepreneurs. My other line of research explores leader prototypes under the Big Five personality framework. 

Apart from my main areas of research, I collaborate with colleagues in my division and external companies to explore topics such as effects of computer-facilitated problem-solving programs on creativity in virtual work teams.

Feel free to contact me if you are a prospective student wanting to know more about the I/O Psychology program here at University of Waterloo!


  • Gucciardi, E., Chan, V.W.S., Lo, B.K.C, Fortugno, M., Khan, S., Horodezny, S., & Swartzack, S.J. (2012). Patient factors and perceived barriers in attending diabetes education programs. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 36(4), 214-217.
  • Gucciardi, E., Chan, V.W.S., Fortugno, M., Khan, S., Horodezny, S., & Swartzack, S.J. (2011). Primary care practitioner referral patterns to diabetes education programs. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 35(3), 262-268.
  • Chan, V.W.S. (2010). Social phobia and gender differences: A developmental perspective. Journal of Undergraduate Life Sciences, 4(1), 82-85.

Work in progress:

  • Chan, V.W.S., Michela, J.L., Schröder, T. (In progress). Affective identity and vocational identity influences on entrepreneurship intent and development.

Selected conference presentations

  • *Xiong, T.X., *Chan, V.W.S., *Leung, K., Adair, W.L., & Brown, D.J. (2012, July). A Cross-Cultural Examination of the Impact of Test Instructions on Assessment Performance. Symposium presentation at the international congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

    *Equal contribution
  • Chan, V.W.S., Lian, H., Robie, C. & Brown, D.J. (2012, April). Leadership prototypes based on the big five dimensions. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, San Diego, CA.
  • Chan, V.W.S., & Michela, J.L. (2011, November). Development of an entrepreneur vocation measure. Paper presented at the annual Southwestern Ontario Industrial/Organizational Psychology Graduate Student Conference, Guelph, ON.
  • Chan, V.W.S., Lian, H., & Brown, D.J. (2011, May). Proactive personality and job satisfaction: The mediating role of basic need satisfaction. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Applied experience

  • Project Manager, Emotional Intelligence Development Program
  • Workshop Developer, Effective Teamwork Training Program
  • Facilitator, Emotional Intelligence Development Program and Student Leadership Program
  • Contract Consultant, Waterloo Organizational Research and Consulting Group (Client: Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions, Dynamic Performance Systems Inc.)
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