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Section 6 - Health and Well-Being

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 July 2020

Fanny M. Cheung
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Diane F. Halpern
Claremont McKenna College, California
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Chu Kim-Prieto is a Professor of Psychology at the College of New Jersey. She was born in Korea and grew up in the USA. She earned her PhD at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Chu teaches courses in psychology of emotion and happiness, research methods, and psychology of racism. Her research focuses on the effects of everyday emotions, as well as the effects of stereotypes and micro-aggressions.

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