Zed Zhipeng Gao

Assistant Professor

  • Department: Psychology, Health and Gender
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Professor Zed Zhipeng Gao joined AUP in 2021. Gao has an interdisciplinary academic background, with a PhD in historical, theoretical and critical studies of psychology followed by postdoctoral research in sociology and anthropology.

A Chinese immigrant to Canada, Gao is currently studying Chinese immigration with a focus on identity, belonging, and political participation. Additionally, he has been publishing on the history of psychology in Chinese communism. With China/Chinese as the empirical reference, Gao explores broader questions including (trans)nationalism, globalization, and cultural politics. 

Gao has published over 20 journal articles and book chapters. His works can be found in Review of General PsychologyTheory & PsychologyJournal of Humanistic PsychologySocial AnthropologyNarrative InquiryHistory of PsychologyHistory of Science, etc. He is guest editor of special issues of journal Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science (Springer) and journal Theory & Psychology (Sage). Gao holds major awards in several fields including international psychology, history of psychology, and qualitative inquiry.

Before joining AUP, Gao taught in Toronto and Vancouver, where he enjoyed working with students from diverse backgrounds. In the small class environment of AUP, Gao applies a roundtable seminar format to foster collaborative, creative and critical discussion.


  • Postdoc in Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University & The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • PhD in Psychology, York University, Canada
  • MA in Psychology, York University, Canada



See my Google Scholar for a complete list of publications. 

Awards, Fellowships and Grants

  • Distinguished Early Career Contributions in Qualitative Inquiry Award, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods, Division 5 of the American Psychological Association, 2022
  • Early Career Award, Society for the History of Psychology, Division 26 of the American Psychological Association, 2022
  • Outstanding Early Career Psychologist Award (outside the US), International Psychology, Division 52 of American Psychological Association, 2020
  • Young Scholar Award, Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences, 2019
  • Certificate of Academic Excellence, Canadian Psychological Association, 2019
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, “Inter-Cultural Experience of Chinese Immigrants in Canada” (PI), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: $90,000, 2019-2021