Sheryl Chua

Dr Sheryl Chua Hwee Chin

Lecturer, Public Safety and Security Programme

School of Humanities and Behavioural Sciences

Tel: +65 6240 8959

Email: c2hlcnlsY2h1YWhjQHN1c3MuZWR1LnNn

Educational Qualifications

Ph.D. (Psychology), Nanyang Technological University

B.A. Hons (Psychology), Nanyang Technological University

Academic and Professional Experience

Associate, Singapore University of Social Science

2019 - 2021
Manager, Product Innovation & Insights, Institute for Human Resource Professionals

2016 - 2019
Psychologist, Operations & Leadership Psychology Branch, Ministry of Home Affairs


  • Khader, M., Tan, E., Toh, B., Diong, S.M., Chua, H.S.(2023) Crisis Leadership: A Guide for Leaders. Singapore: World Scientific. doi:

Book Chapters

  • Chua, H.S. (2023). Defining Crises. In Crisis Leadership: A Guide for Leaders (pp. 3-19). Singapore: World Scientific. doi:

  • Ang, D., Chua,H.S., Khader, M. (2020). Gearing up for crises: Developing a crisis readiness questionnaire. In Prepared for Evolving Threats: The Role of Behavioural Sciences in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Selected Essays from the Asian Conference of Criminal and Operations Psychology 2019 (pp. 171-220). Singapore: World Scientific.

  • Chua, H.S., Khader, M., Tan, E. (2018). The Looming, the Creeping, and the Black Swan: Modern crises and recommendations for building resilience. In Learning from violent extremist attacks: Behavioural sciences insights for practitioners and policy makers (pp. 475-498). Singapore: World Scientific. doi:

Peer-reviewed Journals

  • Chua, H.S., Khader, M., Tan, E. (2019). Leading in a fat tail world: Modern crises & recommendations for leaders. Home Team Journal, Issue 9. Singapore: Home Team Academy.

  • Bedford, O., & Chua, H.S. (2017). Everything also I want: An exploratory study of Singaporean Kiasuism (fear of losing out). Culture & Psychology,24(4), 491-511. doi: 10.1177/1354067X17693831

  • Chua, H.S., & Bedford, O. (2016). A qualitative exploration of fear of failure and entrepreneurial intent in Singapore. Journal of Career Development, 43(4), 319-334. doi: 10.1177/0894845315599255


  • Chua, H.S. From Crisis Management to Crisis Leadership: The Role of an Effective Leader during a Crisis. Presented at the 2022 Australian & New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management Conference, Australia. July 2022.

  • Chua, H.S. Development & Validation of the Perceived Crisis Readiness Scale. Presented at the 5th Asian Conference of Criminal & Operations Psychology, Singapore. July 2022.

  • Chua, H.S., Khader, M., Tan, E., Choo, B., & Chua, P.T. A systematic review of crisis leadership & critical incident management. Presented at the 4th Asian Conference of Criminal & Operations Psychology, Singapore. July 2019. Awarded with the ‘Most Inspiring Oral Presentation’.

  • Chua, H.S., Khader, M. Leading in a fat tail world: Modern crises & implications for leaders. Presented at the 32nd British Academy of Management, Bristol, UK. September 2018.

  • Chua, H.S., Ho, M-H.R., Uy, M.A. Development and validation of entrepreneurial fear of failure. Presented at the 36th Babson College Entrepreneurship Research, Bodø, Norway. June 2016.

  • Chua, H.S. Kiasuism in Singapore: Fear of losing out. Presented at the 11th Biennial AASP and 52nd PAP convention, Philippines, Cebu. August 2015.

  • Bedford, O., Chua, H.S. Fear of failure in entrepreneurship in a Chinese society. Presented at the 123rd American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada. August 2015.

Member, Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU)

Co-PI for NTUC Consultancy Project on Slowing Workforce

Lead Researcher for Qualitative Component for ‘Work, Well-being, and Resilience: Understanding Singapore’s Mature Workforce’ Project

Research Advisor, Research & Data Division, Ministry of Communications and Information

  • Leadership
  • Critical incident management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Organisational psychology
  • Today Online, ‘CNY bazaar: Police warn lockdowns may be needed to limit visitor numbers; experts say Chinatown presents unique crowd control challenges’, 12 January 2023.

  • Today Online, ‘Marina Bay new year countdown: Some S'poreans eager to join celebrations after 2-year absence, not fazed by expected large crowds’, 28 December 2022.

  • Channel NewsAsia, ‘Commentary: Are bystanders who film rather than intervene actually helpful?’, 18 March 2022.

  • Today Online, 'Why I have both fear of going out and fear of missing out in a pandemic', 23 Dec 2021.

  • 8world, 奥密克戎毒株敲响警钟 为何本地逛街人潮依然汹涌?, 11 Dec 2021.

  • Todayonline, Explainer: As Singapore learns to treat Covid-19 as endemic, how do we deal with our fear of the virus?, 7 Oct 2021.
  • Guest Speaker, “Leadership, Adaptability, & Resilience in Crisis Management”, at Civil Service College, Tianjin Eco-City (TEC) Programme, 13 June 2023.

  • Guest Speaker, “Effective Crisis Leadership”, at Civil Service College, MTI-SPO Programme 2022, 19 September 2022.

  • Panellist, “Crisis Communications and Leadership”, at SGSecure@Workplaces, 28 February 2022 & 13 September 2022.

Back to top
Back to top