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Vincent Ng, Ph.D.

Vincent Ng

Assistant Professor
Industrial Organizational Psychology

Office: Heyne 123C
Phone: 713-743-4525

I will be taking students for Fall 2024.

Biographical Summary

Vincent Ng is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He then went on to receive his M.S. in industrial/organizational psychology Salem State University and then his M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology at Purdue University. He is interested in understanding character and, more broadly, the relationship between well-being and morality at work and beyond.


  • M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Purdue University
  • M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Salem State University
  • B.A. in Psychology, Vassar College

Research Interests

  • Character assessment and development – how do we measure and model the underlying processes and consequences of both individual differences and changes in moral attributes?
  • Well-being – how does the cultivation of character lead to well-being and what conception of well-being is most satisfying?
  • Leader(ship) Development – how do moral characteristics of leaders (in)directly contribute to or detract from the development of interpersonal processes that undergird leadership?
  • Methodology – what are the measurement issues associated with measuring socially desirable attributes like character virtues? How can contemporary methods (e.g., big data approaches, automated assessment) be leveraged for basic and applied science purposes – to understand and utilize character research, respectively?


  • Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Leadership Development

Affiliations and Links

Selected Publications 

  • Ng, V., Lee, P., Ho, M.H.R., Kuykendall, L., Stark, S., & Tay, L. (in press). The development and validation of a multidimensional forced-choice format character measure: Testing the Thurstonian IRT approach. Journal of Personality Assessment.
  • Ng, V., & Tay, L. (in press). Lost in translation: The content representation of character virtues. Perspectives on Psychological Science.
  • Tay, L., & Ng, V. (2018). Ideal point modeling of non-cognitive constructs: Review and recommendations for research. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2423.
  • Ng, V., Tay, L., Kuykendall, L. (2018). The development and validation of a measure of character: The CIVIC. Journal of Positive Psychology, 13(4), 346-372.
  • Tay, L., Ng, V., Malik, A., Zhang, J., Chae, J., Ebert, D., Ding, Y., & Kern, P. (2017). Big data visualizations in organizational science. Organizational Research Methods, 21(3), 660-688.
  • Ng, V., Cao, M., Marsh, H.W., Tay, L., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2017). The factor structure of the Values in Action Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS): An item-level exploratory structural equation modeling (ESEM) bifactor analysis. Psychological Assessment, 29(8), 1053-1058.
  • Kuykendall, L., Tay, L., & Ng, V. (2015). Leisure engagement and subjective well-being: A quantitative review. Psychological Bulletin, 141(2), 364-403.