Faculty of Social Sciences
Professor John P Burns
Professor Samson SK Tse

PDOT(Dis) HKPU; PGDipSocSc Massey; MSc(Dis), PhD Otago; AFHKPCA;  ACounS

Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education); Director of Experiential Learning

Tel: (852) 39171071
Email: samsont@hku.hk


Brief Biography

Samson is Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education) of Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor of Mental Health in Department of Social Work and Social Administration at The University of Hong Kong. He focuses on the development of experiential learning component in the Faculty. The pedagogy Samson adopts in his teaching includes the adult learning model, promotion of critical thinking skills, and role modeling, all of which are also important in his role as Associate Dean. He returned to Hong Kong after more than two decades working in New Zealand. He has served in government, and non-government organization advisory committees in New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong. He has acted as a consultant for internet-based mental health promotion or intervention projects. Professor Tse has presented to groups around the globe about issues he is passionate about: Living beyond disability and improving service users’ experience. Students and conference delegates often describe Samson as an effective and dynamic speaker.


1997-01 University of Otago, New Zealand
PhD (Department of Psychological Medicine)
1993-96 University of Otago, New Zealand
MSc (with Distinction, Department of Psychology)

1990-92 Massey University, New Zealand
PG Dip Soc. Sci (Department of Psychology)

1981-84 Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
PDOT (with Distinction, Occupational Therapy at Department of Rehabilitation Sciences)

Academic Career

2014-present The University of Hong Kong
Faculty of Social Sciences

Associate Dean (Faculty of Social Sciences)
Professor (Department of Social Work and Social Administration)

2009-2014 The University of Hong Kong
Associate Professor (Department of Social Work and Social Administration)

2002-2008 The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Associate Dean (Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences)
Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer (School of Population Health)
1993-2001 Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand
Senior Lecturer, Lecturer (School of Occupational Therapy)



Professor Tse has expertise in examining the complex mechanisms of recovery from severe and persistent mental illness like bipolar disorder and gambling disorder. Samson and his multidisciplinary teams have adopted a holistic perspective to emphasize strength and hope in assisting people to reclaim meaningful life roles and to live productive lives even with the “condition”. Samson has been successful in securing research funding for his projects and his program of research has resulted in over 140 scholarly publications including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and edited books. Samson’s publications have appeared in Bipolar Disorders, World Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services, Addiction, Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, International Review of Psychiatry, Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes and The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. Professor Tse holds honorary/ visiting professorial positions in several universities such as The University of British Columbia (Health Research Associate, 2006-presnt) The University of Auckland (2010-present), The University of Melbourne (2011-present) and Yale University (2013, summer)



Updated: Jan 15, 2016


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