People

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Principal Investigator

Professor Shui-fong LAM

B.A. (CUHK), PGDE (CUHK), M.Ed. (U. of Texas), Ph.D. (U. of Minnesota)

Shui-fong LAM is a Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). She obtained her Bachelor’s degree and post graduate diploma in education from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Master’s degree (counselling psychology) from the University of Texas, and doctoral degree (school psychology) from the University of Minnesota. She was a recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award from the HKU, the Outstanding International Scholar Award from the International School Psychology Association, and the Knowledge Exchange Award from the Social Sciences Faculty at HKU. She is now the Director of the Jockey Club “Peace and Awareness” Mindfulness Culture in Schools Initiative. It is her aspiration to promote mental health of students, teachers, and parents in Hong Kong through the training and research in mindfulness.

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Co-investigator

Dr. Winnie CHAN

B.Soc.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D. (HKU)

Winnie CHAN is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). She obtained her doctorate degree at HKU and is a registered educational psychologist. Currently, she leads the Learning and Development Laboratory at HKU. She has been working on projects with the aim of helping children to become better learners, especially in the area of mathematics. As a co-investigator of the Jockey Club “Peace and Awareness” Mindfulness Culture in Schools Initiative, she is interested in promoting mental health in school.

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Co-investigator

Dr. Shirley LI

Honours. B.Sc (University of Toronto), M.A. (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), Ph.D. (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), D.Clin.Psy (University College London)

Shirley LI is an assistant professor in Department of Psychology at the University of Hong Kong. She graduated from the University of Toronto where she received her Honours BSc in psychology. She obtained her MA and PhD in Medical Sciences (Psychiatry) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psy) from the University College London. She is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist in the UK and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Her work aims to translate research into practice and to inform the development of evidence-based interventions to improve sleep and health in children and adolescents. She received the Elio Lugaresi WASM Award for Sleep Medicine from the World Association of Sleep Medicine in 2009, and the Young Investigator Award in the World Congress on Sleep Medicine in 2013 and 2015 respectively. She obtained the Outstanding Early Investigator Award (Honorable Mention) from Sleep Research Society in 2017. As a co-investigator of Jockey Club “Peace and Awareness” Mindfulness Culture in Schools Initiative, Dr. LI is interested in promoting mindfulness culture and conducting research related to mindfulness.

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Co-investigator

Dr. Kathy SHUM

B.Sc. (U. of Toronto), M.Sc. (U. of Toronto), PC.Ed. (HKU), PC.Psy. (HKU), Ph.D. (HKU)

Kathy SHUM graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology and Master’s Degree in Physiology, with special research interest in diabetes. She chose to pursue a career in education after obtaining her Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Hong Kong. After seven years of teaching at a secondary school, she started anew in the field of psychology under the Postgraduate Certificate of Psychology, and continued to complete her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Hong Kong. She is currently the director of the Master of Social Sciences Programme in Educational Psychology at the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include reading acquisition, biliteracy development, educational intervention, curriculum and instruction, and children with ASD and ADHD.

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Co-investigator

Dr. Bernard WONG

B.Soc.Sc. (HKU), PGDE (HKIED), Ph.D. (HKU), REP (HKPS), AFHKPS

Bernard WONG is a Professional Consultant in the Department of Educational Psychology of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his Bachelor of Social Sciences and Doctor of Philosophy (with a specialisation in Educational Psychology) degrees from the University of Hong Kong. Prior to his current position, Dr. WONG was the Director of General Education at Hong Kong Shue Yan University. Dr. WONG is also a registered Educational Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the Hong Kong Psychological Society. He is currently serving as the Chairperson of Division of Educational Psychology, Hong Kong Psychological Society. As a long-serving scout leader, Dr. WONG is interested in promoting leadership and personal enrichment initiatives for adolescents and young adults. Currently, he is interested in exploring how mindfulness-based interventions could be incorporated in school-based and community-based programmes.

Representative from Seed Schools

Mr. Tak Kan CHEUK

Principal
Tung Wan Mok Law Shui Wah School

Ms. Tze Hang FONG

Principal
HHCKLA Buddhist Chan Shi Wan Primary School

Ms. Yuen Ying NGAN

Principal
St. Mark’s School

Ms. Kam Yi CHEUNG

Principal
Caritas Mother Teresa School

Mr. Kai On HO

Principal
SKH Kei Fook Primary School

Mr. Chun Shing WONG

Principal
HKSYCIA Wong Tai Shan Memorial College

Ms. Mei Ling CHIK

Principal
Po Leung Kuk Yao Ling Sun College

Ms. Mei Ling LEUNG

Principal
HKTA Shun Yeung Primary School

Ms. Lai Ting WONG

Principal
HK Juvenile Care Centre Chan Nam Cheong Memorial School

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Dr. Helen MA

Helen MA, the Founding Teacher of the Hong Kong Center for Mindfulness, obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Hong Kong, and Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge. She has served as a clinical psychologist in Hong Kong and Australia and taught mindfulness in Hong Kong and overseas. In recent years, she has devoted herself to training MBSR and MBCT teachers in the Chinese-speaking region. She is an MBSR trainer and supervisor recognised by the Mindfulness Center at the Brown University. She is currently an Associate Teacher and Trainer of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, U.K.

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Ms. Kam Fung CHOW YEUNG

Kam Fung CHOW YEUNG is a registered Educational Psychologist. She was the Head of the Educational Psychological Services Section of the Education Bureau, HKSAR before retirement. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree, Postgraduate Certificate of Education and Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Hong Kong (HKU). She also got her Master’s degree in Christian Studies and is now an accredited practitioner of Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) of the Association in the United Kingdom (AVIGuk). After retirement, she commits herself to voluntary educational services in both Hong Kong and the mainland. She is keen to promote Paired Reading in local preschools by establishing a system supported by school heads, teachers and parents that works to sustain children’s interest and habit in reading. The effectiveness of the program is confirmed by the study of the Psychology Department of HKU. She is the member of the Advisory Board of the Jockey Club “Peace and Awareness” Mindfulness Culture in Schools Initiative.

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Dr. Chi Keung MAK

Chi Keung MAK, a retired Secondary School Principal, obtained both his Bachelor’s degree in Science and Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Hong Kong and Doctor of Philosophy with specialization in Chemistry from the City University of Hong Kong. Following his retirement, Dr. MAK continues to contribute in voluntary social services such as Deputy Chairman of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority Council, committee member of the Quality Education Fund Steering Committee, and the secondary school manager. Dr. MAK’s aspiration for education is to promote whole-person education which is of great significance to the full development of the physical and mental health and moral values of students. Dr. MAK takes part in the Jockey Club “Peace and Awareness” Mindfulness Culture in Schools Initiative in hope that knowledge exchange with teachers will help to promote the full development of the physical and mental health of students.

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Ms. Shuk In TSE

Shuk In TSE is a school manager of a secondary school and nursery school and a columnist of a moral education periodical. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and Master’s degree in Education specialising Counselling and Early Childhood Education from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She was a former deputy chief executive (education), HKYWCA; school supervisor; exco member of Council of Non-profit making Organizations for Pre-primary Education (CNOPE); chairperson of the school social work service coordinating committee of HKCSS; fieldwork instructor, CUHK; author of ‘70 effective ways to communicate with parents’. She believes education is the foundation for life enhancement and social development, and she strives to promote mental health of students, teachers and parents through the JC PandA.

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Director

Professor Shui-fong LAM

B.A. (CUHK), PGDE (CUHK), M.Ed. (U. of Texas), Ph.D. (U. of Minnesota)

Shui-fong LAM is a Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). She obtained her Bachelor’s degree and post graduate diploma in education from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Master’s degree (counselling psychology) from the University of Texas, and doctoral degree (school psychology) from the University of Minnesota. She was a recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award from the HKU, the Outstanding International Scholar Award from the International School Psychology Association, and the Knowledge Exchange Award from the Social Sciences Faculty at HKU. She is now the Director of the Jockey Club “Peace and Awareness” Mindfulness Culture in Schools Initiative. It is her aspiration to promote mental health of students, teachers, and parents in Hong Kong through the training and research in mindfulness.

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Educational Psychologist

Mr. Denis KWAN

Denis KWAN, a registered educational psychologist, obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Hong Kong, and Master of Educational and Child Psychology from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He provided school-based educational psychology service for many local primary and secondary schools in his previous services. Since 2012, he started practising mindfulness, and delivering mindfulness training to students and teachers. He was also involved in research on mindfulness conducted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Raising two kids, he wishes to exchange views with parents on mindful parenting and parenting in general.

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Educational Psychologist

Dr. Kitty TSANG

Kitty TSANG, a registered educational psychologist, obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy degree with specialisation in Educational Psychology from the University of Hong Kong, and Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the Education University of Hong Kong. She taught in post-secondary and tertiary institutions for several years previously. Apart from teaching, she has conducted a wide range of research projects, including the effectiveness of mnemonics in learning, cross-cultural studies on maternal control, and the paradox of parental unconditional acceptance. In recent years, she has been practising mindfulness and advocating mindfulness in schools. She is devoted to empowering teachers and parents with mindfulness practice so that they can cultivate students’ resilience.

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Educational Psychologist

Mr. Michael SU

Michael SU is a registered Educational Psychologist. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Imperial College London, Master’s degree from Oxford University, Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology, and Master of Social Sciences from the University of Hong Kong. He was responsible for providing school-based educational psychology service to local primary and secondary schools during his tenure with the Education Bureau. Michael is dedicated to promoting the education, research, and practice of mindfulness and developing a mindful culture amongst students, teachers, parents, and the general public. His research interest lies in the interrelations between mindfulness, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving.

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Research Assistant

Ms. Abby TSE

Abby TSE obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Hong Kong, majoring in Psychology and Counselling. Before joining the JC PandA, she provided counselling services and assistance to children and adolescents in NGO and community settings. She engaged in multiple research studies, including cultural influences on stress responses in adolescents, developmental disorder support, and impulsivities. As a keen athlete, journal writer, and meditator, she is attentive to mind-body connection and believes in the significance of practicing mindfulness in helping individuals live life as vibrant as it is.

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Research Assistant

Mr. Kyle CHAN

Kyle CHAN obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Hong Kong, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Cognitive Sciences. He had experience in providing counselling services to students with special learning needs before joining the JC PandA. He previously engaged in medical research projects and clinical trials, and had substantial face-to-face interaction with patients who had neurological disorder or abnormal psychological conditions. Having exposed to mindfulness practices during his undergraduate studies, he believes that mindfulness is the key to take good care of one’s mental well-being in the face of much stress and obstacles in everyday life. 

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Executive Officer

Ms. Lia TSANG

Lia TSANG has a Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree in Sociology from the Hong Kong Baptist University and a Master of Arts Degree in Cultural Management from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is experienced in project management, event planning, academic research and administration in higher education. She organised art exhibitions and public education programmes with various objectives, such as to evoke empathy towards underprivileged groups and to raise environmental awareness.

Lia supports gender equality and LGBTQI rights. She has a great passion for art, ranging from conventional forms to popular culture; from literature, visual art and performing art to fashion, movie and music. She is interested in incorporating mindfulness practice with art making and art appreciation.

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Executive Assistant

Ms. Jamie LEE

Jamie LEE assists in the execution of the JC PandA, ranging from promotional and logistic matters of various activities to general office operation. Jamie got into mindfulness after she stumbled upon an online article about mental health. Since then, she practises mindfulness every other day. Mindfulness has grown from an interest to a career for her. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Chinese and Bilingual Studies from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. With her academic background and interest in mindfulness, she landed an opportunity in the JC PandA. She hopes everyone can find their inner peace and enjoy their life at its fullest.

Current Research Interns (2020 Summer)

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Ms. Vanessa CHUNG

Leung Ka Ho Kelvin (梁家灝) - square

Mr. Kelvin LEUNG

Past Research Interns (2020 Spring)

Chan Chun Him Leo (陳雋謙)

Mr. Leo CHAN

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Mr. Morris CHAN

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Ms. Serena LEE

Wong Yik Chun (黃奕津)-square

Ms. Yik Chun WONG