Dr. LAW Yik Wa, Frances

Frances Law, Yik-Wa, PhD, MSW, BSocSc, RSW, is Assistant Professor of the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at The University of Hong Kong. She has been researching on suicide, mental health care service and issues in community. She joined the Centre for Suicide Research & Prevention at HKU as a Project Director in 2002, and has gained extensive experiences in piloting and managing a number of innovative research studies in the Centre. She has made significant contribution to integrating social work practice and evidence-based social work research. Frances was trained and had practiced as a social worker in Hong Kong and California, USA with a specific focus on children, youth, family and senior social service management. She has extensive experience in direct social work practices, training for trainers, service development, strategic organizational development, and fundraising for innovative projects. Her teaching specialties include social service management, social work research and groupwork practice in social work.

• Law, Y.W., Yip, P.S.F., Lai, C.C.S., Kwok, R.C.L., Wong, P.W.C., Ng, P.W.L., Kwong S.L., Liao, C., & Wong, T.W. (2016). A pilot study on the efficacy of volunteer mentorship for young adults with self-harm behaviors using a quasi-experimental design. Crisis, Jun 9, 1–12. [Epub ahead of print] doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000393
Law, Y.W., Wong, P.W. C., & Yip, P.S.F. (2015). Health and psychosocial service use among suicides without psychiatric illness. Social Work, 60(1): 65-74.
Law, Y.W., Yip, P.S., Zhang, Y., & Caine, E.D. (2014). The chronic impact of work on suicides and under-utilization of psychiatric and psychosocial services. J Affect Disord, 168C, 254-261.
Zhang, H., Law, F. Y. W., Hu, D., Fan, S., & Yip, P. (2014). Profiles of Higher-Earning Wives in Hong Kong and the Implications for Marital Satisfaction. J Sex Marital Therapy, 41(5), 457-466.
Law, Y.W., Yau, A., & Yip, P.S.F. (2012). Crisis helplines. In A. Shrivastava, M. Kimbrell, & D. Lester (Eds.), Suicide from a Global Perspective: Public Health Approaches (pp. 83–93). New York: Nova Science Publishers.
Consultant, Evaluation Study of the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (2016–2019)
National Representative (Hong Kong) (2015–2019), International Association for Suicide Prevention https://www.iasp.info/council_of_national_representatives.php
Member, Research Advisory Group of Narcotics Division, HKSAR (2013–2017) http://www.nd.gov.hk/en/rag_members.htm
Member, Sub-committee on Treatment and Rehabilitation of Action Committee Against Narcotics (ACAN), HKSAR (2015–2017) http://www.nd.gov.hk/en/members_t.htm
Member, SAGE Open Editorial Board (2015–present) http://sgo.sagepub.com/editorial-board
Appointed Member of Chinese Association for Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, China (since 1996)
• Principal investigator (2017–2019). Effects of community-based caring contact on post-discharge young adults with self-harm – a multi-center randomized controlled trial; (RGC Early Career Scheme, 0.46M)
• Principal investigator (2016–2018). A study on cyberbullying and primary school children. Seed Funding Program for Basic Research, The University of Hong Kong (45K).
• Principal investigator (2015–2017). An evaluation study on Project Respect—Anti-bullying programs for primary school children in Hong Kong — Commissioned by Boys and Girls Club Association (0.4M)
• Principal investigator (2015–2017). A study on employment and social inclusion among youth in Hong Kong. Seed Funding Program for Basic Research, The University of Hong Kong (49K).
• Principal investigator (2015–2017). Capacity building for social workers on working with cyber youth using group work approach. Department of Social Work and Social Administration (0.77M).
• Co-investigator (2014–2016). Study on determinants of poverty and potential interventions to alleviate poverty in Hong Kong. Chief Executive Fund, HKSAR government (14M).
• Principal investigator (2013–2015). Exploring healthcare and psycho-social service needs among patients with deliberate self-harm behaviors. Seed Funding Program for Basic Research, The University of Hong Kong (0.18M).
• Co-investigator (2011–2015). Evaluative study of pilot cyber youth outreach projects. Commissioned by the Social Welfare Department. (0.8M)
• Co-investigator (2011–2015). Pilot project on community-based intervention in suicide clusters in North District. Commissioned by the Social Welfare Department. (5M)
• Co-investigator (2011–2013). Helping young people with emotional distress via the world wide web. Funded by the Azalea Fund – HKU. (2M)
• Principal investigator (2011–2012). A study on exploring barriers and solutions along the pathway to care among patients surviving near-lethal suicide attempts. (0.1M).
• Co-investigator (2007–2013). A randomized control trial study on helping young adults with deliberate self-harm behaviors using volunteer mentorship. Private donation (1.1M)