Dr. WONG Wai Ching, Paul

My research focuses on mental health enhancement and suicide prevention. I participated in the first psychological autopsy study in Hong Kong in 2003-2006 and have since started a number of research interests in suicide related issues including gambling, bereavement, and community-based prevention programmes. Due to my personal experiences, my recent research projects have emerged that include youth social withdrawal behavior, using animals as part of educational and psychological interventions, and youth positive development interventions for vulnerable young people and ethnic minorities. My research studies have led to the development of a number evidence bases for innovative interventions for emerging issues. I am serving as the as Coordinator and Deputy Director of the Bachelor and Master of Social Sciences in Counselling. I was a National Representative (Hong Kong) of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (2010-2015), and Council Member of the Hong Kong Psychological Society and Consultant for three local organizations that advocate suicide prevention and mental health promotion. I look forward to collaborate with more local and international renowned scholars and professionals to further development of a series of research that not only contributes to academic interests, but also can result in practical real-life applications to improve the health and well-being of the vulnerable.

Wong, P. W., Rose, W. M., Li, T. M., Lai, S. L., Ng, H. Y., & Fan, W. T. (2017). Efficacy of a Multicomponent Intervention with Animal-Assisted Therapy for Socially Withdrawn Youth in Hong Kong. Society and Animals (on-line first).
Arat, G., Hoang, A. P., Jordan, L. P., & Wong, P. W. (2016). A systematic review of studies on ethnic minority youth development in Hong Kong: an application of the ecological framework. China Journal of Social Work, 9(3), 218-237.
A1.31. Wong, P.W.C., Li, T.M.H., Chan, M., Law, Y. W., Chau, M., Cheng, C., Fu, K. W., Bacon-Shone, J., & Yip, P. S. F. (2014). The prevalence and correlates of severe socia l withdrawal (hikikomori) in Hong Kong – A cross-sectional telephone-based survey study. International Journal of Social Psychiatry.
Li, T.M.H., & Wong, P.W.C. (2015). Youth social withdrawal behavior (hikikomori): a systematic review of qualitative and quantitative studies. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 49(7), 595-609.
Wong, P.W.C., Caine, E. D., Lee, C. K., Beautrais, A., & Yip, P. S.F. (2014). Suicide by jumping from a height in Hong Kong: a review of coroner court files. Social Psychiatry and Social Epidemiology, 49(2), 211-219.
Consultant of the Joyful Mental Health Foundation, Hong Kong (since 2013).
Psychological Consultant of the Samaritans Multilingual, Hong Kong (since 2013).
Advisory member of Emotion Support Service Sub-committee of Suicide Prevention Services (since 2012).
Council Member of the Hong Kong Psychological Society (since 2010).
Honorary consultant of Chinese elderly suicide prevention at Long Island, New York, the United States. A programme developed under the NYS Office of Mental Health Grant (since 2008).
Co-opt member of Suicide Prevention Service, Hong Kong (since 2006). Honorary Fellow of the Centre on Ageing, the University of Hong Kong (since 2013).
General Research Fund: 1 award as PI in 2011 on aborted suicide attempt; 3 awards as Co-Is in 2013 on postnatal depression, in 2011 on application of Blog mining technique in suicide and attempted suicide cases, in 2010 on depression prevention and promotion.
Health Care and Promotion Fund: 1 award as PI (on community-based suicide prevention programme); 1 as Co-I (on e-learning mental health promotion game through Facebook)
Health Care Research Fund: 1 award as Co-I (on post-natal depression intervention using telephone-based cognitive-behavioural therapy)
Jockey Club Charity Trust: 1 award as PI on ethnic minority young people in Hong Kong and 2 award as Co-Is on parental well-being of people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders; and mental health of Elderly people in Hong Kong