Dr. Lau Hi Po

My research interest is in the reciprocity between the body, mind and spirit at various points of the human lifespan. In particular, I am fascinated by the strengths of the mind and personality in helping an individual to overcome debilitating health conditions, as well as the application of health psychology to enable more person-centered health and social care services. My research career started off with gerontological investigation on dementia caregiving and longevity (centenarians). With my post-doctoral fellowship, I moved on to using an integrative body-mind-spirit (IBMS) social work approach to study chronic health conditions, including cancers and skin diseases (e.g., children eczema). Recently, my academic inquiry on health psychology has extended to the case of infertility and reproductive loss. In brief, my research is driven by a deep appreciation of the interconnectedness of the body, mind and spirit in supporting good health from birth to death.

  • Room no. CJT-811
  • E: hpbl@hku.hk
  • T: (852) 39171255
  • Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow
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Lau, B. H. P., & Cheng, C. (2017). Gratitude and coping among familial caregivers of persons with dementia. Aging and Mental Health, 21, 445-453. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2015.1114588
Lau, B. H. P., Kwan, J. S. K., Cheung, K. S. L., & Martin, P. (2016). Depression moderates the frailty-subjective health link among Chinese near centenarians and centenarians. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 24, 753-761. doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2016.05.014
Lau, H. P. B., Kwan, J., & Cheung, S. L. K. (2016). Overlap of frailty, comorbidity, disability, and poor self-rated health in community-dwelling near-centenarians and centenarians. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 64, 900-901. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14063
Chan, C. H. Y., Lau, B. H. P., Tam, M. Y. J., & Ng, E. H. Y. (2016). A longitudinal study investigating the role of decisional conflicts and regret and short-term psychological adjustment after IVF treatment failure. Human Reproduction, 31, 2772-2780. doi: 10.1093/humrep/dew233
Lau, H. P. B., Schnall, S., & White, M. P. (2012). Quantifying the value of emotions using a willingness-to-pay approach. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14, 1543-1561. doi: 10.1007/s10902-012-9394-7