Prof. HO Tin Hung, Rainbow

I am interested in interdisciplinary works across the fields in arts, humanities, biomedical and social sciences. My current research focuses on understanding the psychophysiological mechanisms and effects of psychosocial interventions for improving people’s health and well-being. I also investigate the social, humanistic and spiritual impacts of expressive arts, physical activity, and traditional mind-body exercises in therapeutic and educational context for the betterment of human lives as well as serving as preventive strategy for mental and physical illness. My research work on developing biomarkers (salivary cortisol, telomerase), and integrating expressive arts therapy and social work practices for diverse populations is recognized as highly original and cutting-edge in the areas of healthcare, psychology, social work and behavioural sciences. My teaching also builds around the topics related to the sciences and arts of human services.

1) Ho, R.T.H., Fong, T.C.T., Wan, A.H.Y. Au-Yeung, F.S.W., Chen, E.Y.H., Spiegel, D. (2016). Associations between diurnal cortisol patterns and lifestyle factors, psychotic symptoms, and neurological deficits: A longitudinal study on patients with chronic schizophrenia. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 81: 16-22.
2) Ho, R.T.H. Lo, P.H.Y., & Luk, M.Y. (2016). A Good Time to Dance? A Mixed-Methods Approach of the Effects of Dance Movement Therapy for Breast Cancer Patients During and After Radiotherapy. Cancer Nursing, 39 (1): 32-41.
3) Ho, R.T.H., Chan, C.K.P., Lo, P.H.Y., Wong, P.H., Leung, P.P.Y., Chan, C.L.W., & Chen, E.Y.H. (2016). Understandings of spirituality and its role in illness recovery in persons with schizophrenia and mental-health professionals: a qualitative study. BMC Psychiatry, 16:86.
4) Ho, R.T.H. (2015). A place and space to survive: a dance/movement therapy program for childhood sexual abuse survivors. The Arts in Psychotherapy. 46:9-16.
5) Ho, R.T.H., Lau, B.W.M., Chan, J.S.M., Wang, C.W., So, K.F., Yuen, L.P., Sham, J.S.T., & Chan, C.L.W. (2012). A randomized controlled trial of qigong exercise on fatigue, symptoms, functioning, and telomerase activity in persons with chronic fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome. Annals of Behaviorial Medicine. 44:160-170.
Professional Standard Committee, International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, US, 2014-present
Consultant, Hong Kong Arts Therapy Association, 2014-present
Chairperson, Hong Kong Dance Movement Therapy Association, 2014-present
Honorary Advisers, Early Education & Training Centre, The Boy’s & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (2014-now)
Sports for All Commission Member, World DanceSport Federation, 2014-present
Advisory Committee member of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Integrated Centre on Addiction Prevention and Treatment (2013-now)
Chairperson, Advisory Committee, HKSKH Rehab Services (2010-now)
Grant Reviewer and Project Accessor, Hong Kong Arts Development Council (2008 –now]
Academic Advisor, School of Dance, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts 2008-now)
Starting from the Mind or the Body in Mind-Body Intervention? A Comparative RCT of Mindfulness Meditation and Qigong on Psychophysiological Outcomes in Colorectal Cancer Patients (RGCGRF, 2015)
The Psychophysiological Effects of Dance movement-based Intervention on Elderly with Early Dementia (RGCGRF, 2014)
A RCT on tai chi for patients with schizophrenia (RGCGRF, 2012)
Spirituality in healing in schizophrenia (RGCGRF, 2011)
Using the Arts to increase " understanding and support" for people living with mental illness (RGCPPR, 2011)
Dance/movement-based psychotherapy program for Chinese breast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy (RGCGRF, 2010)