Prof. HO Tin Hung, Rainbow

I am interested in interdisciplinary works across the fields of 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 illnesses. My research work on developing biomarkers (salivary cortisol, telomerase, HRV etc.), and integrating expressive arts therapy and social work practices for diverse populations are 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) Chan, C.K.P., Ho, R.T.H*. (2017). Discrepancy in spirituality among patients with schizophrenia and family caregivers and its impacts on illness recovery: a dyadic investigation. British Journal of Social Work, 47:28-47
2) 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.
3) 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.
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)
Chairperson, Sports for All Commission, World DanceSport Federation, 2017-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)
PI - The Psycho-physiological & Social-Spiritual Effects of Expressive Arts-based Intervention on Young and Pre-elderly Stroke Survivors: A Randomized Controlled Study (GRF/HKU/17609417) HK$781,300. 2018.1-2020.12
PI - Starting from the Mind or the Body in Mind-Body Intervention? A Randomized Controlled Trial on Comparative Effectiveness of Mindfulness Meditation and Qigong on Psychophysiological Outcomes in Colorectal Cancer Patients (GRF/HKU 17611615), HK$ 615,800. 2016.1-2018.12.
PI - The Psychophysiological Effects of Dance movement-based Intervention on Elderly with Early Dementia: A Randomized Controlled Trial (GRF/HKU17402714), HK$843,412, 2015.1-2017.12
PI - Spirituality in healing: Uncovering the meaning and the role of spirituality in the rehabilitation for schizophrenia (General Research Fund (GRF/ HKU 745110H), HK$383,196, 2012.1-2014.12
PI - Mental health promotion: Using the Arts to increase " understanding and support" for people living with mental illness (GRF/PPR/HKU 7006-PPR-11), HK$406,733, 2012-2013
PI - A randomized controlled trial on tai chi for patients with schizophrenia: effects on positive and negative symptoms, stress levels, motor and memory deficits, functioning and diurnal cortisol rhythms (GRF/ HKU 744912), HK$545,818, 2013.1-2014.12
PI - The effects of a dance/movement-based psychotherapy program on the symptom cluster, quality of life, and diurnal cortisol rhythm in Chinese breast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy (General Research Fund (GRF/ HKU 745511H) HK$555,669, 2011-2013
Co-I : Effects of Expressive Arts Therapy intervention for elderly with depression: A comparison study to efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (GRF/HKU 17616617). Dr. Amos Cheung (PI), HK$704,440. 2018.1-2019.12.
Co-I : Comparing the Effectiveness of Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Group Intervention and Cognitive-Behavioral Group on Quality of Life and Psycho-socio-spiritual Distress for Lung Cancer Patients and their Family Caregivers: A Randomized Controlled Trial (GRF/HKU17614545). Prof. Cecilia L. W. Chan (PI), HK$ 905,940, 2016.1-2018.12
Co-I : Group therapy for Chinese medicine stagnation syndrome: A randomized controlled trial (GRF/HKU 748013H). Dr. S.M.Ng (PI), HK$ 632,156, 2014-2015
Co-I : A randomized, wait-list controlled trial of a Qigong intervention program on Telomerase Activity and Psychological Stress in Abused Chinese Women (Health and Medical Research Fund11121361). Prof Agnes Tiwari (PI), HK$995,224, 2014-2016
Co-I : A survey of stagnation among Hong Kong Chinese adults in the community (GRF/ HKU 749708H ), Dr. S.M.Ng, HK$446,662, 2009-2010