Dr. Luo Hao

Hao Luo has a joint appointment as Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration and the Department of Computer Science, The University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on big data analytics in health and mental health with the overarching goal to apply advanced statistical modeling techniques to improve health policy and solve social challenges. Holding a PhD in Statistics, Dr. Luo started her research by studying methodological issues encountered when applying structural equation models in the social sciences. Over the years, she has shifted her focus to applied quantitative studies that can assist evidence-based policy making. She has participated in projects on topics like long-term care policy, social work, chronic illness and frailty, in both mainland China and Hong Kong. She also holds a joint appointment as honorary research fellow at Sau Po Centre on Ageing, The University of Hong Kong. As an Associate Fellow of interRAI, she is actively involved in promoting the adoption of comprehensive assessments system in mainland China. Prior to joining HKU, Dr. Luo was Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, Tsinghua University.

Luo, H., Andersson, B., Tang, J. Y., Li Y., & Wong, G.H. (2019). Applying item-response Theory Analysis to the Montreal Cognitive Assessment in a Low-education Older Population. Assessment. (in press)
Chai Y., Luo, H., Zhang, Q., Cheng, Q., Lui C.S., & Yip, S.Y. (2019) Developing an early warning system of suicide using Google Trends and media reporting. Journal of Affective Disorders. (in press)
Luo, H., Lou, V.W., Chen, C., & Chi, I. (2018). The Effectiveness of the Positive Mood and Active Life (PMAL) Program on Reducing Depressive Symptoms in Long-term Care Facilities. The Gerontologist. (in press)
Luo, H., Lum, T. Y., Wong, G. H., Kwan, J. S., Tang, J. Y., & Chi, I. (2015). Predicting adverse health outcomes in nursing homes: A 9-year longitudinal study and development of the FRAIL-Minimum Data Set (MDS) Quick Screening Tool. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 16(12), 1042-1047. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2015.09.006
Luo, H., Wong, G. H., Lum, T. Y., Luo, M., Gong, C. H., & Kendig, H. (2015). Health expectancies in adults aged 50 years or older in China. Journal of Aging and Health, 28(5), 758-774. doi: 10.1177/0898264315611663
Member of Statistical Advisory Board, PLOS ONE
2019 Predicting Dementia from Cognitive Footprints of Electronic Health Records Using Machine Learning. Research Grants Council, Early Career Scheme (ECS) for 2019/2020. PI; 630,200 HKD
2019 Tools to Inform Policy: Chinese Communities’ Action in Response to Dementia (TIP-CARD). Research Grants Council, The Research Impact Fund (RIF) for 2018/2019. Co-PI; 3,071,810 HKD
2019 Enhancing Measurement Precision by Utilizing Process Data: Development and Validation of a Tablet-Based Oxford Cognitive Screen. The University of Hong Kong Seed Fund for Basic Research. PI; 53,260 HKD
2018-2019 Early Identification of Older Adults at High Risk of Suicide Using a Standardized Assessment System. The University of Hong Kong Seed Fund for Basic Research. PI; 150,000 HKD

Courses Code Courses Title
SOWK6003 Social work research