Dr. LAW Yik Wa, Frances

Frances Yik Wa Law (羅亦華), PhD, MSW, BSocSc, RSW, Associate Professor of the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at The University of Hong Kong. She has been researching on suicide, mental health care service and issues in the community since the late 1990s. She joined the HKJC Centre for Suicide Research & Prevention at HKU as a Project Director in 2002 and has gained extensive experiences in piloting and managing a number of innovative research studies in the Centre. She has made significant contributions to integrating social work practice and evidence-based social work research. She has been conducting research studies about self-harm, suicide and youth work in Hong Kong and parent-child relationships in rural China. She has authored or co-authored over 40 academic peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Frances was trained and had practiced as a social worker in Hong Kong and California, USA with a specific focus on children, youth, family and social service management. She has extensive experience in direct social work practices, training for trainers, service development, strategic organizational development, and fundraising for innovative projects. Her teaching specialties include social service management and social work research. Frances has also been appointed as the Program Director of MSocSc Social Service Management since 2018.

i. Law, Y.W., Kwok, R., Chan, P.Y., Chan, M., & Yip, P.S.F. (Accepted). Online Engagement and Empowerment for Young Internet Users: A Quasi-experiment. Journal of Affective Disorders.
ii. Law, Y.W., Yeung, T.L., Ip, F.W.L., & Yip, P.S.F. (2019). Evidence-based suicide prevention: Collective impact of engagement with community stakeholders. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work. doi: 10.1080/23761407.2019.1578318
iii. Peng, C.H., Yip, P.S.F., & Law, Y. W*. (corresponding author) (2018). Intergenerational earnings mobility and returns to education in Hong Kong: A developed society with high economic inequality. Social Indicators Research. doi: 10.1007/s11205-018-1968-2
iv. Law, Y.W.* (first and corresponding author) (2018). Road less taken: Pathways to care before near-lethal suicide attempts. International Social Work. doi: 10.1177/0020872818796135
v. Fu, Y., & Law, Y.W. (2017). Chinese adolescents’ meaning-focused coping with prolonged parent-child separation. Journal of Adolescent Research. doi: 10.1177/0743558417700271
vi. Law, Y.W*.(first and corresponding author), Yip, P. S. F., Lai, C. C. S., Kwok, C. L., Wong, P. W. C., Liu, K.S., Ng, P. W. L., Liao, C.W.M., & Wong, T.W. (2016). A pilot study on the efficacy of volunteer mentorship for young adults with self-harm behaviors using a quasi-experimental design. Crisis, 37(6), 415–426. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000393
2017–2020: Member, Executive Committee of Boys and Girls Clubs Association
2013–2019: Member, Research Advisory Group of Narcotics Division, HKSAR. http://www.nd.gov.hk/en/rag_members.htm
2015–2018: Member, Sub-committee on Treatment and Rehabilitation of Action Committee Against Narcotics (ACAN), HKSAR
2015–2019: National Representative (Hong Kong), International Association for Suicide Prevention
1996–present: Appointed Member of Chinese Association for Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, China
i. Effects of community-based caring contact on post-discharge young adults with self-harm – a multi-center randomized controlled trial (2017–2019). RGC Early Career Scheme 2016/17 (27612816). HK$466,710.
ii. Formation of program evaluation guidelines towards evidence-based practice of drug treatment and rehabilitation for psychotropic drug abusers in Hong Kong – a mixed method study (2018–2021). Beat Drug Fund. HK$1,474,887.
iii. An evaluation study on Project Respect—Anti-bullying programs for primary school children in Hong Kong (2015–2017). Boys and Girls Clubs Associations. HK$400,000.