Dr. LAW Yik Wa, Frances

Frances Yik Wa Law (羅亦華), PhD, MSW, BSocSc, RSW, Assistant 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 community. 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 suicide prevention and self-harm behaviors. She has authored or co-authored over 30 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, social work research and group work practice in social work.

Chan, M.K.Y., Li, T.M.H, Wong, P.W.C., Chau, M., Cheng, C., Fu, K.W., Bacon-Shone, J., Yip, P.S.F., & Law, Y.W.* (corresponding author) (In press). Engagement of vulnerable youths using internet platforms. PLoS ONE.
Fu, Y., & Law, Y. W. (2017). Chinese Adolescents’ Meaning-Focused Coping With Prolonged Parent-Child Separation. Journal of Adolescent Research, 0743558417700271. doi: 10.1177/0743558417700271
Law, Y.W., 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
Law, Y.W., Wong, P.W.C., & Yip, P.S.F. (2015). Health and psychosocial service use among suicides without psychiatric illness. Social Work, 60, 65–74. doi: 10.1093/sw/swu054
Law, Y.W., Yip, P.S., Zhang, Y., & Caine, E.D. (2014). The chronic impact of work on suicides and under-utilization of psychiatric and psychosocial services. Journal of Affective Disorders, 168C, 254–261. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2014.06.031
Associate Director, Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, HKU (2013–present). http://csrp.hku.hk/csrpstaff/frances-law/
National Representative (Hong Kong) (2015–2019), International Association for Suicide Prevention. https://www.iasp.info/council_of_national_representatives.php
Member, Research Advisory Group of Narcotics Division, HKSAR (2013–2017). http://www.nd.gov.hk/en/rag_members.htm
Member, Sub-committee on Treatment and Rehabilitation of Action Committee Against Narcotics (ACAN), HKSAR (2015–2017). http://www.nd.gov.hk/en/members_t.htm
Principal investigator (2017–2019). Effects of community-based caring contact on post-discharge young adults with self-harm – a multi-center randomized controlled trial; (RGC Early Career Scheme, 0.46M)
Principal investigator (2015–2017). An evaluation study on Project Respect—Anti-bullying programs for primary school children in Hong Kong — Commissioned by Boys and Girls Club Association.
Co-investigator (2017). Consultancy study on the long-term development of childcare services – Commissioned by Social Welfare Department, HKSAR (3M).
Co-investigator (2017-2018). The impact of climate change on elderly suicide deaths in Hong Kong and implications to suicide prevention. Health and Medical Research Fund. (99K).
Co-investigator (2017-2020). Mental health wellness for youth (MHAP 4 U) - Commissioned by Keswick Foundation (4.4M).
Co-investigator (2014–2017). Study on Determinants of Poverty and Potential Interventions to Alleviate Poverty in Hong Kong. Chief Executive Fund, HKSAR government (14.6M).