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., Lou, V.W., Chen, C., & Chi, I. (in press). The Effectiveness of the Positive Mood and Active Life (PMAL) Program on Reducing Depressive Symptoms in Long-term Care Facilities. The Gerontologist.
• Luo, H., Wong, G. H., Lum, T. Y., Luo, M., Gong, C. H., & Kendig, H. (2016). Health Expectancies in Adults Aged 50 Years or Older in China. Journal of Aging and Health, 28(5), 758-774.
• 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.
• Luo, H., Tang, J. Y., Wong, G. H., Chen, C. C., Lum, T. Y., Chi, I., & Lou, V. W. (2015). The Effect of Depressive Symptoms and Antidepressant Use on Subsequent Physical Decline and Number of Hospitalizations in Nursing Home Residents: A 9-Year Longitudinal Study. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 16(12), 1048-1054.
• Jin, S., Luo, H., & Yang-Wallentin, F. (2016). A Simulation Study of Polychoric Instrumental Variable Estimation in Structural Equation Models. Structural Equation Modeling, 23(5), 680-694.
Member of Statistical Advisory Board, PLOS ONE
2016 A Study on Enhancing the Gerontological Social Work Practice in Beijing. Beijing Municipal Government. PI (80,000 RMB)
2016 Long-term Care Insurance Policy from an International Perspective. China Development Research Foundation. Co-I (500,000 RMB)
2016 A Pilot Study on Fitness Test and Health Intervention for Older Adults in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei (Seed Grant). Beijing Technology Committee. Co-I (100,000 RMB)
2015 GrandMove Project to Promote Elders’ Robustness against Frailty. Simon K.Y. Lee Foundation. Co-I (5,292,622 HKD)
2015 A study on the Development of Social Enterprises in Beijing. Beijing Municipal Government. Co-I (80,000 RMB)
2015 A Feasibility Study on Building an Information System for Administrating Home Care Service Provision in China. China Population Welfare Foundation. Co-I (400,000 RMB)
2014 A Study on Long-Term Care and Current Health Care System in China. Department of Family Planning and Family Development, National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHFPC). Co-I (100,000 RMB)
2014 A Project on Studying the Past and Present of Aging Policies in Selected Countries and Regions in Asia. China National Committee on Aging (CNCA). Co-I (200,000 RMB)
2013 An Evaluation of the Physical and Mental Health Status Among Chinese Older Adults in Nursing Homes Using interRAI LTCF Instruments. China Postdoctoral Foundation. PI (150,000 RMB)