Dr. WONG Wai Ching, Paul

I have been involving in suicide prevention research and mental health promotion and practice in Hong Kong since 2003. My recent research projects include social withdrawal behaviour (a.k.a. hikikomori), using animals as part of psychological and educational interventions, youth positive development interventions for local and ethnic minority young people in Hong Kong, and helping caregivers of children with autism. I am currently an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention HKU, HK Police College, and Council Member of the Hong Kong Psychological Society; and was National Representative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (2010-2015). I am also the Programme Director of the B.Soc.Sci (Counselling) and Deputy Director of M.Soc.Sci. (Counselling). I have published more than 70 academic articles on a number of suicide-related, and mental-health-related issues, developer of an award-winning website (www.depression.edu.hk) and book author of “留給最愛的說話/The Belated Dialogues between the Suicides and Their Families”. I look forward to contribute more to the development of the HKPS in the nearest future.

Chan, M., Li, T. M., Law, Y. W., Wong, P. W., Chau, M., Cheng, C., ... & Yip, P. S. (2017). Engagement of vulnerable youths using internet platforms. PLoS one, 12(12), e0189023.
Wong, P. W., Lin, L. L., Li, T. M., Kato, T. A., & Teo, A. R. Does hikikomori (severe social withdrawal) exist among young people in urban areas of China?. Asian Journal of Psychiatry. (On-line first)
Wong, P. W., Wong, G.K.H., Li, T. M. (2017). Suicide communications on Facebook as a source of information in suicide research: A case study. Suicidology (on-line first).
Li, T. M., Liu, L., & Wong, P. W. (2017). Withdrawal experience and possible way-outs from withdrawal behavior in young people. Qualitative Social Work, (on-line first).
Wong, P. W., Rose, W. M., Li, T. M., Lai, S. L., Ng, H. Y., & Fan, W. T. (2017). Efficacy of a Multicomponent Intervention with Animal-Assisted Therapy for Socially Withdrawn Youth in Hong Kong. Society and Animals (on-line first).
Syndicate Head of the Hong Kong Police – HKU Joint Symposium 2016 (2016)
Assessor of the Chief Executive’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2016/2017)
National Representative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (2011-2015)
Honorary Research Fellow, Hong Kong Police College (since 2015)
Member of the psychosocial study of ageing of the Strategic Research Theme (SRT), The University of Hong Kong (since 2013).
Scientific Coordinator (2013). Hong Kong Psychological Society Annual Conference (2013).
Honorary Fellow of the Centre on Ageing, the University of Hong Kong (since 2013).
Assessment Panelist of the Chief Executive’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2012/2013) on the Guidance and Discipline, The Education Bureau, The HK SAR Government.
Committee Member of the 2012 Hong Kong Psychological Society Annual Conference (2012).
Committee Member of the 2012 2nd Counselling Conference of the HKU Master of Social Science (Counselling) Programme.
Conference Chair of the 2011 Hong Kong Psychological Society Annual Conference (2011).
Honorary Research Fellow of the HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, the University of Hong Kong (since 2010)
Expert witness for Hong Kong Police, Coroner’s Court, and Department of Justice on suicide and attempted suicide cases (since 2005)
Member of the Multidisciplinary Community-based suicide and deliberate self-harm prevention of the Eastern District of Hong Kong (since 2009)
Consultant of the Joyful Mental Health Foundation, Hong Kong (since 2013).
Psychological Consultant of the Samaritans Multilingual, Hong Kong (since 2013).
Advisory member of Emotion Support Service Sub-committee of Suicide Prevention Services (since 2012).
Council Member of the Hong Kong Psychological Society (since 2010).
Honorary consultant of Chinese elderly suicide prevention at Long Island, New York, the United States. A programme developed under the NYS Office of Mental Health Grant (since 2008).
Co-opt member of Suicide Prevention Service, Hong Kong (since 2006).
Project Bridge: 5-Step Method for Promoting the Wellbeing of the Family Members of Substance Abusers and for Motivating Hidden Substance Abusers to Seek Treatment / Co-I / Beat Drugs Fund Association / HK$1.73 million / Ongoing
Social Inclusion: Ethnicity – Positive Youth Development for Ethnic Minority Youth in Hong Kong / PI / HK Jockey Club Charities Trust / HK$3.4 million / Ongoing
Evaluation Study of “Youth Outreach Jockey Club: Youth Cultural Front Line” / PI / Youth Outreach / HK$496,981 / Ongoing
JC-Connect: Family Support for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders / PI / HK Jockey Club Charities Trust / HK$3.2 million / Ongoing
Social emotional learning and human education for primary students using reading to the dog programme / PI / Keswick Foundation / HK$4.5 million / Ongoing