Prof. HO Tin Hung, Rainbow

Working on interdisciplinary research across the fields of arts, humanities, biomedical and social sciences is always my passion. My current research works focus on understanding the psychophysiological mechanisms and effects of psychosocial interventions for improving people’s health and well-being. I am also interested in the social, humanistic and spiritual impacts of creative and expressive arts, physical activity, and traditional mind-body exercises in therapeutic and educational context for the betterment of human lives as well as serving as preventive strategy for mental and physical illnesses. My research works on developing biomarkers (salivary cortisol, telomerase, HRV etc.), and integrating expressive arts therapy and social work practices for diverse populations are recognized as highly original and cutting-edge in the areas of healthcare, psychology, social work and behavioural sciences. My teaching and knowledge exchanges activities also build around the topics related to the sciences and arts of human services.

1) Ho, R. T. H., Fong, T. C. T., Yip, P. S.F. (2018). Perceived stress moderates the effects of a randomized trial of dance movement therapy on diurnal cortisol slopes in breast cancer patients. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 87:119-126.
2) Chan, C.K.P., Ho, R.T.H*. (2017). Discrepancy in spirituality among patients with schizophrenia and family caregivers and its impacts on illness recovery: a dyadic investigation. British Journal of Social Work, 47:28-47
3) Ho, R.T.H., Potash, J.S., Ho, A.H.Y., Ho, V.F.L. & Chen, E.Y.H. (2017). Reducing Mental Illness Stigma and Fostering Empathic Citizenship: Community Arts Collaborative Approach. Social Work in Mental Health, 15 (4): 469-485.
4) Ho, R.T.H., Fong, T.C.T., Wan, A.H.Y. Au-Yeung, F.S.W., Chen, E.Y.H., Spiegel, D. (2016). Associations between diurnal cortisol patterns and lifestyle factors, psychotic symptoms, and neurological deficits: A longitudinal study on patients with chronic schizophrenia. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 81: 16-22.
5) Ho, R.T.H., Fong, T.C.T., Au-yeung F.S.W.Ng, Wan, A.H.Y., S.M., Chan, C.L.W., Chen, E.Y.H. (2016). A 3-arm randomized controlled trial on the psychophysiological effects of Tai-chi and exercise interventions on patients with chronic schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 171:42-49.
Academic Editor, PLOS One
Associate Editor, BMC Psychology
Chairperson, Sport for All Commission, World DanceSport Federation, 2017-present
Chairperson, the Advisory Committee on the rehabilitation services, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, 2014-present; Advisory Committee, since 2010.
Member, Professional Standard Committee, International Expressive Arts Therapy Association IEATA, US, 2014-present
Honorary Advisor, The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation, 2018-present
Honorary Advisor, Early Education & Training Centre, The Boy’s & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong, 2014-present
Advisory Committee of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Integrated Centre on Addiction Prevention and Treatment, 2013-present
Advisor/ Consultant, Children and Adolescent services, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals
Consultant, Hong Kong Dance Movement Therapy Association, 2018-present (Ex-Chairperson)
Member, Executive Council, HK Social Enterprise Incubation Centre
Grant Reviewer and Project Accessor, Hong Kong Arts Development Council (2008 –now]
PI: 1) The Psycho-physiological & Social-Spiritual Effects of Expressive Arts-based Intervention on Young and Pre-elderly Stroke Survivors: A Randomized Controlled Study (GRF/HKU/17609417) HK$781,300. 2018.1-2020.12
PI: 2) Starting from the Mind or the Body in Mind-Body Intervention? A Randomized Controlled Trial on Comparative Effectiveness of Mindfulness Meditation and Qigong on Psychophysiological Outcomes in Colorectal Cancer Patients (GRF/HKU 17611615), HK$ 615,800. 2016.1-2018.12.
PI: 3) The Psychophysiological Effects of Dance movement-based Intervention on Elderly with Early Dementia: A Randomized Controlled Trial (GRF/HKU17402714), HK$843,412, 2015.1-2017.12
PI: 4) Spirituality in healing: Uncovering the meaning and the role of spirituality in the rehabilitation for schizophrenia (General Research Fund (GRF/ HKU 745110H), HK$383,196, 2012.1-2014.12
PI: 5) Mental health promotion: Using the Arts to increase " understanding and support" for people living with mental illness (GRF/PPR/HKU 7006-PPR-11), HK$406,733, 2012-2013
PI: 6) A randomized controlled trial on tai chi for patients with schizophrenia: effects on positive and negative symptoms, stress levels, motor and memory deficits, functioning and diurnal cortisol rhythms (GRF/ HKU 744912), HK$545,818, 2013.1-2014.12
PI: 7) The effects of a dance/movement-based psychotherapy program on the symptom cluster, quality of life, and diurnal cortisol rhythm in Chinese breast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy (General Research Fund (GRF/ HKU 745511H) HK$555,669, 2011-2013
Co-I: 1) A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial of Physical Activity Intervention on Motor and Cognitive Functions and Psychosocial Outcomes of Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (GRF/CUHK14622018). Dr. Cindy Sit (PI), HK$727,398. 2019.1.1-2021.6.30
Co-I: 2) Comparing the Effectiveness of Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Group Intervention and Cognitive-Behavioral Group on Quality of Life and Psycho-socio-spiritual Distress for Lung Cancer Patients and their Family Caregivers: A Randomized Controlled Trial (GRF/HKU17614545). Prof. Cecilia L. W. Chan (PI), HK$ 905,940, 2016.1-2018.12
Co-I: 3) Group therapy for Chinese medicine stagnation syndrome: A randomized controlled trial (GRF/HKU 748013H). Dr. S.M.Ng (PI), HK$ 632,156, 2014-2015
Co-I: 4) A randomized, wait-list controlled trial of a Qigong intervention program on Telomerase Activity and Psychological Stress in Abused Chinese Women (Health and Medical Research Fund11121361). Prof Agnes Tiwari (PI), HK$995,224, 2014-2016
Co-I: 5) A survey of stagnation among Hong Kong Chinese adults in the community (GRF/ HKU 749708H ), Dr. S.M.Ng, HK$446,662, 2009-2010