Dr. LAU Hi Po Bobo

Assistant Professor
Associate Director, Cluster leader of Community Health and Primary Care Cluster, Wan Chow Yuk Fan Centre for Interdisciplinary Evidence-based Practice & Research, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Hong Kong.
Co-Chair of Dept. Research Committee
Research Coordinator of MSSc Psychology Programme

 

 

 

 

 

- Gerontology
- Community mental health
- Chronic illnesses
- Reproductive health
- Holistic interventions
- Family caregiving

BSocSc (HKU), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (HKU)

1. Lau, B. H. P.*, Yuen, S. *, Yue, R. P .H, & K. A. Grepin. (2022). Understanding the Societal Factors of Vaccine Acceptance and Hesitancy: Evidence from Hong Kong. Public Health, 207, 39-45. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2022.03.013 (*Co-first-authors)

2. Chen, Y-c., Hung, N., Lau, B. H. P., Choy Yung, R., Fung, E., Chan, C. L. W. (2022). Generativity and gendered pathways to health: The role of human, social, and financial capital in later life. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(9):4956. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19094956. 

3. Lau, B. H. P., Chan, C. L., & Ng, S. (2021). Post-traumatic growth in the first COVID outbreak in Hong Kong. Frontiers in Psychology – Health Psychology  https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.675132

4. Lau, B. H. P., Cheung, M. K. T., Chan, L. T. H., Chan, C. L. W., & Leung, P. P. Y. (2021). Resilience in the storm: Impacts of changed daily lifestyles on mental health in persons with chronic illnesses under the COVID pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(11), 5875. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115875.

5. Lau, B. H. P., Chan, C. L. W., & Ng, S. M. (2021). Resilience of Hong Kong people in the COVID-19 pandemic: lessons learned from a survey at the peak of the pandemic in spring 2020. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 31, 105-114. https://doi.org/10.1080/02185385.2020.1778516

6. Yue, R., Lau, B. H. P., Chan, C. L., & Ng, S. (2021). Risk perception as a double-edged sword in policy compliance in COVID-19 pandemic? A two-phase evaluation from Hong Kong. Journal of Risk Research https://doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2021.1936612

7. Kalisch, R., Veer, I. M., Riepenhausen, A., Zerban, M., Wackerhagen, C., Engen, H., Puhlmann, L., … Lau, B. H. P., . . . Mor, N. (2021). Psycho-social factors associated with mental resilience in the Corona lockdown. Translational Psychiatry, 11, 67(2021). https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/4z62t

8. Lau, B. H. P., Liu, L., Chan, C. H. Y., Chan, C. L. W., Ong, J. J., Holroyd, E., & Wong, W. C. W. (2021). De-sexualizing partner notification: a qualitative study on Chinese young adults with chlamydia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public, 18, 4032  https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18084032.

9. Lau, B. H. P., Forth, M. W., & Huang, Y-t. (Accepted). Correlates of Taiwanese gay and bisexual men's family-building preferences: a mediation analysis. Journal of Homosexuality. https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2021.1921509

10. Lau, B. H. P., Chan, C. L., & Ng, S. (2020). Self-compassion buffers the adverse mental health impacts of COVID-19-related threats: Results from a cross-sectional survey at the first peak of Hong Kong’s outbreak. Frontiers in Psychiatry (Public Mental Health). https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.585270

11. Lau, B. H. P., Chow, A. M. Y., Ng, T. K., Fung, Y. L., Lam T. C., So T. H., . . . Wong, D. F. K. (2020). Comparing the efficacy of integrative body-mind-spirit (I-BMS) intervention with cognitive behavioural therapy in patient-caregiver parallel groups for lung cancer patients using a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 38(4), 389-405. https://doi.org/10.1080/07347332.2020.1722981

12. Law, M. C., Lau, B. H. P.*, Kwok, A. Y. Y., Lee, J. S. H., Lui, R. N.Y., Liu, K. H., Leung, P. P. Y., Chan, C. L. W. (2020). Empowering families facing end-stage non-malignant chronic diseases with a holistic, transdisciplinary, community-based intervention: 3 months outcome of the Life Rainbow Programme. Palliative and Supportive Care. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1478951520001224

13. Chan, C. H. Y., Lau, B. H. P., Chan, T. H. Y., Leung, H. T., So, Y. K., G., & Chan, C. L. W. (2020). Examining the moderating role of patient enablement on the relationship between health anxiety and psychosomatic distress: a cross-sectional study at Traditional Chinese Medicine outpatient clinic in Hong Kong. Frontiers in Psychology (Health Psychology). https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01081

14. Xie, Q. W., Chan, C. H. Y., Lau, B. H. P., Tam, M. Y., Fung, Y. L., & Chan, C. L. W. (2020). Effectiveness of an integrative body-mind-spirit group intervention in improving the skin symptoms and psychosocial well-being in children living with atopic dermatitis: a randomized-waitlisted controlled trial. Children and Youth Service Review, 110, 104739. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104739

15. Fung, Y. L., Leung, H.T., Chan, C. H. Y., Lau, B. H. P., & Chan, C. L. W. (2020). Efficacy of integrative body-bind-spirit group intervention for parents of children with eczema: a randomized, wait-list controlled clinical trial. Research on Social Work Practice. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731520905643

16. Lau, B. H. P., Luk, J. K. H., Fong, C. H. C., Chow, A. Y. M., Chan, C. L. W., Ng, W. C., Chan, W. K., & Chan, F. H. W. (2019). Facilitators and barriers to advance care planning programmes targeting older care home residents: a qualitative study. Asian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 14, 81-88. https://doi.org/10.12809/ajgg-2018-326-oa

17. Xiu, D., Fung, Y.-L., Lau, B. H. P., Wong, D. F. K., Chan, C. H. Y., …, Chow, A. Y. M. (2019). Comparing dyadic cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with dyadic integrative body-mind-spirit intervention (I-BMS) for Chinse family caregivers of lung cancer patients: a randomized controlled trial. Supportive Care in Cancer, 28, 1523-1533. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-019-04974-z

18. Lau, B. H. P., Yao, S., Tam, M. Y. J., Chan, C. L. W., Ng, E. H. Y., & Chan, C. H. Y. (2019). Gratitude in infertility: the role of dispositional gratitude in coping with infertility-related stress in women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). Human Reproduction Open, 2019, hoz012. https://doi.org/10.1093/hropen/hoz012

19. Chan, C. H. Y., Lau, B. H. P., Tam, M. Y. J., & Ng, E. H. Y. (2019). Preferred problem solving and decision-making role in fertility treatment among women following an unsuccessful in vitro fertilization cycle. BMC Women’s Health, 2019, 153. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-019-0856-5

20. Chan, C. H. Y., Lau, B. H. P., Chan, C. L. W., Wong, Q. S., Tam, M. Y. J., So, G. Y. K., Li, R., & Ng, E. H. Y. (2019). Comparing the effectiveness of I-BMS-informed self-help interventions in alleviating psychosocial distress for women awaiting the outcome of IVF treatment. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 29, 179-193. https://doi.org/10.1080/02185385.2019.1578684

21. Sreevani, R., Lau, B. H. P., Aladakatu, R., & Thimmajja, S. G. (2019). Effectiveness of holistic group health promotion program on educational stress, anxiety and depression among adolescent girls: a pilot study. Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, 8, 1082-1089. https://doi.org/10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_378_18

22. Lau, B. H. P., Wong, D. F. K., Fung, Y. L., Zhou, J., Chan, C. L. W., & Chow, A. M. Y. (2018). Facing death alone or together? The interdependence of death anxiety, dysfunctional attitudes and quality of life in patient-caregiver dyads confronting lung cancer. Psycho-oncology, 27, 2045-2051. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.4773

23. Lau, B. H. P., Chow, A. Y. M., Wong, D. F. K., Chan, J. S. M., Chan. C. H. Y., Ho, R. T. H., So, T. H., Lam, T. C., Lee, V. H. F., Lee, A. W. M., Chow, S. F., & Chan, C. L. W. (2018). Study protocol of a randomized controlled trial comparing integrative body-mind-spirit (I-BMS) intervention and cognitive behavioural therapy in fostering quality of life of patients with lung cancer and their family caregivers. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, 15, 258-276. https://doi.org/10.1080/23761407.2018.1435325

24. Fung, Y. L., Lau, B. H. P., Tam, M. Y. J., Xie, Q., Chan, C. L.W., & Chan, C. H. Y. (2018). Protocol for psychosocial interventions based on integrative body-mind-spirit (IBMS) model for children with eczema and their parent caregivers. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, 19, 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/23761407.2018.1545618

25. Nan, J. K. M., Lau, B. H. P., Szeto, M. M. L., Lam, K. K. F., Man, J. C. N., & Chan, C. L. W. (2018). Competence enhancement program of expressive arts in end-of-life care for health and social care professionals: A mixed-method evaluation. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 35, 1207-1214. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049909118765410

26. Lau, B. H. P., Huor, R., Wang, K., Shi, L., Li, R., Mu, S., Peng, H., Wang, Y., Cheng, X., Ng, E. H. Y., & Chan, C. H. Y. (2018). Intention of having a second child among infertile and fertile women attending outpatient gynecology clinics in three major cities in China: a cross-sectional study. Human Reproduction Open, 4, hoy014. https://doi.org/10.1093/hropen/hoy014

27. Lau, B. H. P., Cheung, K. S. L., & Lou, V. (2018). Exemplary care among Chinese dementia familial caregivers: an instrument validation study. Healthcare, 6, 141. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare6040141

28. Lau, B. H. P., & Cheng, C. (2017). Gratitude and coping among familial caregivers of persons with dementia. Aging and Mental Health, 21, 445-453. https://doi.org/ 0.1080/13607863.2015.1114588

29. Ji, X. W., Chan, C. H. Y., Lau, B. H. P., Chan, J. S. M., Chan, C. L. W. & Chung, K. F. (2017). The interrelationship between sleep and depressive symptoms: a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial on Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit (I-BMS) intervention. Sleep Medicine, 29, 41-46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sleep.2016.08.025

30. Chan, C. H. Y., Ji, X., Chan, J. S. M., Lau, B. H. P., So, K. F., Li, A., Chung, K. F., & Chan, C. L. W. (2017). Effects of the integrative mind-body intervention on depression, sleep disturbances, and plasma IL-6. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 86, 54-56. https://doi.org/10.1159/000447541

31. Rentala, S., Lau, B. H. P., & Chan, C. L. W. (2017). Association between spirituality and depression among depressive disorder patients. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, 4, 318-330. https://doi.org/10.1080/19349637.2017.1286962

32. Ng, S. M., Chow, K. W., Lau, B. H. P., & Wang, Q. (2017). Awareness vs. un-clinging: which matters in mindfulness. Contemporary Buddhism, 18, 277-291. https://doi.org/10.1080/14639947.2017.1374326

33. Lau, B. H. P., Kwan, J. S. K., Cheung, K. S. L., & Martin, P. (2016). Depression moderates the frailty-subjective health link among Chinese near centenarians and centenarians. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 24, 753-761. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jagp.2016.05.014  

34. Lau, H. P. B., Kwan, J., & Cheung, S. L. K. (2016). Overlap of frailty, comorbidity, disability, and poor self-rated health in community-dwelling near-centenarians and centenarians. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 64, 900-901. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.14063 

35. Cheung, S. L. K. & Lau, H. P. B. (2016). Successful aging among Chinese near-centenarians and centenarians in Hong Kong: A multidimensional and interdisciplinary approach. Aging and Mental Health, 20, 1314-1326. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2015.1078281

36. Brodaty, H., Woolf, C., Andersen, S., Barcilai, N., Brayne, C., Cheung, K. S. L., . . . Lau, B. H. P., . . . Sachdev, P. (2016). ICC-Dementia (International Centenarian Consortium – Dementia): an international consortium to determine the prevalence and incidence of dementia in centenarians across diverse ethnoracial and sociocultural groups. BMC Neurology, 16, 52. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12883-016-0569-4

37. Chan, C. H. Y., Lau, B. H. P., Tam, M. Y. J., & Ng, E. H. Y. (2016). A longitudinal study investigating the role of decisional conflicts and regret and short-term psychological adjustment after IVF treatment failure. Human Reproduction, 31, 2772-2780. https://doi.org/10.1093/humrep/dew233 

38. Kwan, J. S. K., Lau, H. P. B., & Cheung, S. L. K. (2015). Towards a comprehensive model of frailty: an emerging concept from the Hong Kong Centenarian Study. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 16, 536.e1–536.e7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2015.03.005

39. Cheung, S. L. K., Lau, H. P. B., Leung, Y. M. A., Wong, W.C. P., Lou, V., Chan, M. Y. G., . . . Schulz, R. (2015). Multicomponent intervention on enhancing dementia caregiver well-being and reducing behavioral problems among Hong Kong Chinese: a translational study based on REACH II. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 30¸460-469. https://doi.org/10.1002/gps.4160

40. Lou, V. W. Q., Lau, H. P. B., & Cheung, S. L. K. (2015). Positive Aspects of Caregiving (PAC): scale validation among Chinese dementia caregivers. Archives of Gerontology & Geriatrics, 60, 299-306. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.archger.2014.10.019 

41. Tang, J. Y., Ho, A. H., Luo, H., Wong, G. H., Lau, B. H., Lum, T. Y., & Cheung, K. S. (2015). Validating a Chinese short version of the Zarit Burden Interview (CZBI-Short) for dementia caregivers. Aging and Mental Health, 20, 996-1001. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2015.1047323

42. Cheng, C., Lau, H. P. B., & Chan, M. P. S. (2014). Coping flexibility and psychological adjustment to stressful life changes: a meta-analytic review. Psychological Bulletin, 140, 1582-1607. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0037913

43. Wong, P. W. C., Lau, H. P. B., Kwok, N. C. F., Chan, M. Y. G., Chan, W. M., & Cheung, S. L. K. (2014). The well-being of community-dwelling near-centenarians and centenarians in Hong Kong : a qualitative study. BMC Geriatrics, 14, 63-70. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2318-14-63

44. Lo, H. H. M., Ng, S. M., Chan, C. L. W., Lam, K. F., & Lau, B. H. P. (2013). The Chinese medicine construct “stagnation” in mind-body connection mediates the effects of mindfulness training on depression and anxiety. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 21, 348-357. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2013.05.008

45. Lau, H. P. B., Schnall, S., & White, M. P. (2012). Quantifying the value of emotions using a willingness-to-pay approach. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14, 1543-1561. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-012-9394-7

46. Tam, K. P., Lau, H. P. B., & Jiang, D. (2012). Culture and subjective well-being: a dynamic constructivist view. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, 43, 23-31. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022022110388568

Book chapters:

1. Lau, B. H. P. (2021). Dying in place. In. D. Gu & M. E. Dupre (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Springer International Publishing.

2. Lau, H. P. B., & Cheng, C. (2018). Coping with the Yin/Yang of stress: The link between dialectical thinking and coping. In J. Spender-Rodgers & K. Peng (Eds.), The cultural and psychological foundations of East Asian cognition: contradiction, change, and holism. New York: Oxford University Press.

3. Lau, B. H. P., Fong, C. H. C., & Yu, N. X (2018). Towards the Development of Holistic Well Being Measurement. In M. Y. Lee, C. H. Y. Chan, C. L. W. Chan, S. M. Ng, & P. P. Y. Leung (Eds.), Integrative body-mind-spirit social work for health and mental health: An empirically-based approach to assessment and treatment (2nd Edition). New York: Oxford University Press.

4. Lau, B. H. P., Fong, C. H. C., & Chan, C. H. Y (2017). Reaching the Unspoken Grief: Artifacts as a Symbol of the Continuing Parental Bond during Pregnancy Loss. In D. Klass & E. Steffen (Eds.), Continuing bonds – Second Edition: The presence of the dead in personal, social and cultural lives. New York: Routledge. 

5. Lau, H. P. B., & Cheung, S. L. K. (2017). Hong Kong Centenarian Study. In N. A. Pachana (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Geropsychology. Singapore: Springer Science+Business Media.

1. Lau, B. H. P., & Fan, N. (2021, June). Personalized Funeral Services could provide 'good grief' in Hong Kong and should be a new benchmark for funeral service. Paper presented at International Conference on Community End of Life Care, JCECC, Hong Kong

2. Chan, C. L. W., & Lau, B. H. P. (2020, October). Resilience and Successful aging: Transdisciplinary care for promoting dignity and autonomy. Paper presented at the Tung Wah College International Conference on Transdisciplinary Model of Urban Aged-Care, Hong Kong 

3. Lau, B. H. P., Chan, C. L. W., Chow, A. Y. M., Wong, D. F. K., Lam, T. C., Fung, Y. L., Chan, J., Tam, M., Tsang, M. W., & Chow, S. F. (2018, October). Applying Eastern Body-Mind-Spirit intervention in lung cancer care: Preliminary evidence from a parallel group intervention with patients and caregivers. Paper presented at the 20th International Psycho-oncology Society World Congress of Psycho-oncology (IPOS 2018), Hong Kong.

4. Chan, C. L. W., Yuen, L. P., & Lau, B. (2017, July). Empowerment exercises for grief. Invited workshop at 11th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society, Lisbon, Portugal.

5. Lau, B., Chan, C. L. W., & Chow, A. Y. M. (2017, July). Coping with the finitude of life together: Dyadic relationships between spiritual well-being and death anxiety among patients with lung cancer and their family caregivers. Paper presented at 11th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society, Lisbon, Portugal.

6. Lau, B., Fong, C. H. C., Chan, C. L. W., & Chow, A. Y. M. (2017, July). Unarticulated demand for community end-of-life care: Results from a population-based survey on preferences on place of end-of-life care and death and implications for general practitioners. Paper presented at 11th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society, Lisbon, Portugal.

7. Lau, B., Chan, C., Tam, M., & Wong, Q. (2017, July). A re-examination of the factor structure of Traditional Chinese FERTIQOL with subfertile women undergoing ART. Poster presented at 33rd Annual Meeting of European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, Geneva, Switzerland.

8. Chan, C. L. W., & Lau, B. H. P. (2017, March). Love in life and death. Invited keynote speech at “Live to Love” - Life and Death Exposition 2017 of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Hong Kong.

9. Lau, B. H. P., Wong, P. W. C., & Cheung, S. L. K. (2016, December). The association between frailty and end-of-life care attitudes: An investigation among Hong Kong’s most long-lived older adults. Paper presented at the Centenarians Conference 2016: Are centenarians the realization of successful ageing, Singapore.

10. Lou, V. W. Q., Lau, B., & Cheung, S. L. K. (2015, November). Positive aspects of caregiving: Factor structure and association with depression and exemplary care. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Gerontological Society of America, Orlando, Florida, U.S.

11. Lau, H. P. B., & Cheung, S. L. K. (2015, November). Successful Aging Among Chinese Centenarians in Hong Kong: A Multidimensional Approach. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of Gerontological Society of America, Orlando, Florida, U.S.

12. Lau, H. P. B., Martin, P., Kwan, J., & Cheung, S. L. K. (2015, November). Depression moderates the frailty-subjective health relationship among centenarians. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Gerontological Society of America, Orlando, Florida, U.S.

13. Lau, H. P. B., Kwan, J., & Cheung, S. L. K. (2015, November). Conceptualizing frailty as a multidimensional construct: Findings from the Hong Kong Centenarian Study. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Gerontological Society of America, Orlando, Florida, U.S.

14. Cheung S. L. K., & Lau, B. H. P. (2015, June). Successful aging among near- and centenarians in Hong Kong: A multidimensional approach. Paper presented at the International Centenarian Consortium, Sardinia, Italy.

15. Kwan, J. S. K., Lau, B. H. P., & Cheung, S. L. K. (2015, June). Examining frailty among Hong Kong Chinese near- and centenarians using a multidimensional approach. Paper presented at the International Centenarian Consortium, Sardinia, Italy.

16. Lau, H. P. B. (2015, April). Positive aspects of caregiving: Factor structure and association with exemplary care among Chinese dementia caregivers. Paper presented at 30th International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International, Perth, Australia. 

17. Lau, B. H. P. & Cheung S. L. K. (2014, May). Living arrangements and health statuses of Chinese centenarians in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the International Centenarian Consortium, Osaka, Japan.

18. Cheung, S. L. K., & Lau, B. H. P. (2014, May). Health correlates of psychological well-being of Chinese centenarians. Paper presented at the International Centenarian Consortium, Osaka, Japan.

19. Lau, B. H. P., & Cheng, C. (2013, August). Is counting blessing beneficial to Chinese well-being? Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Exeter, U.K.

20. Lau, B. H. P., & Cheng, C. (2013, August). Trait gratitude and well-being among the Chinese: A multiple-domain approach. Poster presented at the British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Exeter, U.K.
21. Lau, B. H. P., & Tam, K. P. (2013, August). Lay theories of money-happiness relationship: The behavioral correlates. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Exeter, U.K.

2020-2023 
RGC Faculty Development Scheme (FDS) : “Adapting to the challenges of the tenth decade of life: A mixed method study with Hong Kong near-centenarians and centenarians” (HKD$1,103,042)

2019-2021 
University Research Grant : “Communicating perceived political difference between two generations: The case of Hong Kong young adults and their parents” (HKD$39,500)

2014-2015 
Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Research Scholar Award 
(Hosts: University of Miami & Iowa State University, US)

COUN390 Gerontological Counselling
PSY103P Statistics for Social Sciences
PSY216 Psychology of Aging
PSY300 Abnormal Psychology
PSY509-510 Research Project I/II
PSY401-403 Research Thesis I/II/III
PSY411-12 Honours Research Project I/II
CP530/531 Dissertation I/II

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