Centre for Child and Family Science

Research Projects 研究計劃

Flagship Projects

  • June 2016 – June 2021
  • PI: Professor CHUNG Kevin Kien Hoa
  • Funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charity Trust

The project aims to provide support for ethnic minority children to learn Chinese in kindergartens, so as to facilitate the smooth transition from kindergartens into primary schools and social integration. As of June 2019, the project’s award-bearing Diploma in Early Childhood Education programme has graduated 50 multicultural teaching assistants.

  • Oct 2019 to Sep 2021
  • Co-PIs: Professor CHUNG Kevin Kien Hoa, Dr. LAM Chun Bun Ian
  • Funded by the Simon K.Y. Lee Foundation

This is an extension of the four-year (2015-19) project founded by the Simon K.Y. Lee Foundation. The project has developed an evidence-based, tiered intervention programme that promotes the socioemotional competence of K2 and K3 children in Hong Kong, and demonstrates the effectiveness of the training materials in the local context. The dissemination stage (Oct 2019 – Sep 2021) of this project will be undertaken by CCFS, with an aim to extend and sustain the impact of the project outcomes and benefit more schools with its intervention programme, especially those with high enrollment of socio-economically disadvantaged children.


1. Longitudinal Study on Family Process and Child Development

  • July 2018 – June 2022
  • Co-PIs: Professor CHUNG Kevin Kien Hoa, Dr. LAM Chun Bun Ian
  • Funded by the Faculty

The project examines the relationships among family structure, family process, and child development, so as to inform parents of effective parenting strategies and practices which are evidence-based and specifically related to the Chinese cultural context. The project team members work on different but related themes around child and family issues, in the format of coordinated data collection, processing and sharing. It is expected that progressively a data bank on child and family development will be set up for use by different research projects, and to help spur new projects. 

2. Seed School Training Program in Promoting Free Play in Hong Kong Kindergartens

  • Sep 2018 – Mar 2020
  • PI: Dr. CHAN Po Lin Pauline
  • Funded by Playright Children’s Play Association

This is an evaluation study of the Seed School Training Program (SSTP) run by the Playright. Contextual study, focus group interviews, etc. are used to understand the needs of participants, their knowledge and abilities of implementing free play. The results will be used for improvement in future training programmes.

3. Project Evaluation for入伍登陸.快閃動 of St. James’ Settlement


  • July 2019 – Feb 2022
  • PI: Dr. CHAN King Chung Derwin
  • Funded by St. James’ Settlement

The evaluation will focus on Phase 1 of the project 入伍登陸.快閃動 operated by the St. James’ Settlement, and consist of four parts:

(a) Evaluation for 75 retired volunteers (aged 50-65),
(b) Evaluation for 210 elderly (aged 65 and above),
(c) Evaluation for public audience or participants who take part in the individual sections, and
(d) Evaluation on a reference group.

The evaluation will involve survey and physical assessment. The survey concerns about participants’ participation, satisfaction, and behavioural adherence to the program, and their physical and psychological well-being, and life satisfaction. The physical assessment will include evaluation of the participants’ cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, flexibility, body composition, and functional ability. A scientific report about the effectiveness of the program will be produced.

4. Project Evaluation for Active School and Active Community Programme


  • Aug 2019 – July 2022
  • PI: Dr. CHAN King Chung Derwin
  • Funded by Hong Kong Elite Athletes Association

The evaluation consists of two parts:

(1) Active School Programme – the evaluation will involve survey for approx. 3000 primary school students (aged 6-12), and interview with approx. 60 primary school students and 15 PE teachers/ coaches.
(2) Active Community Programme – the evaluation will involve survey for approx. 500 participants, and interviews with approx. 20 participants.

The evaluation concerns about participants’ participation, satisfaction, and behavioural adherence to the program, and their physical and psychological well-being, and life satisfaction. The project team will analyse the data collected and produce a scientific report about the effectiveness of the programmes.

5. Effectiveness of A Theory-Driven Smartphone Application on Orthopaedic Patients’ Motivation and Adherence to Medical Regimen in Hong Kong: A Randomised Controlled Trial

  • Sep 2019 – Feb 2022
  • PI: Dr. CHAN King Chung Derwin
  • Funded by the Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF)

Healthcare professionals have difficulty in detecting and preventing medical non-adherence among outpatients. This study aims to address this problem by developing a smartphone application that helps healthcare professional, such as clinicians and physiotherapists, monitors and manipulates the motivational patterns and behavioural adherence of ACL patients’ post-surgery home-based rehabilitation. This innovative project integrates information technology into the field of health psychology and behavioural medicine. It paves the way for a larger scale cluster intervention study. The smartphone application may also be extended to other types of outpatients who require long-term home-based treatment or life-style modification.

6. Hong Kong Adolescents’ Well-being: An Ecological Perspective

  • Oct 2019 to Sep 2022
  • PI: Dr. LI Jianbin
  • Funded by the FEHD International Research Exchange Grant

The primary aim of this two-wave project is to explore, both biological and psychosocial factors that shape Hong Kong adolescents’ well-being and the possible underlying mechanisms. It will recruit 600 Secondary 1 students, together with their parents, who will provide ratings on a range of well-being indicators and personal and ecological correlates twice, with one-year apart. Data will be analyzed with traditional regression models and machine learning approach. Practically, the findings will inform prevention and intervention programs as well as educational practices to promote Hong Kong adolescents’ positive development.

7. EASP: Early Advancement in Social-Emotional Health and Positivity


  • Jan 2020 – Dec 2022
  • Leader: Professor CHUNG Kevin Kien Hoa; Co-leaders: Dr. LAU Yi Hung Eva, Dr. CHAN King Chung Derwin
  • Funded by the Faculty

The Faculty has approved a 3-year learning and teaching initiative to be based in CCFS. The project aims to develop an evidence-based teacher training programme, with mobile application and resource package, that incorporates both social emotional learning and positive educational practices. This project will not only promote teachers’ and parents’ wellbeing. Its theoretical basis can be further developed into a number of research and courses related to the role of family and school on the social-emotional development in children.

8. An implementation science approach to adapting healthy movement behaviour guidelines for Hong Kong preschool-aged children

  • September 2020 – June 2022
  • PI: Dr. CAPIO Catherine M; Co-I: Prof. CHUNG Kevin Kien Hoa, Dr. NG Sau Man Catalina
  • Funded by the Health Medical Research Fund (HMRF)

This implementation science project will disseminate healthy movement guidelines (i.e., physical activity, sedentary behavior, sleep) in Hong Kong kindergartens. The requirements, facilitators, and barriers to effective uptake of the guidelines will be evaluated; the mechanisms through which implementation science benefits public health services in Hong Kong will be examined. Participants include stakeholders (educators, parents, government representatives) and children from local kindergartens. The findings of the project will contribute to enabling parents and teachers support healthy behaviours of young children.

Past Projects