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Environmental Correlates of Health-related Behaviors in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The International Network for Physical Activity and Disability (INPAD) Autism Study

[Strategic Research Development Fund 2020/21, Department of Health and Physical Education, EdUHK]


It is well documented that regular participation in physical activity and sedentary behaviors (usually represented as screen time) are respectively leading to a host of positive and negative outcomes in children and adolescents with autism (ASD). Meanwhile growing attention has been paid to understand the environmental determinants, such as neighborhood environments, home environments of physical activity and screen time. Apart from that, the multi-etiological nature of health outcomes is increasingly recognized. For example, the 24-hour movement guidelines recommend certain amounts of time should be spent in physical activity, sedentary behaviors, and sleep for health promotion. Meeting the recommended guidelines has been found to predict physical and mental health. Evidence, however, is limited about whether meeting the guidelines is associated with health outcomes in individuals with ASD. 
This research aims to investigate whether home and neighborhood environments would predict physical activity and screen time in adolescents with ASD across different countries. Also, whether meeting the 24-hours guidelines would predict bullying behaviors and overall health in the study groups will also be examined. The findings of the research are expected to provide valuable reference material in predicting the factors affecting the health of youth with ASD. They will also be helpful for educators and parents in formulating effective PE curriculum and/or PA related programmes for students with ASD.

Effect of Game-based High-Intensity Interval Training Program on the Executive Function of Children with ADHD: A Randomized Controlled Trial

[General Research Fund 2020/21, Research Grants Council (RGC), Hong Kong SAR]


The Test of Gross Motor Development 2 (TGMD-2) is currently the standard approach for assessing fundamental movement skills (FMS), including locomotor and object control skills. However, its extensive application is restricted by its low efficiency and requirement of expert training for large-scale evaluations. This study evaluated the accuracy of a newly-developed video-based classification system (VCS) with a markerless sensor to assess children’s locomotor skills. A total of 203 typically developing children aged three to eight years executed six locomotor skills, following the TGMD-2 guidelines. A Kinect v2 sensor was used to capture their activities, and videos were recorded for further evaluation by a trained rater. A series of computational kinematic-based algorithms were developed for instant performance rating. The VCS exhibited moderate to very good levels of agreement with the rater, ranging from 66.1% to 87.5%, for each skill, and 72.4% for descriptive ratings. Paired t-test revealed that there were no significant differences, but a significant positive correlation, between the standard scores determined by the two approaches. Tukey's mean difference plot suggested there was no bias, with a mean difference (SD) of -0.16 (1.8) and a respective 95% confidence interval of 3.5. The kappa agreement for the descriptive ratings between the two approaches was found to be moderate (k = 0.54, p < 0.01). Overall, the results suggest the VCS could potentially be an alternative to the conventional TGMD-2 assessment approach for assessing children’s locomotor skills without the necessity of the presence of an experienced rater for the administration.

Acute Effect of Brief Mindfulness-based Intervention for Athletes’ Recovery- a fNIRS Investigation

[Dean’s Research Fund 2019/20, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, EdUHK]

The proper recovery strategies adopted in half-time could help players get rid of their cognitive needs and re-fuel their physical strength. The current study investigated the acute effect of a brief mindfulness-based intervention (MBI) on athletes’ cognitive function after a 45-min lab-based soccer protocol. In a single-blinded randomized crossover design, seventeen male student-athletes completed two main trials, i.e., MBI trial or control trial. In MBI trial, a brief MBI audio was provided after the exercise protocol, while in the control trial, a travel audio was used after the exercise. In each main trial, cognitive function, salivary cortisol, blood lactate, and several subjective indicators were measured at baseline and posttest. The cerebral oxygenation status was recorded via functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) during the cognitive function test. Preliminary results revealed that adopting brief MBI after the exercise could benefit working memory performance in both reaction time and accuracy context, accompanied by the changes in oxygenated hemoglobin (O2Hb) concentration on specific brain areas. In addition, lower mental fatigue and salivary cortisol concentration were observed in MBI group than control group after the intervention. In conclusion, MBI may provide acute beneficial effects on cognitive function after the intervention, independent of cerebral oxygenation. 

Completed Projects since 2019

A Comparison of the Physical Activity, Physical Fitness, Cognitive Function and Cardiometabolic Health of Young People in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom

[Seed Money for External Grant Pilot Proposal 2017/18, Department of Health and Physical Education, EdUHK]
The current literature demonstrates that physical activity and physical fitness levels are extremely low around the World and as a result of this young people may be compromising both their cognitive function and cardiometabolic health. However, the majority of the work focuses on either measuring physical activity in isolation or using cardiorespiratory fitness as a surrogate measure. A further advancement in this area of work would be to objectively measure physical activity, whilst also assessing cardiorespiratory fitness and to identify how these associates with markers of cognitive function and cardiometabolic health in different international samples. In addition, the common trend of decreasing physical activity with increasing age warrants further exploration and the relationship this has with cognitive function and cardiometabolic health is currently unknown. In the recent Global Matrix for Physical Activity and Health in Youth, both England and Hong Kong scored poor overall composite scores (20–39%), but a direct detailed comparison between young people in these countries has not been performed.
Therefore, the aims of this project were to address a number of novel and impactful research questions, as follows:
  • Are there differences in physical activity, physical fitness, cognitive function and cardiometabolic health between young people in HK and UK?
  • Do physical activity, physical fitness, cognitive function and cardiometabolic health differ between 11-12 and 14-15 years old?
  • How do physical activity and physical fitness affect cognitive function in young people?

Reliability and Validity of the Modified Chinese Version of the Netherlands Physical Activity Questionnaire for Young Children (NPAQ) in Assessing Physical Activity Behaviors in Preschool Children in Hong Kong

[Dean’s Research Fund - Individual Research Scheme (IRS) 2017/18, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, EdUHK]
Physical activity (PA) plays an important role on health management during childhood and in the whole life cycle. Netherlands Physical Activity Questionnaire (NPAQ) has been widely used in western countries in assessing PA behaviors of preschool children. However, it seems that there is no Chinese version of NPAQ, and the validity and reliability of NPAQ among Chinese population are still questionable. This project aims to develop a Chinese version of NPAQ in assessing PA behaviors in preschool children in Hong Kong.
Totally 137 preschool children participated in the study. Data collection included measuring PA subjectively via NPAQ and objectively via accelerometer. The study found that boys spent more time in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity than girls. The total score of NPAQ was positively correlated with children’s time spent in MVPA. Item 1 of the NPAQ refers to “my child prefers to play alone or play with other children,” was found to be significantly associated with MVPA at the weekend in boys. Item 7 of the NAPQ refers to “comparing to other peers, my child performs more physical activity,” was found to be positively correlated with children’s time spent in MVPA. For item 8, time spent in watching television was found to be positively correlated with children’s time participated in sedentary activity.


Research interests:
Andy’s primary research interest lies on the motor learning and impact of physical activity on psychological, cognitive and physical well-being in children with autism spectrum disorder.  He is also interested in motor development and the effect of free-play on overall quality of life in typically developing children. He recently initiates a new research project on the investigation of free-play participation among school-aged children. His research goal is to propose a lighthouse parenting strategy as a reasonable approach to build success among children.


B.Sci.(University of Hong Kong); M.Soc.Sci. (Hong Kong Baptist University);
MSci. (Boise State University); Ph.D. (Hong Kong Baptist University)
Areas of Teaching
Volleyball; Sport management; teaching and coaching in Physical Education
Research Interests
Older adult, children, environmental correlates to physical activity (especially walking),
light volleyball, sitting light volleyball (adapted physical activity), Esports, Physical activity promotion, physical activity measurement


Research interests:
Sports recovery;
Postural control and sports;
Rugby Science;
Sports training invention;
Technology in Physical Education;
Generic skills and sports participation


Research interests:
• Successful aging
• Elderly depression and suicide
• Dementia caregivers
• Social network
• Activity therapy


Research interests: 
Movement Analysis, Biomechanics, Ergonomics, Sports Health, Christian Education


Research interests:
• Nutritional and metabolic aspects of exercise
• Exercise, nutrition and body weight control
• Physical activity, nutrition and health promotion


Research interests:
• Eating behaviour modification,
• Teledietetics,
• Nutrition education and knowledge transfer,
• Physical fitness assessment in the community,
• Glycemic index,
• Exergaming for health


Research interests:
Infection control, Healthcare quality, school health, eLearning


BA (Hons) in Music, University of Cambridge, UK
MA in Education (Psychology), Institute of Education, University of London, UK
PhD in Education, University of Cambridge, UK
Other Qualifications:
Training of Trainers Certificate in Advanced Community Music Leadership, Musicians without Borders, The Netherlands
Mental Health First Aid Instructor (2022-2023)
Areas of Teaching:
School mental health education and promotion; Healthy aging; Music, health, and wellbeing; Qualitative and mixed research methods
Research Interests:
Music for well-being; Music therapy research; Mental health education and promotion


BA (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University); MSc (University of Edinburgh)
MSc (University of Glasgow); Ph.D (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Areas of Teaching:
Swimming, Sport Psychology and Mental Preparation, Sports Coaching, Research Methods

Research Interests:
Youths, Older adults, Kindergarteners, Athletes, Self-care and Physical Activity, Self-compassion, Positive Psychology in Education and Coaching


Ph.D. (Education), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
M.Sc. (Exercise Science), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
B.Ed. (Sports Science), Beijing Sport University

Area of Teaching
Physical Activity for Health; Physical Activity, Health and Fitness in School Populations; Research Methods

Research Interest
Exercise Physiology
Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior




高級講師 I
M.Sc. (Nutrition, Food Science and Technology), CUHK
MSoc.Sc. (Psychology of Education-Credit), CityUHK
Certificate Course on Student Guidance and Discipline for Teachers of Secondary Schools (Distinction), CUHK
BEd. (Secondary Education), OUHK
BA (Work-based Learning Studies), Middlesex University, UK
ACTE (Home Management – Distinction), The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Teacher Certificate (Home Economics), Northcote College of Education

Areas of Teaching:
Curriculum Planning and Pedagogy in Home Economics/ Technology and Living Education, Theory and Practice of Culinary Skills and Needlework Skills, STEM Education in Secondary School Settings.

Research Interests:
Food and Nutrition, Students with Special Educational Needs

雷雄德博士, MH

高級講師 I
Graduate Certificate in Sports & Recreation Management: Victoria University of Technology, Australia.
Doctor of Physical Education: Springfield College, USA.
Master of Science: Springfield College, USA.
Bachelor of Science (Summa Cum Lauda): Springfield College, USA.
Advanced Teacher Certificate in Education (Physical Education): Grantham College of Education, Hong Kong.
Teacher Certificate: Northcote College of Education, Hong Kong.

Research Interests
Pediatric Exercise Science; Physical Activity; Outdoor Sports and Wilderness Experience


高級講師 II
Master of Education, The University of Hong Kong
Master of Exercise Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Education (Hons.), The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Areas of Teaching
Sports and Exercise for Special Populations, Teaching Physical Education to Students with Special Needs, Theory and Practice of Team Ball Games, Theory and Practice of Racquet Games, Current Issues and controversies in Hong Kong School Physical Education
Research Interests
Adapted Physical Education, Physical Fitness of Person with Special Needs


高級講師 II
Master of Art (School Improvement and leadership), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Education (Hons.), The Hong Kong Institute of Education

Areas of Teaching:
PES1272 Introduction to Practical and Theoretical Considerations in Sports Coaching
PES2164 Theory and Practice of Individual Physical Activities
PES2174 Theory and Practice of Team Ball Games
PES3172 Fundamental Movement for Junior Primary School
PES3178 Theory and Practice of Lifelong Physical Activities
PES3280 Pedagogy and Practice in Sports Coaching
PES4292 Internship

Research Interests:
Fundamental Movement
Learning and Teaching Strategies in Physical Education
Motor Learning
Sports Training
Sports Coaching
Technology in Physical Education


講師 I
教育學士(北體大); 教育碩士. (北體大)
體操, 健康舞, 舞蹈及太極


講師 I
Ed.D. (Physical Education and Sports Science), EdUHK
M.Sc. (Sports Medicine and Health Science), CUHK
B.Ed. (Hons.) (Physical Education), HKIEd

Areas of Teaching:
Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education, Sports Injury and Prevention, Human Anatomy, Sports Performance Analysis

Research Interests:
Motor Learning and Control, Teaching Pedagogy, Rasch Measurement, Educational Assessment


講師 II
  • MSocSc (Psychology) (Schools and Community Settings) (EdUHK)
  • Bachelor of Health Education (Hons) (EdUHK)
  • Certificate of Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (Level Two) (HKSSEP)

Areas of teaching:
Physical Fitness Education, Child and Adolescent Health Education
Research interests:
Physical health & mental health, karate-do

  • Member of the Hong Kong Psychological Society
  • Councillor of the Hong Kong Blind Sports Federation


MSocSc (Sport and Leisure Management), HKBU

Area of Teaching:
Theory and Practice of Racquet Games, Analysis of Teaching and Coaching in Physical Education

Research Intertest:
Badminton, Sports Management

Dr LI Chung

Status and Qualifications:
Justice of Peace of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Adjunct Professor, Department of Health and Physical Education
The Education University of Hong Kong
(since 2015)

Appointment Period:
1 October 2021 to 30 September 2025

Ms CHING Tai Yin Patricia

Status and Qualifications:
Senior Nurse Adviser of Infection Control at Hong Kong Baptist Hospital

Appointment Period:
1 January 2023 to 31 December 2024

Dr CHOW Pui Yu Lina

Status and Qualifications:
PhD, MEd in Teacher Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Physical Education
The Education University of Hong Kong
(since 2015)

Appointment Period:
1 January 2023 to 31 December 2024

Dr CRUZ Alberto

Status and Qualifications:
Doctor of Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Physical Education
The Education University of Hong Kong
(since 2018)

Appointment Period:
1 January 2023 to 31 December 2024