Prof. HO Samuel M.Y. (何敏賢教授)
BSocSci (HKU)MSocSci (Clinical Psychology) (HKU)PhD (University of Melbourne)
AFHKPS, RCP (HKPS), RegPsy (Australia)
Associate Provost (Institutional Initiatives), Office of the Provost
Professor of Psychology, Department of Applied Social Sciences
I am a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the City University of Hong Kong. My primary research interest is in traumatology and resilience, in developing an in-depth knowledge about the factors that facilitate adjustments to life-threatening illnesses (e.g. cancer) and traumatic events (e.g. infectious disease epidemic). As a registered clinical psychologist and a researcher, I have benefits of conducting basic research to help understanding of applied problems as well as taking applied issues for explorations in empirical research. As a clinician, I have developed numerous therapy manuals related to my clinical interest. Examples include a grief therapy manual for bereaved adults after the SiChuan earthquake; intervention manuals to facilitate resilience for mother of children suffering from cerebral palsy, people receiving genetic colon cancer screening, and people recovered from psychiatric illnesses. I am serving as an advisor of Government departments and NGOs on both research and clinical practice, and I have been collaborating actively with my community partners to develop resilient and recovery programs for a variety of people with special needs. I have been conducting invited training workshops and presentations regularly in Hong Kong, China, Europe, and North America to share my research findings and clinical expertise.
Award and Achievement
- 2017 “The President's Award” City University of Hong Kong.
- 2014 “Visiting Professor” University of Bolton, United Kingdom.
- 2013 “Honorary Professor” Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong.
- 2013 “Honorary Fellow” Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention.
- 2012 “Excellence in Knowledge Transfer Award 2012” College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong.
- 2012 “Visiting Scholar” University of International Relations, Beijing, China.
- 2009 “Visiting Scholar” National University of Singapore, Singapore.
- Relationship between Memory Bias and Anxiety, Investigated Using the Directed Forgetting Experimental Paradigm. , General Research Fund, University Grant Council, Amount: HKD $374,700, 1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2017, Samuel M.Y. Ho.
- PuMEL: Public Management Evidence Lab, Research Grant Writing Fund, City University of Hong Kong , Amount: HKD $182,400, Jun 2014 - Jun 2015, Samuel M.Y. Ho (Co-PI), Jung Chan Su (PI), XiaoHu Wang (Co-PI), Richard Walker (Co-PI).
- The developmental trajectory of selective attentional bias and psychological well-being, Women’s Foundation, Amount: HKD $160,538, Mar 2014 - Mar 2015, Samuel M.Y. Ho (PI), Dannii Yeung (Co-I).
- Examining the psychometric properties of the Chinese Post-Traumatic Growth Inventory (CPTGI) for patients suffering chronic diseases, Health and Medical Research Fund, Food and Health Bureau, Amount: HKD $79,800, 2013 - 2014, Samuel M.Y. Ho (Co-PI), Christopher Cheng (Co-PI), Tina Louisa Rochelle (Co-I).
- Stem cell approach for maxillary sinus grafting in atrophic maxilla, General Research Fund, Univerity Grant Council, Amount: HKD $1,299,049, 2013 - Now, Samuel M.Y. Ho (Co-I), Lim Cheung (PI).
- Building Resilience through Positive Psychology., Hospital Authority, Amount: HKD $2,290,646, 2011 - 2013, Samuel M.Y. Ho (PI), Ron Kwok (Co-I).
- Hope-based Intervention Study for Childhood Cancer Children in Hong Kong, Children's Cancer Foundation, Amount: HKD $142,776, 2011 - 2013, Samuel M.Y. Ho (PI).
- Distraction osteogenesis versus sagittal split osteotomy for correction of retrognathic mandible – which is better?, General Research Fund, Univerity Grant Council, Amount: HKD $1,495,000, 2010 - 2013, Samuel M.Y. Ho (Co-I), Lim Cheung (PI).
- Role of goal adjustment on psychological well-being among women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer: a longitudinal study, General Research Fund, Univerity Grant Council, Amount: HKD $656,949, 2010 - 2012, Samuel M.Y. Ho (Co-I), Wendy Lam (PI).
- Hope Oriented Parents Education (H.O.P.E.) for Families in Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Clarities Trust, Amount: HKD $604,140, 2009 - 2011, Samuel M.Y. Ho (PI).
- Psychological Resilience of HA Staff: A Prospective Outcome Trajectories Study. , Hospital Authority, Amount: HKD $261,000, 2009 - 2010, Samuel M.Y. Ho (PI).
- Cognitive and emotional deficits of chronically bereaved individuals in Hong Kong, General Research Fund, Univerity Grant Council, Amount: HKD $621,376, 2005 - 2007, Samuel M.Y. Ho (PI).
- Distraction versus orthognathic surgery - which one is better for cleft palate patients? , General Research Fund, Univerity Grant Council, Amount: HKD $717,596, 2005 - 2008, Samuel M.Y. Ho (Co-I), Lim Cheung (PI).
- HKU-Tsinghua University Joint Research Centre for Indigenous Approaches of Counselling, Hong Kong University Foundation for Educational Development , The University of Hong Kong, Amount: HKD $500,000, 2001 - 2004, Samuel M.Y. Ho (PI); Fumin Fan (Co-I).
- Duan, W. & HO, Samuel. M.Y. (in press). Does being mindful of your character strengths enhance psychological wellbeing? A longitudinal mediation analysis. Journal of Happiness Studies. doi:10.1007/s10902-017-9864-z
- Ho, Samuel. M.Y. (in press). Empirically-supported psycho-oncology practices: Reflection based on some research findings in Hong Kong. Psycho-Oncology. doi:10.1002/pon.4345
- Wu, Lingli. , Gao, Xiaoli. , Lo, Edward. CM. , Ho, Samuel. MY. , McGrath, Colman. & Wong, Mary. CM. (in press). Motivational interviewing to promote oral health in adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health.
- Ho, Samuel M.Y. , Li, W.L. , Duan, Wenjie. , Siu, Bowie P.Y. , Yau, Sania. , Yeung, Gladys. & Wong, Keith. (2016). A Brief Strengths Scale for Individuals with Mental Health Issues. Psychological Assessment. 28. 147 - 157. doi:10.1037/pas0000164
- Mak, Vivian. V.W. , Ho, Samuel. M.Y. , Kwong, W.Y. & Li, W.L. (2016). A gender-responsive treatment facility in correctional services: The development of a psychological gymnasium (PSY GYM) for women offenders. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0306624x16667572
- Lam, Wendy. W,T. , Yeo, Winnie. , Suen, Joyce. , Ho, Wing Ming. , Tsang, Janice. , Soong, Inda. , Yau, Tze Kwok. , Wong, Ka Yan. , Sze, Wing Kin. , Ng, Alice W.Y. , Kwong, Ava. , Suen, Dacita. , Fong, Daniel. , Ho, Samuel. M.Y. & Fielding, Richard. (2016). Goal adjustment influence on psychological well-being following advanced breast cancer diagnosis. Psycho-Oncology. 25. 58 - 65. doi:10.1002/pon.3871
- Ho, Samuel M.Y. , Yeung, Dannii D.Y. & Mak, Christine. (2016). The interaction effect of attentional bias and attentional control on dispositional anxiety among adolescents with positive attentional bias. British Journal of Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/bjop.12225
- Duan, W. & Ho, Samuel M.Y. (2016). Three-dimensional model of strengths: examination of the invariance across gender, age, education levels, marriage status. Community Mental Health Journal. Advance online publication. doi:doi: 10.1007/s10597-016-0038-y
- Yeung, D.Y. , Ho, Samuel M.Y. & Mak, Christine W.Y. (2015). Attention to positive information mediates the relationship between hope and psychosocial well-being of adolescents. Journal of Adolescence. 42. 98 - 102. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.04.004
- Ho, Samuel M.Y. , Mak, C.W.Y. , Yeung, D. , Duan, D. , Tang, W. , Yeung, J.C. & Ching, R. (2015). Emotional valence, arousal, and threat ratings of 160 Chinese words by children and adolescents. PLoS One. 10(7). e0132294. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0132294
- Cheng, Christopher H.K. , Ho, Samuel. M.Y. & Rochelle, Tina. (Advance online publication 2015). Examining the psychometric properties of the Chinese Post-Traumatic Growth Inventory (CPTGI) for patients suffering from chronic diseases. Journal of Health Psychology. doi:10.1177/1359105315617330
- Gao, X. , Lo, Edward C.M. , McGrath, C. & HO, Samuel M.Y. (2015). Face-to-face individual counseling and online group motivational interviewing in improving oral health: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 16. 416 doi:10.1186/s13063-015-0946-0
- Huen, Jenny. M.Y. , Ho, Samuel M.Y. , Ip, Brian. Y.T. & Yip, Paul. S.F. (2015). Hope and Hopelessness: The Role of Hope in Buffering the Impact of Hopelessness on Suicidal Ideation. PLoS One. 10/6. e0130073 doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0130073
- Duan, Wenjie. , Ho, Samuel M.Y. , Siu, Bowie P.Y. , Li, Tingting. & Zhang, Yonghong. (2015). Role of virtues and perceived life stress in affecting psychological symptoms among Chinese college students. Journal of American College Health. 63(1). 32 - 39. doi:10.1080/07448481.2014.963109
- Lo, Cola. S.L. , Ho, Samuel. M.Y. , Yu, Nicky. K.K. & Siu, Bowie. P.Y. (2014). Decentering mediates the effect of ruminative and experiential self-focus on negative thinking in Depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research. 38. 389 - 396. doi:10.1007/s10608-014-9603-2
- Duan, Wenjie. , Ho, Samuel. M.Y. , Tang, X. , Li, T. & Zhang, Y. (2014). Character Strength-based Intervention to Promote Satisfaction with Life in the Chinese University Context. Journal of Happiness Studies. 15. 1347 - 1360. doi:10.1007/s10902-013-9479-y
- Tam, Chi Keung. , McGrath, Colman. Patrick. , Ho, Samuel. M.Y. , Pow, Edmond. Ho Nang. , Luk, Henry. Wai Kuen. & Cheung, Lim Kwong. (2014). Psychosocial and quality of life outcomes of prosthetic auricular rehabilitation with CAD/CAM technology. International Journal of Dentistry. 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/393571
- Yuen, Ada. N.Y. , Ho, Samuel. M.Y. & Chan, CKY. (2014). The mediating roles of cancer-related rumination in the relationship between dispositional hope and psychological outcomes among childhood cancer survivors. Psycho-Oncology. 23. 412 - 419. doi:10.1002/pon.3433
- Zhu, Z. , Ho, Samuel. M.Y. & Bonanno, George. A. (2013). Cultural similarities and differences in the perception of emotional valence and intensity: A comparison of American and Hong Kong Chinese. American Journal of Psychology. 126/3. 261 - 273.
- Chan, Michelle. W.C. , Ho, Samuel. M.Y. , Law, Lawrence. S.C. & Pau, Barbara. K.Y. (2013). A visual dot-probe task as a measurement of attentional bias and its relationship with the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder among women with breast cancer. Advances in Cancer: Research and Treatment. Retrieved Article ID 813339, 2013 (2013).
- Ho, Samuel. M.Y. , Chan, Ide. S.F. & Field, Nigel. (2013). Continuing Bonds, Attachment Style and Adjustment in the Conjugal Bereavement among Hong Kong Chinese. Death Studies. 37. 248 - 268.
- Gao, Xiaoli. , Lo, Edward Chin. , McGrath, Colman. & Ho, Samuel M.Y. (2013). Innovative interventions to promote positive dental health behaviors and prevent dental caries in preschool children: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 14. 118 .
- Ho, Samuel. M.Y. , Law, Lawrence. S.C. , Wang, G.L. , Shih, Shih-ming. , Hsu, S.H. & Hou, Y.C. (2013). Psychometric analysis of the Chinese version of the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory with cancer patients in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Psycho-Oncology. 22. 157 - 179.
- Ho, Samuel. M.Y. (Nov 2016). Positive psychology: Past, present, and future. Invited address at the Positive Psychology Conference. Bolton. United Kingdom: University of Bolton.
- Ho, Samuel. M.Y. (Nov 2016). Using hope stories to facilitate resilience: A public health approach. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 23rd Annual Meeting. Dallas. USA Texas: International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
- Ho, Samuel. M.Y. (Sep 2016). From research to practice: empirically-supported psychological intervention in Psycho-Oncology. Invited keynote address at the 2016 annual meeting of the Taiwan Psycho-Oncology Soceity. Taipei. Taiwan: Taiwan Psycho-Oncology Society.
- Ho, Samuel. M.Y. (Aug 2016). The development of applied positive psychology in Hong Kong: Achievements and challenges. Invited keynote address at the International Conference of Applied Psychology. Colombo. Sri Lanka: Colombo Institute of Research & Psychology.
- Ho, Samuel. M.Y. (Jul 2016). Death metaphor and continuing bonds to understand death and dying. The 31st International Congress of Psychology (ICP). Yokohama. Japan: International Union of Psychological Science.
- Ho, Samuel. M.Y. (Jul 2016). Factorial validity of the Chinese version of Posttraumatic Growth Inventory across cultures and populations. The 31st International Congress of Psychology (ICP). Yokohama. Japan: International Union of Psychological Science.
- Ho, Samuel. M.Y. , Yau, Sania. , Prentice, Jennifer. & Dobson, Keith. S. (Jun 2016). Public‐ versus self‐stigma on depression symptoms and attitude towards seeking professional help among individuals with past history of depression. The 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies. Melbourne. Australia: .
- Ho, Samuel M.Y. (Jun 2016). The Strategies and Challenges in applying Positive Psychology to School in Hong Kong. Invited Keynote Address at the New Mission of Positive Education Conference. Hong Kong. Education University of Hong Kong.
- Ho, Samuel M.Y. & Siu, Bowie. (Jul 2015). A three-dimensional screening tool for strengths. European Conference on Psychological Assessment. Zurich. Switzerland: European Association of Psychology Assessment.
- Ho, Samuel M.Y. (Jul 2015). Do we see the same world? A personal reflection based on research and practice on cognitive processing styles among the Chinese. Plenary address atThe 3rd China International Conference on Positive Psychology and The 2nd Asian-Pacific Conference on Applied Positive Psychology. Beijing. China: Department of Psychology, Tsinghua University and the International Positive Psychology Association.
- Ho, Samuel M.Y. (Jul 2015). Emotional rating of 160 Chinese words. 13th European Conference on Psychological Assessment. Zurich. Switzerland: European Association of Psychology Assessment.
- Ho, Samuel. M.Y. , Lo, Cola. S.L. , Yau, Sania. & Yeung, Gladys. (Sep 2014). The effects of hopeful thinking style and rumination on depressive symptoms - A prospective study. XVI World Congress of Psychiatry: Focuing on Access, Quality and Humane Care. 4. (pp. 12 - 12). Madrid. Spain: World Psychiatric Association.
- Ho, Samuel M.Y. (May 2014). The Rising Need to Improve Community and Individual Health in China: A New Psychological Perspective. Keynote address at the 1st Interdisciplinary Forum on Public Health Challenges in Contemporary China. Zhuhai. China: Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College.
- Ho, Samuel. M.Y. (Oct 2013). The Application of Positive Psychology in facilitating offenders to change. Keynote address at the NGO Forum 2013 cum Outstanding NGO Volunteer Award Presentation. Hong Kong Correctional Services Department, HKSAR Government & Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong.
- Ho, Samuel. M.Y. (Aug 2013). Recovery, Resistance, and Thrive: Three possible outcomes in Community Work. Plenary presentation at the HKEC Symposium on Community Engagement VIII 2013. Hong Kong: Hospital Authority.
- Ho, Samuel. M.Y. (Jun 2013). From Public Issue to Personal Challenge: Maintaining Well-being in Crisis. Keynote address at the Hong Kong Psychological Society Annual Conference 2013. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Psychological Society.
- Ho, Samuel. M.Y. (Apr 2013). The Rising Need to Improve Community and Individual Health in China: Education and Service Gaps. Paper presented at the Inaugural APS Health Psychology Conference. Cairns. Australia: Australian Psychological Society.
- Ho, Samuel. M.Y. (Apr 2013). The role of positive cognition in health psychology. Paper presented at the Inaugural APS Health Psychology Conference. Cairns. Australia: Australian Psychological Society.
- Ho, Samuel. M.Y. (Nov 2012). The roles of positive cognitive biases in posttraumatic growth. Paper presented at the Beyond boundaries: Innovations to expand services and tailor traumatic stress treatments. Los Angeles. USA/CA: International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
- Ho, Samuel. M.Y. (Jun 2012). Does Positive Cognition Play a Significant Role in Psychology?. Plenary Presentation at the Hong Kong Psychological Society Annual Conference 2012. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Psychological Society.
- Chan, Oliver. H.C. & Ho, Samuel. M.Y. (Ed). (2017). Psycho-Criminological Perspective of Criminal Justice in Asia: Research and Practices in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Beyond. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom:: Routledge. 978-1138680654.
- Ho, Samuel M.Y. , Yuen, Ada N.Y. & Duan, Wenjie. (2014). Discover your resilience [in Chinese]. Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press. 978-7-5097-5804-5.
- Ho, Samuel. M.Y. & Yuen, Ada. N.Y. (2013). Light up hope (in Chinese). Hong Kong: Heep Hong Society. 978-962-7884-69-9.
- Ho, Samuel M.Y. (2016). Posttraumatic growth: Focus on concepts and cross-cultural measurement issues. Comprehensive guide to post-traumatic stress disorder. (pp. 1831 - 1848). New York. Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-08613-2_60-1
- Ho, Samuel. M.Y. , Rochelle, Tina. Louisa. , Law, Lawrence. S.C. , Duan, Wenjie. , Bai, Yu. , Shih, Shih-ming. & Wang, G.L. (2014). Methodological Issues in Positive Psychology Research among the Chinese. Perspectives on the Intersection of Multiculturalism & Positive Psychology. (pp. 45 - 57). New York. Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
- Ho, Samuel M.Y. , Duan, Wenjie. & Tang, Sandy T.M. (2014). The Psychology of Virtue and Happiness in Western and Asian Thought. The Philosophy and Psychology of Character and Happiness. (pp. 215 - 238). London. Routledge. 978-0-415-65614-6.
- Ho, Samuel M.Y. , Lo, Rosalie S.Y. & Pau, Nerissa H.Y. (2013). Roles of intra- and extra-organizational support, coping strategies and perceived control in combating burnout among healthcare workers after workplace violence. Psychology of Burnout. (pp. 85 - 106). New York. Nova Science Pub Inc. 978-1-62948-313-9.
- Ho, Samuel. M.Y. , Yuen, Ada. N.Y. & Siu, Bowie. P.Y. (2013). Hope as a Positive Cognition against Adversity and Beyond. The Psychology of Hope. (pp. 91 - 115). New York. Nova Science Pub Inc. 978-1628089646.
- Jan 2014 - Now, Academic Editor, PLoS One (SCI Journal, Impact Factor = 3.73).
- Jan 2014 - Now, Associate Editor, Asian Journal of Social Psychology (SSCI journal).
- Apr 2013 - Now, Founding Member, Hong Kong Society of Behavioral Health.Hong Kong.
- Sep 2013 - Nov 2013, Judge/102th Outstanding Research Award, National Science Council, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.Taiwan.
- Sep 2013 - Nov 2013, Panel member/Committee on Accreditation of BSc (Hons) in Psychology jointly offered by the Open University of Hong Kong and University of Salford, The Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ).Hong Kong.
- 2013 - 2014, Co-Chair, Scientific Committee of the 2014 annual conference of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, Association for Death Education and Counseling.USA.
- 2013 - 2014, Co-Chair/Organising committee of the 2014 Asia-Pacific Applied Positive Psychology Conference.Hong Kong.
- 2013 - 2014, Hong Kong Advisory Board Member/the 8th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy (ICCP 2014) , International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy.USA.
- 2012 - Now, Panel member/Application for Psychosocial Research Fund, Children's Cancer Foundation.Hong Kong.
- 2005, Fellow, Positive Psychology Templeton Fellows Program, Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania.Philadelphia, PA, USA.
- 2003 - 2005, Selection Committee Member/the Seventh Martin E.P. Seligman Award for Outstanding Dissertation Research in Positive Psychology , John Templeton Foundation.USA.
- Nov 2013 - Now, Specialist, The Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications .Hong Kong.
- 2009 - Now, Advisor of Positive Psychology, New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.Hong Kong.
- 2009 - Now, Honorary Advisor/Women Offender Working Group of Psychological Services Section 1, Correctional Services Department.Hong Kong.
- 29 Aug 2015 - 30 Aug 2015, Invited Trainer on Pain Management for Cancer Patients, Taiwan Psycho-Oncology Society .Taiwan.
- 4 Jul 2015 - Now, Invited Trainer on Positive Psychology, Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education.Hong Kong.
- 22 Aug 2014 - 23 Aug 2014, Invited Trainer on Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Cancer Patients, Taiwan Psycho-Oncology Society .Taiwan.
- 18 Apr 2014 - 19 Apr 2014, Invited Trainer on Positive Psychological Intervention, Sichuan Province Psychological Consultant Association (四川省心理諮詢師協會).China.
- 3 Apr 2014, Invited Trainer on Hope Theory and Its Application with Hope Stories, Kwai Chung Hospital.Hong Kong.
- 1 Nov 2013, Invited Talk on "Happiness in Workplace and Management Trends", Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, HKSAR Government.Hong Kong.
- 28 Sep 2013, Expert Speaker/An invited presentation entitled "The Application of Positive Psychology to Support Parents with Children of Special Needs", Heep Hong Society.Hong Kong.
- 26 Sep 2013, Invited training seminar/Positive Psychology & Building Resilience , Civil Service Branch, HKSAR Government.Hong Kong.
- 11 Jul 2013 - 12 Jul 2013, Invited Workshop/Enhancement of Resilience for Cancer Patients and Oncology Staff , Taiwan Psycho-oncology Society.Taipei, Taiwan.
Service in CityU
- 1 Sep 2015 - 31 Aug 2017, Research Committee, Member.
- 1 Sep 2013 - 31 Aug 2016, Departmental Performance Assessment Committee, Member.
- 1 Feb 2013 - 30 Jun 2017, Animal Research Ethics Sub-Committee, Member.
- Jun 2012 - Now, CLASS Knowledge Transfer Committee, Chair.
Research / Thesis Supervision
- Jun 2013 - Now, Research area: Virtues and Character Strenghts in Chinese, Degree of Doctor of Philosophy: Duan Wenjie.
- 2011 - Now, UG (Psychology), Abnormal Psychology.
- 2011 - Now, UG (Psychology), Introduction to Clinical Psychology.
- 2011 - Now, Master in Applied Psychology, Psychopathology.
Research Supervision/Internship Opportunities
- We are doing a series of studies to examine cognitive processes (attention, memory, rumination, attribution) contribute to resiliency and psychopathology. We work with clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, medical consultant, and other mental health professionals in our studies. We welcome people who are interested in our research to contact us for collabortion and research experience. Those planning to pursure a postgraduate degree in psychology are particularly welcome.
Last update date :
18 Mar 2017