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Professor CHONG Ming Lin Alice, PhD., RSW, MH. (莊明蓮教授)

Bachelor of Social Science (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
M. Sc. (Econ.) in Applied Social Studies (University of Wales)
Diploma in Executive Management (CUHK & HKCSS)
PhD (University of Hong Kong)
Certificate in Journalism (Extra-mural Dept, HKU)
Professional Manager (Canadian Institute of Management)
Registered Social Worker

Professor, Associatea Head & Social Work Discipline Leader

Contact Information

Office: B7421 AC1
Phone: 34428765
Fax: 34420283
Email: alice.chong@cityu.edu.hk
Web: Personal Homepage

Research Interests

  • Social Gerontology
  • Policy and Services for Older People in Chinese Societies
  • Teaching & learning
  • End of Life Issues
  • Human Services Management
Professor CHONG Ming-Lin Alice is the Professor and Associatea Head at the Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, teaching courses in social work and counselling. She has been the Associate Dean (Student Life and Learning) of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences from 2005 to 2010. She has had very rich working experiences in social work and welfare management. Her research areas include social gerontology, end of life issues, teaching and learning, as well as human service management. She has published more than 80 academic articles and presented more than 60 papers in international and regional conferences.

Professor Chong has actively participated in community and public services. She is currently the Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson of three non-government organizations, and an honorary consultant to a few others. She has been invited by the Hong Kong SAR Government to the Elderly Commission, and has also served in the Community Investment & Inclusion Fund Committee and in the Advisory Committee on ‘Opportunity for the Elderly Project’.

She has been rewarded with many awards and honours for her long and distinguished community and public services, such as the 60th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni Award by the Department of Social Work and Social Administration of the University of Hong Kong in 2010; CUHK Social Work Distinguished Alumni Award by the Department of Social Work of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2013; as well as the Medal of Honor by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2013 for her contribution to the promotion of social capital and the wellbeing of the elderly.

Professor Chong is an excellent teacher and has been awarded the 2012-2013 Teaching Excellence Award by the City University of Hong Kong and the very prestigious 2013 UGC Teaching Award by University Grant Committee.

莊明蓮教授, 现为香港城市大學應用社會科學系副教授,主要教授社會工作及輔導學的課程,並於2005至2010年期間曾任人文社會科學院副院長(學生生活與學習)。莊博士有豐富的社會工作及福利管理經驗。她是一位著名的社會老年學家,亦深入研究死亡学,社會服務管理,與及以學生為本的教學方法。她曾發表80多篇學術論文及在60多個國際及地區會議中發表,亦曾籌辦多個國際及亞太區學術會議。

她十分熱衷社會服務,分別擔任數間志願機構的董事局成員、副主席或主席。她獲香港特別行政區政府邀請加入《安老事務委員會》,亦曾出任《社區投資共享基金委員会》,及《老有所為委員会》等。莊教授於2013年獲香港特別行政區政府頒授榮譽勳章,以表揚她對推動社會資本及安老服務的貢獻。她於2013年獲頒「香港中文大學社會工作系50週年傑出校友獎」, 並於2010年獲頒「香港大學社會工作及社會行政學系60週年傑出校友獎」。


Award and Achievement

  • Sep 2014 “Video on Teaching Excellence of Professor Alice Chong ” University Grant Committee. [Video ]
  • Sep 2013 “2013 UGC Teaching Award ” University Grant Committee.. [Press release by University Grant Committee]
  • Jul 2013 “Medal of Honour” Hong Kong SAR Government. In recognition of her contribution to the promotion of social capital and the wellbeing of the elderly. . [URL]
  • Nov 2013 “CUHK Social Work Distinguished Alumni Award” Department of Social Work, Chinese University of Hong Kong.. [URL]
  • Mar 2013 “2012-2013 Teaching Excellence Award” City University of Hong Kong. [URL]
  • Nov 2013 “Outstanding Paper Presentation Award,Twentieth Annul Congress of Gerontology” Hong Kong Association of Gerontology. Title of the Outstanding Paper: Life Mentor Scheme for Generation Me: A Student-centered Experiential Learning Activity for Student Excellence in an Ageing Society. .
  • Jan 2010 “60th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni Award” the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Hong Kong.

Research Grant

  • Does work relationship matter? Enhancing the effect of work relationship between frail older people and live-in foreign domestic helpers on subjective well-being of older people, GRF, HKSAR, Jan 2015 - Jun 2017, Alice Chong (PI) .
  • Enhancing Quality of Life of Elders in Private Domestic Housing in Hong Kong through a Facility Management Mode, GRF, HKSAR, Jan 2014 - Jun 2016, Alice Chong (Co-I).
  • Life Mentor Scheme for Generation Me – a Cross-University Collaboration for Student Excellence in An Ageing Society , UGC Teaching Award Project, University Grant Committee, Jan 2014 - Dec 2015, Alice Chong (PI) .
  • Survey on Intergenerational Relationship, Matching Grant Scheme, UGC, Jul 2013 - Jun 2016, Alice CHONG (PI).
  • Enhancing Quality of Life of Elders in Public and Subsidized Housing in Hong Kong through a Facility Management Model., GRF, HKSAR, Jan 2013 - Jun 2015, Alice Chong (Co-I) .
  • The Impact of Live-in Foreign Domestic Helpers on the Wellbeing of the Frail Elderly People and their Primary Family Caregivers, College Research Committee, CityU, Nov 2012 - Oct 2013, Alice Chong (PI) .
  • Depression and Autobiographical Memory: A comparison between Hong Kong and the Netherlands, College Research Grant, 2010 - 2011, Alice Chong (PI).
  • Ageing Policy – A Comparison between Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei, 2008 - 2009, Alice CHONG (PI).
  • End of Life Issue Project for Hong Kong and China, International Collaboration for the Care of the Elderly, 2007 - 2009, Alice CHONG (Co-PI).
  • Insomnia of the Middle-aged and Older People - A Comparative Study of Shanghai and Hong Kong, College Research Committee, CityU, 2007 - 2008, Alice Chong (PI) .
  • Positive Ageing, Central Fund & Dean’s Fund, CityU, 2002 - 2005, Alice Chong (Co-I).
  • Public and Physicians’ Attitude Towards Euthanasia in Hong Kong, Health Services Research Committee, HKSAR Government, 1997 - 2001, Alice Chong (PI) .

Publication Show All Publications Show Prominent Publications


  • Lou, V.W.Q. , Kwan, C.W. , Chong, A.M.L. & Chi, I. (2014). Association between secondary caregivers’ supportive behavior and psychological distress of primary spousal caregivers of cognitive intact and impaired elders. The Gerontologist. doi:10.1093/geront/gnt156
  • Chong, A.M.L. , Kwan, C.W. , Chi, I. , Lou, V.W.Q. & Leung, A.Y.M. (2014). Domestic Helpers as Moderators of Spousal Caregiver Distress. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbu034
  • Ouyang,, Z. , Chong, A.M.L. , Ng, TK. & Liu, S. (2014). Leisure, Functional Disability and Depression among Older Chinese Living in Residential Care Homes. Aging and Mental Health. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbu034
  • Chong, A.M.L. & Fok, S. Y. (2013). Validation of the Chinese Expanded Euthanasia Attitude Scale. Death Studies. 37(1). 89 - 98.
  • Chong, A.M.L. , Cheung, C. K. J. , Woo, J. & Kwan, A. (2012). Availability, use, and cultivation of support networks as predictors of the well-being of middle-aged and older Chinese: A panel study. Scientific World JOURNAL. 978036. doi:10.1100/2012/978036
  • Chong, A.M.L. & Cheung, C.K.J. (2012). Factor structure of a Cantonese-version Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index. Sleep and Biological Rhythms. 10(2). 118 - 125. doi:10.1111/j.1479-8425.2011.00532.x
  • Ng, S.H. , Cheung, C.K.J. , Chong, A.M.L. , Woo, J. , Kwan, Y.H.A. & Lai, F. Y. S. (2011). Aging well socially through engagement with life: Adapting Rowe and Kahn’s Model of Successful Aging to Chinese cultural context. International Journal of Aging & Human Development. 73(4). 313 - 330. doi:10.2190/AG.73.4.c
  • Lai, Julian C.L. , Chong, Alice M.L. , Siu, Oswald T. , Evans, , Phil, , Chan, , Cecilia, L.W. & Ho, Rainbow T.H. (May 2010). Humor Attenuates the Cortisol Awakening Response. Biological Psychology. 84:2. 375 - 380. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2010.03.012
  • Chong, Alice Ming-lin. (2010). Promoting volunteerism in later life in Hong Kong. China Journal of Social Work. 3: 2. 313 - 322. doi:10.1080/17525098.2010.492657
  • Chong, Alice Ming-Lin. & Fok, Shiu-Yeu. (2009). Attitudes toward euthanasia in Hong Kong – Implications for social work practice. Social Work in Health Care. 48:2. 119 - 133.
  • Wong, Priscilla Y. K. & Chong, Alice M. L. (2007). Indigenising Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Counselling Chinese Older People Suffering Multiple Diseases. Asian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 2. 99 - 106.
  • Chong, A. (2007). Promoting the Psychosocial Health of the Elderly - The Role of Social Workers. Social Work in Health Care. 44(1/2). 91 - 109.
  • Chong, A. , Ng, S.H. , Woo, J. & Kwan, A. (2006). Positive ageing: the views of middle-aged and older adults in Hong Kong. Ageing & Society. 26. 243 - 265.
  • Chong, A. & Fok, S.Y. (2005). Attitudes toward euthanasia in Hong Kong - a comparison between physicians and the general public. Death Studies. 29(1). 29 - 54.
  • Lai, J. , Evans, P.D. , Ng, S.H. , Chong, A. , Siu, O. , Chan, C. , Ho, S. , Ho, R. , Chan, P. & Chan, C. (2005). Optimism, positive affectivity, and salivary cortisol. British Journal of Health Psychology. 10. 467 - 484.
  • Tse, C.Y. , Chong, A.M.L. & Fok, S.Y. (2003). Breaking bad news: A Chinese perspective. Palliative Medicine. 339 - 343. doi:10.1191/0269216303pm751oa


  • Chong, Ming Lin. , Chan, Hung Tao. & Leung, Wai Hong. (1997). Service Quality Standards & Service Monitoring. Hong Kong:  Publishers Co-op.

Book Chapter

  • Chong, M.L. (2008). Residential Care Quality Indicators. W.Q. Lou and K.W. Boey. (Eds.) Handbook of Measures for the Chinese Elderly (in Chinese). (pp. 186 - 191). Hong Kong. Sau Po Centre on Ageing, University of Hong Kong.

External Services

Public Service

  • Apr 2014 - Now, Appointed Member, Public Libraries Advisory Committee .Hong Kong.
  • Jul 2009 - Jun 2015, Appointed Member, Elderly Commission.Hong Kong.
  • May 2007 - Apr 2013, Appointed Member, Community Investment & Inclusion Fund Committee.Hong Kong.
  • May 2003 - Apr 2009, Appointed Member, The ‘Opportunity for the Elderly Project’ Advisory Committee.Hong Kong.

Professional Activity

  • Apr 2015 - Mar 2017, President, Hong Kong Association of Schools of Social Work.Hong Kong.
  • Sep 2004 - Now, Honorary Research Fellow, Centre on Behavioural Health, University of Hong Kong..Hong Kong.
  • Oct 2003 - Now, Honorary Research Fellow, Sau Po Centre on Ageing, University of Hong Kong..Hong Kong.
  • Dec 2001 - Now, Co-opted Member, Hong Kong Association of Gerontology.Hong Kong.

Community Service

  • Nov 2003 - Now, Vice-Chairman, Unison-Hong Kong.Hong Kong.
  • Feb 2002 - Now, Chair-person, Hans Anderson Club.Hong Kong.
  • Sep 1992 - Now, Elderly Service Committee , Methodist Centre.Hong Kong.

Service in CityU

Administrative Assignment

  • Sep 2015 - Aug 2017, Board of Undergraduate Studies, Member.
  • Jul 2015 - Jun 2017, College Board, Member.
  • Jul 2012 - Now, CityU Elderly Academy, Advisor.
  • Jun 2008 - Jun 2015, Project X on Learning Excellence, Coordinator.

Research / Thesis Supervision

  • Sep 2014 - Now, CHUI Heung Lan Orchid, PhD .
  • Sep 2013 - Now, Lo, Yolanda, PhD .
  • Sep 2010 - Now, Ouyang, Zheng , PhD .
  • Sep 2010 - Aug 2014, Liu, Susu. , PhD .
  • Sep 2009 - Jun 2014, Wen, Zhuoyi, PhD .

Last update date : 26 Jan 2016