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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, Associate 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 Associate 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 90 academic articles and presented more than 80 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 two non-government organizations, and an honorary consultant to a few others. She has been invited by the Hong Kong SAR Government to various government advisory committees, such as Elderly Commission, Community Investment & Inclusion Fund, Advisory Committee of the Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged, and Committee on Elderly Academy Development Foundation. She is the Founding President of the Hong Kong Association of Schools of Social Work.

She has been honoured with many awards for her long and distinguished community and public services, such as the Medal of Honor by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2013. 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, 現為香港城市大學應用社會科學系教授,主要教授社會工作及輔導學的課程,並曾於2005至2010年期間出任人文社會科學院副院長(學生生活與學習)。莊教授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,亦深入研究死亡學、社會服務管理、以及以學生為本的教學方法。她曾出版90多篇學術論文,及在國際及地區會議中發表80多篇文章。。



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


  • Lam, K. , Kwan, J.S.K. , Chong, A.M.L. , Lai, C.K.Y. , Lou, V.W.Q. , Leung, A.Y.M. , Liu, J.Y.W. , Bai, X. & Chi, I. (Dec 2017). Factors associated with the trend of physical and chemical restraint use among long-term care facility residents in Hong Kong: Data from an 11-Year observational study. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 18(12). 1043 - 1048. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2017.06.018
  • Bai, X. , Leung, D.Y.P. , Lai, C.K.Y. , Chong, A.M.L. & Chi, I. (2017). Mediating effect of decline in social activities on urinary incontinence and negative mood: Do sex and marital differences exist?. Geriatrics & Gerontology International. doi:10.1111/ggi.12976
  • Leung, D.Y.P. , Lo, S.K.L. , Leung, A.Y.M. , Lou, V.W.Q. , Chong, A.M.L. , Kwan, J.S.K. , Chan, W.C.H. & Chi, I. (2017). Prevalence and correlates of abuse screening items among community-dwelling Hong Kong Chinese older adults. Geriatrics & Gerontology International. 17(1). 150 - 160.
  • Aydinli-Karakulak, A. , Brender, M. , Chasiotisl, A. , van de Vijver, F. , Cemalcilar, Z. , Chong, A.M.L. & Yue, X. (2016). A Cross-Cultural Study of Explicit and Implicit Motivation for Long-Term Volunteering. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 45(2). 375 - 396.
  • Aydinli-Karakulak, A. , Bender, M. , Chong, A. M. L. & Yue, X. (2016). Applying western models of volunteering in Hong Kong: The role of empathy, prosocial motivation and motive - Experience fit for volunteering. Asian Journal of Social Psychology. 19(2). 112 - 123.
  • Chong, A.M.L. , Kwan, C.W. , Lou, V. W. Q. , Leung, A.Y.M. & Chi, I. (2016). Can domestic helpers moderate distress of offspring caregivers of cognitively impaired older adults?. Aging and Mental Health. 8(6). 1 - 8.
  • Leung, M.Y. , Yu, J. & Chong, M.L. (2016). Impact of facilities management on the quality of life for the elderly in care and attention homes–Cross-validation by quantitative and qualitative studies. Indoor and Built Environment. doi:1420326X16662697
  • Chong, A.M.L. & Liu, S. (2016). Receive or give? Contemporary views of Hong Kong middle-aged and above Chinese on filial piety and well-being. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development. 26(1). 2 - 14.
  • Lou, V.W.Q. , Kwan, C.W. , Chong, A.M.L. & Chi, I. (2015). 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
  • Ouyang, Z. , Chong, A.M.L. , Ng, TK. & Liu, S. (2015). Leisure, Functional Disability and Depression among Older Chinese Living in Residential Care Homes. Aging and Mental Health. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbu034
  • Woo, J. , Chan, H.Y.L. , Chong, A.M.L. , Zou, M. & Chung, R.Y. (2015). Medical Ethical Principles may Drive Improvement of Quality of Dying in Hong Kong. Journal of Palliative Care & Medicine. 5. 227 .
  • Lai, J. , Evans, P. , Chan, C. , Ho, R. & Chong, A.M.L. (2015). Withdrawn: Motivation to strengthen social ties rejuvenates the diurnal cortisol profiles in Chinese elders. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 61. 50 - 51.
  • 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
  • Wen, Z. & Chong, A.M.L. (2014). Legitimate deficit: Competitive bidding in a residual and semi-democratic welfare society. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. 25(5). 1214 - 1234.
  • Chan, W.C.H. , Kwan, C.W. , Chi, I. & Chong, A.M.L. (2014). The impact of loneliness on the relationship between depression and pain of Hong Kong Chinese terminally ill patients. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 17(5). 527 - 532.
  • 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. , Rochelle, T.L. & Liu, S.S. (2013). Volunteerism and positive aging in Hong Kong: A cultural perspective. International Journal of Aging and Human Developmen. 77(3). 211 - 231.
  • 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. (2012). Cognitive predictors of satisfaction in Hong Kong institutional care residents. Journal of Applied Gerontology. 31(3). 354 - 376.
  • 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
  • Lai, J.C. , Chong, A.M.L. , Siu, O.T. , Evans, P. , Chan, C.L. & Ho, R.T. (2012). Social network characteristics and salivary cortisol in healthy older people. Scientific World Journal. 2012. 1 - 8.
  • 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, J.C.L. , Chong, A.M.L. , Siu, O.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. & Fok, Shiu-Yeu. (2009). Attitudes toward euthanasia in Hong Kong – Implications for social work practice. Social Work in Health Care. 48:2. 119 - 133.
  • 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.M.L. & Chi, I. (2017). Environmental Sustainability and Social Work in Asia and the Pacific Rim. London:  Routledge.
  • Chong, A.M.L. , cheung, M.W. , Ma, K.W. & Wong, Y. (2005). Practice Wisdom in Counselling the Elderly. Hong Kong:  Chi Lin Nunnery. (in Chinese).
  • 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

  • 2017 - Now, Appointed Member, Advisory Committee of the Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged (PFD), Social Welfare Department, .HKSAR Government.
  • 2017 - 2019, Appointed Member, Committee on Elderly Academy Development Foundation, Labour and Welfare Bureau,. HKSAR Government.
  • Apr 2014 - Now, Appointed Member, Public Libraries Advisory Committee .Hong Kong.
  • 2014 - Now, Member of International Experts, International Expert Committee of the China Ministry of Civil Affairs Planning Institute for Senior Cares .PRC .
  • 2013 - 2017, Co-opted member, Publicity and Development Subcommittee, Committee on Elder Academy Development Foundation (EADF), .Elderly Commission .
  • 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

  • 2016 - Now, Chairman , Programme Advisory Committee (Bachelor in Gerontology), School of Nursing, Tung Wah College.
  • 2016 - 2019, Chairperson, School Advisory Board, School of Nursing, Tung Wah College.
  • 2016 - 2019, Member, Programme Advisory Committee, School of Nursing, Tung Wah College (Diploma in Health Service & BSc (Applied Gerontology).
  • Apr 2015 - Mar 2017, President, Hong Kong Association of Schools of Social Work.Hong Kong.
  • 2013 - Now, Referee Panel member, Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF), Food & Health Bureau, Hong Kong SAR Government .
  • 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.
  • 2015 - Now, Social Work Discipline Leader, SS, Professors.
  • 2014 - 2016, Academic Review Committee , 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 .

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Social Work Registration Board Registered Social Worker 1976 - Present
  • Professional Manager of the Canadian Institute of Management Senior Member 1992 - Present
  • Hong Kong Social Workers' Association Ltd. Life Member 1975 - Present
  • Association of Psychological & Educational Counsellors of Asia Senior Member 2001- Present
  • Gerontological Society of America. Member 2010- Present

Last update date : 18 Jan 2018