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Research Faculty

Denise Shuk Ting CHEUNG

Dr Denise Cheung is currently an Assistant Professor at School of Nursing, The University of Hong Kong (HKU). She is a registered nurse who obtained her BNurs and PhD degrees in School of Nursing from the University of Hong Kong. She has been a tutor from 2013 to 2017 in the School primarily involved in undergraduate teaching in certain clinical and research subjects. Her research work is in the area of complementary and alternative therapy, with particular focus on populations in need of symptom management, such as survivors of intimate partner violence, cancer patients, and caregivers. Denise has successfully accomplished large randomized controlled trials to improve telomerase activity of abused women and stress of caregivers of elderly family members, with main findings published in JAMA Network Open and Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. She also works with community agencies to organize workshops to disseminate the findings as she takes great joy in seeing her work creating a positive impact in the community. She looks forward to informing students not only how to conduct research, but also how their work can echo the School’s motto--“Vision to lead, Mission to serve.”

Funding Scheme Project Title Approved Amount (HK$)
Health and Medical Research Fund Development of a Mobile Chat-based Exercise Counselling Intervention (ChatEx) for Increasing and Maintaining Exercise Behavior in Older Cancer Survivors 100, 000
General Research Fund, Research Grants Council Improving Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Cancer Patients Using a Combined Qigong and Self-Administered Acupressure Intervention: A Randomized Controlled Trial 1,192,254
Health and Medical Research Fund Reversing frailty status among post-treatment older cancer survivors using Baduanjin qigong: a randomized controlled trial 1,350,000
The Sumitomo Foundation (FY2019) Grant for Japan-related Research Projects Association between psychological resilience and frailty among older cancer survivors in Japan: a cross-sectional study 76,649.77
Seed Fund for Basic Research, HKU Qigong to Improve Frailty among Older Survivors of Colorectal Cancer: A Pilot Randomized Control Trial 150,000
UGC Early Career Scheme (ECS) Effects of Self-administered Acupressure versus Aerobic Exercise for Treating Cancer-related Fatigue in Cancer Patients undergoing Chemotherapy: A Randomized Controlled Equivalence Trial 1,142,264
Health Medical Research Fund, Research Fellowship Scheme A Web-based Intervention for Promoting Physical Activity among Post-treatment Cancer Survivors (WExercise) Using the Multi-process Action Control Framework: Development, Usability, and Efficacy 995,909
Enhanced New Staff Start-up Research Grant, HKU Natural history of frailty in older cancer survivors: A longitudinal study 380,000
Seed Fund for Basic Research, HKU A Pilot Study of Self-administered Acupressure for Treating Cancer-related Fatigue in Cancer Patients undergoing Chemotherapy 71,040
  • Complementary and alternative therapy
  • cancer care
  • non-pharmacological symptom management
  1. Cheung DS, Takemura N, Smith R, Yeung WF, Xu X, Ng AY, Lee SF, Lin CC. Effect of qigong for sleep disturbance-related symptom clusters in cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Sleep Medicine. 2021 Sep;85:108-122. Available from: doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2021.06.036
  2. Cheung DS, Takemura N, Lam TC, Ho JC, Deng W, Smith R, Yan Y, Lee AW, Lin CC. Feasibility of Aerobic Exercise and Tai-Chi Interventions in Advanced Lung Cancer Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Integrative Cancer Therapies. 2021 Jan-Dec;20:15347354211033352. Available from: doi: 10.1177/15347354211033352
  3. Cheung DS*, Takemura N, Chau PH, Ng AY, Xu X, Lin CC. Exercise levels and preferences on exercise counselling and programming among older cancer survivors: A mixed-methods study. Journal of Geriatric Oncology. 2021 May 11:S1879-4068(21)00110-7. Available from: doi: 10.1016/j.jgo.2021.05.002
  4. Cheung DS*, Chau PH, Yeung WF, Deng W, Hong AW, Tiwari A. Assessing the effect of a mind-body exercise, qigong Baduanjin, on sleep disturbance among women experiencing intimate partner violence and possible mediating factors: a randomized-controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 2021 May 1;17(5):993-1003. Available from: doi: 10.5664/jcsm.9102
  5. Takemura N, Cheung DS, Smith R, Deng W, Ho KY, Lin J, Kwok JY, Lam TC, Lin CC. Effectiveness of aerobic exercise and mind-body exercise in cancer patients with poor sleep quality: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Sleep Medicine Reviews. 2020 May 13:101334. Available from: doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2020.101334
  6. Cheung DS, Yeung WF, Chau PH, Lam TC, Yang M, Lai K, Ip CY, Lao L, Lin CC. Patient‐centred, self‐administered acupressure for Chinese advanced cancer patients experiencing fatigue and co‐occurring symptoms: A pilot randomised controlled trial. European Journal of Cancer Care. 2020 Sep 7:e13314. Available from: doi: 10.1111/ecc.13314
  7. Cheung DS, Tiwari A, Yeung WF, Yu DS, So MK, Chau PH, Wang XM, Lum TY, Yuk Fung HY, Ng BY, Zhang ZJ. Self‐Administered Acupressure for Caregivers of Older Family Members: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2020 Feb 25. Available from: doi: 10.1111/jgs.16357
  8. Cheung DS, Yeung WF, Suen LK, Chong TC, Ho YS, Yu BY, Chan LY, Chen HY, Lao LX. Self-administered acupressure for knee osteoarthritis in middle-aged and older adults: a pilot randomized controlled trial. Acupuncture in Medicine. 2019 Nov 13;38(2):75-85. Available from: doi: 10.1177/0964528419883269
  9. Cheung DS, Or CK, So MK, Ho K, Tiwari A. The Use of eHealth Applications in Hong Kong: Results of a Random-Digit Dialing Survey. Journal of medical systems. 2019 Jul 23;43(9):293. Available from: doi: 10.1007/s10916-019-1422-2
  10. Cheung DS, Deng W, Tsao SW, Ho RT, Chan CL, Fong DY, Chau PH, Hong AW, Fung HY, Ma JL, Tiwari AF. Effect of a qigong intervention on telomerase activity and mental health in chinese women survivors of intimate partner violence: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA network open. 2019 Jan 4;2(1):e186967. Available from: doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.6967
  11. Wu YL, Cheung DS, Takemura N, Lin CC. Effects of Hemodialysis on the Symptom Burden of Terminally Ill and Nonterminally Ill End-Stage Renal Disease Patients. Journal of palliative medicine. 2019 Mar 1;22(3):282-9. Available from: doi: 10.1089/jpm.2018.0351
  12. Cheung DS, Or CK, So MK, Tiwari A. Usability testing of a smartphone application for delivering qigong training. Journal of Medical Systems. 2018 Sep 5;42(10):191. Available from: doi:10.1007/s10916-018-1048-9 
  13. Cheung DS, Tiwari A, Chan KL, Fong DY, Chau PH, Yuen FK, Tolman RM. Validation of the psychological maltreatment of women inventory for Chinese women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2017 Jun;35(21-22):4614-39. Available from: doi:10.1177/0886260517715602
  14. Tiwari A, Lao L, Wang AX, Cheung DS*, So MK, Yu DS, Lum TY, Fung HY, Yeung JW, Zhang ZJ. Self-administered acupressure for symptom management among Chinese family caregivers with caregiver stress: a randomized, wait-list controlled trial. BMC Complementary and Alternative medicine. 2016 Oct 28;16:424. Available from: doi:10.1186/s12906-016-1409-1
  • Member (Nurse Leader), Pi Iota Chapter, Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Global Ambassador, Society for Acupuncture Research