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Jojo Yan Yan KWOK

Dr. Jojo Kwok is currently a research assistant professor at the School of Nursing, the University of Hong Kong. She received her BN (1st Hons) in 2010, MPH in 2015 and PhD in 2018 from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has a strong research interest in mindfulness-based practices for chronic illness care, in particular, Parkinson’s disease (PD), mindfulness and yoga. During her postgraduate studies, she conducted a multi-centre, randomised controlled trial to investigate the effects of a mindfulness yoga programme on psychological distress for people with mild-to-moderate PD.

Dr. Jojo Kwok has accumulated an admirable list of academic honors, international achievements and local community services. She has received an Early Career Award offered by the International Society of Behavioral Medicine in 2018, an International Congress Travel Grants Award offered by the International Parkinson and movement Disorder Society in 2017, and an Early Career Researcher Award (Runner-up) offered by the international peer-reviewed journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine in 2016. In another line of research, she is leading a funded cross-regional study to compare symptom prevalence and palliative care needs among people with PD. She has been an active committee member of the Hong Kong Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (HKPDF) Education and Training Committee since 2016, contributing to the educational materials regularly and publicising her works through mass media. She was the co-investigator of various health promotion projects funded by the Health Care and Promotion Fund, Food and Health Bureau, and Knowledge Transfer Project Fund, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Funding Scheme Project Title Approved Amount (HK$)
A cross-regional study comparing symptom prevalence, severity and health-related quality of life among people with Parkinson’s disease in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand Professor Ida Martinson Project Fund, The East Asian Forum of Nursing Scholars (EAFONS) 45,000
The effect of yoga on psychological distress for people with Parkinson’s disease: a pilot study Association of Hong Kong Nursing Staff 49,800
  • Chronic illness care, in particular, Parkinson’s disease
  • Complementary therapies, in particular, mindfulness and yoga
  • Symptom management
  • Mental health and health-related quality of life
  1. Kwok, J.Y.Y., Auyeung, M., & Chan, H.Y.L. (2018). Examining factors related to health-related quality of life in people with Parkinson’s disease. Rehabilitation Nursing. doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000179. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Kwok, J. Y. Y.,Kwan, J. C. Y., Auyeung, M., Mok, V. C. T., & Chan, H. Y. L. (2017). The effects of yoga versus stretching and resistance training exercises on psychological distress for people with mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s disease: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 18(1), 509.
  3. Kwok, J.Y.Y., Kwan, J.C.Y., & Chan, H.Y.L. (2017). A pilot study of mindfulness yoga on psychological distress in people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Movement Disorders. 2017; 32 (suppl 2).
  4. Kwok, J.Y.Y., AuYeung, M.M., & Chan, H.Y.L. (2017). Understanding the illness experience of people living with Parkinson’s disease: A mixed methods study. Movement Disorders. 2017; 32 (suppl 2).
  5. Kwok, J.Y.Y., Choi, K.C., & Chan, H.Y.L. (2016). Effects of mind–body exercises on the physiological and psychosocial well-being of individuals with Parkinson's disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Complementary Therapies in Medicine (29), 121-131.
  6. Kwok. Y.Y., Ho, P.C., Feldman. G., Lo. E., Wells, E., & Wollstein, R. (2016). Comparison of Wrist Motion and Grip strength in a Normal Asia and Caucasian Population. Journal of Hand Surgery (Asia Pacific Volume), 21(3), 364-368.
  7. Lee, Y.W., Tse, W.L., Ho, P.C., Wong, C.W.Y., Kwok, Y.Y., & Li, G. (2016). Phase I clinical trial of intra-articular injection of autologous mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of wrist chondral defect. Journal of Orthopaedic Translation, 7, 107.
  8. Hung, Y. W., Ko, W. S., Liu, W. H., Chow, C. S., Kwok, Y.Y., Wong, C. W., ... & Ho, P. C. (2015). Local review of treatment of hand enchondroma (artificial bone substitute versus autologous bone graft) in a tertiary referral centre: 13 years' experience. Hong Kong medical journal, 21(3), 217-223.

2018-Now

 

Member

Hong Kong Society of Behavioral Health

2016-Now

Committee member

The Hong Kong Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Education and 
Training Committee

2016-Now

Member

International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS)

2016-Now

Life member

The Hong Kong Movement Disorder Society (HKMDS)

2013-2016

Associate member

Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association

Year Scholarship/ Award Institution, Country
2018  Early Career Award The International Society of Behavioral Medicine
2018  Meritorious Abstract Award The 15th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, The International Society of Behavioral Medicine
2018  Conference Award Y. K. Pao Foundation Centre for Nursing Excellence in Chronic Illness Care, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
2017 International Congress Travel Grants Award The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS), USA
2016 Early Career Researcher Award – Runner-up Award Complementary Therapies in Medicine (International peer-reviewed journal), United States
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