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Jojo Yan Yan KWOK

Dr. Jojo Kwok is a registered nurse and certified yoga instructor in Hong Kong, and currently a Research Assistant Professor at School of Nursing, The University of Hong Kong. She received her degrees of BN (1st Hons), MPH and PhD from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interests focus on chronic illness care, gerontology, as well as behavioral medicine. She advocates psychologically informed physical therapy to improve health outcomes. She has initiated the first mindfulness yoga clinical trial in Hong Kong, which concluded that mindfulness yoga is an effective, safe and superior mind-body treatment option for stress and motor symptoms management in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Her research findings have been published in international, peer-reviewed journals, such as JAMA Neurology, and featured as impactful news in both local and international mass media, including Reuters Health, Neurology Today and RTHK.

Jojo has accumulated an admirable list of academic honors, international achievements and local community services. She has received an Early Career Award and Meritorious Scientific Abstract Award offered by the International Society of Behavioral Medicine in 2018, and an Early Career Researcher Award (runner-up) offered by the international peer-reviewed journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine in 2016. She has been an active committee member of the Hong Kong Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (HKPDF) Education and Training Committee since 2016 to contribute to the translation of evidence into the local PD community.

Funding Scheme Project Title Approved Amount (HK$)
Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange (KE) Project Fund, HKU Mindfulness Yoga for Parkinson’s Disease (MY-PD) 正念瑜伽展柏力 175,000
Seed Fund for Basic Research for New Staff, HKU The feasibility and preliminary effects of ‘mindfulness of sound’ on physio-psycho-spiritual outcomes for people with Parkinson’s disease: a pilot randomised study 150,000
Professor Ida Martinson Project Fund, The East Asian Forum of Nursing Scholars (EAFONS) 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 45,000
Association of Hong Kong Nursing Staff The effect of yoga on psychological distress for people with Parkinson’s disease: a pilot study 49,800
  • Gerontology and chronic illness care, in particular, Parkinson’s disease
  • Behavioral medicine, in particular, mindfulness and yoga
  1. M.F. Tang, Chiu, H.Y., Xu, Xinyi, Kwok, J.Y.Y., Cheung, D.S.T., Chen, C.Y., & Lin, C.C. (2019). Walking is more effective than yoga in reducing sleep disturbances in cancer patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 47(2019), 1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2019.05.003. [Epub ahead of print] [2018 IF: 10.517] (Ranked 7 out of 197 under the category of “Clinical Neurology”)
  2. Kwok, J. Y. Y., Kwan, J. C. Y., Auyeung, M., Mok, V. C. T., Lau, C. K.Y., & Chan, H. Y. L. Effects of Mindfulness Yoga vs Stretching and Resistance Training Exercises on Anxiety and Depression for People With Parkinson Disease: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Neurology. Published online April 08, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.0534 [2018 IF=12.321] (Ranked 5 out of 197 under the category of “Clinical Neurology”)
  3. 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] [2017 IF=1.351] (Ranked 45 out of 118 under the category of “Nursing”)
  4. 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. [2017 IF=2.067] (Ranked 83 out of 113 under the category of “Medicine, Research and Experimental”)
  5. Kwok, J.Y.Y., Kwan, J.C.Y., & Chan, H.Y.L. A pilot study of mindfulness yoga on psychological distress in people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) [abstract]. Movement Disorders. 2017; 32 (suppl 2).
  6. Kwok, J.Y.Y., AuYeung, M.M., & Chan, H.Y.L. Understanding the illness experience of people living with Parkinson’s disease: A mixed methods study [abstract]. Movement Disorders. 2017; 32 (suppl 2).
  7. 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. [2017 IF=2.084] (Ranked 9 out of 27 under the category of “Integrative & Complementary Medicine”)
2019-Now Member (Nurse Leader), Pi Iota Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing
2018-Now Member, Hong Kong Society of Behavioral Health
2016-Now Committee member, The Hong Kong Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Education and Training Committee


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/ Organization
2018  Early Career Award The International Society of Behavioral Medicine
2018  Meritorious Scientific Abstract Award The 15th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, The International Society of Behavioral Medicine
2017  International Congress Travel Grants Award The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society
2016 Early Career Researcher Award (runner-up) International peer-reviewed journal, Complementary Therapies in Medicine