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Jojo Yan Yan KWOK

Dr. Jojo Kwok is a registered nurse 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 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, Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Trials, and Rehabilitation Nursing.

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 education materials regularly and publicized her works through mass media.

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Funding Scheme Project Title Approved Amount (HK$)
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
  • Chronic illness care, in particular, Parkinson’s disease
  • Complementary therapies, in particular, yoga and mindfulness
  • Stress and symptom management
  • Health-related quality of life
  1. 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 [2017 IF=11.46] (Ranked 5 out of 197 under the category of “Clinical Neurology - SCIE”)
  2. 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 - SCIE”)
  3. 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 - SCIE”)
  4. 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).
  5. 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).
  6. 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 - SCIE”)
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

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/ 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
2018  Conference Award Y. K. Pao Foundation Centre for Nursing Excellence in Chronic Illness Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
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
2015 PhD Fellowship Scheme Y. K. Pao Foundation Centre for Nursing Excellence in Chronic Illness Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
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