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Dr. Yi-nam Suen is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing, University of Hong Kong (HKU). She completed her nursing training at HKU and became a registered practicing nurse in 2009. In 2015, she obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health. Dr. Suen’s research focuses on promoting physical and mental well-being in community settings, with an emphasis on developing models for social processes in high-risk populations to improve early detection and preventative interventions of mental illnesses.

As a key researcher for the Hong Kong Youth Epidemiology Study (HK-YES), Jockey Club Mental Wellness Project for Women (JCWOW), LevelMind@JC, Ethnic Minority Wellness Center, and HHB Pilot Scheme on ADHD+. Dr. Suen has made significant contributions to the understanding and promotion of mental health in various communities. She has an impressive publication record, with a high field-weighted citation impact. To date, she has published over 100 articles in top-tier international peer-reviewed journals in public health, psychiatry, and digital health, such as JAMA Internal Medicine, Psychiatry Research, and the British Journal of Psychiatry.

In addition to her research accomplishments, Dr. Suen serves as an Associate Editor for the prestigious international journals Frontiers in Psychology and BMC Psychiatry, further showcasing her expertise and dedication to advancing knowledge in the fields of mental health and well-being.

Funding Scheme Project Title Approved Amount (HK$)
Food and Health Bureau Commissioned Study Provision of Evaluation Study Service for the Pilot Scheme on New Service Protocol for  Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder with Comorbidity (“ADHD+”)  1,399,663
  • Models of social processes in high-risk community samples
  • Prediction of transitioning to mental disorders
  • Women’s Mental Health
  • Youth Mental Health
  • Early intervention models
  1. Suen YN, Leung CM, Wan YS, Chan KT, Wong MTH, Hui CLM, Chan SKW, Lee EHM & Chen EYH. Evaluation of a Low-Intensity Online Intervention (LiON) for Reducing Distress and Mental Health Symptoms in Young People. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2023
  2. Suen YN, Chen EYH, Wong YC, Ng Winnie, Patwardhan S, Cheung C, Hui CLM, Wong SMY, Wong M TH & Mahtani S. Effects of a culturally adapted counselling service for low-income ethnic minorities experiencing mental distress: a pragmatic randomised clinical trial. BMJ Mental Health. 2023
  3. Suen YN, Pang SWT, Cheung C, Wong TY, Hui LMC, Lee HME, Chang WC, Chen YHE & Chan SKW. Impact of early negative symptom patterns on the long-term outcomes of patients with first-episode schizophrenia-spectrum disorders: A 12-year follow up study. Psychiatry research, 2023;323, 115180.
  4. Suen YN*, Wong YC, Wong MTH, Chan SKW. Hui CLM, Lee EHM, Chang WC & Chen EYH. Double stigma for mental health service use - Perspective from ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. 2023
  5. Suen YN*, Ling CCY, Hui CLM, Wong SMY, Chan SKW, Lee EHM, Chang WC, Wong MTH & Chen EY H. Unpacking the mediating role of resilience in the relationship between ideal-actual self-discrepancy, stressful life events, depression and anxiety: results from 1144 young people of an epidemiological study in Hong Kong. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. 2023
  6. Suen YN, Yau YJ, Wong JPS, Li KYK, Hui CLM, Chan SKW, Lee EHM, Chang WC & Chen EYH. Effect of brief, personalized feedback derived from momentary data on the mental health of women with risk of common mental disorders in Hong Kong: a randomized clinical trial. Psychiatry Research. 2022
  7. Suen YN, Lo LHL, Lee EHM, Hui CLM, Chan SKW, Chang WC & Chen EYH. Motivational coaching augmentation of exercise intervention for early psychotic disorders: A randomised controlled trial. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2023;p.00048674211061496.
  8. Suen YN, Wong MYS, Hui CLM, Chan KW, Lee HME, Chang WC & Chen EYH, Late-onset psychosis and very-late-onset-schizophrenia-like-psychosis: an updated systematic review. International Review of Psychiatry. 2019, 1-20.
  9. Tam YKF, Suen YN (co-first author), Hui CLM, Woo SYH, Chang WC, Chan KW, Lee HME & Chen E.Y.H., Spontaneous eye blink in patients with psychosis in perceptions of stimulus salience. Schizophrenia Research. 2019.
  10. Wang MP, Suen YN, Li WHC, Lam OBC, WU Y, Kwong A, Lai V, Chan SSC & Lam TH. Intervention with brief cessation advice plus active referral for proactively recruited community smokers: a pragmatic cluster randomized clinical trial. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2017;177(12), 1790–1797.
2023 – Present Associate Editor, Frontiers in Psychology
2022 – Present Editorial Board Member, BMC Psychiatry
2022 – Present Review Editor, Frontiers in Psychiatry
2021 – Present Editorial Board Member, East Asian Archives of Psychiatry (EAAP)