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Janet Yuen Ha WONG

Dr Janet Yuen-Ha Wong, RN, PhD, FHKCHSE, FCHSM, is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing of the University of Hong Kong. She received her PhD at the University of Hong Kong and was awarded Fulbright visiting scholarship (2010–2011) affiliated with University of Virginia in the United States.

Her principal research area lies in different contributors to health inequalities and vulnerabilities, including intimate partner violence, poverty, ethnic minority and sexual minority. She has been contributed to examine those relationships by using large-scale surveys and developed great interest on enhancing their capacity to know-how, fostering problem-solving skills, and strengthening evidence-informed practice to meet their needs. She focused on using information and communication technology for empowerment on attaining their health literacy, with government funded projects, for examples, safe sex practice and sexual abuse prevention in female college students, HPV vaccination promotion in secondary school students, and reduction of alcohol drinking in at-risk populations by using gamification and instant-messaging.

She is currently providing leadership for two postgraduate and a pre-registration postgraduate, and a post-registration programmes in the School. Apart from curriculum development, she has been working with the teaching team to use technology in nursing education including virtual reality based education in enhancing students’ empathy for psychiatric patients, using a robot to train up health assessment and questioning skills during patient admission and using high fidelity simulation for enhancing students’ clinical competency, situation awareness and problem solving skills with the funding supported from seven UGC Teaching Development Grants. In 2021, she, together with her colleagues, has received the Teaching Innovation Award (Team) under the teaching excellence scheme by the University of Hong Kong.

Funding Scheme Project Title Approved Amount (HK$)
Seed Fund for Basic Research, HKU Virtual reality based training programme to improve sexual decision-making in young adults 63,460
Health Care and Promotion Scheme MyShot: A HPV Vaccination Decision-aid Smartphone App for Adolescents to Make Informed Choices 1,075,801
UGC Early Career Scheme (ECS) Impact of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury on Cognitive Functioning in Abused Women: A Longitudinal Study 925,516
Health and Medical Research Fund An interactive computer-based intervention to adopt safer sex practice for female university students: A multicentred randomized controlled trial 638,298
Teaching Development Grants, HKU Enhancing critical thinking skills among nursing undergraduates by developing real life scenarios using community dwelling simulated patients 221,388
Seed Fund for Basic Research, HKU Brain vulnerabilities for sexual decision-making among young adults with childhood adversities 66,490
Federal Assistance Award, U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong Dating C.A.F.E - Ambassador Program to Reduce Dating Violence 65,903
Health Care Promotion Fund Diabetes Prevention Program for South Asian Ethnic Minorities Families 294,995
Small Project Funding, HKU Health status and health needs: A comparison of female emerging adults in lesbians, bisexual and heterosexual dating relationships 51,798
Small Project Funding, HKU Cognitive Impairment in Abused Women after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: An Exploratory fMRI Study 75,770
  1. Wong JY, Wai AK, Wang MP, Lee JJ, Li M, Kwok JY, Wong CK, Choi AW. Impact of COVID-19 on Child Maltreatment: Income Instability and Parenting Issues. International Journal of Environment Research and Public Health. 2021 Feb 5;18(4):1501. Available from: doi: 10.3390/ijerph18041501
  2. Zhang W, Choi EP, Fong DY, Wong JY*. A Moderated Mediation Analysis of Condom Negotiation and Sexual Orientation on the Relationship Between Sexual Coercion and Condom Use in Chinese Young Women: Cross-Sectional Study. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. 2021 Jan 19;7(1):e24269. Available from: doi: 10.2196/24269
  3. Wong JY, Zhang W, Wu Y, Choi EP, Lo HH, Wong W, Chio JH, Tam HL, Ngai FW, Tarrant M, Wang MP. An interactive web-based sexual health literacy program for safe sex practice for female Chinese university students: Multicenter randomized controlled trial. Journal of medical Internet research. 2021 Mar 12;23(3):e22564. Available from: doi: 10.2196/22564
  4. Wong JY, Wai AK, Zhao S, Yip F, Lee JJ, Wong CK, Wang MP, Lam TH. Association of Individual Health Literacy with Preventive Behaviours and Family Well-Being during COVID-19 Pandemic: Mediating Role of Family Information Sharing. International journal of environmental research and public health. 2020 Nov 27;17(23):8838. Available from: doi: 10.3390/ijerph17238838
  5. Wong CK, Wong JY, Tang EH, Au CH, Wai AK. Clinical presentations, laboratory and radiological findings, and treatments for 11,028 COVID-19 patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Scientific reports. 2020 Nov 13;10(1):1-6. Available from: doi:  10.1038/s41598-020-74988-9
  6. Vandan N, Wong JY, Gong WJ, Yip PF, Fong DT. Health system responsiveness in Hong Kong: a comparison between South Asian and Chinese patients’ experiences. Public health. 2020 May;182:81-7. Available from: doi:  10.1016/j.puhe.2020.01.019
  7. Wong JY, Chan MM, Tsang VW, Pang MT, Chan CK, Chau PH, Tiwari A. Rubric-based debriefing to enhance nursing students’ critical thinking via simulation. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning. 2021 Jan 1;7(1). Available from: doi: 10.1136/bmjstel-2019-000523   
  8. Wong JY*, Fong DY, Choi AW, Tiwari A, Chan KL, Logan TK. Problem-focused coping mediates the impact of intimate partner violence on mental health among Chinese women. Psychology of Violence. 2016 Apr;6(2):313-22. Available from: doi:10.1037/a0039496
  9. Wong JY*, Fong DY, Lai V, Tiwari A. Bridging intimate partner violence and the human brain: a literature review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. 2013 Jul 22;15(1):22-33. Available form: doi:10.1177/1524838013496333
  10. Wong JY*, Choi AW, Fong DY, Wong JK, Lau CL, Kam CW. Patterns, aetiology and risk factors of intimate partner violence-related injuries to head, neck and face in Chinese women. BMC Women's Health. 2014 Jan 10;14:6. Available from: doi:10.1186/1472-6874-14-6 
  11. Wong JY*, Fong DY. Anxiety mediates the impact of stress on psychosomatic symptoms in Chinese. Psychology, Health & Medicine. 2014 Aug 26;20(4):457-68. Available from: doi:10.1080/13548506.2014.951372
  12. Wong JY*, Fong DY, Choi AW, Chan CK, Tiwari A, Chan KL, Lai V, Logan TK, Bartone P. Transcultural and psychometric validation of the Dispositional Resilience Scale (DRS-15) in Chinese adult women. Quality of Life Research. 2014 Jun 4;23(9):2489-94. Available from: doi:10.1007/s11136-014-0713-9
  13. Wong JY, Tiwari A, Fong DY, Humphreys J, Bullock L. Depression among women experiencing intimate partner violence in a Chinese community. Nursing Research. 2011 Jan;60(1):58-65. Available from: doi:10.1097/NNR.0b013e3182002a7c
2018 - present Internal Affairs Officer The University of Hong Kong
Nursing Alumni Association
2018 - present Secretary Pi Iota Chapter, The Sigma Theta Tau of The International Honor Society of Nursing

2016- present


Board Member

International Council of Women’s Health Issues

2014 - present

Secretary and Council Member

World Association for Chinese Quality of Life

2014 - 2018


The University of Hong Kong

Nursing Alumni Association

2014 - present

Service Development Advisory Board Member

Hong Kong Single Parents Association

2013 - present

Community Leader

Pi Iota Chapter, The Sigma Theta Tau of The International Honor Society of Nursing

2013 - present


Academy on Violence & Abuse

2008 - present

Founding Member

Hong Kong Society of Medical Professionals

  • Fulbright Junior Scholars (RGC-Fulbright Hong Kong Dissertation Research Program 2010-2011), Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong and the Fulbright Program of the United States