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Research Faculty

Janet Yuen Ha WONG

Dr Janet Yuen-Ha Wong, RN, PhD, 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. During her PhD study, she had been awarded Fulbright visiting scholarship (2010–2011) affiliated with University of Virginia in the United States. She joined the University of Hong Kong as a Clinical Instructor in 2007 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017.

Her principal research area lies in intimate partner violence (IPV). She primarily focuses on determining health impact of IPV survivors. She particularly interested in brain-body interactions linking physical, neurological, psychological, and social factors to health and disease vulnerability in abused women. Some of her work focuses on advances in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and heart rate variability (HRV) integrated with the field of biobehavioural medicine and stress physiology to understand the impact of IPV on abused women’s health.  To help the women in understanding the association among abuse, stress and health, she delivered a number of invited talks in the communities.  She is also appointed as Advisory Board Member of Hong Kong Single Parents Association.  

She is committed to address the needs of college students in dating abusive relationships and in engaging risky sexual behaviours. Therefore, she completed a large-scale survey involving 4 major local universities and qualitative interviews with IPV perpetrators and victims in college to understand their IPV experiences. She provided innovative training workshops at HKU CEDARS to educate college students as ambassadors to help peers in dating abuse and violence. She also developed a Chinese website Dating C.A.F.E. to educate youth about the awareness of dating violence, sexual consent and risky sexual behaviours. All her work and the research findings enabled the development and evaluation of an interactive computer-based sex education programme with the component of sexual violence prevention for female college students. 

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*, Choi EP, Lo HH, Wong W, Chio JH, Choi AW, Fong DY. Intimate partner sexual violence and mental health indicators among Chinese emerging adults. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2019 Sep 3;886260519872985. Available from: doi:10.1177/0886260519872985.
  2. Wong JY*, Choi EP, Chan CK, Fong DY. Controlling anxiety mediates the influence of childhood adversities on risky sexual behaviors among emerging adults. The Journal of Sex Research. 2017 Feb 14;54(8):1018-25. Available from: doi:10.1080/00224499.2017.1278569
  3. 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
  4. Wong JY*, Choi AW, Fong DY, Choi EP, Wong JK, So FL, Lau CL, Kam CW. A comparison of intimate partner violence and associated physical injuries between cohabitating and married women: a 5-year medical chart review. BMC Public Health. 2016 Nov 29;16:1207-15. Available from: doi:10.1186/s12889-016-3879-y
  5. Wong JY*, Choi EP, Lo HH, Wong W, Chio JH, Choi AW, Fong DY. Dating violence, quality of life and mental health in sexual minority populations: A path analysis. Quality of Life Research. 2016 Sep 27;26(4):959-68. Available from: doi:10.1007/s11136-016-1415-2
  6. Choi EP, Wong JY*, Lo HH, Wong W, Chio JH, Fong DY. The impacts of using smartphone dating applications on sexual risk behaviours in college students in Hong Kong. PLoS One. 2016 Nov 9;11(11):e0165394. Available from: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0165394
  7. 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
  8. 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 
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Wong JY, Tiwari A, Fong DY, Yuen KH, Humphreys J, Bullock L. Intimate partner violence, depressive symptoms, and immigration status: Does existing advocacy intervention work on abused immigrant women in the Chinese community?. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2013 Feb 11;28(11):2181-202. Available from: doi:10.1177/0886260512475311
  12. 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