HKU Team

Prof. Terry LUM

Principal Investigator

Professor Terry Lum is Professor of Department of Social Work and Social Administration and the Henry G Leong Professor of Social Work and Social Administration at The University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on elderly services and policies. He is currently directing several large scale social interventions to prevent physical frailty and geriatric depression and to develop innovative models of medical social collaboration. Professor Lum received his undergraduate training in Economics and graduate training in Social Work at the University of Hong Kong. He received his doctorial training in social policy at the Washington University in St. Louis. He had taught in the University of Minnesota for 12 years before he joined the University of Hong Kong in 2011. He was elected as a Fellow by the Gerontological Society of America in 2011 and was awarded the Career Leadership Award by the Association of Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW) in the United States in 2016.

Dr. Gloria WONG

Co-principal investigator

Dr. Gloria Wong is Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong, where she has received her Psychology and Psychiatry training. Dr Wong’s work focuses on mental health services for older persons, young people, as well as services for specific conditions such as and dementia. A key theme in her work is early intervention and prevention. She has led and is leading multiple large-scale mental health service evaluation research commissioned by the government and NGOs, including integrated care and stepped care model services that involve cross-sectoral collaboration. Many of these studies have led to scaling up or ‘regularisation’ of the service. Over 1,000 professionals (social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing, speech therapy) have been trained on mental health care through her knowledge exchange activities.

Ms. Kwok Wai Wai


Ms. Wai Wai Kwok obtained her Master’s in Clinical Psychology in the University of Melbourne. As a clinical psychologist, she is passionate in working with older adults, especially those who suffer from mental health issues and chronic pain. She is also interested in practicing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Wai Wai enjoys nature, times with friends and family, and trying new things.

Dr. Bridget LIU

Dr. Bridget Liu is the project manager (research) of the JC JoyAge project. She received her PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of Hong Kong, and her current work centers around mental health issues and services, with a focus in the older adult population. Dr. Liu is passionate about art, she is doing a part-time Master in Art Therapy degree, and now leading a pilot study to investigate the feasibility and effectiveness of using participatory art for reducing self-stigma among older adults.

Dr. Melissa CHAN


Melissa is a Clinical Psychologist as well as a Social Worker registered in Hong Kong. In addition to her clinical work, Melissa is also passionate about community mental health and promoting evidence-based practice.

Mr. Raymond CHAN

Senior Social Worker and Training Officer

Raymond is a registered social worker. He has experience in working with older adults, cancer patients, people with mental challenges and all of their family members. He is interested in applying holistic approaches for example the Satir Model, mindfulness to clinical work and supervision.

Ms. Angie SHUM

Clinical Psychologist and Training Officer

Angie is a clinical psychologist and training consultant of the team. She received her training and Master’s Degree in clinical psychology in the United States. She has worked as clinical psychologist in different educational settings and private clinic. She has been working extensively with young children, youth and adults on issues of suicide and grief. She has provided play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy and positive psychology for patients and children with mental disorders and emotional disturbance.

Ms. Lesley SZE

Peer support and co-production are important elements of Lesley’s work in the JC JoyAge project. She is keen to innovate and collaborate with different stakeholders to contribute to the community’s well-being. Apart from doing research, she also compiled practice wisdom and case stories from the project’s Peer Supporters for knowledge exchange and mutual learning, and co-developed a wellness self-management toolkit with elder peers.

Dr. Dara LEUNG

Post-doctoral fellow

Dara’s research interests revolve around dementia and late-life depression, including behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia and care experience. She employs mixed-method research to generate insights to inform the development of interventions in managing dementia and enhancing mental wellness in older adults.

Dr. Wendy ZHANG

Post-doctoral fellow

Wendy obtained her PhD in Women’s Mental Health from the School of Nursing, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong. She has much experience in evaluation and economic evaluation for community-based programs. She is passionate about promoting mental health and reducing cognitive decline in ageing.

Mr. Bowen CHEUNG

Public Education Officer

Bowen supports both public awareness and peer supporter matters in JoyAge. He aspires to promote positive ageing, mental health literacy, and stigma reduction in mental health in Hong Kong, by working with older adults and other stakeholders.

Ms Coco LEE

Content Creator

Coco has strong background in media production. She mainly supports public awareness matters in JoyAge and create supporting materials which is suitable to older adults, aiming to raise older adult mental health literacy among the general public and to promote older adult mental health wellbeing in the society.

Ms. Katherine LIN

Publicity Assistant

Katherine is responsible for handling publicity materials and media relations in JoyAge. She is enthusiastic about promoting mental wellness and eliminating prejudices towards mental health problems.

Mr. Samuel CHAN


Samuel has been participating in various research studies with respect to different aspects and groups of older adults, such as productive engagement in older adults and support services for older adults with intellectual disabilities and their carers. His research interests focus on productive ageing and well-being of older adults.

Ms. Annabelle FONG

SENIOR Research Assistant

Annabelle is an ACSM-Certified Exercise Physiologist experienced in working with rehabilitation services focusing on chronic pain and injury prevention. Her interests include chronic pain management, biomechanics and Kinesiophobia.

Ms. Judy HE

SENIOR Research Assistant

Judy is passionate about promotion of mental wellness in older adults through research and clinical work. She also has research and clinical experience in online text-based counselling service.

Mr. Edwin WONG


Edwin’s research interests encompass peer supporters, geriatric depression, mental health-related literacy and stigma, and community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods in social sciences. He has also worked on a localized wellness self-management toolkit for elder peers and a suicide prevention guideline for helping professionals.

Dr. Nicole WONG


Nicole has worked on vision research, specifically on depth perception and video games, using behavioural and neuroimaging methods. Apart from research, she is also involved in facilitating community-based participatory research (CBPR) here in JoyAge.

Mr. Hotinpo Sky KANAGAWA

Research Assistant

Graduated with Psychology major with experience in documenting mental illness, working closely with researchers, psychologists, and mental health workers. Interest in alternative treatment for mental illness, to reduce stigmatization of mental health issues and increase the accessibility for treatment in non-clinical clients. Works well with diverse client populations in one-on-one and group settings. 

Ms. Pik Ying CHAN

Executive Officer

Pik Ying supports the administrative operations of the project.