Prof. MO Kit Han Phoenix (巫潔嫻教授) 

BSSc (HKU), MSc (University of Nottingham), PhD (University of Nottingham), CPsychol (UK) 

Associate Director, Centre for Health Behaviours Research

Assistant Professor, JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, CUHK

Phone: (852) 2252-8765

Email: phoenix.mo@cuhk.edu.hk

Biography

Dr. Mo obtained her Bachelor degree in Social Sciences (majoring in Psychology) from the University of Hong Kong, and Master degree in Health Psychology and Ph.D from the University of Nottingham, U.K. Before joining the CUHK Dr. Mo worked on a UK National Institute of Health Research - funded project examining the role of online patient experience as a resource for choice and decision making in health care at the Northumbria University, UK. She joined the University in August 2011 as a Research Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health and Primary Care. She is also a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society and a Visiting Professor of the Shantou University Medical College


Dr. Mo’s Ph.D thesis examined the processes which online support group participation might promote patient empowerment for individuals living with HIV/AIDS. She has an active interest in Health Psychology and Behavioral Health and her research interests are in the area of online support, ehealth, addiction, health and illness behaviours, mental health, and stigma among social minorities.

Teaching Modules

Undergraduate

  • BSc in Public Health -- PHPC 1022 Lifestyle and Health

  • BSc in Public Health -- PHPC 2016 Theories and Concepts of Health Behaviors

  • BSc in Community Health Practice -- CHPR 3002Health Education and Health Behaviours (Course Coordinator)

  • BSc in Community Health Practice -- CHPR 4003 Research Methods in Community Health (Course Coordinator)
     

Taught Postgraduate

  • MSc in Health Education -- HSOC 5211 Advanced Theories of Health Behaviors (Course Coordinator)
     

Research Postgraduate

  • Public Health MPhil/PhD programme -- PUBH 6006 Health Improvement Social and Behavioural Sciences

Postgraduate Supervision

PhD

  • Jinghua LI (2012-2015)  Positive Psychology Interventions for HIV-infected men who have sex with men in China

  • Wangnan CAO (2013-2016)  Prevalence and factors associated with disclosure of HIV status among HIV-infected men who have sex with men and women in China

Research Interests
  • Internet on health and patient empowerment

  • Mental health in social minorities and disease populations

  • Health literacy

  • Stigma and health

  • HIV Prevention

  • Health promoting behaviours

Publications

Hui, S.C., Xie, Y., Kwok, R.C.W., Tam, E.W.C., Mak, W.W.S., & Mo, P.K.H.  (2018).  Follow Your Virtual Trainer (FYVT): A randomized controlled trial protocol of IT- based lifestyle intervention program to promote physical activity and health among middle-aged Hong Kong Chinese. BMJ Open, 8, e017908. DOI: 10.1136/ bmjopen-2017-017908

 

Wang, Z., Lau, J.T.F., Ip, M., Ho, S.P., Mo, P.K.H., Latkin, C., Ma, Y.L., & Kim, Y. (2018). A randomized controlled trail evaluating efficacy of promoting an home-based HIV self-testing with online counseling on increasing HIV testing among men who have sex with men. AIDS and Behavior, 22, 190-201. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-017-1887-2.

 

Wu, X., Lau, J.T.F., Mak, W.W.S., Gu, J., Mo, P.K.H., & Wang, X. (2018). How newly diagnosed HIV-positive men who have sex with men look at HIV/AIDS – validation of the Chinese version of the revised illness perception questionnaire. BMC Infectious Diseases, 18, 2. DOI: 10.1186/s12879-017-2902-y.

 

Mo, P.K.H., Lau, J.T.F., & Wu, X. (2018). Relationship between illness representations and mental health among HIV-positive men who have sex with men. AIDS Care, published online on 4 Mar 2018. DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2018.1445825

Mo, P.K.H., Mak, W.W.S., Kwok, Y.T.Y., Xin, M., Chan, C.W.L., & Yip, L. (2018). Threats during sex work and association with mental health among young female sex workers in Hong Kong. AIDS Care, published online on 4 Feb 2018.  DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2018.1435847.

Wu, A.M.S., Lau, J.T.F. & Mo, P.K.H., & Lau, M.M.C. (2018). Psychological distress and resilience as risk and protective factors of psychoactive substance use among Chinese non-engaged youth. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, published online on 29 Jan 2018. DOI: 10.1002/casp.2340

2017

Lau, J.T.F., Wu, X., Wu, A.M.S., Wang, Z., & Mo, P.K.H. (2017). Relationships between illness perception and post-traumatic growth among newly diagnosed HIV positive men who have sex with men in China. AIDS and Behavior, published online on 29 Aug 2017. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-017-1874-7

 

Mo, P.K.H., Lau, J.T.F., Lau, M.M.C., & Kim, Y. (2017). Mental health service utilization among men who have sex with men who are at risk of mental health problems in Hong Kong: Prevalence and associated factors. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, published online on 13 Apr 2017. DOI: 10.1037/men0000104. 

Mak, W.W.S., Mo, P.K.H., Ma, G.Y.K., Lam, M.Y.Y. (2017). Meta-analysis and systematic review of studies on the effectiveness of HIV stigma reduction programs. Social Science and Medicine, 188, 30-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.06.045

 

Li, J., Lau, J.T.F., Mo, P.K.H., Su, X.F., Tang, J., Qin, Z.G., & Gross, D.L. (2017). Insomnia partially mediated the association between problematic Internet use and depression among secondary school students in China. Journal of Behavioral Addiction, 6, 554-563. DOI: 10.1556/2006.6.2017.085

 

Mo, P.K.H., Ng, C.T.Y. (2017). Stigmatization among people living with HIV in Hong Kong: A qualitative study. Health Expectations, 20, 943-951. DOI:10.1111/hex.12535

 

Lau, J.T., Wang, Z., Kim, Y., Li, J., Gu, J., Mo, P.K.H., & Wang, X. (2017). Low sustainability, poor governance, and other challenges encountered by grassroots non-governmental organizations targeting HIV prevention for men who have sex with men in China – a nation-wide study. AIDS Care, 29, 1480-1490. DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2017.1300630

Wang, Z., Wu, X., Lau, J.T.F., Mo, P.K.H., Mak, W.W.S., Wang, X., Yang, X., Gross, D., & Jiang, H. (2017). Prevalence of and factors associated with unprotected anal intercourse with regular and nonregular male sexual partners among newly diagnosed HIV-positive men who have sex with men in China. HIV Medicine, 18, 635-646. DOI: 10.1111/hiv.12500.

Lau, J.T.F., Kim, Y., Wu, A.M.S., Wang, Z., Huang, B., & Mo, P.K.H. (2017). The Occupy Central (Umbrella) movement and mental health distress in the Hong Kong general public: political movements and concerns as potential structural risk factors of population mental health. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 52, 525-536. DOI: 10.1007/s00127-017-1340-x.

Li, J., Mo, P.K.H., Wu, A.M.S., & Lau, J.T.F. (2017). Roles of self-stigma, social support, and positive and negative affects as determinants of depressive symptoms among HIV infected men who have sex with men in China. AIDS and Behavior, 21, 261-273. DOI:10.1007/s10461-016-1321-1

Jiao, M., Gu, J., Xu, J., Hao, C., Lau, J.T.F., Mo, P.K.H., Liu, D., Zhao, Y., Zhang, X., Babbitt, A., & Hao, Y. (2017). Resilience associated with mental health problems among methadone maintenance treatment patients in Guangzhou, China. AIDS Care, 29, 660-665. DOI:10.1080/09540121.2016.1255705.

2016

Jiao, M., Gu, J., Xu, J., Hao, C., Lau, J.T.F., Mo, P.K.H., Liu, D., Zhao, Y., Zhang, X., Babbitt, A., & Hao, Y. (2016). Resilience associated with mental health problems among methadone maintenance treatment patients in Guandzhou, China. AIDS Care, 1-6 [Epub ahead of print].

Lau JTF*, Lee AL, Wai ST, Mo PK, Fong F, Wang Z, Cameron LD,  Sheer V. (2016). A Randomized Control Trial for Evaluating Efficacies of Two Online Cognitive Interventions With and Without Fear-Appeal Imagery Approaches in Preventing Unprotected Anal Sex Among Chinese Men Who Have Sex with Men. AIDS Behav, 20(9), 1851-62

Lau JT, Mo PKH, Gu J, Hao C, Lai C. (2016). Association of situational and environmental factors with last episode of unprotected anal intercourse among MSM in Hong Kong: A case-crossover analysis. AIDS Educ Prev, 28(1), 26-42.

Li J, Lau JTF*, Mo PK, Su X, Wu AM, Tang J,  Qin Z. (2016). Validation of the Social Networking Activity Intensity Scale among Junior Middle School Students in China. PloS one, 11(10), e0165695.

Li J, Mo PK, Kahler CW, Lau JT, Du M, Dai Y, Shen H. (2016). Prevalence and associated factors of depressive and anxiety symptoms among HIV-infected men who have sex with men in China. AIDS Care, 28(4), 465-470.

Mo PKH, Chong ESK, Mak WWS, Wong SYS. & Lau JT. (2016). Physical activity in people with mental illness in Hong Kong: application of the Health Belief Model. J Sport Exerc Psychol, 38(2), 203-208

Wu, A.M.S., Li, J., Lau, J.T.F., Mo, P.K.H. & Lau, M.C. (2016). Potential impact of internet addiction and protective psychosocial factors onto depression among Hong Kong Chinese adolescents – direct, mediation and moderation effects. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 70, 41-52.

2015

Lau, J.T.F., Tsui, H.Y., Mo, P.K.H., Mak, W.W.S., & Griffiths, S. (2015). World cup’s impact on mental health and lifestyle behaviors in the general population: Comparing results of 2 serial population-based surveys. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 27, NP1973-84.

Li J, Gu J, Lau JT, Chen H, Mo PK, Tang M. Prevalence of depressive symptoms and associated factors among people who inject drugs in China. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2015; 151: 228-35.

Li J, Mo PK, Kahler CW, Lau JT*, Du M, Dai Y, Shen H. (2015). Prevalence and associated factors of depressive and anxiety symptoms among HIV-infected men who have sex with men in China.  AIDS Care. 21:1-6.

Mak WW, Mo PKH, Lau JT, Wong SY. Physical health needs, lifestyle choices, and quality of life among people with mental illness in the community. Hong Kong Medical Journal. 2015, 21 Suppl 6: 29-33.

Mo, P.K.H., Gu, J., Lau, J.T.F., You, H. (2015). Prevalence and associated factors of mental health problems among monogamous Chinese female patients with sexually transmitted diseases in Hong Kong. AIDS Care, 27, 481-488.

Mo PK & Lau, JT* (2015). Illness representation on H1N1 influenza and preventive behaviors in the Hong Kong general population. J Health Psychol, 20(12), 1523-33

Mo PK & Lau JT. Influenza vaccination uptake and associated factors among elderly population in Hong Kong: the application of the Health Belief Model. Health Education Research. 2015; 30(5): 706-18.

Mo PK, Lau JT, Cheng KM, Mak WW, Gu J, Wu AM, Li J. (2015). Investigating the factor structure of the Illness Perception Questionnaire-revised for substance dependence among injecting drug users in China. Drug Alcohol Depend. 1;148:195-202.

Mo PK, Lau JT*, Yu X, Gu J. (2015). A Model of Associative Stigma on Depression and Anxiety Among Children of HIV-Infected Parents in China. AIDS Behav. 19(1):50-9. doi: 10.1007/s10461-014-0809-9.

Su X, Li L, Griffiths SM, Gao Y, Lau JT, Mo PK. Smoking behaviors and intentions among adolescents in rural China: the application of the Theory of Planned Behavior and the role of social influence. Addictive Behavior. 2015; 48: 44-51.

2014

Mo, P.K.H., Lau, J.T.F., Yu, X. & Gu, J. (2014). A model of associative stigma on depression and anxiety among children of HIV-infected parents in China. AIDS and Behavior, Epub May 31.

 

Mo, P.K.H., Lau, J.T.F., Yu, X. & Gu, J. (2014). The role of social support on resilience, posttraumatic growth, hopelessness and depression among children of HIV-infected parents in mainland China. AIDS Care, 26, 1526-1533.
 

Mo, P.K.H., Mak, W.W.S., Chong, E.S.K., Shen, H., & Cheung, R.Y.M. (2014). The prevalence and factors for cancer screening behavior among people with severe mental illness in Hong Kong. PLOS One, 9, e107237.
 

Sillence, E., & Mo, P.K.H. (2014). Communicating health decisions: An analysis of messages posted to online prostate cancer forums. Health Expectations, 17, 244-253.
 

2013

Mo, P.K.H., & Coulson, N.S. (2013). Are online support groups always beneficial? A qualitative exploration of the empowering and disempowering processes of participation within HIV/AIDS-related online support groups. International Journal of Nursing Studies, Epub Nov 26
 

Lau, J.T.F., Tsui, H.Y., Mo, P.K.H., Mak, W.W.S., & Griffiths, S. (2013). World cup’s impact on mental health and lifestyle behaviors in the general population: Comparing results of 2 serial population-based surveys. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, Epub May 10
 

Lau, J.T.F., Mo, P.K.H., Cai, Y.S., Tsui, H.Y., & Choi, K.C. (2013) Coverage and parental perceptions of influenza vaccination among parents of children aged 6 to 23 months in Hong Kong. BMC Public Health, 13, 1026.
 

Wang, Z., Mo, P.K.H., Lau, J.T.F., Lau, M., & Lai, C.H.Y. (2013). Acceptability of HPV vaccines and perceptions related to genital warts and penile/anal cancers among men who have sex with men in Hong Kong. Vaccine, 31, 4675-4681.
 

Mo, P.K.H., & Coulson, N.S. (2013). Online support group use and psychological health for individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Patient Education and Counseling, 93, 426-432.
 

Lau, J.T.F, Wang, Z., Kim, J.H., Lau, M., Lai, C.H.Y., & Mo, P.K.H. (2013). Acceptability of HPV vaccines and associations with perceptions related to HPV and HPV vaccines among men who have sex with men. PLoS One, 8, e57204.
 

2012

Mo, P.K.H., & Coulson, N.S. (2012). Developing a model for online support group use, empowering processes and psychosocial outcomes for individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Psychology and Health. 27, 445-459.
 

Blake, H., Mo, P.K.H., Lee, S & Batt, M. E. (2012). Health in the NHS: Lifestyle behaviours of hospital employees. Perspectives in Public Health, 132, 213-215.
 

2011

Blake, H., Malik, S., Mo, P., & Pisano, C. (2011). ‘Do as I say, but not as I do’: Are next generation nurses role models for health? Perspectives in Public Health, 131, 231-239.
 

Mo, P.K.H., & Coulson, N.S. (2011). Exploring how online support groups empower individuals living with HIV/AIDS: Analysis of messages in HIV/AIDS online support groups. In: B. G. Kutais (ed). Internet Policies and Issues (Vol, 9), pp. 1-35. New York: Nova Sciences Publishers Inc.
 

Mo, P.K.H., Blake, H., & Batt, M. E. (2011). Getting healthcare staff more active: the mediating role of self-efficacy. British Journal of Health Psychology, 16, 690-706
 

2010

Mo, P.K.H., & Coulson, N.S. (2010). Empowering processes in online support groups among people living with HIV/AIDS: A comparative analysis of ‘lurkers’ and ‘posters’. Computers in Human Behavior, 26, 1183-1193
 

Mak, W.W.S., Ng, A.C., Mo, P.K.H., & Chong, E.S.K. (2010). Coming out among lesbians, gays and bisexual individuals in Hong Kong: Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior and the moderating role of attitudinal ambivalence. Sex Roles, 63, 189-200.
 

Mo, P.K.H., & Coulson, N.S. (2010). Health-related Internet use by individuals living with HIV/AIDS: A review of the literature. Health Psychology Update, 19, 12-17.
 

Mo, P.K.H., & Mak, W.W.S. (2010). The influence of health promoting practices on the quality of life of community adults in Hong Kong. Social Indicators Research, 95, 503-517.
 

Malik, S., Mo, P.K.H., & Blake, H. (2010). Exercise interventions for depression. In: H. Blake (ed). Physical Activity in Rehabilitation and Recovery (Public Health in the 21st Century), pp. 279-312. New York: Nova Sciences Publishers Inc.
 

2009

Mo, P.K.H., & Coulson, N.S. (2009). Living with HIV/AIDS and the use of online support group. Journal of Health Psychology, 15, 339-350.
 

Mo, P.K.H., & Mak, W.W.S. (2009). Help-seeking for mental health problems among Chinese: The application and extension of the Theory of Planned Behavior. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 44, 675-684
 

Mo, P.K.H., & Mak, W.W.S. (2009). Intentionality of medication nonadherence among individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Hong Kong. AIDS Care, 21, 785-795
 

Blake, H., Mo, P., Malik, S., & Thomas, S. (2009). How effective are physical activity interventions for alleviating depressive symptoms in older people? A systematic review. Clinical Rehabilitation, 23, 873-887.
 

Mo, P.K.H., Malik, S.H. & Coulson, N.S. (2009). Gender differences in computer-mediated communication: a systematic review of online health-related support groups. Patient Education and Counseling, 75, 16-24.
 

2008

Mo, P.K.H., & Mak, W.W.S. (2008). The application of PRECEDE model in understanding mental health promoting behaviors in Hong Kong. Health Education and Behavior. 35, 574-587.
 

Mo, P.K.H., & Coulson, N.S. (2008). Exploring the communication of social support within virtual communities: A content analysis of messages posted to an online HIV/AIDS support group. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 11, 371-374.
 

2007

Coulson, N.S., Malik, S., & Mo, P.K.H. (2007). Researching virtual communities: Some methodological and ethical considerations. Health Psychology Update, 16, 3-7.
 

2006

Mo, P.K.H., Mak, W.W.S., & Kwan, C.S.Y. (2006). Cultural change and Chinese immigrants’ distress and help-seeking in Hong Kong. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 15, 129-151.
 

Mak, W.W.S., Mo, P.K.H., Cheung, R.Y.M., Woo, J., Cheung, F.M., & Lee, D. (2006). Comparative Stigma of SARS, HIV/AIDS, and TB in Hong Kong. Social Science and Medicine, 63, 1912-1922.

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