Professor CHONG Yuen Yu, Connie

Assistant Professor


Tel (852) 3943 0665
Email conniechong@cuhk.edu.hk
Education & Qualifications
RN, BNurs (Hons), PGDip in Prehosptial and Emergency Care, PGDip in Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation Nursing, MNurs, MSc (EPB), PhD
Research Interests Family and child health
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Psychotherapies using acceptance, mindfulness and compassion-based approaches
Mental health
Researcher ID/ Publons ID AAL-7215-2020
ORCID 0000-0001-5664-2051
Scopus ID 57194112731

 

Biography

Professor Chong Yuen Yu, Connie is an Assistant Professor of the Nethersole School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is a registered nurse with clinical experience in medicine and pediatrics.

Professor Chong has a strong research interest in the applications of psychotherapies, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), compassion-based and mindfulness-based interventions for families of individuals with chronic health conditions. Her clinical trial has supported the notifiable benefits of an ACT-based parental asthma management programme on parental psychological well-being and childhood asthma outcomes. Professor Chong received external recognition as evidenced by a total of eight local and international academic awards, including the Faculty Distinguished Thesis Award (PolyU, Hong Kong, 2018), the Early Career Research Paper Award (Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, USA, 2018) and the Personalised Learning Programme Fellowship in Psychiatry – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada, 2019). Professor Chong’s research findings have been disseminated in international conferences and peer-reviewed top-tier journals, such as Pediatrics – ranked top three in the pediatric field, and her work has been featured in the American Academy of Pediatrics News, USA.

Since 2019, Professor Chong has successfully obtained various external competitive grants, including Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF), HMRF Research Fellowship Scheme and Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich Research Grant to develop her research programme using ACT and compassion-based approaches. She is devoted to integrating attitudes, compassion and practices for improving one’s health and well-being through research and practice grounded in ACT, mindfulness and contextual behavioural science.

Research Awards

  • Dr. Barbara Kwok Young Postdoctoral Researcher Travel Grants, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2019)
  • Personalised Learning Programme Fellowship in Psychiatry – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, Canada (2019)
  • Faculty Distinguished Thesis Award, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences (FHSS), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2018)
  • Early Career Research Paper Award, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, USA (2018)
  • Pi Iota Chapter Scholarship Award, The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (2018)
  • Michael J. Asher Student Dissertation Award, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, USA (2018)
  • Student World Conference Scholarship Award, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, USA (2015)
  • International Nursing Scholarship for Pre-PhD in Research Excellence, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2013)

Honorary Appointment

  • Awards Committee Member and Research Development Grant Scheme Reviewer, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, USA (2019-present)

Editorship

  • Reviewer, Journal of Advanced Nursing (2020-present)
  • Reviewer, Stress and Health (2020-present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Public Mental Health specialty section of Frontiers of Psychiatry and Frontiers in Public Health (2019-present)
  • Reviewer, Journal of Transcultural Nursing (2019-present)
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (2019-present)
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2019-present)

Professional Service

  • Fellow, The Royal Statistical Society, UK (2019-present)
  • Trainee, Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture, USA (2019-present)
  • Cochrane Stroke Group Member, The Cochrane Collaborations (2019-present)
  • Asian Culture and CBS SIG Member, Hong Kong Chapter Member, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, USA (2018-present)
  • Member, The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (2018-present)
  • Professional Member, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, USA (2014-present)
  • Internal Secretary, Executive Member, The Hong Kong Society for Nursing Education (2014 -2020)
  • Membership Subcommittee Coordinator, The Hong Kong Society for Nursing Education (2012-2014)

(in the capacity of Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator)

Funding BodyProject Title
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich – COVID-19 Call for Projects Grants with China, Japan, South Korea and the ASEAN RegionBuilding resilience and reducing burnout in frontline nurses combatting COVID-19
Food and Health Bureau – Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF) Research Fellowship SchemeEffect of acceptance and commitment therapy-based lifestyle counselling programme for people with early psychosis on physical activity: A pilot randomised controlled trial
Food and Health Bureau – Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF)Effects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-based asthma management training programme for parents of young children with neurodevelopmental comorbidities: A randomised controlled trial
Nethersole Institute of Continuing Holistic Health Education (NICHE)Embodying a compassionate self through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for parents and children with eczema: A family-based eczema management programme
The British Council – BRICKS Social Innovation Research Collaboration PlatformExploring stakeholders’ views, preferred structure and content of a blended (online and face-to-face) delivery-mode Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders

Publication
Lee, R. L. T., West, S., Tang, A. C. Y., Cheng, H. Y., Chong, Y. Y., Chien, W. T., & Chan, S. W. C. (2020). A qualitative exploration of the experiences of school nurses during COVID-19 pandemic as the frontline primary health care professionals. Nursing Outlook. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2020.12.003
Chong, Y. Y., Mak, Y. W., & Loke, A. Y. (2020). The role of parental psychological flexibility in childhood asthma management: An analysis of cross-lagged panel models. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 137, 110208. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2020.110208
Chong, Y. Y., Chien, W. T., Cheng, H. Y., Chow, K. M., Kassianos, A., Karekla, M., & Gloster, A. (2020). The role of illness perceptions, coping and self-efficacy on adherence to precautionary measures for COVID-19. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, 6540. doi:10.3390/ijerph17186540
Chong, Y. Y., Cheng, H. Y., Chan, H. Y. L., Chien, W. T., & Wong, S. Y. S. (2020). COVID-19 pandemic, infodemic and the role of eHealth literacy. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 108, 103644. doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2020.103644
Chien, W. T., Chong, Y. Y., Tse, M. K., Chien, C. W., & Cheng, H. Y. (2020). Robot-assisted therapy for upper-limb rehabilitation in subacute stroke patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Brain and Behavior, e01742. doi:10.1002/brb3.1742
Chong, Y. Y., Chien, W. T., Chan, H. L., Cheng, H. Y., Wong, C.L., Lo, S. W. S., & Chung, M. C. Mindfulness- and acceptance-based interventions for improving psychosocial health in stroke survivors. [Title proposal approved]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
Chan, H. Y. L., Ho, F. K. Y., Chui, K. C. M., Hui, E. Y. S., Wong, B., Chong, Y. Y., & Kwok, T. C. Y. (2020). Capacity building for dementia care in community care services: A mixed methods approach. BMC Geriatrics, 20(1), 122. doi:10.1186/s12877-020-01517-8
Chien, W. T., Chow, K. M., Chong, Y. Y., Bressington, D., Choi, K. C., & Chan, C. W. H. (2020). The role of five facets of mindfulness in a mindfulness-based psychoeducation intervention for people with recent-onset psychosis on mental and psychosocial health outcomes. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11(177). doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2020.00177
Chong, Y. Y., Zhu, Z., & Fung, K. (2019). Putting psychological flexibility into (ACT)ion for asthma in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Asian Populations, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada.
Chong, Y. Y., Mak, Y. W., Leung, S. P., Lam, S. Y., & Loke, A. Y. (2019). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for parental management of childhood asthma: An RCT. Pediatrics, 143(2), e20181723. doi:10.1542/peds.2018-1723
Chong, Y. Y., Mak, Y. W., & Loke, A. Y. (June 2019). Predictive factors of participation in and adherence to a training programme for parental childhood asthma management using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Paper presented in the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) Annual World Conference 17, Dublin, Ireland.
Chong, Y. Y., Mak, Y. W., & Loke, A. Y. (July 2018). Exploring mediators of change in a parental training programme using ACT for improving asthma outcomes in children: An analysis using structural equation model based on a clinical trial data. Paper presented in the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) Annual World Conference 16, Montréal, Québec.
Chong, Y. Y., Mak, Y. W., Leung, S. P., Lam, S. Y., & Loke, A. Y. (2018). Effects of a group-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy versus asthma education for training parents to manage their children with asthma: A randomised controlled trial. Hong Kong Journal of Pediatrics, 23(1), 53-54.
Chong, Y. Y., Leung, D., & Mak, Y. W. (2018). When control exacerbates distress: A qualitative study exploring the experiences of Hong Kong Chinese parents in caring for a child with asthma. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(7), 1372. doi:10.3390/ijerph15071372
Chong, Y. Y., Mak, Y. W., & Loke, A. Y. (2017). Psychological flexibility in parents of children with asthma: Analysis using a structural equation model. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26(9), 2610-2622. doi:10.1007/s10826-017-0757-x
Chong, Y. Y., Mak, Y. W., & Loke, A. Y. (June 2017). The relationships between psychological flexibility, asthma knowledge, and asthma management self-efficacy among parents of children with asthma and their children’s asthma morbidity. Paper presented in the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) Annual World Conference 15, Seville, Spain.
Chong, Y. Y., Mak, Y. W., & Loke, A. Y. (September 2016). Effects of a parental training programme using group-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for childhood asthma care: A pilot study. Paper presented in the 9th International Council of Nurses (ICN) International Nurse Practitioner/ Advanced Practice Nursing (INP/APN) Network Conference, Hong Kong.
Chong, Y. Y., Mak, Y. W., & Loke, A. Y. (July 2015). Acceptance-based intervention for parents and children with chronic health problems: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Paper presented in the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) Annual World Conference 13, Berlin, Germany.
Chong, Y. Y., Mak, Y. W., & Loke, A. Y. (February 2015). The impact of training parents by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for managing their children with chronic health problems: A literature review. Poster presented in the 18th East Asian Forum of Nursing Scholars (EAFONS), Taipei, Taiwan.