Professor CHIEN Wai Tong

Director and Professor


Tel (852) 3943 8172
Email wtchien@cuhk.edu.hk
Education & Qualifications
BN (Hons), PGDip (NEd), MPhil, PhD, RMN, RTN, FAAN, FHKAN
Research Interests Mental health
Family and psychosocial interventions for psychotic disorders
Systematic review and instrument validation
Researcher ID/ Publons ID F-9604-2014
ORCID 0000-0001-5321-5791
Scopus ID 7005812880

Biography

Professor Chien Wai Tong is the Director of the Nethersole School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He is also the Director of Asia-Pacific Genomic and Genetic Nursing Centre and the Co-Director of Cochrane Hong Kong, an Affiliate of Cochrane, at the School. Before taking up the directorship, he was the Vice-Director of Research and the Head of Graduate Division of the School. Previously, he was the Professor in the School of Nursing (2010-2018), and was appointed as Associate Head (2014-2017) and Associate Dean (2017-2018), Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). As an advanced mental health nursing practitioner and active researcher, Professor Chien has strived to improve mental health in his native city Hong Kong, China in the past 30 years through research, advocacy and mental health promotion. He has established and tested the effects of psycho-education, motivational interviewing, mindfulness-based, bibliotherapy, mutual support, and other psychosocial intervention programmes for community-dwelling people with mental health problems and their family members in Chinese communities.

Professor Chien has been an active academic and researcher. He led the Mental Health Research Groups for the past 20 years and provided consultancy services and staff training in non-governmental mental health care agencies in Hong Kong, mainland China and South East Asia. He obtained the Fellowship of the American Academy of Nursing (2018) and Grandfather Fellowship of the Hong Kong Academy of Nursing in Education and Research (2012). He also received the Excellent Research Award from the Health and Medical Research Fund, Food and Health Bureau in 2018 and the Research Scholarship Award (Community Leader), Pi Iota Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing in 2009. Moreover, he was honoured with Distinguished Alumni Awards by Schools of Nursing, CUHK (March 2017) and PolyU (July 2017). He has contributed to the development of education curriculum, licensure and practice guidelines of psychiatric/mental health nursing, and reviews of research proposals/publications in national/international nursing councils and/or funding bodies.

Professor Chien has also served as an editor/editorial board member for many international refereed nursing and health care journals. He has obtained over 40 external competitive and 25 collaborative health research grants with the total exceeding HK$25,000,000 (over US$2,900,000), and published over 170 articles in peer-reviewed international nursing and psychiatric care journals and a substantial number of conference papers and book chapters.

Teaching Awards

  • Overseas Scholarship Scheme (Teaching Development) and Implementation Fund, Teaching and Learning Grant, PolyU (Feb 2015 – 31 Jul 2016), Topic ‘Learning and sharing in mental health nursing education and research’
  • Teacher of the Year Awards 2008-09 and 2006-07 (BNurs Year 3) and 2003-04 (BNurs Year 4), Faculty of Medicine, CUHK
  • Courseware Development Grant Scheme funded by the Teaching Development Grants, CUHK (1998-2001)

Research Awards

  • Excellent Research Award, Health and Medical Research Fund, Food and Health Bureau, The Government of the Hong Kong SAR, PR China, presented at the Health Research Symposium 2019 (12 Jun 2019)
  • International Faculty Mobility Scheme (Outbound) for 2019-20, Office of Academic Links, CUHK (Visit to La Trobe University, Australia for 7 days) for research collaboration
  • Best Oral Presentation Awards, 20th and 21st East Asian Forum of Nursing Scholars (EAFONS) in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
  • Postgraduate Research Sponsorship, Pi Iota Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing (May 2014)
  • First Prize, Award for the Best Poster Presentation, Nurses’ Session, Joint Annual Scientific Meeting 2011, The Hong Kong Paediatric Society & American Academy of Paediatrics in conjunction with Hong Kong Paediatric Nurses Association (4-5 Jun 2011)
  • Research Scholarship Award 2008-09 (Community Leader), Pi Iota Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing (30 May 2009)
  • Staff Development Grant 2002-03 and 2004-05 provided to pursue the PhD programme at the King’s College London, under the CY Kwan/ Lee Hysan Foundation Endowment Funds/ Sino-British Fellowship Trust Fund

Industry Awards

  • Project Coordinator, on a grant of HK$924,000 funded by the Professional Services Advancement Support Scheme (‘PASS’「專業服務協進支援計劃」), Commerce, Industry and Tourism Branch of the Commence and Economic Development Bureau, The Government of the Hong Kong SAR for the project ‘Paving the way for and achieving excellence on evidence-informed health care in the Belt and Road regions’, and a sponsorship from The S. H. Ho Foundation
  • Outstanding Nursing Alumni, School of Nursing (40th Anniversary), Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, PolyU (Oct 2017)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, The Nethersole School of Nursing 25th Anniversary Outstanding Alumni Awards, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK (8 Oct 2016)
  • Grandfather Fellow (Mar 2012), The Hong Kong College of Education and Research in Nursing, The Hong Kong Academy of Nursing

Honours

  • Fellow, The American Academy of Nursing (Nov 2018)
  • Grandfather Fellow, The Hong Kong Academy of Nursing in Education and Research (Mar 2012)
  • Nominated Nurse Leader (HK), Global Nursing Leadership Institute Programme 2011, International Council of Nurses, Geneva, Switzerland (Sep 2011)
  • Certified Teacher of Nurses and Clinical Assessor (Psychiatric), The Nursing Council of Hong Kong (1996)

Honorary Appointment

  • Visiting Professor, School of Nursing, Guangzhou Medical University, PR China
  • Visiting Professor, School of Nursing, Zhejiang University City College, Zhejiang, PR China
  • Visiting Professor, National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Taiwan
  • Honorary Visiting Professor, La Trobe University, Australia
  • Member, Expert Advisory Panel in Mental Health, Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF), Research Office, Food and Health Bureau, The Government of the HKSAR, PR China to provide advisory support to the HMRF
  • Expert Advisor, The Ombudsman, Hong Kong, 30/F., China Merchants Tower, Shun Tak Centre, Hong Kong
  • Member, Examination Panel, The Hong Kong College of Education and Research in Nursing

Editorship

  • Associate Editor, Public Mental Health specialty section and Guest Associate Editor, Schizophrenia specialty section of Frontiers of Psychiatry, Frontiers in Public Health and Frontiers in Sociology
  • Associate Editor, Trials, BioMed Central Ltd.
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue on Child and Adolescent Health Care, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), Switzerland
  • Editorial Board Member, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Dovepress; Journal of Nursing Interventions, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; Asian Nursing Research, Korean Society of Nursing Science & Elsevier Ltd.; International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, eContent Management Pty Ltd.
  • Author-in-Residence, Nurse Author and Editor, Wiley-Blackwell Ltd.

Professional & Community Service

  • External Examiner, Higher Diploma in Nursing Programmes, Hong Kong Hospital Authority
  • Member, The International Trauma Consortium, a collaboration of researchers and clinicians with the aim of advancing research in global psycho-traumatology through improved methods of describing, assessing, explaining, and treating trauma-related psychopathology
  • Member, Cochrane, a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health
  • Founding Member, Asia Pacific Child and Adolescent Health Research Network (Australia, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand)
  • Member, Research Committee, Nethersole Institute of Continuing Holistic Health Education (NICHE), appointed by the Steering Committee of NICHE
  • Member, Working Group for establishing the ‘Guide to Good Nursing Practice - Physical Restraint’ and Task Force for review of the guide to ‘Physical Restraint’, Professional Development Committee, The Nursing Council of Hong Kong
  • Member (Scientific Advisor), Grant Review Board of the Research Council of Food and Health Bureau, The Government of the Hong Kong SAR, PR China for the Health and Medical Research Fund and Health Care and Promotion Scheme

Academic Engagement

  • Graduate Division Head, The Nethersole School of Nursing, CUHK
  • Chairperson of Research Committee, The Nethersole School of Nursing, CUHK
  • Member of Faculty Board, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK
  • PhD Supervisor (Chief Supervisor, four ongoing and five graduated), The Nethersole School of Nursing, CUHK
  • Academic Mentor (one Assistant Professor and one Associate Professor), The Nethersole School of Nursing, CUHK
  • Chairperson (Sep 2019 – present) and Member, School Advisory Board, School of Nursing, Tung Wah College

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

Funding BodyProject Title
Food and Health Bureau - Health and Medical Research FundEvaluating the effectiveness of a peer-led self-management programme for people with recent-onset psychosis: A randomised controlled trial
Food and Health Bureau - Health and Medical Research FundEffects of acceptance and commitment therapy-based asthma management training programme for parents of young children with neurodevelopmental comorbidities: A randomised controlled trial
NICHE Research Grant 2019-20Embodying a compassionate self through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for parents and children with eczema: A family-based eczema management programme
Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SIE) FundACT for families of children with autism
General Research Fund (GRF)Effectiveness of a family-facilitated self-learning for caregiving program for adult family carers of people with first-episode psychosis: A randomised controlled trial with 18-month follow-up
AHKNS Professional Development FundDiabetic Care Programme for people with Type 2 diabetes mellitus in primary care setting
Food and Health BureauProvision of training service for regularised dementia community support scheme
Food and Health Bureau - Health and Medical Research FundAn evaluation of the effectiveness of a professional-supported problem-solving-based self-learning programme for family carers of people with recent-onset psychosis: A randomised controlled trial
2017 Sigma Theta Tau International Small GrantsEffects of a modified mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for family caregivers of people with dementia in stress reduction: A pilot randomised controlled trial
Research Grants Council - General Research FundEvaluation of an individualised exercise programme plus behavioural change enhancement strategies for managing general fatigue in community dwelling frail older people: A cluster-randomised controlled trial
International Research Network (IRN), Thailand Research Fund, Royal Thai GovernmentThai Health Improvement Profile intervention to prevent weight gain in people with first-episode psychosis (HIP-T First)
Faculty Development Scheme, RGC Competitive Research Funding Schemes for Local Self-financing Degree SectorEffectiveness of the Mental Health First Aid programme for nursing students in Hong Kong

Publication
Chien, W. T., Ma, C. F., Bressington, D., & Suen, L. K. P. (2020). Family-based interventions versus standard care for people with schizophrenia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (2), CD013541. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD013541
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
Ho, G. W. K., Hyland, P., Shevlin, M., Chien, W. T., Inoue, S., Yang, P. J., Chan, A. C. Y., & Karatzias, T. (2020). The validity of ICD-11 PTSD and Complex PTSD in East Asian cultures: Findings with young adults from China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Taiwan. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 11(1), 1717826. doi: 10.1080/20008198.2020.1717826
Lam, S. K. K., Kwong, E. W. Y., Hung, M. S. Y., & Chien, W. T. (2020). Emergency nurses¡¦ perceptions regarding the risks appraisal of the threat of the emerging infectious disease situation in emergency departments. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 15(1), e1718468. doi: 10.1080/20008198.2020.1717826
Lam, A. H. Y., Leung, S. F., Lin, J. J., & Chien, W. T. (2020). The effectiveness of a mindfulness-based psychoeducation programme for emotional regulation in individuals with schizophrenia spectrum disorders: A pilot randomised controlled trial. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 16, 729-747. doi: 10.2147/NDT.S231877
Lee, R. L. T., Chien, W. T., Ligot, J., Nailes, J. M., Tanida, K., Takeuchi, S., Ikeda, M., Miyagawa, S., Nagai, T., Phuphaibul, R., Mekviwattanawong, C., Su, I. Y., Zhang, R. X., Lee, P. H., & Kwok, S. W. H. (2020). Associations between quality of life, psychosocial well-being and health-related behaviours among adolescents in Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, Thai and the Filipino populations: A cross-sectional survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(7), 2402. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17072402
Li, Y., Chien, W. T., & Bressington, D. (2020). Effects of a coping-oriented supportive programme for people with spinal cord injury during inpatient rehabilitation: A quasi-experimental study. Spinal Cord, 58(1), 58-69. doi: 10.1038/s41393-019-0320-2
Bressington, D., Mui, J., Yu, C., Leung, S. F., Cheung, K., Wu, C. S. T., Bollard, M., & Chien, W. T. (2019). Feasibility of a group-based Laughter Yoga intervention as an adjunctive treatment for residual symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress in people with depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 248(2019), 42-51. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2019.01.030
Chien, W. T., Cheng, H. Y., McMaster, T. W., Yip, A. L. K., & Wong, J. C. L. (2019). Effectiveness of a mindfulness-based psychoeducation group programme for early-stage schizophrenia: An 18-month randomised controlled trial. Schizophrenia Research, 212, 140-149. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2019.07.053
Chien, W. T., Clifton, A. V., Zhao, S., Lui, S. (2019). Peer support for people with schizophrenia or other serious mental illness. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (4), CD010880. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010880.pub2
Ho, G. W. K., Chan, A. C. Y., Chien, W. T., Bressington, D. T., Karatzias, T. (2019). Examining patterns of adversity in Chinese young adults using the Adverse Childhood Experiences-International Questionnaire (ACE-IQ). Child Abuse & Neglect, 88, 179-188. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.11.009
Ho, G. W. K., Karatzias, T., Cloitre, M., Chan, A. C. Y., Bressingtpon, D., Chien, W. T., Hyland, P., & Shevlin, M. (2019). Translation and validation of the Chinese ICD-11 International Trauma Questionnaire (ITQ) for the assessment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD (CPTSD). European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 10(1), 1608718. doi: 10.1080/20008198.2019.1608718
Hsieh, W. L., Lee, S. K., Chien, W. T., Liu, W. I., Lai, C. Y., & Liu, C. Y. (2019). Mediating effect of the motivation for medication use on disease management and medication adherence among community-dwelling patients with schizophrenia. Patient Adherence and Preference, 13, 1877-1887. doi: 10.2147/PPA.S218553
Kor, P. P. K., Lui, J. Y. W., & Chien, W. T. (2019). Effects of a modified mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for family caregivers of people with dementia: A pilot randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 98, 107-117. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2019.02.020
Lam, S. K., Kwong, E. W., Hung, M. S., Pang, S. M.,& Chien, W. T. (2019). Emergency nurses¡¦ perceptions of their roles and practices during epidemics: A qualitative study. British Journal of Nursing, 28(8), 523-527. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2019.28.8.523
Lam, S. K. K., Kwong, E. W. Y., Hung, M. S. Y., Pang, S. M. C., & Chien, W. T. (2019). A qualitative descriptive study of the contextual factors influencing the practice of emergency nurses in managing emerging infectious diseases. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 14(1):1626179. doi: 10.1080/17482631.2019.1626179.
Lee, R. L. T., Chien, W. T., Tanida, K., Takeuchi, S., Rutja, P., Kwok, S. W. H., & Lee, P. H. (2019). The association between demographic characteristics, lifestyle health behaviours and quality of life among adolescents in Asia Pacific region. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(13), 2324. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16132324
Li, Y., Bressington, D., & Chien, W. T. (2019). Pilot evaluation of a coping-oriented supportive programme for people with spinal cord injury during inpatient rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation, 41 (2), 182-190. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1386238
Molasiotis, A., Suen, L., Lai, C., Chan, B., Wat, K.H.Y., Tang, J., To, K., Leung, C., Lee, S., Lee, P., & Chien, W. T. (2019). The effectiveness of acupressure in the management of depressive symptoms and in improving quality of life in older people living in the community: A randomised sham-controlled trial. Aging and Mental Health, March 14, 1-9. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2019.1584789
Temesgen, W. A., Chien, W. T., & Bressington, D. (2019). Factors influencing subjective recovery of people with recent-onset psychosis: A cross-sectional study in a low-income Sub-Saharan country. Psychiatry Research, 274, 421-429. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2019.02.066
Temesgen, W. A., Chien, W. T., & Bressington, D. (2019). Conceptualizations of subjective recovery from recent onset psychosis and its associated factors: A systematic review. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 13 (2), 181-193. doi: 10.1111/eip.12698