Janet Yuen-Ha Wong, RN, PhD - Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing of the University of Hong Kong

Janet Yuen-Ha Wong, RN, PhD

Janet Yuen-Ha Wong, RN, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing of the University of Hong Kong. She received her PhD at the University of Hong Kong in 2011 and had been awarded a Fulbright visiting scholarship (2010-2011) affiliated with the University of Virginia in the United States during her PhD study. She joined the University of Hong Kong as a Clinical Instructor in 2007 and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2011.

Her principal research area lies in intimate partner violence (IPV) against women in marriage and dating relationships in Chinese context. She is particularly interested in brain-body interactions linking physical, neurological, psychological, and social factors to health and disease vulnerability in abused women such as depression, anxiety, psychosomatic symptoms and cognitive impairment. Some of her work focuses on advances in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) 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.

She is also committed to addressing the needs of college women and sexual minority women in dating relationships. The dearth of research on IPV in Chinese college students in heterosexual and homosexual relationships led to barriers in designing appropriate interventions to reduce dating violence on campus. Therefore, she conducted qualitative interviews with IPV perpetrators and victims in college to understand the intentions for using IPV and their IPV experiences. In order to connect her research to practice, she conducts innovative workshops named Dating C.A.F.E. to educate college students as ambassadors to have compassionate (C) heart to help peers, and equip them with the necessary skills of assessment of dating violence (A), referral making in the local system (F), and educating (E) peers to enhance awareness of dating abuse and violence on campus.

Her career goals are to do more research with a focus on understanding and minimizing the physical and mental health effects of abuse and violence in women and promoting their quality of life. In addition, she hopes to establish a respectful and harmonious environment by increasing awareness of IPV and reducing IPV by strengthening peer support systems on university campuses.

Janet can be reached at: janetyh@hku.hk