PhD (HKPU), MSc (HKPU), BSc (HKPU), Dip. Epidemiology & Biostatistics (CUHK), Dip. Occupational Safety & Health (OUHK), HKROT
- Cognitive Aging, Impairment and Diseases
- Performance-based Evaluation of Executive Function
- Augmented Reality on Home Safety and Fall Prevention
- Virtual Reality / Artificial Intelligence - Cognitive Screening and Training
- Translational Research Approach: Animal to Human Working Memory Assessment
- Prosocial Behavior and Positive Youth Development
- Pedagogy to Promote Prosocial Behavior Development
- Pedagogy to Enhance Social Innovation, Design Thinking and Inter-generation Learning in Adolescent
Dr Lai received Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from PolyU. He was then awarded MSc in Occupational Therapy in 2001. Afterwards, he obtained his PhD at PolyU in 2017. With supports from various professors in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences over these years, he is proud to be the “homemade product” of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Most importantly, he has fond feelings for his alma mater.
He has been working in the Hospital Authority (HA) of Hong Kong for more than twenty years. He has ample experience in teaching, administration, clinical service and research which covered field of psychiatric and physical rehabilitation. Most importantly, he has been working actively in clinical research throughout these years. His records of international conference presentations and publications covered various dimensions such as vocational rehabilitation, geri-orthopaedic rehabilitation, wheelchair & seating, amputation rehabilitation, home safety and fall prevention, problem solving style of substance abusers, executive functioning, dementia and caring stress.
In recent years, his research interest geared towards two directions. The first is on the importance of schooling and the development of prosocial behavior in adolescents. He is the advisor of a local NGO on youth development and is a committee member of a district-based parent-teacher federation. Some district-based research projects, namely “moral reasoning of pre-secondary school students” and “helping intention of parent and its influence to their children”, are in-progress. His second research direction is on the implementation of holistic dementia care, which aimed not only to people with dementia but also to their care-givers. Different clinical research projects have been commenced, which includes “reticular activating system functioning in demented patients with behavioral and psychological symptoms (BPSD)”, “assessment of capacity for everyday decision making (ACED) for people with dementia”, and “executive functioning on of daily living activities in relation to cognitive function in different dementia subtypes”. Moreover, Dr Lai is one of the advisors of the “dementia care link” which is a co-joint community volunteer training project between HA and various district-based NGOs in the community.
- The brain stress system in the neurobiology of the “dark side” of addiction and its relation to neurodegeneration: brain stress system. Lai, H. Y., Uscinska, M. & Gagliano, N., Jun 2020, Neurodegenerative Diseases - Molecular Mechanisms and Current Therapeutic Approaches: Neurodegenerative Diseases. Intech Open, p. 1-12.
- Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) Axis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Older Adults – The Rehabilitation Perspectives: Lai, H. Y., Uscinska, M. & Yan, E. W. H., Jun 2020, Neuroimaging: Neuroimaging. IntechOpen, p. 26-37.
- A randomized control trial of activity scheduling for caring for older adults with dementia and its impact on their spouse care-givers. Lai FH, Yan EW, Tsui WS,Yu KK. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 90 (2020), 104167 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.archger.2020.104167
- Lai FHY, Yan EWH, Yu KKY (2020). Home-based evaluation of executive function (Home-MET) for older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrcis, 87(2020) 104012. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.archger.2020.104012
- Lui VWC, Lai FHY (2019). Cognitive intervention and brain stimulation therapies for dementia. Hong Kong Medical Diary, 24 (10), 13-15. http://www.fmshk.org/database/hkmd/hkmdoct19.pdf
- Fung AWT, Cheng S-T, Lai FHY. Respite Care. In: Gu D, Dupre ME, editors. Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2019. p. 1-3. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_853-1
- Lai, F.H., Yan, E.W., Mackenzie, L., Fong, K.N., Kranz, S.G., Ho, E.C., Fan, S.H., Lee, A.T. (2019). Reliability, validity, and clinical utility of a self-reported screening tool in the prediction of fall incidence in older adults. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1-8. doi:10.1080/09638288.2019.1582721
- Lai, F.H., Yan, E.W., Ho, E.C., Fan, S.H., Lee, A.T. (2019). Application of Explanatory Sequential Design of Mixed Methods Research in Conciliating Qualitative and Quantitative Findings on Social Stressors and to Examine the Social Problem Solving Orientation in Substance Abuse Population. International Journal of Current Innovation Research, 5 (2), 1453-1458.
- Lai, F.H., Dawson, D., Yan, E.W., Ho, E.C., Tsui, J.W., Fan, S.H. Lee, A.T. (2019). The Validity, Reliability and Clinical Utility of a Performance-based Executive Function Assessment in People with Mild to Moderate Dementia. Aging & Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2019.1599818
- Lai FHY, Yan EWH, Sze WS, Yu KKY (2019) Semi-structured Interview to Analysis Needs of Family Caregivers for People with Dementia. eMedical Res 1: 100001. https://emedicalresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/eMR-1-100001.pdf