Professor Phoenix Kit-han Mo (巫潔嫻教授)
BSSc (HKU), MSc (University of Nottingham), PhD (University of Nottingham), CPsychol (UK)                                                                    

Assistant Professor

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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 supportehealth, addiction, health and illness behaviours, mental health, and stigma among social minorities.

Teaching Modules
  • 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 
  • 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 
  •  Ehealth
  •  Addiction
  •  Mental health
  •  Health and illness promoting behaviours
  •  Health literacy
  •  Quality of Life
  • Stigma in social minorities

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

  2. 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.

  3. Mo, P.K.H., & Lau, J.T.F. (2014). Illness representation on H1N1 influenza and preventive behaviors in the Hong Kong general population. Journal of Health Psychology, Epub Jan 14

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

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

  31. 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.

  32. 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.