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Dr. Olive Po-loi YEK

PhD (HKU), MASW (PolyU), BSW (LTU), RSWHK, AFHKPCA, Accredited Assessor (RACAS)



Dr. Yek obtained her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Gerontology from the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong. Her thesis was to study the efficacy of evidence-based Individual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (iCST) for people with dementia and their caregivers. Dr. Yek is a registered social worker who specializes in gerontological social work. She is also an Associate Fellow in Hong Kong Psychological Counselling Association and Accredited Assessor of Residential Aged Care Accreditation Scheme in Hong Kong Association of Gerontology. During her PhD study, Dr. Yek received an HKU COA JMK Dementia Care Scholarship on her dementia research study. She also obtained poster prize presentation award, top ten outstanding poster award and top ten young investigator award in local and overseas conferences.


Prior to joining JCSPHPC, Dr. Yek practised in The Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong as a social worker, carrying out elderly and family caregiver support projects. Dr. Yek has extensive teaching and research experiences in teaching gerontological as well as social work programme in The Nethersole School of Nursing, and School of Continuing and Professional Studies in The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr. Yek is currently a Lecturer in the School responsible for teaching in Bachelor of Science in Gerontology Programme.


She also involved in research projects around enhancement of infrastructure of long-term care (LTC) policy in Hong Kong, family-based intervention programme for caregivers of stroke, cultural adaption of cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) for people with dementia and individual cognitive stimulation therapy (iCST).



  • Poster Prize Presentation Award (2017), 2nd Cognitive Stimulation Therapy International Conference, University College London, The University of Hong Kong

  • Top Ten Outstanding Poster Award (2016), The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), Social Research, Policy, and Practice (SRPP) Section Awards Committee

  • Top Ten Young Investigator Award (2017), 12th International Symposium on Healthy Aging “Wellness and Longevity: From Science to Service”, Research Centre of Hear, Brain, Hormone & Healthy Aging, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong


  • Psychosocial well-being of older people

  • Family caregiving

  • Dementia care intervention

  • Successful ageing


  • Co-investigator. A Family-based Intervention Programme for Caregivers of Stroke. Funded by the Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council.


  1. Yek, O.P.L., Lou, V.W.Q., Lum, T.Y.S., Kwan, C.M.L., Tang, J.Y.M. (2015). Family Caregivers’ and Patients’ Experiences with First-ever Stroke Survivors in Hong Kong: What Contributed to Positive Recovery? The Gerontologist, 2015, Volume 55, Issue Supple_2:158.

  2. Yek, O.P.L., Lou, V.W.Q., Lum, T.Y.S., Tang, J.Y.M. (2016). Role Reconstruction of Family Caregivers with First-time Stroke Survivors: A Qualitative Study. The Gerontologist, 2016, Volume 56, Issue Suppl_3:577.

  3. Yek, O.P.L., Wong, G.H.Y., Lum, T.Y.S. (2016). Cultural adaptation of cognitive stimulation therapy in Hong Kong: A qualitative study. The Gerontologist, 2016, Volume 56, Issue Suppl_3:158.

  4. Wong, G.H.Y., Yek, O.P.L., Zhang, A., Lum, T.Y.S., Spector, A. (2017). Cultural adaptation of cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) for Chinese people with dementia: multicenter pilot study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

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