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​Prof. Phoenix Kit-han MO 巫潔嫻教授

Prof. Phoenix Kit-han MO


BSSc (HKU), MSc (University of Nottingham),

Ph.D. (University of Nottingham), CPsychol, AFBPsS, CSci

Associate Professor



ORCID: 0000-0001-9822-5424

Scopus Author ID: 16319047600

Researcher ID: K-2853-2013

Academic Appointments

  • Member, Executive Committee, JC School of Public Health and Primary Care

  • Program Director, BSc in Community Health Practice

  • Director, Center for Health Behaviours Research


Dr. Phoenix Mo is a chartered psychologist of the British Psychological Society, a chartered scientist of the UK Science Council, and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Hong Kong Psychological Society. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Social Sciences (majoring in Psychology) at the University of Hong Kong, followed by an MSc in Health Psychology and Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham, UK. Phoenix has an active interest in Health Psychology and Behavioral Health and her research interests are to explore the cognitive, social, and psychological aspects of disease prevention and management, mental health research and promotion among vulnerable or diseased populations, and the development of theory-based and evidence-based digital health interventions. She has published more than 90 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals. She has obtained research grants from local government (e.g. Research Grants Council and Food and Health Bureau), mainland China (e.g. National Science of Foundation of China), and international organisation (e.g. Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research) as a principal investigator. These projects reflect her research interest, and comprehensive knowledge in the fields of behavioral health, mental health, and digital health.

Research Interests

  • Psychological aspects in disease prevention and management

  • Internet on health and patient empowerment

  • Mental health in minorities and disease populations

Recent Funded Research Projects 

  • Understanding the level of perceived social mobility and its association with mental health, pro-social behavior, and social and political trust among youth in Hong Kong, Public Policy Research (PPR) Funding Scheme (Special Round, Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office, 1 Jun to 30 Nov 2020, HKD 408,882.50 (PI)

  • Behavioral patterns of online sex-seeking via geosocial networking sites and associations with online-initiated risky sexual Behaviors among men who have sex with men in Hong Kong, AIDS Trust Fund Council for the AIDS Trust Fund, 1 Jul 2020 to 30 Jun 2021, HKD 420,454 (PI)

  • An online psychological intervention in promoting mental well-being among Chinese adolescents, Health Care and Promotion Scheme, Hong Kong Food and Health Bureau, 17 Sep 2019 to 16 Sep 2021, HKD 1,025,134 (PI)

  • Positive Psychology Intervention in improving emotion regulation and risky sexual behaviors among men who have sex with men - a randomized controlled trial, Early Career Scheme, Hong Kong Research Grant Council, 1 Jan 2018 to 30 Jun 2020, HKD 663,992 (PI)

Selected Publications

  1. Li, J., Wu, A.M.S., Feng, L., Deng, Y., Li, J., Chen, Y., Mai, J., Mo, P.K.H*, & Lau, J.T.F. (in press). Classification of probable online social networking addiction: A latent profile analysis from a large-scale survey among Chinese adolescents. Journal of Behavioral Addictions.

  2. Mo, P.K.H, Chan, V.W.Y., Wang, X., & Lau, J.T.F. (2020). Gender difference in the association between internet addiction, self-esteem and academic aspirations among adolescents: A structural equation modelling. Computers and Education, 155, 103921. DOI: 10.1016/j.compedu.2020.103921

  3. Xin, M., Viswanath, K, Li, A.Y.C., Cao, W., Hu, Y., Lau, J.T.F., & Mo, P.K.H.* (2020). A meta-analysis of effectiveness of eHealth interventions for promoting HIV-preventive behaviors among men who have sex with men: An integrative framework of design and implementation features. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(5), e15977. DOI: 10.2196/15977

  4. Mo, P.K.H., Li, J., Jiang, H., & Lau, J.T.F. (2019). Problematic internet use and smoking among Chinese junior secondary students: The mediating role of depressive symptomatology and family support. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(24), 5053. DOI:

  5. Mo, P.K.H., Chen, X., Lam, E.H.K., Li, J., Kahler, C.W., & Lau, J.T.F. (2019). The moderating role of social support on the relationship between anxiety, stigma, and intention to use illicit drugs among HIV-positive men who have sex with men. AIDS and Behavior. Published online on 21 Nov. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-019-02719-x

  6. Mo, P.K.H., Xin, M., Lau, J.T.F. (2019). Testing the vulnerability and scar model of the relationship between self-concept, social support and anxiety symptoms among children of HIV-infected parents in China: A 3-year longitudinal study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 259, 441-450. DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2019.08.036

  7. Mo, P.K.H.*, Lau, J.T.F., Xin, M., & Fong, V.W.I. (2019). Understanding the barriers and factors to HIV testing intention of women engaging in compensated dating in Hong Kong: The application of the extended Theory of Planned Behavior. PLOS One, 14(6):e0213920. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0213920

  8. Mo, P.K.H.*, Wong, H.W.C., & Lam, E.H.K. (2019). Can the Health Belief Model and moral responsibility explain influence vaccination uptake among nurses? Journal of Advanced Nursing. Published online on 20 February. DOI: 10.1111/jan.13894

  9. Au-yeung, L., & Mo, P.K.H.* (2018). The efficacy and mechanism of online Positive Psychological Intervention (PPI) on improving well-being among Chinese university students: A pilot study of the Best Possible Self (BPS) Intervention. Journal of Happiness Studies. Published online on 26 November. DOI: 10.1007/s10902-018-0054-4

  10. Lau, J.T.F., Walden, D.L., Wu, A.M.S., Cheng, K.M., Lau, M.C.M., & Mo, P.K.H. (2018). Bidirectional predictions between Internet addiction and probable depression among Chinese adolescents. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 7, 633-643. DOI: 10.1556/2006.7.2018.87

Last Updated: 27 June 2020

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