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Professor Phoenix Kit-han MO (巫潔嫻教授)

BSSc (HKU), MSc (University of Nottingham), PhD (University of Nottingham), CPsychol (UK) 

Assistant Professor, JC School of Public Health and Primary Care
Associate Director, Centre for Health Behaviours Research



Division of Behavioural Health and Health Promotion


Dr. Phoenix Mo is a chartered psychologist and a chartered scientist who joined the school as a Research Assistant Professor in August 2011. 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. Before joining the school Phoenix worked on a UK National Institute of Health Research - funded project in examining the role of online patient experience as a resource for choice and decision making in health care at the Northumbria University, UK. Phoenix is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Hong Kong Psychological Society, as well as the Associate Director of the Centre for Health Behaviours Research. Within the school, Phoenix is the academic coordinator of the BSc in Community Health Practice. She has an active interest in Health Psychology and Behavioral Health and her research interests are in the area of ehealth, addiction, health and illness behaviours, mental health, and stigma among social minorities.

Research Interest

  • Internet on health and patient empowerment

  • Mental health in social minorities and disease populations

  • Health literacy

  • Stigma and health

  • HIV Prevention

  • Health promoting behaviours


Selected Publications 

  1. Mo, P.K.H., Ng, C.T.Y. (2017). Stigmatization among people living with HIV in Hong Kong: A qualitative study. Health Expectations, Jan 1 (Epub ahead of print). 

  2. Mo, P.K.H., Lau, J.T.F., Lau, M.C., & Kim, Y. (2017). Mental health service utilization among men who have sex with men who are at risk of mental health problems in Hong Kong: Prevalence and associated factors. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, Apr 13 (Epub ahead of print).

  3. Mo, P.K.H., Chong, E.S.K., Mak, W.W.S., Wong, S.Y.S. & Lau, J.T.F. (2016). Physical activity in people with mental illness in Hong Kong: application of the Health Belief Model. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 38(2), 203-208.

  4. Mo, P.K.H., Lau, J.T.F., Cheng, K.M., Mak, W.W.S., Gu, J., Wu, A.M.S., & Li, J. (2015). Investigating the factor structure of the Illness Perception Questionnaire-Revised for substance dependence among injecting drug users in China. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 148, 195-202. 

  5. Mo, P.K.H., Gu, J., Lau, J.T.F., You, H. (2015). Prevalence and associated factors of mental health problems among monogamous Chinese female patients with sexually transmitted diseases in Hong Kong. AIDS Care, 27, 481-488. 

  6. Mo, P.K.H., Lau, J.T.F., Yu, X. & Gu, J. (2015). A model of associative stigma on depression and anxiety among children of HIV-infected parents in China. AIDS and Behavior, 19, 50-59.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Mo, P.K.H., & Coulson, N.S. (2014). 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, 51, 983-993. 

  10. 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.

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