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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




ORCID: 0000-0001-9822-5424

Scopus Author ID: 16319047600

Researcher ID: K-2853-2013


  • 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 180 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.


  • Psychological aspects in disease prevention and management

  • Health literacy and digital health literacy

  • Internet on health and patient empowerment

  • Mental health in minorities and disease populations

  • Theory-based behavioral or mental health interventions


  • Online-offline School-Community Integrated Model for Youth Mental Wellness - LevelMind@JC at Schools, LevelMind@JC Trust-initiated Project, Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, 1 May 2024 to 31 Jan 2028, HKD 8,150,000 (PI)

  • Mitigating loneliness of older adults through cognitive behavioral approach and peer and family support: A randomized controlled trial, Health and Medical Research Fund, Food and Health Bureau, 1 Oct 2023 to 31 Dec 2025, HKD 1,442,533 (PI)

  • Identifying profiles of online sex partner seeking and their association with drug use and risky sexual behavior among men who have sex with men, AIDS Trust Fund, Council for the AIDS Trust Fund, 1 Sep 2023 to 31 Aug 2024, HKD 367,681 (PI)

  • Caring the caring teachers, Mental Health Initiatives Funding Scheme, Food and Health Bureau, 1 May 2023 to 30 Apr 2025, HKD 1,749,389 (PI)

  • A randomized controlled trial to evaluate efficacy of a brief online integrated self-affirmation and implementation intention intervention in improving medication adherence among uncontrolled hypertensive patients, Health and Medical Research Fund, Food and Health Bureau, 17 Jan 2022-31 Aug 2024, HKD 1,402,781 (PI)


  1. Ma, H., Lee, E.W.J., Xie, L., Lee, H.H., Hui, K.H., Mo, P.K.H.* & Xin, M. (2024). Examining the roles of social media information exposure and seeking on COVID-19 vaccination through the S-O-R model: A two-wave panel in Hong Kong. Computers in Human Behavior, 157, 108243. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2024.108243

  2. Mo, P.K.H.*, Xie, L., Fong, V.W.I., Sum, R.K.W., Leung, E.F.L., Wong, S.W.S., Kwok, T.C.Y., & Lau, J.T.F. (2024). Efficacy of a theory‐based and setting‐based intervention in promoting strength training among older adults in Hong Kong: A clustered randomized controlled trial. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being, 1-26. DOI: 10.1111/aphw.12548

  3. Mo, P.K.H., Li, J., Xie, L., Liu, X., Jiang, H. Chen, Y., Ma, L. & Lau, J.T.F. (2024). Communication in social networking sites on offline and online social support and life satisfaction among university students: Tie strength matters. Journal of Adolescent Health, 74(5), 971-979. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2023.10.030

  4. Wang, Q., Hui, K.K. #, Wang, A., Wang, X., Sun, H., Lau, S.T.Y., Wang, C. & Mo, P.K.H.* (2023). Chinese mothers’ intent to disclose their HIV status to their children: the role of positive outcome expectations and reward responsiveness. International Journal of Public Health, 68, 1605559. DOI: 10.3389/ijph.2023.1605559

  5. Xin, M., Chan, V.W.Y., Kong, A.P.S., Lau, J.T.F., Cameron, L.D., Mak, W.W.S., & Mo, P.K.H.* (2023). Using the Common-Sense Model to explicate the role of illness representation in self-care behaviours and anxiety symptoms among patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Patient Education and Counseling, 107, 107581. DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2022.107581.

  6. Li, J., Lau, J.T.F., Feng, L., Zhang, X., Li, J., Mai, J., Chen, Y. & Mo, P.K.H.* (2022). Associations of intensity and emotional connection related to online social networking use on the risk of incident depression among Chinese adolescents: A prospective cohort study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 308, 116-122. DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2022.04.029.

  7. Xie, L., Zhang, S., Xin, M., Zhu, M., Lu, W., & Mo, P.K.H.* (2022). Electronic health literacy and health-related outcomes among older adults: A systematic review. Preventive Medicine, 157, 106997. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2022.106997.

  8. Li, J., Mo, P.K.H. (co-1st author), Kahler, C., Lau, J.T.F. (2021). A three-arm randomised controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy of a positive psychology and social networking intervention in promoting mental health among HIV-infected men who have sex with men in China. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 30, e24, 1-24. DOI: 10.1017/S2045796021000081

  9. Mo, P.K.H., Fong, V.W.I., Song, B., Di, J., Wang, L., & Wang, Q. (2021). Association of perceived threat, negative emotions, and self-efficacy with mental health and personal protective behavior among Chinese pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic: Cross-sectional survey study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 23(4), e24053. DOI: 10.2196/24053

  10. Chan, V.W.Y., Kong, A.P.S., Lau, J.T.F., Mak, W.W.S., Cameron, L., & Mo, P.K.H.* (2021). An intervention to change illness representations and self-care of individuals with Type 2 Diabetes: A randomized controlled trial. Psychosomatic Medicine, 83(1), 71-84. DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000883

Last Updated: 30 May 2024

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