BMed, MMed (Central South University, China); PhD (CUHK)
Research Assistant Professor, JC School of Public Health and Primary Care
Division of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care
Prof. Zhang obtained her Bachelor of Medicine (Preventive Medicine) and Master of Medicine (Social Medicine and Health Service Management) from School of Public Health, Xiangya Medical College, Central South University, China. She obtained her PhD in Public Health in 2013 at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the school afterward. During her PhD study, she received an award to go to the University of Bristol, UK for a three-month research visit. In the last five years, as a co-investigator, Prof. Zhang received 9 research grants (a total of more than HK$5 million) from GRF, HMRF, RFCID, HCPS, NSFC, CUHK Direct Grant and Knowledge Transfer Project Fund, and Department of Health. The projects cover a wide range of populations from children to older adults with different methodologies including cross-sectional and cohort study, RCT, systematic review and qualitative study, within the field of primary health care and mental health. Prof. Zhang also involves in several charity-funded projects on mindfulness-based interventions, a multidisciplinary programme for primary care patients with multimorbidity, and exercise for patients with diabetes or hypertension. She is a peer reviewer of several international journals such as BMJ and Journal of Affective Disorders.
The majority work of Prof. Zhang aims to promote people’s mental and physical well-being in both community and primary care settings.
Her research interests are:
1. Primary Health Care
2. Mental Health
Stanley Kam Chung Chan, Dexing Zhang, Susan M Bögels, Christian Shaunlyn Chan, Kelly Yee Ching Lai, Herman Hay Ming Lo, Benjamin Hon Kei Yip, Elsa Ngar Sze Lau, Tiffany Ting Gao, Samuel Yeung Shan Wong. Effects of a mindfulness-based intervention (MYmind) for children with ADHD and their parents: protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open. 2018;8:e022514. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-022514.
Wong YSY, Chan J, Zhang DX, Lee E, Tsoi K. The Safety of Mindfulness-based Interventions: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials. Mindfulness. 2018: 1-14.
Zhang DX, Chan DCC, Niu L, Liu HM, Zou D, Chan ATY, Gao TT, Zhong BL, Sit RWS, Wong SYS. Meaning and its association with happiness, health and healthcare utilization: a cross-sectional study. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2018: 795-802.
Zhang DX, Li STS, Lee QKY, Chan HSC, Kim JH, Yip BHK, Chung RYN, Wong AHC, Fang Y, Liang MY, Wong MCS. Systematic Review of Guidelines on Managing Patients with Harmful Use of Alcohol in Primary Healthcare Settings. Alcohol and Alcoholism. 2017: 1-15.
Wong SYS, Zhang DX, Li CKC, Yip BHK, Ling YMC, Lo SLC, Woo MSD, Sun YY, Ma H, Mak WWS, Gao T, Lee T, Wing YK. The effects of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for chronic insomnia (MBCT-I): A randomized controlled trial. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. 2017; 86(4): 241-253.
Zhang DX, Chan KCS, Lo HMH, Chan YHC, Chan CYJ, Ting KT, Gao TT, Lai YCK, Bögels SM, Wong SYS. Mindfulness based intervention for Chinese children with ADHD and their parents: a pilot mixed method study. Mindfulness. 2016: 1-14
Wong, SYS, Zou D, Chung RY, Sit RW, Zhang D, Chan D, Yeoh EK, & Woo JW. Regular Source of Care for the Elderly: A Cross-National Comparative Study of Hong Kong with 11 Developed Countries. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA). 2017; 18 (9), 807. e1-807. e8.
Wong MCS, Zhang DX, Wang HH. Rapid emergence of atherosclerosis in Asia: a systematic review of coronary atherosclerotic heart disease epidemiology and implications for prevention and control strategies. Current Opinion in Lipidology. 2015; 26(4):257-69.
Wong MCS, Wang HHX, Kwan MWM, Fong BCY, Chan SWM, Zhang DX, Li STS, Yan BP, Coats AJS, Griffiths SM. Dietary counselling has no effect on cardiovascular risk factors among Chinese grade 1 hypertensive patients: a randomised controlled trial. European Heart Journal. 2015; 36(38): 2598-2607.
Zhang DX, Lewis G, Araya R, Tang WK, Mak WW, Cheung FM, Mercer SW, Griffiths SM, Woo J, Lee DT, Kung K, Lam AT, Yip BH, Wong SY. Prevention of anxiety and depression in Chinese: A randomized clinical trial testing the effectiveness of a stepped care program in primary care. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2014; 169: 212-220.