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Research Faculty

Wendy Wing Tak LAM

Dr Wendy Lam took up a joint appointment between School of Public Health and School of Nursing, in September, 2017. She joined School of Public Health in September, 2007. She completed her Ph.D. specialized in Psycho-oncology in 2002. She’s the foundation recipient of The Hong Kong Cancer Fund Scholarship in Psycho-oncology for 2001-2002. She is also the recipient of Hiroomi Kawano New Investigator Award, International Psycho-oncology Society (IPOS), for 2007. The award, in memory of Dr. Hiroomi Kawano, the founder of the Japanese Psycho-Oncology Society and the Japanese Society for Death and Dying, is presented to a new investigator for outstanding research contributions in psycho-oncology within five-years of completing a PhD.

Her research interests areas are two-fold: psycho-oncology and research methodology. She promotes mixed-methods approaches to increase the overall validity of studies. She has broad experience in quantitative and various qualitative research methods. She has been exploring novel applications of various quantitative methods derived from Structural Equation Modeling for analyzing longitudinal data. She has become very experienced in applying Linear Mixed Modeling, Latent Growth Modeling and Growth Mixture Modeling to address new questions and refine existing hypotheses enabling our group to overturn some previously established theoretical positions and build more robust evidence and theory. Her second research interest is in psycho-oncology, particularly focusing on psychosocial adaptation patterns and service optimization in individuals affected by cancer. She has extensively studied how personal factors (such as personality and information processing bias) and consultation factors (such as patient communication, patient participation in medical treatment decision, triadic medical consultation) influence psychosocial adaption to cancer (and hence related health care demand). Recently, she has set up several experimental studies testing the application of the cognitive model of psychopathology in understanding psychosocial adaption to cancer, particularly fear of cancer recurrence. In collaboration with cognitive neuroscientists, she is also applying functional neuroimaging approaches to examine if functional changes in neuroanatomical system underpinning attentional control contribute to persistent fear of cancer recurrence. She has made significant novel contributions to the literature resulting from applying my methodological interests to questions in psycho-oncology.

She has produced 175 outputs, comprising 92 publications, including three book chapters and 84 international peer-reviewed co-authored articles, most in high impact international journals, including Cancer, Psycho-oncology, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, and Journal of Clinical Oncology. She has received 31 research grants, 23 as principal investigator. She has also implemented an international collaboration with psycho-oncology teams in Australia, Germany, Japan, Mainland China and Taiwan to extend the study of supportive care needs of Chinese cancer patients. She was a Foundation Member of the East Asian Psycho-Oncology Network in 2008. She is an appointed member of the Grant Review Boards for the Research Fund for Health and Medical Research Fund, the Hong Kong SAR Government. She reviews manuscripts for various international peer-review journals including Psycho-oncology, Cancer, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, Journal of Clinical Oncology and Social Science Medicine. She is an Academic Editor by invitation for PLoS One. She is an editorial board member for Health Expectations, as well as an affiliate editorial board member of Psycho-oncology Journal. She is an Elected Board of Director for International Psycholo-oncology Society (IPOS), invited chairman of IPOS Liaison committee, and members of various IPOS committees.

Funding Scheme Project Title Approved Amount (HK$)
General Research Fund (GRF) The role of metacognition and cognitive attentional syndrome on fear of cancer recurrence: a longitudinal study 500,176
Hong Kong Cancer Fund - General Award 2015-2017 Documenting Plan - related symptoms in Chinese Cancer Patients: Hong Kong, Beijing, Tianjin and Taipei 531,176
General Research Fund (GRF) The role of cognitive bias in relation to persistent distress among women diagnosed with breast cancer 382,360
Health and Medical Research Fund  Pregnant women’s health information needs and information seeking behaviour and their influence on postpartum adjustment in Hong Kong: a longitudinal study 449,100
Health and Medical Research Fund  Developing and testing a decision aid to support Chinese parents’ HPV vaccination decision-making for adolescent girls: a randomised controlled trial 672,870
Health and Medical Research Fund Comparison the meanings of living with advanced breast cancer between women resilient to distress and women with persistent distress: A qualitative study 320,252
Hong Kong Cancer Fund Supportive care needs in cancer patients 366,360
Hong Kong Cancer Fund - General Award Optimizing patient decision making for primary surgical breast cancer treatment: Stage 2: two studies of enhanced physician communication and nurse disclosure of diagnosis 1,250,000
General Research Fund (GRF) The role of goal adjustment on psychological well-being among women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer: a longitudinal study 571,260
Hong Kong Cancer Fund - General Award Assessing unmet needs in different groups of cancer patients once treatment ends 1,156,134
Health and Health Services Research Fund - Full Grants A longitudinal study of psychosocial needs, physical symptom distress, and psychological distress of Chinese patients with colorectal cancer 560,540
Hong Kong Cancer Fund - General Award A longitudinal study of psychosocial needs, physical and psychological distress of Chinese women with advanced breast cancer: a 2nd year follow-up 503,473
Health and Health Services Research Fund The effect of decision aids on treatment decision making for breast cancer surgery: A randomized controlled trial 411,224
Health and Health Services Research Fund Factors influencing delayed presentation of symptomatic breast cancer 229,928
  1. Lam WWT, Soong I, Yau TK, Wong KY, Tsang J, Yeo W, Suen J, Ho WM, Sze WK, Ng A, Kwong A, Suen D, Fielding R. The evolution of psychological distress trajectories in women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer: a longitudinal study. Psycho-oncology doi: 10.1002/pon.3361 [2012 IF=3.506] (Ranked 14 out of 75 under the category of “Psychology”) (Citation: 31)
  2. Lam WWT, Chan M, Or A, Kwong A, Suen D, Fielding R. Reducing treatment decision conflict difficulties in breast cancer surgery. A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology (2013) 31 (23):2879-2885 [2012 IF=18.038] (Ranked 5 out of 197 under the category of “Oncology”) (Citation:24)
  3. Lam W.W.T., Kwok N.T., Chan M., Hung W.K., Ying M., Or A., Kwong A., Suen T.K.D., Yoon S.W. and Fielding R., Does the use of shared decision-making consultation behaviors increase treatment decision-making satisfaction among Chinese women facing decision for breast cancer surgery? , Patient Education and Counseling. 2014, 94(2): 243-9. [2013 IF=2.598] (Ranked 39 of 162 under the category of “Public, environmental & occupational health) (Citation:14)
  4. Lam WWT, Li WWY, Bonanno GA, Mancini AD, Chan M, Or A, Fielding R. Trajectories of body image and sexuality in the year following diagnosis of breast cancer and their relationship to 6 years psychosocial outcomes. Breast Cancer Research Treatment (2012) 131:957-967. [2012 IF=4.469 (Ranked 43out of 97 under the category of “Oncology”)] (Citation: 45)
  5. Lam WWT, Au AHY, Wong JHF, Lehmann C, Koch U, Fielding R, Mehnert A. Unmet supportive care needs: a cross-cultural comparison between Hong Kong Chinese and German Caucasian women with breast cancer. Breast Cancer Research Treatment (2011) 130:531-541. [2012 IF=4.469] (Ranked 43 out of 97 under the category of “Oncology”) (Citation: 63)
  6. Lam WWT, Shing YT, Bonanno GA, Mancini AD, Fielding R. Distress trajectories at the first year diagnosis of breast cancer in relation to 6-years survivorship. Psycho-oncology (2010) 21:90-99 [2012 IF=3.506] (Ranked 14 out of 75 under the category of “Psychology”) (Citation: 59)
  7. Lam WWT, Bonanno GA, Mancini AD, Ho S, Chan M, Hung WK, Or A, Fielding R. Trajectories of psychological distress among Chinese women diagnosed with breast cancer. Psycho-oncology (2010) 19: 1044-1051 [2012 IF=3.506] (Ranked 14 out of 75 under the category of “Psychology”) (Citation: 123)
  8. Lam WWT, Fielding R, Ho E. Predicting psychological morbidity in Chinese women following surgery for breast carcinoma. Cancer (2005): 103: 637-46 (2012 IF=5.201) (Ranked 32 out of 197 under category of “Oncology”) (Citation: 60)
  9. Lam WWT, Fielding R, Chan M, Chow L, Ho E. (2003) Participation and satisfaction with surgical treatment decision-making in breast cancer among Chinese women. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 80(2): 171-180.   [2012 IF=4.469]  (Ranked 43out of 197 under the category of “Oncology”) (Citation: 70)
  10. Lam WWT, Fielding, R. (2003) The evolving experience of illness for Chinese women with breast cancer: a qualitative study. Psycho-oncology,12:127-140. [2012 IF=3.506] (Ranked 14 out of 75 under the category of “Psychology”) (Citation: 152)
  • The Hong Kong Cancer Fund Scholarship in Psycho-oncology, Foundation Scholar, 2001-2002
  • HKU Continuing Professional Development Grant, Post-doctoral training in Psycho-oncology, The University of Sydney, 2003
  • The University of Hong Kong Spring Institute, Nominated Fellow, Teaching and learning development. 2005
  • International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) Hiroomi Kawano New Investigator Award 2007
  • F.F.P.H. Fellow, Faculty of Public Health, Royal Colleges of Physicians (UK) 2016 – present
  • Research Bureau, Department of Food and Health, Hong Kong SAR Government, Excellent Research Award, 2017