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Jojo Yan Yan KWOK
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Dr. Jojo Kwok is a registered nurse and certified yoga instructor in Hong Kong, and currently an Assistant Professor at School of Nursing, The University of Hong Kong. She received her degrees of BN (1st Hons), MPH and PhD from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interests focus on chronic illness care, gerontology, as well as behavioral medicine. She advocates psychologically informed physical therapy to improve health outcomes. She has initiated the first mindfulness yoga clinical trial in Hong Kong, which concluded that mindfulness yoga is an effective, safe and superior mind-body treatment option for stress and motor symptoms management in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Her research findings have been published in international, peer-reviewed journals, such as JAMA Neurology, and featured as impactful news in both local and international mass media, including Reuters Health, Neurology Today and Radio Television Hong Kong.

Jojo has accumulated an admirable list of academic honors, international achievements and local community services. She has received a Pi Iota Chapter Scholarship offered by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International in 2020, an Early Career Award and Meritorious Scientific Abstract Award offered by the International Society of Behavioral Medicine in 2018, and an Early Career Researcher Award (runner-up) offered by the international peer-reviewed journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine in 2016. She has been invited to deliver a plenary speech, titled ‘Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine: Prescription of Healthy Living’, at the 23rd International Conference on Frontiers in Yoga Research and its Applications (INCOFYRA) in Bengaluru, India in 2020. She has been an active committee member of the Hong Kong Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (HKPDF) Education and Training Committee since 2016 to facilitate the knowledge transfer of evidence-based care among the local Parkinson’s community.

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Funding Scheme Project Title Approved Amount (HK$)
General Research Fund ‘Mindfulness in stillness’ or ‘mindfulness in motion’? A randomized controlled trial on the effects and acceptability of individual mindfulness techniques – meditation and yoga – on anxiety and depression in people with Parkinson’s disease 979,252
Seed Fund for Basic Research, HKU Effects of a Mindfulness Yoga - Practice Awareness through Cognitive-based Exercise (MY-PACE) Program on Freezing of Gait for People with Parkinson’s Disease: A Feasibility Study 41,600
Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange (KE) Project Fund, HKU Mindfulness Yoga for Parkinson’s Disease (MY-PD) 正念瑜伽展柏力 175,000
Seed Fund for Basic Research for New Staff, HKU The feasibility and preliminary effects of ‘mindfulness of sound’ on physio-psycho-spiritual outcomes for people with Parkinson’s disease: a pilot randomised study 150,000
Professor Ida Martinson Project Fund, The East Asian Forum of Nursing Scholars (EAFONS) A cross-regional study comparing symptom prevalence, severity and health-related quality of life among people with Parkinson’s disease in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand 45,000
Association of Hong Kong Nursing Staff The effect of yoga on psychological distress for people with Parkinson’s disease: a pilot study 49,800
  • Gerontology and chronic illness care, in particular, Parkinson’s disease
  • Behavioral medicine, in particular, mindfulness and yoga
  1. Kwok JY*, Choi EP, Chau PH, Wong JY, Fong DY, Auyeung M. Effects of spiritual resilience on psychological distress and health-related quality of life in Chinese people with Parkinson’s disease. Quality of Life Research. 2020 Jun 22:1-9. Available from: doi:10.1007/s11136-020-02562-x
  2. Kwok JY*, Lee JJ, Auyeung M, Chan ML, Chan HY. Letting nature take its course: A qualitative exploration of the illness and adjustment experiences of Hong Kong Chinese people with Parkinson's disease. Health & Social Care in the Community. 2020 Jun 10. Available from: doi:10.1111/hsc.13055
  3. Takemura N, Cheung DS, Smith R, Deng W, Ho KY, Lin J, Kwok JY, Lam TC, Lin CC. Effectiveness of aerobic exercise and mind-body exercise in cancer patients with poor sleep quality: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Sleep Medicine Reviews. 2020 May 13:101334. Available from: doi:10.1016/j.smrv.2020.101334
  4. Ho KW, Pong G, Poon WC, Chung KY, Kwok JY, Chiu KH. Progression of health‐related quality of life of patients waiting for total knee arthroplasty. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2020 Mar 22. Available from: doi:10.1111/jep.13388
  5. Choi EP, Wan EY, Kwok JY, Chin WY, Lam CL. The mediating role of sleep quality in the association between nocturia and health-related quality of life. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 2019 Dec 11;17:181. Available from: doi:10.1186/s12955-019-1251-5
  6. Tang MF, Chiu HY, Xu X, Kwok JY, Cheung DS, Chen CY, Lin CC. Walking is more effective than yoga at reducing sleep disturbance in cancer patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Sleep Medicine Reviews. 2019 Oct;47:1-8. Available from: doi:10.1016/j.smrv.2019.05.003
  7. Kwok JY*, Kwan JC, Auyeung M, Mok VC, Lau CK, Choi KC, Chan HY. Effects of mindfulness yoga vs stretching and resistance training exercises on anxiety and depression for people with Parkinson disease: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Neurology. 2019 Jul;76(7):755-63. Available from: doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.0534
  8. Kwok JY*, Auyeung M, Chan HY. Examining factors related to health-related quality of life in people with Parkinson’s disease. Rehabilitation Nursing Journal. 2020 May/Jun;45(3):122-30. Availabe from: doi:10.1097/rnj.0000000000000179
  9. Kwok JY*, Kwan JC, Auyeung M, Mok VC, Chan HY. The effects of yoga versus stretching and resistance training exercises on psychological distress for people with mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s disease: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2017 Nov 2;18:509. Available from: doi:10.1186/s13063-017-2223-x
  10. Kwok JY*, Choi KC, Chan HY. Effects of mind–body exercises on the physiological and psychosocial well-being of individuals with Parkinson's disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 2016 Dec;29:121-31. Available from: doi:10.1016/j.ctim.2016.09.016
2019-Now Member (Nurse Leader), Pi Iota Chapter, Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
2018-Now Member, Hong Kong Society of Behavioral Health
2016-Now Committee member, The Hong Kong Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Education and Training Committee
2016-Now Member, International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS)
2016-Now Life member, The Hong Kong Movement Disorder Society (HKMDS)
2013-2016 Associate member, Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
Year Scholarship/ Award Institution/ Organization
2020 Pi Iota Chapter Scholarship Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
2018  Early Career Award The International Society of Behavioral Medicine
2018  Meritorious Scientific Abstract Award The 15th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, The International Society of Behavioral Medicine
2017  International Congress Travel Grants Award The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society
2016 Early Career Researcher Award (runner-up) International peer-reviewed journal, Complementary Therapies in Medicine
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