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Psychology, Mental Health, and Health

dr judy siu

Associate Professor

PhD (UQ)
MPhil (CUHK)



2766 7747


Medical anthropology
Social and cultural studies of health
Qualitative health studies


My URLs:



Sociology of Health

Issues in Health Sociology

Health and Social Policy Analysis


Research Interests:
Social and cultural determinants of health

People’s perceptions and responses on health and diseases

Health and illness behaviours

Illness experiences

Health inequalities

Illness-associated stigmas


Selected Publications:
International peer-reviewed and refereed journal articles published

Siu J.Y.M. (2016). Imprisoned in the cultural stereotypes of overactive bladder: Cultural meanings of disease and sick role adaptation in Hong Kong. Nursing Research, 65(5): 352-361. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000177

Siu J.Y.M. (2016). Qualitative study on the shifting sociocultural meanings of the facemask in Hong Kong since the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak: Implications for infection control in the post-SARS era. International Journal for Equity in Health, 15(1): 73. doi: 10.1186/s12939-016-0358-0
Chan K., Siu J.Y.M., Fung T.K.F. (2016). Perception of acupuncture among users and non-users: A qualitative study. Health Marketing Quarterly, 78 – 93. doi: 10.1080/07359683.2016.1132051
Siu J.Y.M. (2015). Communicating with mismatch and tension: Treatment provision experiences of primary care doctors treating patients with overactive bladder in Hong Kong. BMC Family Practice, 16(1):160. doi: 10.1186/s12875-015-0380-0
Siu J.Y.M. (2015). Influence of social experiences in shaping perceptions of the Ebola virus among African residents of Hong Kong during the 2014 outbreak: A qualitative study. International Journal for Equity in Health, 14(1): 88. doi: 10.1186/s12939-015-0223-6
Siu J.Y.M. (2015). Coping with patients suffering from overactive bladder: experiences of family caregivers in Hong Kong. Health and Social Care in the Community. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12278
Siu J.Y.M. (2015). Communicating under medical patriarchy: gendered doctor-patient communication between female patients with overactive bladder and male urologists in Hong Kong. BMC Women’s Health, 15(1): 44. doi: 10.1186/s12905-015-0203-4
Siu J.Y.M. (2014). Coping with future epidemics: Tai chi practice as an overcoming strategy used by survivors of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in post-SARS Hong Kong. Health Expectations. doi: 10.1111/hex.12270.
Siu J.Y.M. (2014). Perceptions of and barriers to vaccinating daughters against Human Papillomavirus (HPV) among mothers in Hong Kong. BMC Women’s Health, 14: 73. doi: 10.1186/1472-6874-14-73
Siu J.Y.M. (2014). The illness experiences of women with overactive bladder in Hong Kong. Qualitative Health Research, 24(6): 801-810. doi: 10.1177/1049732314530811
Siu J.Y.M. (2014). “Seeing a doctor is just like having a date”: A qualitative study on doctor shopping among overactive bladder patients in Hong Kong. BMC Family Practice, 15: 27. doi:10.1186/1471-2296-15-27.
Chan K., Siu J.Y.M., Fung T.K.F. (Accepted). Perception of acupuncture among users and non-users: A qualitative study. Health Marketing Quarterly.
Siu J.Y.M. (2013). Barriers to Receiving Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination among Female University Students in Hong Kong. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 15(9): 1071-1084. doi:10.1080/13691058.2013.807518
Siu J.Y.M. (2012). The Perceptions of and Disincentives for receiving Influenza A(H1N1) Vaccines among Chronic Renal Disease Patients in Hong Kong. Health and Social Care in the Community, 20(2): 137-144. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2524.2011.01023.x.
Siu J.Y.M. (2010). Another nightmare after SARS: knowledge perceptions of and overcoming strategies for H1N1 influenza among chronic renal disease patients in Hong Kong. Qualitative Health Research, 20(7): 893-904. doi: 10.1177/1049732310367501.
Mercer S.W., Siu J.Y.M., Hillier S.M., Lam C.L.K., Lo Y.Y.C., Lam T.P., Griffiths S.M. (2010). A qualitative study of the views of patients with long-term conditions on family doctors in Hong Kong. BMC Family Practice, 11: 46. doi: 10.1186/1471-2296-11-46.
Siu J.Y.M. (2008). The SARS-associated stigmas of the SARS victims in the post-SARS era of Hong Kong. Qualitative Health Research, 18(6): 729 – 738. doi: 10.1177/1049732308318372.
Siu J.Y.M., Sung H.C., Lee W.L. (2007). Qigong practice among chronically-ill patients during the SARS outbreak. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 16(4): 769 - 776. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2006.01695.x


Book Chapters:
Siu J.Y.M. (2012). “The Cultural Perceptions, Folk Taxonomies and the Relationship with Alternative Medicine Practices among Hong Kong People.” In Alternative Medicine, pp.25-45. Sakagami H., ed. Croatia: InTech. ISBN 980-953-307-811-8.
Siu J.Y.M. (2012). “The use of qigong and tai chi as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among chronically patients in Hong Kong.” In A Compendium of Essays on Alternative Therapy, pp.175-192. Bhattacharya A., ed. Croatia: InTech. ISBN 978-953-307-863-2. doi: 10.13140/2.1.1148.2560


Academic magazine article published:

蕭婉文. (2009). 《香港的傳染病、不平等及資本主義》, META 09: 10 – 12. Hong Kong: Roundtable Publishing.


Book review published

Siu J.Y.M. (2014). Book review on “Manufacturing Tibetan Medicine: The creation of an industry and the moral economy of Tibetanness”. Asian Anthropology, 13(2): 157-159. doi: 10.1080/1683478X.2014.967027


Library-archived thesis

Siu Y.M. (2007). From an Epidemic to Mass “Panic”: The Cultural Construction of the SARS Epidemic in Hong Kong. Ph.D thesis, School of Population Health, The University of Queensland.
Siu Y.M. (2004). Qigong in Hong Kong: A Study of Complementary Medicine and Health Consciousness. M.Phil. thesis, Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Current Research Projects :

Siu J.Y.M., Fung T.K.F. (1 January 2017 – 31 December 2018). “Promoting Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to women and men in Hong Kong: An investigation by using qualitative and experimental approaches”. Funded by General Research Fund (GRF), Research Grants Council, Hong Kong. [PolyU 12641016]. Grant amount: HK$568,000.

Siu J.Y.M., Chan E.A. (Co-PI), Suen K.P.L., Lee, Y.M.I. (January 2017 – October 2018). “Understanding the decreasing young generation blood donors in Hong Kong: A mixed method study on the meanings of blood donation to undergraduate students in PolyU”. Funded by Faculty Collaborative Research Scheme between Social Sciences and Health Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. Grant amount: HK$412,850.

Lin Y., Siu J.Y.M. (Co-PI), Wong F.K.Y. (Co-PI), Yuen J.W.M., Wong F.Y.Y., Wu C., Chang K., Ho J., Wong C.M.S., Tian L.W. (2017 - 2020). “Association of green space with quality of life and health status of neighborhood residents: a mix-method research project”. Funded by Faculty Collaborative Research Scheme between Social Sciences and Health Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. Grant amount: HK$1,000,000.

Siu J.Y.M., Briggs L. (Co-PI), Lai D.W.L., Bai X. (2017 - 2019). “Perception and acceptability of seasonal influenza and pneumococcal vaccines among older adults in Hong Kong and in Queensland, Australia: A cross-cultural comparison using a qualitative approach”. Funded by Griffith University (Health) / The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Faculty of Health and Social Sciences) Collaborative Research Grants Scheme 2016. Grant amount: AU$15281.47, HK$67200.

Siu J.Y.M. (July 2017 – April 2019). “Home care needs for old-aged chronically ill patients and their family carers in Hong Kong: A qualitative study”. Funded by Start-up Fund for New Recruits, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Grant amount: HK$199,500.

Siu J.Y.M., Chan K., Lee A. (1 March 2015 – 29 February 2016). “Promoting healthy eating to adolescents in Hong Kong: A school-based health intervention.” Funded by Quality Education Fund, Education Bureau, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, [EDB/QEF/2013/0831]. Grant amount: HK$194,800.


Professional & Community Service:
Hong Kong Society of Behavioral Health