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Prof. Andy Cheng
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Prof. Andy CHENG


D (OHP), PD (OT), PgD (WDP), BSc (H&S), MPhil, PhD, CMIOSH


Professor Cheng is a registered occupational therapist (HK and UK), chartered safety and health practitioner, certified work capacity evaluator, and registered driving assessor. He received his professional training in occupational therapy at former Hong Kong Polytechnic. He got his bachelor’s degree in Health and Safety at Curtin University and completed his MPhil and PhD in the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and certificate course in big data analysis from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He was the first Asian recipient of Canadian Institutes of Health Research Scholarship for postgraduate training on the Work Disability Prevention CIHR Strategic Training Programme at Université de Sherbrooke and University of Toronto.

Professor Cheng was the President of the Hong Kong Ergonomics Society, Council Member of the International Ergonomics Association, and Member of Hong Kong Occupational Therapists Board. Currently, he is Treasurer of the Chinese Association of Ergonomics Societies, Associate Editor of American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Academic Editor of Occupational Therapy International, Editorial board of Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, Approved Assessor for persons with disabilities under the Minimum Wage Ordinance by Labour Department, Specialist of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications, and Vice Chairperson of Hong Kong Occupational Therapy Association. Prior to joining the Department, he worked as an occupational therapist in public hospitals and then ran his own private rehabilitation centres. He has extensive experience in hand rehabilitation and medico-legal evaluation.

Professor Cheng’s research interest is centered on Work Disability Prevention and Management for injured workers / people with disability, occupational drivers, and cancer survivors. His research agenda is organized around three core questions: 1) What are the human factors resulting in occupational injury? 2) What are the risk factors in delayed return-to-work (RTW)? and 3) How different RTW interventions, including both rehabilitative and administrative strategies, can promote timely and safe RTW?

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Certificate in big data analysis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Work Disability Prevention (CIHR), Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
  • Professional Diploma in Occupational Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic
  • Bachelor of Science in Safety and Health, Curtin University, Western Australia
  • Master of Philosophy in Orthopaedic and Traumatology, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Orthopaedic and Traumatology, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Diploma in Occupational Health Practice, Faculty of Community Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professional Qualifications

  • Registered Occupational Therapist (Part I), Hong Kong OT board
  • Registered Occupational Therapist, HCPC, UK
  • Chartered member, the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, UK

Research Interests

  • Hand and occupational rehabilitation
  • Driver assessment and rehabilitation
  • Ergonomics and work-related musculoskeletal disorders
  • Cancer survivorship

Research Output

  • Cheng, A.S.K., Liu, X., Kwok, C.T.T., Chung, R.C.K., Zeng, Y., & Feuerstein, M. (2019). Chinese translation of a measure of symptom burden, functional limitations, lifestyle, and health care-seeking skills in breast cancer survivors: the Cancer Survivor Profile. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. doi: 10.1007/s11764-019-0733-0.
  • Cheng, A.S.K., Zeng, Y., Liu, X., Liu, S., Cheng, S.W.C., Kwok, C.T.T., Chung, R.C.K., Xie. J., & Feuerstein, M. (2018). Cognitive challenges while at work and work output in breast cancer survivors employed in a rapidly evolving economy, Journal of Cancer Survivorship, doi: 10.1007/s11764-018-0712-x.
  • Luo, S.X., Liu, J.E., Cheng A.S.K., Xiao, S.Q., Su, Y.L., & Feuerstein, M. (2018). Breast Cancer Survivors Report Similar Concerns Related to Return to Work in Developed and Developing Nations, Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, doi: 10.1007/s10926-018-9762-1.
  • Zeng, Y.C., Cheng, A.S.K, Song, T., Sheng, X., Zhang, Y., Liu, X., & Chan, C.C.H. (2017). Subjective cognitive impairment and brain structural networks in Chinese gynaecological cancer survivors compared with age-matched controls: a cross-sectional study, BMC Cancer, Nov 28;17(1):796. doi: 10.1186/s12885-017-3793-4.
  • Zeng, Y.C., Cheng, A.S.K, Liu, X. Y., & Chan, C.C.H. (2017). Cervical cancer survivors' perceived cognitive complaints and supportive care needs in mainland China: a qualitative study. British Medical Journal Open, 17 Jun 22;7(6):e014078. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014078.
  • Zeng, Y.C., Cheng, A.S.K, & Feuerstein, M. (2017). Cognitive Limitations at Work among Employed Breast Cancer Survivors in China. Rehabilitation Nursing, 42(6), 347-353.
  • Cheng, A.S.K, Lau L.O.C., Ma, Y.N.H., Ngai, R.H., & Fong, S.S.L. (2016). Impact of cognitive symptoms on work productivity and quality of life among breast cancer survivors in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Journal of Occupational Therapy, 28, 15-23.
  • Zeng, Y.C., Cheng, A.S.K., & Chan, C.C.H. (2016). Meta-analysis of the effects of neuropsychological interventions on cognitive function in non-central nervous system cancer survivors. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 15(4), 424-434.
  • Zeng, Y.C., Cheng A.S.K., Liu, X.Y., & Feuerstein, M. (2016). Symptom Profiles, Work Productivity and Quality of Life among Chinese Female Cancer Survivors. Gynecology & Obstetrics. (Sunnyvale) 6:357. doi:10.4172/2161-0932.1000357
  • Cheng, A.S.K., Zeng, Y.C., & Feuerstein, M. (2015). Validation of the Chinese version of the cognitive symptom checklist-work-21 in breast cancer survivors. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 25(4), 685-695.

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