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Biography

Dr. Eva Ho is currently an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She received her BN with 1st class honor in 2009, MPhil in 2013 and Ph.D. in 2017 from the School of Nursing, the University of Hong Kong. Besides, she obtained her Bachelor of Law (LL.B) with 2nd upper honor in 2014 from the University of London. She has a strong research interest in symptom management in children with cancer and those surviving the disease. During her postgraduate studies, she conducted a large-scale randomized controlled trial to investigate the effectiveness of adventure-based training in promoting regular physical activity and reducing fatigue among Hong Kong Chinese childhood cancer survivors. Apart from that, she has conducted a considerable number of studies on sleep impairment among the childhood survivors. In particular, she adapted and validated the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index for children and adolescents which is a widely used instrument in assessing sleep quality and disturbances in adults. She also explored the prevalence of sleep impairment among the survivors and examined how sleep impairment, fatigue and depression correlate to from a symptom cluster to affect the survivors’ quality of life. Her another research interest is the addictive behaviors in children and adolescents. She has conducted a number of studies to promote smoking cessation in youth through different interventions, such as an integrated approach of smoking cessation and healthy lifestyle practices, risk communication, motivational interviewing and brief advice based on the AWARD model. She is also recently awarded a Beat Drug Fund to develop a community-based network to identify and refer hidden drug abusers among youth in Hong Kong. She has obtained 30 grants in the capacity of principal investigator or co-investigator. She has also published 71 articles in renowned international peer-reviewed journals, including JAMA Internal Medicine, Scientific Reports, Journal of Adolescent Health, BMC Cancer and Psycho-oncology.  Besides, she is currently serving as an editor for different renowned international peer-reviewed journals, such as BMC Public Health, Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, and Frontiers in Psychiatry. 

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The University of Hong Kong
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of London
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) , The University of Hong Kong
  • BN (First Class Honor), The University of Hong Kong

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