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Prof. David Man
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Prof. David MAN

DoMHRC & Professor



Prof. David Man obtained his occupational therapy qualification in Hong Kong, a Master of Sciences in Rehabilitation Studies at Southampton University, UK, and a PhD from The University of Hong Kong. He received neuro-rehabilitation and cognitive therapy training in the USA and the UK. Prof. Man's specialties are in memory research and innovative cognitive rehabilitation for ultimate community reintegration. Use of tele-rehabilitation, virtual reality systems, artificial intelligence and computer-assisted platforms for persons with acquired brain injury, mild cognitive impairment and schizophrenia are recent research foci. He has been the grant holder of many competitive grants including funding from Food & Health Bureau, HKSAR: Health Medical Research Grant, the Health Services Research Grant, Health Care and Promotion Fund. Other major grant includes General Research Grant (Research Grant Council), Fund, Innovation Technology Fund and the IGARD grant (Product Development). Prof. Man has published widely in journals in SCI and SCCI,and in the areas of neurorehabilitation, neuropsychology, geriatrics, rehabilitation psychology, occupational therapy and quality of life. He also developed two patented projects, an expert system in memory rehabilitation, Empowerment Questionnaires (EQ) in persons with brain injury and family caretakers, a Chinese and an online Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test, a Chinese version of the Cambridge Prospective Memory Test, Chinese IADL scale, and three licensing virtual-reality based software. He has been the Associate Head (Research), coordinator of the Neuroscience and Neurological Rehabilitation research group in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. Currently Prof. Man is the Director of Mental Health Research Centre, a constituent unit under The PolyU Academy of Interdisciplinary Research (PAIR).

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Professional Diploma in Occupational Therapy, Hong Kong Polytechnic
  • Master of Science, University of Southampton
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Hong Kong

Research Interests

  • Cognitive rehabilitation and virtual reality
  • Neuroscience of memory and decision making
  • Prospective memory study
  • Errorless learning-based study for dementia

Research Output

  • Lai, F.H. Y. Tong, A.Y.C., Fung, A.W.T., Yu, K.K.Y., Wong, S.S. I, Lai, C.Y.Y., Man, D.W.K. (2022). Information communication technology as instrumental activities of daily living for aging-in-place in Chinese older adults with and without cognitive impairment: the validation study of advanced Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Scale. Frontier in Neurology, 13, 746640. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2022.74664

  • Hogan, C., Cornwell, P., Jennifer Fleming, David W. K. Man & David Shum (2021). Assessment of prospective memory after stroke utilizing virtual reality. Virtual Reality,

    Man, D.W.K., Lai, F.H.Y., Yu, E.S., Lee, G.Y.Y. (2021). Effects of traditional Cantonese opera songs on Cantonese-speaking, community-dwelling older adults’ cognitive and psychological function, well-being, and health. Aging & Mental Health. Ahead of Print.

  • Hogan, C., Cornwell, P., Fleming, J., Man, D. W.K., Shum, D.H.K. (2021). Self-reported prospective memory after stroke. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 31(8), 1190-1206. doi: 10.1080/09602011.2020.1769686

  • Man, D.W.K., Tsang, W.S.F., Lu, E., Tsang, H.W.H. (2019). Bibliometric study of research productivity in occupational therapy and physical therapy/physiotherapy in four Western countries and five Asian countries/regions. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal.

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