Andy Hau Yan HO

Andy Hau Yan HO
Assistant Professor
Division of Psychology, School of Social Sciences,
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences
Honorary Research Fellow, Centre on Behavioral Health,
Sau Po Centre on Ageing, The University of Hong Kong
Fellow in Thanatology, Association for Death Education and Counseling
Elected Member, International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement
Office: +65 6316 8943 
Biographical Profile

Andy is an award-winning researcher, educator and psychologist who specializes in life and death education, palliative end-of-life care, psychosocial gerontology, public mental health, holistic therapies and community empowerment. He is an elected member of the prestigious International Work Group on Death Dying and Bereavement (IWGDDB), a Fellow in Thanatology, and a Marriage and Family Therapist. While serving as reviewer for numerous international academic journals as well as advisor for various non-profit social service organizations, he is also the Founder of LifeLAB Institute and the Before-Goodbyes Foundation in Singapore, the Founding Advisor of the International Love-Soar Children Grief Awareness Project, and the Founding Host of Death Café Hong Kong.
In the past decade, Andy has successfully fundraised and obtained over S$10 million in research and service funding from competitive grants and major charitable organizations. Leading a team of clinicians and researchers to work closely with the governments and the third sector, he has played an instrumental role in the design and implementation of many high impact knowledge building and knowledge transfer projects. They include pressing issues on dignity and end-of-life care, ageing and long-term care, health equity and social justice, humanitarian aid, and public governance. Andy has published widely and presented globally on these topics, and his innovative work has significantly informed and enhanced health and psychosocial care practices and policies in local and international communities. His scholarly and social contributions have been recognized with distinction by the Association of Death Education and Counseling, the International Palliative Care Network, the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, and the Hong Kong International Cancer Congress.
Research Interests

• Community Health Psychology
• Qualitative Psychology
• Psychological Interventions
• Participatory Action Research
• Psychosocial Gerontology
• End-of-Life and Palliative Care
• Formal and Informal Caregiving
• Life and Death Education
• Expressive Arts and Holistic Therapy
• Compassion and Mindfulness Training
• Medical Humanities
Research Interest in the Neuroscience of Learning and Education

• Mindfulness Mediation and Neuroplasticity: Cultivating Clarity, Kindness and Compassion
• Mindfulness Affective-Based Education for Future Doctors and Practicing Clinicians
• Mindfulness Curriculum for Elementary, Secondary and Tertiary Institutions
• Mindful-Compassion Art Therapy (MCAT) for Human Service Professionals:
  An Introspective and Affective Based Clinical Supervision