Andy obtained his BSc (Sports Science) and PhD (Speech Motor Learning) from the University of Hong Kong in 2008 and 2012 respectively. Then Andy worked as a cadet pilot of Cathay Pacific Airways in 2013 and back to academia as a post-docotoral fellow in the University of Hong Kong in 2014. He joined the Department of Health and Physical Education at the Hong Kong Institute of Education in Aug, 2015.
Membership in Professional Societies
Licensed swimming instructor in AUSTSWIM organization
Vice -President (Publicity) of Hong Kong Society of Sports and Exercise Psychology
Member of European Federation of Sports Psychology
Member of Sedentary Behavior Research Network
Member of North Amercian Society for the Psychology of Sports and Physical Activity
Research Output Prize, Dean’s Research Fund 2018, Faculty of Liberal Art and Social Science
RGC GRF 2017-2018 (Principal Investigator; full funding: HK$640,437)
Improving cognitive functions in children with autism via physical activity: December, 2021.
RGC ECS 2016-2017 (Principal Investigator; full funding: HK$461,160)
Examining the association between physical activity and sleep quality in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder using melatonin-mediated mechanism model: A randomized controlled trial. Project completion: June, 2019.
Health and Medical Research Fund 2016-2017, HKSAR (Co-investigator; full funding: HK$436,724)
Fesibility and preliminary efficacy of Ai Chi acquatic exercise training in Hong Kong’s older adults with risk of failing. Project completion: June, 2020
Health and Medical Research Fund 2016-2017, HKSAR (Co-Investigator; full funding: HK$513,340)
Temporal Association Between Objectively-Measured Smartphone Usage, Sleeping Quality, and Physical Activity in Hong Kong Adolescents and Young Adults. Project Completion: June, 2018
EdUHK - Research and Development Initiatives Fund 2017-2018 (Principal Investigator, HK$100,000)
Effect of physical activity on emotional well-being in children with autism spectrum disorder
EdUHK – Dean’s Research Grant 2017-2018 (Principal investigator; full funding: HK$79,974.75)
Examining the underlying mechanism of physical exercise in treating stereotypic behavior of children with autism spectrum disorder in the context of sensory consequence
EdUHK – Dean’s Research Grant 2016-2017(Principal investigator; full funding: HK$59,778.7)
The relationship between attentional focus instruction and reinvestment propensity in children’s motor skill acquisition. Project Completion: 31 March, 2017
EdUHK – Start up Fund 2016-2017 (Principal investigator; full funding: HK$30,000)
Investigation on school-aged children’s free-play pattern in Hong Kong and its relationship with their well-being. Project Completion: 31 January, 2017
EdUHK - Internal Research Grant 2015-2016 (Principal investigator; full funding: HK$99,043)
Examining the use of analogy instruction in motor learning by older adults. Project Completion: 27 December 2016
HKU – Seed Funding 2016-2017 (Co-investigator; full funding: HK$45,980)
Examining the Role of External and Internal Attention Focus Instructions during Rehabilitative Walking Training on Real-time Conscious Motor Processing by Older Adults at Risk of Falling in Hong Kong – A Pilot Study. Project Completion: 30 June, 2017
HKU - Knowledge Exchange Funding 2015 (Co-investigator; full funding: HK$85,000)
Development of a mobile app to promote fall prevention exercises for older adults in Hong Kong. Project Completion: September 2015.
HKU - Small Project funding 2014-2015 (Principal Investigator; full funding: HK$39,757)
Physical exercise participation of community-dwelling older adults in Hong Kong. Project Completion: August 2015
HKU - Seed funding 2014-2015 (Co-investigator; full funding: HK$119, 956)
Title: Effect of Pilates exercise on Core stability of older adults at high fall risk. Project Competition: 30 June 2016
Andy’s primary research interest lies on the motor learning and impact of physical activity on psychological, cognitive and physical well-being in children with autism spectrum disorder. He is also interested in motor development and the effect of free-play on overall quality of life in typically developing children. He recently initiates a new research project on the investigation of free-play participation among school-aged children. His research goal is to propose a lighthouse parenting strategy as a reasonable approach to build success among children.
Andy's teaching duty includes:
PE Curriculum and Teaching Technique (Motor Learning); Sports Measurement and Statistics; Motor Skill Acquisition; Motor Control and Development; Research Methods in Sports Science; Strength and Conditioning and Exercise and Sport Event Management. Comments from students are generally good to very good and his avaerage SET score of each academic year is over 3.5.