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- Senior Lecturer, Occupational Therapy, Dept. Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, The Northumbria University.

- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Occupational Therapist 

Research interests

Dr Lai is a scientist from Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) China.

He received BSc in Occupational Therapy from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), then awarded MSc Health Care in Occupational Therapy and obtained his PhD from the PolyU. He is the holder of the Diploma of Epidemiology & Applied Statistics, and the Diploma of Occupational Safety & Health.  

He had been working in the Hospital Authority (HA) of Hong Kong for more than twenty years and had been working as Allied Health Training Officer in HA. Dr Lai was the Unit Safety Officer and the Unit Infection Control Coordinator for years. He has ample experience in teaching, clinical service, research and administration that covered field of psychiatric and physical rehabilitation in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Most importantly, he has been working actively in clinical research throughout these decades. His records of publications and conference presentations covered various important dimensions in rehabilitation sciences such as vocational rehabilitation, geri-orthopaedic rehabilitation, wheelchair & seating, amputation rehabilitation, home safety and fall prevention, problem solving style of substance abusers, executive functioning, dementia, cognitive screening, blood-based biomarkers, application of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and caregivers' research.

In recent years, Dr Lai’s research interest geared towards two directions. The first is on the implementation of holistic dementia care, which aimed not only to people with dementia but also to their care-givers. He conducts research on neuro-modulation for older people with dementia and MCI; applies VR, AR and AI for earlier cognitive screening and training; organizes public education, especially on intergeneration education for dementia care.

Dr Lai is one of the Council Members of the Chinese Dementia Research Association and is one of the advisors of the “Dementia Care Link” which is a co-joint community volunteer training project between HA and various district-based NGOs in the community. His another research direction is on the application of design thinking to facilitate the growth of moral reasoning, empathy, social responsibility, and social innovation for the prosocial behavior and positive youth development. He is the advisor of a local NGO on a social innovation development program for positive youth development “Youth Impact Award, YIAA” . 

With the support from HKSAR Governmental funding, Dr Lai developed a web-based platform 攜手跨障礙-公眾教育平台“” for public education. Moreover, with the support from the Fund of Better Living of the Innovation & Technology Committee of the HKSAR, Dr Lai and his team develop a cognitive training apps for older people "小城大事腦力挑戰 Brain Challenge for Major Events in a Small Town" 


Education/Academic qualification

Education, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Advance HE

Award Date: 4 Jul 2022

Philosophy, PhD, Doctor of Philosophy , Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Award Date: 15 May 2017

Management, Diploma, Diploma of Occupational Safety and Health, The Open University of Hong Kong

Award Date: 31 May 2007

Health, MSc, MSc Healthcare (Occupational Therapy), Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Award Date: 21 Nov 2001

Statistics, Diploma, Diploma of Epidemiology & Applied Statistics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Award Date: 12 Aug 1998

Occupational Therapy, BSc, BSc Occupational Therapy, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Award Date: 26 Oct 1995

External positions

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

1 Oct 2021 → …

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Oct 2021 → …

Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

1 Aug 201831 Jul 2021

Allied Health Training Officer, Hospital Authority of the Hong Kong SAR

1 Aug 20081 Oct 2009

Occupational Therapist II to Occupational Therapist I to Senior Occupational Therapist in Hospital Authority of the Hong Kong SAR

1 Sept 199531 Jul 2018


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