Esther Y Y Lau, Ph.D.
Registered Psychologist (British Columbia, Canada)
Registered Clinical Psychologist (HKPS)
Chief Examiner, MSocSc in Clinical Psychology Program, HKU

Education –
B.Soc.Sc. (Psychology), The University of Hong Kong
M.Soc.Sc. (Clinical Psychology), The University of Hong Kong
Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), Dalhousie University
Pre-doctoral Internship (Clinical Psychology – Neuropsychology Track), Vancouver Coastal Health

Research interests –
Sleep and sleep disorders
Clinical neuropsychology and neurocognitive functioning of healthy and patient populations
Forgiveness, spirituality, and mental health

Dr. LAU Esther Yuet-ying
Assistant Professor

Contacts –
Office: C663
Phone: (852) 3917 7035

Refereed Papers – (Students’ names are italicized; *corresponding author)
Cheung, S-H., Hui, C. H., Lau, E.Y.Y., Cheung, S.F., & Mok, D.S.Y. (in press). Does church size matter? A cross-sectional and longitudinal study of Chinese congregants’ religious attitudes and behaviors. Review of Religious Research.

Zhang, K. C., Hui, C. H., Lam, J., Lau, E. Y. Y., Cheung, S. F., & Mok, D. S. Y. (in press). Personal spiritual values and quality of life: Evidence from Chinese college students. Journal of Religion and Health.

Hui, C.H., Chan, S.W.Y., Lau, E.Y.Y., Cheung, S.F., & Mok, D.S.Y. (2014). The role of religion in moderating the impact of life events on material life goals: Some evidence in support of terror management theory. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture, 1, 52-61.

Lau, E. Y. Y.
*, Wong, M. L., Ng, E. C. W., Hui, C. H., Cheung, S. F. & Mok, D. S. Y. (2013). “Social Jetlag” in morning-type college students living on campus: Implications on physical and psychological wellbeing. Chronobiology International, 30, 910-918.

Lau, E. Y. Y.*, Ip, M. S. M., Lee, T. M. C., Yeung, A. W. M., & Eskes, G. A. (2013). Neurocognitive and psychosocial outcomes of obstructive sleep apnea in Hong Kong Chinese: Similar to or different from western populations? Journal of Sleep Disorders: Treatment and Care, 2, 3.

Lau, E. Y. Y.*, Eskes, G. A., Morrison, D. L., Rajda, M., Spurr, K. F. (2013). The role of daytime sleepiness in psychosocial outcomes after treatement for obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep Disorders, 2013, 140275.

Wong, M. L., Lau, E. Y. Y.*, Wan, J. H. Y., Cheung, S. F., Hui, C. H., & Mok, D. S. Y. (2013). The interplay between sleep and mood in predicting academic functioning, physical health and psychological health: A longitudinal study. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 74, 271-277.

Cheng, G. L. F., Tang, J. C. Y., Li, F. W. S., Lau, E. Y. Y., & Lee, T. M. C. (2012). Schizophrenia and risk-taking: Impaired reward but preserved punishment processing. Schizophrenia Research, 136, 122-127.

Hui, C. H., Ng, E. C. W., Mok, D. S. Y., Lau, E. Y. Y., & Cheung, S. F. (2011). "Faith Maturity Scale" for Chinese: A revision and construct validation. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 21, 308-322.

Lau, E. Y. Y.
*, Eskes G. A., Morrison, D. L., Rajda, M., Spurr, K. F. (2010). Executive function in patients with obstructive sleep apnea treated with continuous positive airway pressure. Journal of International Neuropsychological Society, 16, 1077-1088.

Cowper-Smith, C. D., Lau, E. Y. Y., Helmick, C. A., Eskes, G. E., Westwood, D. A. (2010). Neural coding of movement direction in the healthy human brain. PLoS ONE 5(10): e13330. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013330

Lee, T. M. C., Cheung, C. C. Y., Lau, E. Y. Y., Mak, A., & Li, L. S. W. (2003). Cognitive and emotional dysfunction after central pontine myelinolysis. Behavioral Neurology, 14, 103-107.

Book Chapters –
Lau, E. Y. Y.
* (2014). Clinical interviewing and qualitative assessment with Asian heritage clients. In J. M. Davis & R. C. D’Amato (Eds.), Neuropsychology with Asian-Americans (pp.135-149). Macau, China: Springer.

Lau, E. Y. Y.* (2013). Executive and frontal lobe function. In C. A. Kushida (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Sleep, Vol.3 (pp.352-359). Waltham, MA: Academic Press.

Lau, E. Y. Y.* (2013). Mood and behavior. In C. A. Kushida (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Sleep, Vol.3 (pp.413-418). Waltham, MA: Academic Press.

Sleep Laboratory
We are interested in studying how sleep interacts with our waking time. That includes how sleep, sleep problems, sleep disorders, sleep quality, sleep loss, and sleep deprivation affect daytime functioning, and also how our daytime behaviors and environmental factors such as stress, caffeine intake, napping, and shift work affect our nighttime sleep. We hope that our research has implications for promotion of quality sleep and enhancement of daytime functioning, hence improving overall well-being.

Research Internship Opportunities
Project title:
What makes poor sleepers anxious and depressed? Testing the mediating role of cognitive deficits between poor sleep and anxiety and depressive disorders.

In this longitudinal study, we attempt to examine the causal relationship between poor sleep and anxiety and depressive symptoms assessed both subjectively and objectively, and to elucidate the role of cognitive mechanisms underlying the effects of poor sleep on anxiety and depressive symptoms. Interns will be involved in protocol preparation and data collection, which involves cognitive testing and interviews (10-12 hours per week).

Intern selection:
1) Second-year psychology major students preferred
2) Interest in sleep, mental health and neuropsychology
3) High motivation
4) Good interpersonal skills and proficiency in English and Chinese
5)Availability on the weekend will be given priority

Interested students are welcome to send a covering letter and a detailed curriculum vitae to Dr. Esther Lau ( by Jan 17, 2014.


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