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LAU Esther Yuet-ying, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Registered Psychologist (British Columbia, Canada)
Registered Clinical Psychologist (HKPS)
Chief Examiner, MSocSc in Clinical Psychology Program, HKU

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

Office: C663
Phone: (852) 3917 7035
Email: eyylau@hku.hk

Refereed Papers – (Students’ names are italicized; *corresponding author)

Lau, E. Y. Y.*, Cheung, S. H., Lam, J., Hui, C. H., Cheung, S. F., & Mok, D. S. Y. (2014). Purpose-driven life: Life goes as a predictor of quality of life and psychological health. Journal of Happiness Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10902-014-9552-1

Lau, W. W. F., Hui, C. H., Lam, J., Lau, E. Y. Y., Cheung, S. F. (2014). The relationship between college students’ spirituality and quality of life: An autoregressive cross-lagged panel analysis. Higher Education. doi: 10.1007/s10734-014-9817-y

Hui, C. H., Lau, W. W. F., Cheung, S-H., Cheung S. F., Lau, E. Y. Y., & Lam, J. (2014). Predictors and outcomes of experiences deemed religious: A longitudinal investigation. International Journal of the Psychology of Religion. doi:10.1080/10508619.2014.916588

Cheung, S-H., Hui, C. H., Lau, E.Y.Y., Cheung, S.F., & Mok, D.S.Y. (2014). Does church size matter? A cross-sectional and longitudinal study of Chinese congregants’ religious attitudes and behaviors. Review of Religious Research. doi:10.1007/s13644-013-0116-3

Zhang, K. C., Hui, C. H., Lam, J., Lau, E. Y. Y., Cheung, S. F., & Mok, D. S. Y. (2014). Personal spiritual values and quality of life: Evidence from Chinese college students. Journal of Religion and Health, 53, 986-1002.

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

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. 

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. 

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: Emotional processing of individuals with insomnia

In this study, we aim to explore emotional processing in individuals with insomnia and explore the association between sleep disturbances and altered emotional processing. Interns will be involved in data collection, which involves cognitive testing (10-12 hours per week).

Intern selection:
1) Interest in sleep, mental health and neuropsychology

2) High motivation

3) Good interpersonal skills and proficiency in English and Cantonese

4) Availability on the weekend will be given priority

We are recruiting interns for academic year 2014-15. Training of neurocognitive assessment and operation of polysomnographic equipment will be provided in summer. Interested students are welcome to send a covering letter and a detailed curriculum vitae to Dr. Esther Lau (eyylau@hku.hk) by June 27, 2014.

Esther Y Y Lau, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor