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LAU Esther Yuet-ying, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Registered Psychologist (British Columbia, Canada)
Registered Clinical Psychologist (HKPS)
Honorary Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, 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

Recent Publications – (Students’ names are italicized; *corresponding author)
Lau, E. Y. Y.*, Choi, E. W.M., Lai, E. S. K., Lau, K.N.T., Au, C. T., Ying, W. H., & Li, A. M. (in press). Working memory impairment and its associated sleep-related respiratory parameters in children with obstructive sleep apena. Sleep Medicine.

Lau, E. Y. Y.*, Wong, M.L., Lau, K.N.T., Hui, F.W.Y., & Tseng, C.H. (in press). Rapid-eye-movement-sleep (REM) associated enhancement of working memory performance after a daytime nap. PLoS ONE

Abraham, A.A., Chow, W.C., So, H.K., Li, A.M., Kumta, S.M., Woo, J., Chan, S.M., Lau, E. Y. Y. and Nelson, E.A.S. (in press). Lifestyle Intervention Using an Internet-based Curriculum among Obese Chinese Teens: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study. PLoS ONE

Hui, C. H., Lau, E. Y. Y., Lam, J., Cheung, S. F., & Lau, W. W. F. (in press). Psychological Predictors of Chinese Christians’ Church Attendance and Religious Steadfastness: A Three-Wave Prospective Study. Psychology of Religion & Spirituality.

Lau, W. W. F., Hui, C. H., Lam, J., Lau, E. Y. Y., Ng, D., & Cheung, S. F. (in press). Psychometric of the Spiritual Transcendence Scale in a Chinese sample: Is there factorial invariance across gender, occupation, and religion? The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. DOI:10.1080/10508619.2015.1021654.

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.

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.

Esther Y Y Lau, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor