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Prof. Grace Pui Yuk SZETO
Professor (Physiotherapy)
Office: Room 1001, 10/F, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Ma Kam Chan Memorial Building, 31 Wylie Road, Homantin, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Telephone:: (852) 3468 6721
Fax: (852) 2783 8635
Professor Szeto joined the Tung Wah College in 2018 as the inaugural programme leader for the BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. This programme has now obtained professional accreditation from the Physiotherapists Board of the Supplementary Medical Professions Council in Hong Kong. The first cohort of students graduated in June 2022 and are employed as Registered Physiotherapists in various public and private healthcare organisations in Hong Kong. 
Prof. Szeto graduated from BSc (Physiotherapy) in University of Toronto, Canada in 1982. She has had extensive clinical experience in physiotherapy working in Canada, Hong Kong and Australia over for 30 years.
She taught in the undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy programmes in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University for over 20 years. She has had extensive experience in physiotherapy curriculum planning and coordination of clinical education.
She has published over 70 papers in internationally renowned journals and currently she is an Associate Editor for the journal Musculoskeletal Science & Practice. She is also a member of the editorial board for the journal Applied Ergonomics. 
PhD (Physiotherapy), Curtin University of Technology, Australia
Master of Applied Sciences, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
Post-grad Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
BSc(PT), University of Toronto, Canada
Professional Qualifications / Memberships:
Registered Physiotherapist in Hong Kong and Australia
Member of Hong Kong Ergonomic Society
Member of Australian Physiotherapy Association
Member of the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association
Member of the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Union
Teaching Areas:
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy, ergonomics, electrotherapy, biomechanics, occupational health, health care management
Research Interests:
Occupational health, ergonomics, musculoskeletal disorders, biomechanics, pain, motor control
Representative publications:
  1. Chu GCH, Chan LYL, Do CW, Tse ACY, Szeto GPY, So BCL, Lee RLT, Lee PH. 2023. Association between time spent on smartphones and digital eye strain: A 1-year prospective observational study among Hong Kong children and adolescents. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 30:58428-584435. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-023-26258-0 (IF: 5.190)
  2. LAM AKH, Fung OHY, Kwan C, Cheung J, Luk KDK, Chiu AYY, Descarreauz M, Szeto GPY, Wong AYL. 2022. The concerns and experiences of patients with lumbar spinal stenosis regarding prehabilitation and recovery after spine surgery: a qualitative study. Archives of Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Translation, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arrct.2022.100227
  3. Szeto GPY, Jull G. 2022. Editorial: Defining the scope of your manuscript-Beware of “salami-slicing”. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, 58, 102540.   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msksp.2022.102540
  4. Tsang SMH, Szeto GPY, So BCL, Lau RWL, Dai J. 2022. Using cervical movement velocity to assist the prediction pain and functional recovery for people with chronic mechanical neck pain. Clinical Biomechanics, 93, 105607. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2022.105607 
  5. Heredia-Rizo AM, Madeleine P, Szeto GPY. 2022. Chapter 27 - Pain mechanisms in computer and smartphone users, Editor(s): Rajkumar Rajendram, Vinood B. Patel, Victor R. Preedy, Colin R. Martin, Features and Assessments of Pain, Anaesthesia, and Analgesia, Academic Press, Pages 291-301, ISBN 9780128189887, https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-818988-7.00021-2.
  6. Tsang SMH, Szeto GPY, Yeung AKC, Chun EYW, Wong CNC, Wu ECM, Lee RYW. 2021. Recovery of the lumbopelvic movement and muscle recruitment patterns using motor control exercise program in people with chronic nonspecific low back pain: a prospective study. Plos One 16(11): e0259440. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0259440
  7. Lee PH, Tse ACY, Cheung T, Do CW, Szeto GPY, So BCL, Lee RLT. 2021 (April). Bedtime smart device usage and accelerometer-measured sleep outcomes in children and adolescents. Sleep and Breathing, p. 1-11 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11325-021-02377-1.
  8. Langella F,  Christensen SWMcP, Palsson TS, Høgh M, Gagni N, Bellosta-López P, Christiansen DH, Delle Chiaie M, Domenéch-García V, Johnston V, Szeto GPY, Villafañe JH , Herrero P, Berjano P. Development of the Development of the Prevent For Work Questionnaire (P4Wq) for assessment of musculoskeletal risk in the workplace. Part 1: Literature review and domains selection. BMJ Open (2021) 11:e043800. http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-043800
  9. Do, CW, Chan LYL, Tse ACY, Cheung T, So BCL, Tang WC, Yu WY, Chu GCH, Szeto GPY, Lee RLT, Lee PH.2020. Association between time spent on smart devices and change in retractive error: A 1-Year perspective observational study among Hong Kong children and adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, 8923, doi:10.3390/ijerph17238923
  10. Szeto GPY, Tsang SMH, Dai J, Madeleine P. 2020. A field study on spinal postures and postural variations during smartphone use among university students. Applied Ergonomics, 88(10), 103183. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2020.103183 (IF: 3.145).
  11. Cheung K, Dai J, Cheung CL, Cho HK, Chow YL Fung KY, Lam WS, Li HLC, Ng SY, Ngan MY, Szeto G. 2020. The biomechanical evaluation of patient transfer tasks by female nursing students: With and without a transfer belt. Applied Ergonomics 82, 102940.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2019.102940.
  12. So BCL, Szeto GPY, Lau RWL, Dai J, Tsang SMH. 2019. Effects of Ergo-motor Intervention on improving occupational health in workers with work-related neck-shoulder pain. IJERPH, 16, 5005. DOI:10.3390/ijerph16245005.
Research Projects:
2021-2024: Health & Medical Research Grant
The effects of muscle biofeedback versus posture biofeedback on pain and functional outcomes in people with chronic neck pain related to intensive smartphone use (Principal Investigator)
2021-2023: TWGH Research Project
An Evaluation Study on the Effectiveness of an Exercise Training Programme for People with Intellectual Disability (ActivPID) (Principal Investigator)
Community Participation and Achievement 
Member, Hong Kong Occupational Safety & Health Council, Chairperson of Research Committee
Honorary advisor, Hong Kong Physiotherapy Union
Honorary advisor, Occupational Safety, Health & Rehabilitation Specialty Group, Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association
Honorary advisor, Hong Kong Physiotherapy Concern Group (PT students’ organisation)
Member, Board of Directors, Wai Ji Christian Service

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