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Prof. Grace Pui Yuk SZETO
Professor (Physiotherapy)
Contact Information
Office : KPC 1001
Tel : 3468 6721
Fax : 2783 8635
Email : graceszeto@twc.edu.hk

Professor Szeto joins the Tung Wah College in January 2018, as the inaugural programme leader for the proposed new programme in Physiotherapy which is under preparation at present.
She 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 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 50 papers in internationally renowned journals and is a member of the editorial board for the journals, Applied Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Science & Practice.
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. Tsang SMH, So BCL, Lau RWL, Dai J, Szeto GPY. Comparing the effectiveness of Integrating Ergonomics and Motor Control to conventional treatment for pain and functional recovery of work-related neck-shoulder pain: A randomized trial. European Journal of Pain, DOI: 10.1002/ejp.1381, March 2019. (IF: 2.991)
  2. So BCL, Yuen CHN, Tung KLH, Lam S, Cheng SL, Hung ZWL, Leung RWK, Szeto GPY. 2018.  A study of trunk muscle activation of two deep water running styles (High knee style and Cross-Country style) and Land walking. Journal of Sports Rehabilitation, 11(Dec): 1-26. (IF: 1.811) https://doi.org/10.1123/jsr.2017-0334
  3. Szeto GPY, Tsang S, Wong A. Can changing the mattress have an effect on the spinal muscle activity and sleeping efficiency in people with chronic neck and back pain? A pilot study. Journal of Sleep Research 2018, 27 S2,  31.   (IF: 3.433) https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/jsr.78_12766
  4. Umer W, Li H, Lu W, Szeto GPY, AYL Wong. 2018. Development of a tool to monitor static balance of construction workers for proactive fall safety management. Automation in Construction 94, 438-448.     (IF: 4.032)
  5. Tsang SMH, So BCL, Lau RWL, Dai J, Szeto GPY. 2018. Effects of combining ergonomic interventions and motor control exercises on muscle activity and kinematics in people with work-related neck-shoulder pain. European Journal of Applied Physiology.
  6. So BCL, Cheng ASK, Szeto GPY. 2017. Cumulative IT use is associated with psychosocial stress factors and musculoskeletal symptoms. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(12), 1541-53. doi:10.3390/ijerph14121541
  7. Umer W, Li H, Szeto GPY, Wong YLA. 2017.  The prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms in construction industry: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. DOI 10.1007/s00420-017-1273-4
  8. Xie Y, Madeleine P, Tsang SMH, Szeto GPY, 2017. Spinal kinematics during smartphone texting – A comparison between young adults with and without chronic neck-shoulder pain. Applied Ergonomics, 68,160-168.
  9. Tsang SMH, Szeto GPY, Li LMK, Wong DCM, Yip MMP, Lee RYW. 2017. The effects of bending speed on the lumbo-pelvic kinematics and movement pattern during forward bending in people with and without low back pain, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 18, 157-168. DOI: 10.1186/s12891-017-1515-3
  10.  Lai HS, Szeto GPY, Chan CCH. 2017. Injured Workers’ Perception of Loss and Gain in the Return to Work Process. Risk Management and Healthcare Policy, 10, 7-1
  11. Xie Y, Szeto GPY, Dai J. 2017. Prevalence and risk factors associated with musculoskeletal complaints among users of mobile handheld devices: a systematic review. Applied Ergonomics, 59, 132-142.
  12. Madeleine P, Xie YF, Szeto GPY, Samani A. 2016 Effects of chronic neck-shoulder pain on normalized mutual information analysis of surface electromyography during functional tasks. Clinical Neurophysiology 127, 3110-3117.
  13. Umer W, Li H, Szeto G, Wong AYL. 2016. Identification of Biomechanical Risk Factors for the Development of Low Back Disorders during Manual Rebar Tying. ASCE J. Constr. Eng. Manage. 143(1): 04016080. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001208.
  14. Law SW, Szeto GPY, Chau WW, Chan C, Kwok AWL, Lai HS, Lee RKL, Griffith JF, Hung LK, Cheng JCY. 2016. Multi-disciplinary Orthopaedics Rehabilitation Empowerment (MORE) Program – A new standard of care for injured workers in Hong Kong. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 29, 503-513

Research projects :

2018-2020: TWC College Research Grant
A study of sleep disturbance associated with intensive use of electronic devices among university students with chronic neck and back pain (Principle Investigator)
2016-18: Health and Medical Research Fund
Smart device usage, lifestyle behaviours, physical fitness, and eye problems: A prospective study in Hong Kong adolescents (Co-Investigator, PI: Paul Lee, PolyU)
2012-2016: Health and Medical Research Fund
A study to compare the “Ergomotor” Intervention Program to conventional physiotherapy treatment in managing work-related neck shoulder disorders: A randomised controlled trial (Principle Investigator)
2013-2016: General Research Fund, University Grants Council
A study of musculoskeletal loading in using multitouch technology among young people (Principle Investigator)
2014-2016: General Research Fund, University Grants Council
Evaluation of a multidimensional programme for reducing work-related musculoskeletal disorders among nursing assistants in nursing homes: A cluster randomized control trial (Co-Investigator, PI: Kin Cheung, PolyU)
Community Participation and Achievement :
Honorary advisor, Physiotherapy Concern Group (PT students’ organisation)
Honorary advisor, Hong Kong Physiotherapy Union
Honorary advisor, Occupational Safety, Health & Rehabilitation Specialty Group, Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association
Council Member of the Occupational Safety & Health Council, Chairperson of (1) Research Committee, (2) Occupational Health Advisory Committee
Member of Board of Directors, Waiji Christian Service

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