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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:

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

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

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 

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.

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

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.

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

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, https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238923
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
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
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. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 16 (24), 5005. DOI:10.3390/ijerph16245005
Cheung T, Lee RLT, Tse ACY, Do CW, So BCL, Szeto GPY, Lee PH. 2019. Psychometric Properties and Demographic Correlates of the Smartphone Addiction Scale – Short Version (SAS-SV) in Chinese children and adolescents in Hong Kong. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 22 (11), 714-723. DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2019.0325
Tsang SMH, So BCL, Lau RWL, Dai J, Szeto GPY. 2019. 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, 23(6), 1141-1152.
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, 29(1): 73-78.  
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.   
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.   
Tsang SMH, Szeto GPY, Xie YF, Lee RYW. 2018. Association of electromyographic activation patterns with pain and functional disability in people with chronic neck pain. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 118(7), 1481-1492.
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)
2018-2021: 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 (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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