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Prof. Matthew Kwai Sang YAU
Dean and Professor (Occupational Therapy)
Contact Information
Office : KPC 1903A
Tel : 3190 6751
Fax : 2783 8635
Professor Matthew Yau, he was the Professor & Head, Discipline of Occupational Therapy, James Cook University, Australia. He had also taught in the Occupational Therapy Programs at the University of Sydney and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University from 1989 to 2008.
Professor Yau has extensive clinical experience in mental health practice. His doctoral study was in the area of mental illness and Chinese families in Hong Kong. He also has received training in clinical hypnotherapy and sex therapy. He is an active advocate for people with disabilities. His academic and research interests include culture and mental illness, sexual health and sexuality & disability. He often presents workshops, conference papers, and publishes articles on these topics. Professor Yau currently also holds few honorary / advisory positions, which include Academic advisor of the Occupational Therapy Program, National University of Malaysia (UKM) ; and, Founding Chair of the Hong Kong Association of Sexuality Educators, Researchers & Therapists.
PhD (Health Sciences), The University of Sydney, Australia
MSc (Hons) (Mental Health), The University of Wollongong, Australia
MCom (Commerce), The University of New South Wales, Australia
DipCH (Clinical Hypnotherapy), New South Wales School of Clinical Hypnotherapy, Australia
BAppSc (Occupational Therapy), Cumberland College of Health Sciences, Australia
Professional Qualifications / Memberships:
Registered Occupational Therapist, Hong Kong
Occupational Therapist Registered, USA and Australia
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT) Certified Sex Therapist & Supervisor for
Sexuality Professional Training, USA
Professional member, Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapy, Australia
Teaching Areas:
Occupational therapy theories
Psychiatric rehabilitation
Sexual rehabilitation
Communication and counselling, and
Qualitative research methods
Research Interests:
Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Mental Health
Sexual Health, Sex Education
Sexuality and Disability
Representative publications / projects:
Lam, A., Yau, M.K., Franklin, R.C., & Leggat, P.A. (2019). The Unintended Invisible Hand: A Conceptual Framework for the Analysis of the Sexual Lives of People with Intellectual Disabilities, Sexuality and Disability, January (DOI: 10.1007/s11195-018-09554-3)
Law, L.L.F., Fong, K.N.K., & Yau, M.K. (2018). Can functional task exercise improve executive function and contribute to functional balance in older adults with mild cognitive impairment: A pilot study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. (DOI:  10.1177/0308022618763492)
Lowrie, D., Ray, R., Plummer, D., & Yau, M. (2017). Exploring the contemporary stage and scripts for the enactment of dying roles: A narrative review of the literature. OMEGA–Journal of Death and Dying. (DOI: 10.1177/00302228176%541)
Che Daud AZ, Yau MK, Barnett F, Judd J, Jones RE, Muhammad Nawawi RF (2015). Integration of Occupation Based Intervention in Hand Injury Rehabilitation: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Hand Therapy. (doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2015.09.004) 
Law, L.L.F., Barnett, F., Yau, M.K., & Gray, M.A. (2014) Effects of combined cognitive and exercise interventions on cognition in older adults with and without cognitive impairment: A Systematic Review.  Ageing Research Reviews, 15, 61–75.
Law, L.L.F., Barnett, F., Yau, M.K., & Gray, M.A. (2014). Effects of functional tasks exercise on older Adults with cognitive impairment at risk of Alzheimer Disease – A randomized controlled trial, Age and Ageing, (doi: 10.1093/ageing/afu055)
Community Participation and Achievement :
Founding Chair, Hong Kong Association of Sexuality Educators, Researchers & Therapists
Program Advisory Committee, Occupational Therapy Program, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
Adjunct Professor, Occupational Therapy Discipline, James Cook University.

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