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Prof. Matthew Kwai Sang YAU
Dean and Professor (Occupational Therapy)
Office: Room 1903A, 19/F, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Ma Kam Chan Memorial Building, 31 Wylie Road, Homantin, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Telephone: (852) 3190 6751
Fax: (852) 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.
Author Identifications
ORCID ID: 0000-0003-1833-3463
Scopus Author ID: 7006864958
ResearcherID: O-7321-2018
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
Publications (Recent 5 years -Selected) 
Lowrie, D, Ray, R., Plummer, D, & Yau, M. (2021). Alignment and mismatch in role relations at end-of-life: A constructivist grounded theory study, Death Studies, 45(5), 361-370. (DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2019.1648330)
Lam, A., Yau, M.K., Franklin, R.C., & Leggat, P.A. (2021). Public Opinion on the Sexuality of People with Intellectual Disabilities: A Review of the Literature. Sexuality & Disability. (DOI: 10.1007/s11195-020-09674-9)
Eagers, J., Franklin, R.C., Broome, K, Yau, M.K., & Barnett, F. (2020). Current occupational therapy scope of practice in the work-to-retirement transition process: An Australian study. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, on-line. (https://doi.org/10.1080/11038128.2020.1841286)
Law, L.L.F., Mok, V.C.T. & Yau, M.K. (2019). Effects of functional tasks exercise on cognitive functions of older adults with mild cognitive impairment: a randomized controlled pilot trial. Alzheimer's Research & Therapy, 11(1), #98 (doi:10.1186/s13195-019-0548-2)
Eagers, J., Franklin, R.C., Broome, K, & Yau, M.K. (2019). The experiences of work: Retirees’ perspectives and the relationship to the role of occupational therapy in the work-to-retirement transition process. Work, 64, 341-354. (DOI:10.3233/WOR-192996)
Lowrie, D, Ray, R., Plummer, D, & Yau, M. (2019). Examining the transitions between living and dying roles at end-of-life. Death Studies, 43(10), 601-610. (https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2018.1504836)
Adegbosin, A. E., Plummer, D., Yau, M., Franklin, R., Cordier, R., & Sun, J. (2019). Larrikins? Wowsers? Hipsters? Snags? What does it mean to be a ‘real man’ in modern-day Australia? Journal of Sociology, 55(3), 551-570. https://doi.org/10.1177/1440783319837601
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, 37, 203-226. (DOI: 10.1007/s11195-018-09554-3)
Hyett, N., Lee, K.M., Knevel, R., Fortune, T., Yau, M.K., & Borkovic, S. (2019). Trialing Virtual Intercultural Learning with Australian and Hong Kong Allied Health Students to Improve Cultural Competency. Journal of Studies in International Education, 23(3), 389-406. (doi/10.1177/1028315318786442)
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, 81(9), 495-502. (DOI:  10.1177/0308022618763492)
Eagers, J., Franklin, R.C., Broome, K, & Yau, M.K. (2018). The influence of work on the transition to retirement: A qualitative study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81(11), 624-632. (https://doi.org/10.1177/0308022618766244)
Eagers, J., Franklin, R.C., Yau, M.K., & Broome, K. (2018). Pre-retirement job and the work-to-retirement occupational transition process in Australia: A review. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 65, 314-328. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1440-1630.12452)
Lowrie, D., Ray, R., Plummer, D., & Yau, M. (2018). Exploring the contemporary stage and scripts for the enactment of dying roles: A narrative review of the literature. OMEGA–Journal of Death and Dying, 76(4), 328-350. (DOI: 10.1177/003022281769541)
Che Daud, A.Z., Judd, J., Yau, M.K., & Barnett, F. (2016). Barriers of occupation-based intervention. Asian Journal of Quality of Life, 1(4), 1-10. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21834/ajqol.v1i4.51)
Che Daud, A.Z., Judd, J.,Yau, M.K., & Barnett, F. (2016). Issue in Applying Occupation-based Intervention in Clinical Practice: A Delphi Study. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 222, 272-282. (DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2016.05.158)
Eagers, J., Franklin, R.C., Broome, K, & Yau, M.K. (2016). A review of occupational therapy’s contribution to and involvement in the work-to-retirement transition process: An Australian Perspective. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal 63(4), 277-292. (DOI: 10.1111/1440-1630.12300)
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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