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Dr. Katherine Lam is a Research Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Dr Lam is also registered nurse in Hong Kong and obtained her BNurs (1st Hons) in 2011, MPhil in 2014 and PhD in 2018.  During her study, she was awarded ‘University Postgraduate Fellowships (UPF)’.

Dr. Lam holds a strong research interest in the field of children and adolescents especially among the cancer population. She has examined the impact of cancer and its treatment on physical activity levels and quality of life among young Hong Kong Chinese cancer patients. Also, she explored the factors contributing to the low physical activity level for Hong Kong Chinese children hospitalised with cancer. With the identified factors, she and her research team has developed an integrated experiential training program to promote physical activity among young cancer patients.  She has conducted the first randomized controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of the integrated experiential training program with coaching by nursing students to promote physical activity, and reduce fatigue among children with cancer. The findings provide significant evidence for building long-term multidisciplinary partnerships between tertiary institutions and healthcare professionals. She has also been involved in carrying studies relating to various symptom control including validating sleep quality tools and conducting systematic reviews on nausea and vomiting.

Dr. Lam is also interested in conducting researches on addictive behaviors including drug abuse and smoking among children and adolescents. She is actively promoting anti-drug and smoking cessation messages in the communities through researches and health promotional activities. In particular, the anti-drug messages will be promoted by training children and adolescents as ambassadors to identify and refer hidden drug abusers.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Nursing , The University of Hong Kong

Master of Philosophy, The University of Hong Kong

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Hong Kong

External positions

Treasurer, Hong Kong Society for Nursing Education

May 2020 → …

Education Subcommittee member, Hong Kong Society for Nursing Education

May 2018May 2020

Member, Pi Iota Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing


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