Calculated based on number of publications stored in Pure and citations from Scopus

Research activity per year

Personal profile


Dr. Eva Ho is currently an associate professor at the School of Nursing, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She received her BN with 1st class honor in 2009, MPhil in 2013 and Ph.D. in 2017 from the School of Nursing, the University of Hong Kong. Besides, she obtained her Bachelor of Law (LL.B) with 2nd upper honor in 2014 from the University of London. She has a strong research interest in symptom management in children with cancer and those surviving the disease. During her postgraduate studies, she conducted a large-scale randomized controlled trial to investigate the effectiveness of adventure-based training in promoting regular physical activity and reducing fatigue among Hong Kong Chinese childhood cancer survivors. Apart from that, she has conducted a considerable number of studies on sleep impairment among the childhood survivors. In particular, she adapted and validated the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index for children and adolescents which is a widely used instrument in assessing sleep quality and disturbances in adults. She also explored the prevalence of sleep impairment among the survivors and examined how sleep impairment, fatigue and depression correlate to from a symptom cluster to affect the survivors’ quality of life. Her another research interest is the addictive behaviors in children and adolescents. She has conducted a number of studies to promote smoking cessation in youth through different interventions, such as an integrated approach of smoking cessation and healthy lifestyle practices, risk communication, motivational interviewing and brief advice based on the AWARD model. She is also recently awarded a Beat Drug Fund to develop a community-based network to identify and refer hidden drug abusers among youth in Hong Kong. She has obtained 30 grants in the capacity of principal investigator or co-investigator. She has also published 78 articles in renowned international peer-reviewed journals, including JAMA Internal Medicine, Scientific Reports, Journal of Adolescent Health, BMC Cancer and Psycho-oncology.  Besides, she is currently serving as an editor for different renowned international peer-reviewed journals, such as BMC Public Health, Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, and Frontiers in Psychiatry. 

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

Nursing , Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The University of Hong Kong

Award Date: 28 Feb 2017

Law, Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of London

Award Date: 21 Dec 2014

Nursing, Master of Philosophy (MPhil) , The University of Hong Kong

Award Date: 19 Dec 2013

Nursing, BN (First Class Honor), The University of Hong Kong

Award Date: 20 Dec 2009

External positions

Board of directors, Community Health Organisation for Intervention, Care and Empowerment

2022 → …

Internal Secretary , Hong Kong Society for Nursing Education


Chair in Education , Hong Kong Society for Nursing Education


Co-opted Member in Education , Hong Kong Society for Nursing Education



  • RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
  • RC1200 Sports Medicine


Dive into the research topics where Ka Yan Ho is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or