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Prof. Cheng is a registered occupational therapist, chartered safety and health practitioner, certified work capacity evaluator, and registered driving assessor. He received his professional training in occupational therapy at former Hong Kong Polytechnic. He got his bachelor’s degree in Health and Safety at Curtin University and completed his MPhil and PhD in the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and certificate course in big data analysis from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He was the first Asian recipient of Canadian Institutes of Health Research Scholarship for postgraduate training on the Work Disability Prevention CIHR Strategic Training Programme at Université de Sherbrooke and University of Toronto.

Prof. Cheng was the President of the Hong Kong Ergonomics Society, Council Member of the International Ergonomics Association, and Member of Hong Kong Occupational Therapists Board. Currently, he is Treasurer of the Chinese Association of Ergonomics Societies, Associate Editor of American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Approved Assessor for persons with disabilities under the Minimum Wage Ordinance by Labour Department, Specialist of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications, and Vice Chairperson of Hong Kong Occupational Therapy Association. Prior to joining the Department, he worked as an occupational therapist in public hospitals and then ran his own private rehabilitation centres. He has extensive experience in hand rehabilitation and medico-legal evaluation for work-injured cases.

Prof. Cheng’s research interest is centered on Work Disability Prevention and Management for injured workers, occupational drivers, and cancer survivors. His research agenda is organized around three core questions: 1) What are the human factors resulting in occupational injury? 2) What are the risk factors in delayed return-to-work (RTW)? and 3) How different RTW interventions, including both rehabilitative and administrative strategies, can promote timely and safe RTW? 


Research interests

  • Hand and occupational rehabilitation
  • Driver assessment and rehabilitation
  • Ergonomics and work-related musculoskeletal disorders
  • Cancer survivorship

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science in Health and Safety, Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia

Professional Diploma in Occupational Therapy, Hong Kong Polytechnic

Master of Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Doctor of Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

External positions

Associate Editor, Journal of Orthopaedics, Trauma and Rehabilitation

2019 → …

Academic Editor, Occupational Therapy International

2019 → …

Visiting Professor, School of Rehabilitation Medicine, Nanjing Medical University

2019 → …

Grant Review Board Member, Health and Medical Research Fund, Food and Health Bureau

2018 → …

Vice Chairperson, Hong Kong Occupational Therapy Association

2018 → …

Associate Editor, American Journal of Occupational Therapy

2016 → …

Associate Editor, American Journal of Occupational Therapy

2016 → …

Council Member, International Ergonomics Association

2016 → …

Treasurer, Chinese Association of Ergonomics Societies

2014 → …

OT Board Member, Occupational Therapy Board, Hong Kong


Research Fellow, The Hong Kong Police College

2014 → …

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation

2011 → …

Council Member, Hong Kong Ergonomics Society

2010 → …


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