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Biography

Angela YM Leung is Professor and Associate Head (Research) of the School of Nursing of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She was the awardee of the Hartford Geriatric Scholars Program at the Johns Hopkins University in 2014, and Distinguished Geronotological Nursing Educator by National Hartford Centre for Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE). She is an active researcher in health literacy and dementia caregiving, with a wide range of publications in international journals. She developed various interventions (photovoice, e-painting mobile app, a sensor-based system for alleviating stress) addressing the issues of depressive symptoms or stress among caregivers for persons with dementia.  She has a strong belief that technology can help people to understand their current health status and make the informed health decision. Her projects were funded by Health and Medical Research Fund, Karolinski Institute (KI) – HK Polytechnic University (KI-PolyU) Collaborative Research Fund, Kamprad Foundation Fund of Sweden, and Hong Kong Jockey Club Charity Trust. She has good network with non-academic partner organizations, such as Hong Kong Housing Society, Astrix, Hong Kong Science and Technology Corporation. Prof. Leung also serves as the Council member of the Hong Kong Association of Gerontology (HKAG), the Committee on Rehabilitation of Hong Kong Society of Rehabilitation (HKSR), and Assessment Panel member on the Innovation and Technology Fund for Application in Elderly and Rehabilitation Care (I&T Fund) of Hong Kong Government. Internationally, Prof. Leung is the President of Asia Health Literacy Association (AHLA) and board member of International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) and Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Community Health Services.

Research interests

  • health literacy and health promotion
  • technology and aging
  • chronic illness management
  • dementia care

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Nursing, Deakin University

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Hong Kong

Master of Health Administration, The University of New South Wales

External positions

President , Asian Health Literacy Association

20232024

Vice President, Asia Health Literacy Association

20192022

Keywords

  • RT Nursing
  • health literacy
  • health promotion
  • technology and aging
  • caregiving
  • dementia care

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