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Dr. Cynthia Lai graduated with Master degree in Health Care, and PhD in Rehabilitation Medicine. She is an occupational therapist who specializes in pediatrics and people with developmental disabilities.
Before she joined the university, she had been working as pediatric occupational therapist for more than 17 years. During these years, she was also acting as chief investigator in both government and non-government funded projects to develop evaluation and rehabilitation instruments for children. She was a clinical educator in Occupational Therapy discipline in RS before. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of sensory processing, executive functioning, physiological and behavioral responses in people with developmental disabilities.

Research interests

  • Executive functioning in people with developmental disabilities
  • Self-regulation and sensory processing
  • Evaluation and rehabilitation instrument development

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
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Professional Diploma in Occupational Therapy, Hong Kong Polytechnic

Master of Science in Health Care (Rehabilitation of People with Developmental Disabilities), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Doctor of Philosophy, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


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