4th International Conference on Practice Research
22 - 24 May 2017
Jockey Club Innovation Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Plenary Speakers


Professor Michael Austin, PhD
Michael is the Milton and Florence Krenz Mack Distinguished Professor of Nonprofit Management and Director of the Mack Center on Nonprofit and Public Sector Management in the Human Services at the School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley. He is the author and co-author of many books and articles and serves as Editor of Human Service Organizations; Management, Leadership & Governance. With a primary focus on practice research, he is the Staff Director of the Bay Area Social Services Consortium and the Bay Area Network of Nonprofit Human Service Agencies.
Professor Lena Dominelli, PhD
Lena is Professor in Applied Social Sciences and Co-Director of the Institute of Hazards, Risk and Resilience at Durham University. She is a leading social work educator and researcher, and prolific author. She has worked with women and minority ethnic groups for several decades, drawing them into research processes from the beginning as architects in research design to disseminating the final products. As a practitioner, she has always focused on empowering women and other service users, so it is not accidental that she has carried this commitment into research using participatory action approaches.
Professor Kjeld Hogsbro, PhD
Kjeld is Professor of Social Work at Aalborg University of Denmark since 2008. After obtaining his Ph.D that focused on social problems and self-help organisations in 1991, he has since published numerous books on disabilities, mental illness, social work and community development in Denmark. He has conducted research focusing on programmes for people with mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness, brain injury, autism, ADHD and dementia. He has developed models for services offered to young people with physical disabilities, as well as models for community psychiatry in Denmark and for studying rehabilitation schemes. He has been a board member of the Research Committee on Sociology of Mental Health and Sociological Practice of The International Sociological Association.
Professor Lynette Joubert, PhD
Lynette is Director of the Practice Research Program in Health and Mental Health in the Department of Social Work at the University of Melbourne. She contributes pedagogical principles and practice skills in the field of health and mental health social work through translational, practice based, empirical research. Her research agenda examines theoretical concerns about the contribution of psychosocial factors to health and mental health: most significantly in the areas of suicide prevention, dementia and oncology, with a specific focus on the significance of social determinants as risk factors for chronic disease.
Professor Antionette Lombard
Antoinette Lombard is professor in Social Work at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is rated by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) as a national and international researcher. She publishes in the fields of social development, developmental social work and social welfare, and has a keen research interest in the interrelatedness of the environment with social and economic development. She works with NGOs in search for practice-based research findings that inform both practice decisions and theory. She is the International Association for Schools of Social Work’s (IASSW) chair of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.
Associate Professor Timothy Sim, PhD
Timothy worked as a social worker in a Singapore NGO serving the poor and needy for a decade. Since entering academia at the turn of the millennium, he has kept an active practice and developed his research through close collaboration with service users, practitioners and policy makers in the field of family, addictions and disaster management. He staunchly believes, evidenced by his extensive body of publications in both English and Chinese, grand challenges can be tackled through multi-disciplinary and cross-sector collaborations founded on the experience of the community.
Professor Lars Uggerhoj, PhD
Lars is a Full Professor of Social Work at Aalborg University, Denmark. He holds a PhD in social work and his practice research focuses on the experiences and involvement of service users. He has published widely nationally and internationally and headed the Danish MSc in Social Science in Social Work. He is currently the Danish coordinator of the international ‘Master in Advanced Development in Social Work’ and he currently coordinates the ‘Practice Research and Service User Perspectives’ research network, the Nordic ‘Knowledge production in Social Work’ research network, the ‘Nordic/Baltic Doctoral Network in Social Work’ and is convenor of ‘The Special Interest Group in Practice Research’ in the European Social Work Research Association.
Mr John Young
John leads the Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) Programme in the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) of the United Kingdom, which works on the interface between research and policy. He joined ODI in May 2001 after fifteen years in Indonesia and Kenya working on rural services and public sector reform. Since joining ODI he has been involved in projects on decentralisation and rural services, information systems, strengthening southern research capacity research communication. He developed RAPID into a global leader on the research-policy interface, and developed its key approach to help researchers to maximise the impact of their work: ROMA: A guide to policy engagement and influence.

 

ICPR 2017 Master Workshop Speakers

Professor Michael Austin, PhD
Michael is the Milton and Florence Krenz Mack Distinguished Professor of Nonprofit Management and Director of the Mack Center on Nonprofit and Public Sector Management in the Human Services at the School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley. He is the author and co-author of many books and articles and serves as Editor of Human Service Organizations; Management, Leadership & Governance. With a primary focus on practice research, he is the Staff Director of the Bay Area Social Services Consortium and the Bay Area Network of Nonprofit Human Service Agencies.
Professor Cecilia Chan
Cecilia is Si Yuan Professor in Health and Social Work, Professor of Department of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Hong Kong. She is renowned for the Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit (IBMS) social work approach that knits philosophies and practices in traditional Chinese medicine and Western biopsychosocial models in the promotion of holistic well-being and disease management, including breast cancer, colon cancer, depression, chronic fatigue, insomnia, psoriasis and eczema. She also uses salivary cortisol and telomerase as outcome indicators for her IBMS intervention patients and family members in crisis and childhood trauma.
Professor Irwin Epstein, PhD
Irwin, Professor Emeritus of Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College of the City University of New York, has taught and provided Practice-based Research (PBR) training in universities and practice settings throughout the world. Emphasizing practice-research integration and academic-practitioner partnership, his most recent text, Practice-based Research in Social Work: A Guide for Reluctant Researchers was co-authored with S.J.Dodd. Co-editor of several collections of practitioner-conducted PBR studies and mentor to many doctoral students in the USA and abroad, his book entitled Clinical Data-Mining: Integrating Practice and Research promotes “mining” available practice data as a PBR strategy and as a PhD dissertation research methodology. In 2014, he organized and chaired the 3rd ICPR in New York City.
Professor Mike Fisher
Mike Fisher is a recognised international expert on evidence-based policy and practice and Research & Development in social care for adults. He was Director of Research at the National Institute for Social Work (1996-2001) and at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (2001-12) before joining the Tilda Goldberg Centre for Research in Social Work and Social Care at the University of Bedfordshire in 2012 as Professor of Evidence-Based Social Work. In 2014, Mike became Director of the Institute of Applied Social Research. He is a registered social worker and a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.
Professor Christa Fouche', PhD
Christa is an experienced social worker, educator and applied researcher with a distinguished record of practice research. She conducts research with practitioners in health and community-based settings, and with interdisciplinary research teams, utilising a range of innovative research designs and data collection methods. She has vast experience as doctoral research supervisor and as mentor on culturally diverse teams in various fields of practice. She actively develops communities of practice to advance practice research and publishes widely on the utilisation of community-based sites and practice-based research strategies to enable research that makes a difference in practice. A textbook on this topic ‘Research at Grassroots’ is in its 4th edition and another on ‘Practice Research Partnerships’ was published in 2015.

Professor Daniel Lai, PhD
Daniel is the Chair Professor of Social Work and Gerontology, Head of the Department of Applied Social Sciences (APSS), and Director of the Institute of Active Ageing (IAA) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He began his career as a frontline social worker working with families and older adults; and in the past over 25 years of academic involvement, he has devoted to integrating research and practice and bridging social policy, social service, teaching, and research at the local and international levels as an internationally renowned scholar in social work and gerontology, social policy, culture and immigration, and outcome evaluation. Before joining the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, he was Professor and Associate Dean (Research & Partnerships) in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary, Canada from 2000 to 2015. He has been honoured due to his outstanding contributions to academic research in the field of gerontology, and was named Alberta Heritage Health Scholar (2003-09) and Killam Annual Professor (2014-15).

Professor Cynthia Leung, PhD
Cynthia is currently Professor at the Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and is the program director of the Master of Educational and Child Psychology, and the vice-president of The Hong Kong Psychological Society. She is an educational psychologist and has conducted research and published extensively on development and evaluation of parent training programs, and test development for preschool children and families.

Professor Cecilia Li, PhD (Occupational Therapy)
Cecilia is professor in Rehabilitation at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China. She is a professor specialized in children and adults with physical dysfunction. She publishes in the fields of physical rehabilitation, children with disabilities. She has a keen research interest in translational research through applying basic research findings into clinical practice. Throughout these years, she has successfully bid for more than HK $12M of research grants from University Grants Committee, Innovation and Technology Commission, Quality Education Fund etc. In 2010, she received the Geneva Innovation Award (Gold award) for her development of a Smart pressure monitored suit (SPMS) for the burns survivors to control scars. She is the Founding President of the Asia Pacific Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (APFSHT) and currently the executive committee member of the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT).  After the 512 Wenchuan earthquakes, she actively promotes the concept of early rehabilitation for the quake survivors aiming enhancing their quality of life. She also published her work through practice-based research.

Recently, Cecilia has won Grand Award and Gold Medal with the Congratulations of Jury for her project “Smart Scar-Care Pad” for the Scar-less World at the 45th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva.

Professor Joyce Ma, PhD
Joyce is Professor of the Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Her research interests include family therapy and multiple family therapy, children and adolescents with eating disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Joyce is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and Clinical Fellow of the Asian Academy of Family Therapy. She has published five Chinese books and one English book entitled “Anorexia Nervosa and Family Therapy” (2011) and 89 refereed journal articles at venues of significant impact and visibility.

Professor Ngai Pun, PhD (Anthropology)
Ngai obtained her PhD. in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She will join the University of Hong Kong as Professor of Sociology in March 2017. Ngai was honoured as the winner of the C. Wright Mills Award for her first book Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace (2005) in August 2006, which has been translated into French, German, Italian and Polish.  Her next representative work, Dying for iPhone: Foxconn and the Lives of Chinese Workers (co-authored with Jenny Chan and Mark Selden, 2015) has also been translated into German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Chinese. She is the sole author of Migrant Labor in China: Post Socialist Transformation (2016, Polity Press). She has published widely in leading international journals such as Current Sociology, Global Labor Journal, Work, Employment and Society, Organization, International Labor and Working-Class History, positions, Modern China, China Quarterly and China Journal, etc.

Professor Ian Shaw, PhD
Ian is Emeritus Professor of Social Work at the University of York (England) and until September 2016 Professor at University of Aalborg. From August 2017 he will be S R Nathan Professor of Social Work, National University of Singapore. He has been founder-editor of journal Qualitative Social Work, and first Chair of European Social Work Research Association. His latest book is Social Work Science (Columbia UP, 2016). He is working on writing Research and the Social Work Picture. He writes on these themes plus historical studies and practitioner research. He is a student on a Master’s programme in creative writing.

Professor Daniel Shek, PhD
Daniel is Associate Vice President and Chair Professor of Applied Social Sciences at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Advisory Professor of East China Normal University, and Adjunct Professor of University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He is Chief Editor of Journal of Youth Studies and Applied Research on Quality of Life; editorial board member of several international journals, including Journal of Adolescent Health, Social Indicators Research, International Journal of Behavioral Development, and Journal of Child and Family Studies. He is Editorial Advisor of British Journal of Social Work. He has published more than 600 papers in international refereed journals.

Professor Bruce Thyer, PhD
Bruce is former Dean and current Professor of Social Work at The Florida State University. He received his MSW from the University of Georgia in 1978 and his PhD in social work and psychology from the University of Michigan in 1982. He has produced over 270 articles in peer reviewed journals, over 110 book chapters and over 35 books, all in the fields of social work, behavior analysis, psychology, and psychiatry. He is the founding and current Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Research on Social Work Practice, produced by Sage Publications and now in its 26nd year of publication and is Co-Editor of the Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal. His most recent books include Quasi-Experimental Research Designs (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Science and Pseudoscience in Social Work Practice (Springer, 2015).

Professor Martin Webber, PhD
Martin is Professor of Social Work at the University of York, UK. He is a Registered Social Worker with experience of working in community mental health services. He is Director of the International Centre for Mental Health Social Research where he develops and evaluates social interventions, both in the UK and internationally. He has undertaken and supervises practice research, with an interest in developing new knowledge to inform social work practice. He is also academic lead for the Think Ahead programme, a new graduate social work training programme with a focus on mental health social work.

Professor Daniel Wong, PhD
Daniel is a social work academic and clinical psychologist at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong.  His major areas of research interest revolve around clinical intervention research, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and migration and mental health. Professor Wong is a Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapists and received his CBT training from the Beck Institute, USA.  He has been practicing CBT with Chinese clients with depression, anxiety problems, chronic illnesses and etc. As an experienced trainer and speaker in cognitive-behavioral therapy, he has been invited to provide training to professionals in Hong Kong, Macau, China, Australian and North America. Daniel has received numerous awards such as The Fulbright Fellowship, Outstanding Teaching Award of the Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, and The Universitas 21 Fellowship.

Mr John Young
John leads the Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) Programme in the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) of the United Kingdom, which works on the interface between research and policy. He joined ODI in May 2001 after fifteen years in Indonesia and Kenya working on rural services and public sector reform. Since joining ODI he has been involved in projects on decentralisation and rural services, information systems, strengthening southern research capacity research communication. He developed RAPID into a global leader on the research-policy interface, and developed its key approach to help researchers to maximise the impact of their work: ROMA: A guide to policy engagement and influence.

Professor Alice Yuen-Loke, PhD
Alice is Professor and Associate Head (Postgraduate Education) at the School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  She received her PhD from the Department of Community Medicine (now School of Public Health), Faculty of Medicine, at The University of Hong Kong. She is the theme leader for the Family and Community Health Research Theme. She has published widely on promotion of health among adolescents, women’s health, and on family/spousal support for patients with cancer. She teaches the subjects “Evidence-based Practice” and “Gender and Health” for the doctoral program. In recent year, Alice focuses on supervising research students in conducting research with sound evidences based on extensive systematic reviews of literature, and identifying /developing appropriate frameworks to support the development of interventions for their research studies.

 

Moderators

Ms Bee Lian Ang
Bee Lian is the Director of Social Welfare, Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) of Singapore. She has actively called for a greater emphasis on evidence-based research to help practitioners develop the most effective localized knowledge, approaches and methods in Social Work to enhance the overall practice standards in Singapore. She also believes in the importance and benefits of a collaborative and sharing culture with the social work community.
Professor Cecilia Chan
Cecilia is Si Yuan Professor in Health and Social Work, Professor of Department of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Hong Kong. She is renowned for the Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit (IBMS) social work approach that knits philosophies and practices in traditional Chinese medicine and Western biopsychosocial models in the promotion of holistic well-being and disease management, including breast cancer, colon cancer, depression, chronic fatigue, insomnia, psoriasis and eczema. She also uses salivary cortisol and telomerase as outcome indicators for her IBMS intervention patients and family members in crisis and childhood trauma.
Professor Mike Fisher
Mike Fisher is a recognised international expert on evidence-based policy and practice and Research & Development in social care for adults. He was Director of Research at the National Institute for Social Work (1996-2001) and at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (2001-12) before joining the Tilda Goldberg Centre for Research in Social Work and Social Care at the University of Bedfordshire in 2012 as Professor of Evidence-Based Social Work. In 2014, Mike became Director of the Institute of Applied Social Research. He is a registered social worker and a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.

Dr Laura Yliruka
Laura is currently the Development Manager at the Heikki Waris Institute (2011-) in the Centre of Excellence on Social Welfare in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. As a registered social work practitioner at the front-line, she has actively been involved in carrying out practice research and teaching and has published her work extensively. She has developed the "Mirror-method" a reflective self and peer evaluation method in practice research. She has also worked as researcher at the National Institute of Health and Welfare (former Stakes) (2005-2010) to promote good practices and innovations and as a lecturer of social work in the University of Helsinki (2001-2005). She is active organizer of ‘The Special Interest Group in Practice Research’ in the European Social Work Research Association.