Academic Staff

Dr. Lam

Dr. LAM, Yin Hung , Bess

BSci (Psychology) (U of Illinois), MPhil (Psychology) (CUHK), PhD (Psychology) (HKU)

Research Assistant Professor

Email: byinhlam@hku.hk









Biography

Bess is a neuroscientist and psychologist. She completed her PhD specialising in neuropsychology at the University of Hong Kong in 2015. Her PhD thesis on schizophrenia- spectrum disorders was awarded with the Fulbright-Lee Hysan Junior Scholar Prize. Before she joins the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Hong Kong, she worked as a research assistant professor at the Department Rehabilitation Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In 2013-2014, she was a visiting scholar at the Department of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Department of Pediatrics of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in the United States. In the past few years, she has had experiences teaching and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students of various disciplines including psychology, neuroscience, social work, biotechnology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and optometry.

Academic & Community Membership

Bess is a graduate member of the Hong Kong Psychological Society, a member of the American Society of Criminology, an alumnus of the U.S. Fulbright Program and the Lee Hysan Foundation Scholarship Scheme. Also, she has been serving as a reviewer of academic journals including Social Neuroscience, Schizophrenia Research, Psychiatric Research, Frontiers in Psychiatry (section Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Rehabilitation), Asian Journal of Criminology, and BMC Geriatrics.

Research Interests and Focus:

Bess’s research focuses on the the neural and psychosocial mechanism of social cognition, antisocial behavior, and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. In recent years, she has extended her research work to the neural, motor and social functions in broader autism phenotype and traumatic brain injury. She has been engaged in inter-disciplinary research studies in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Australia and the United States.

  • In Mainland China, she has been working with scholars from the Guangzhou University and the Affiliated Brain Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University on research projects related to mental health and neuropsychology.
  • In Australia, she has been working with scholars from the Griffith University on a project related to autism.
  • In the United States, she has continuous collaboration with scholars from the City University of New York, Duke University and University of Pennsylvania on projects related to the neuroscience of antisocial behaviors, psychopathy and decision making.
  • In Hong Kong, she has been working with scholars from the City University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Shue Yan University, the Education University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong on projects related to mental health, aggression and positive neuroscience.

Selected Publications & Book Chapters:

1.

Lin, K.*, Stubbs, B., Zou, W., Zheng, W., Lu, W., Gao, Y., Chen, K., Wang, S., Liu, J., Huang, Y., Guan, L., Wong, M.N.K., Wang, C., Lam, B.Y.H.*, & Xu, G. (2020). Aerobic exercise impacts the anterior cingulate cortex in adolescents with subthreshold mood syndromes: a randomized controlled trial study. Translational Psychiatry, 10(1), 1-7.

2.

Lam, B. Y. H.*, Raine, A., Fung, A. L. C., Gao, Y., & Lee, T.M.C. (2020). Caregivers’ grit moderates the relationship between children’s executive function and aggression. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 636.

3.

Fung, A.L.C., Low, A.Y.T., Tsang, E.Y.H., Lam, B.Y.H., & Zhou, Guangdong (in press). The Age and Gender Effect on Four Forms of Peer Victimization among Chinese Children and Adolescents. Special Issue of Applied Research in Quality of Life.

4.

Leung, C., Lei, K.S., Wang, S.M., Lam, B.Y.H.* (in press). Theory of mind in schizotypy: A behavioral and event- related potential (ERP) study. Schizophrenia Research: Cognition.

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Lam, B.Y.H. (in press, invited book chapter). Social stigma versus social inclusion of the mental disabilities and neurological diseases. In Jessica Cerniak & Maria Wong (Eds), Incorporating diversity in classroom settings: Real and engaging examples for various Psychology courses. E-book by Society for the Teaching of
Psychology.

6.

Lam, B.Y.H. (in press, invited book chapter). Personality Traits during COVID-19 Pandemic. In Elisa M. Brietzke, Roger S. McIntyre, Rodrigo Grassi-Oliveira & Kanguang Lin (Eds), Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Essentials. United States: Elsevier.

7. Lam, B.Y.H., Lai, D.W.L., Li, J., Zou, Z., & Chan, C.C.H. (preprint, 2020). Mild cognitive impairment in older adults: the role of cognitive reserve and resilience. https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-29135/v1
8. Yu, Q., Chau, B.K.H., Lam, B.Y.H., Wong, A.W.K., Peng, J.,& Chan, C.C.H. (2019). Neural processes of proactive and reactive controls modulated by motor-skill experiences. Frontiers in Human
Neuroscience, 13.
9. Fung, A. L. C., Li, X., Ramírez, M. J., Lam, B. Y. H., Millana, L.,& Fares-Otero, N. E. (2018). A Cross-regional Study of the Reactive and Proactive Aggression of Youth in Spain, Uruguay, Mainland China, and Hong Kong. Social Development, 27(4), 748-760.
10. Lam, B. Y. H., Yang, Y., Schug, R. A., Han, C., Liu, J., & Lee, T. M. (2017). Psychopathy moderates the relationship between orbitofrontal and striatal alterations and violence: the investigation of individuals accused of homicide. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11.
11. Lam, B. Y. H., Raine, A., & Lee, T. M. (2017). Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire (SPQ). In V. Zeigler-Hill & T.
Shackelford (Eds), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. United States: Springer.
12. Fung, A. L. C., Tsang, E. Y. H., Zhou, G., Low, A. Y. T., Ho, M. Y.,& Lam, B. Y. H. (2017). Relationship Between Peer Victimization and Reactive–Proactive Aggression in School Children. Psychology of Violence. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ vio0000125
13. Lam, B. Y. H., Raine, A., & Lee, T. M. (2016). Effect of theory of mind and peer victimization on the schizotypy–aggression relationship. npj Schizophrenia, 2, 16001.

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Tang, D. Y., Liu, A. C., Lui, S. S., Lam, B. Y. H., Siu, B. W., Lee, T. M., & Cheung, E. F. (2016). Facial emotion perception impairments in schizophrenia patients with comorbid antisocial personality disorder. Psychiatry Research, 236, 22-27.
15. Lam, B. Y. H., Yang, Y., Raine, A., & Lee, T. M. C. (2015). Neural mediator of the schizotypy–antisocial behavior
relationship. Translational Psychiatry, 5(11), e669.
16. Lam, B. Y. H., Raine, A., & Lee, T. M. C. (2014). The relationship between neurocognition and symptomatology in people with schizophrenia: social cognition as the mediator. BMC Psychiatry, 14, 138-147.
17. Yau, K.M., Lam, B.Y.H., Cheung, Y.T., Wong, H.W, Fong, M.C., & Lau, P.N. (2014). Recovery in love (Chinese version). Hong Kong: Kam Kwong Church Life Bookstore.
18. Raine, A., Fung, A. L. C., & Lam, B. Y. H. (2011). Peer victimization partially mediates the schizotypy – aggression relationship in children and adolescents. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 37(5), 937-945.
19. Fung, A. L. C., & Lam, B. Y. H. (2011). Prevention of Homicide by Treating Proactive Aggression in Schoolchildren. In D. J. Christie & J. E. Pim (Eds.), Nonkilling Psychology (pp. 189- 212). United States: Center for Global Nonkilling.

Selected Conference Presentations:

1. Mak, W. W. S., Lam, B. Y. H., & Yau, S. S. W. (2010). Recovery knowledge and recovery-oriented services in Hong
Kong. Psychiatric Services, 61, 1164.
2. Lam, B.Y.H., Wong, M.N.K., Paynter, J., & Neumann, D. Neural Mechanism of Physical Exercise in Enhancing Empathy and Reducing Aggression in Adolescents. Oral presentation accepted for the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Washington DC, 2020.
3. Lam, B.Y.H., Wong, M.N.K., Xu, G., Lu, W., Gao, Y., Chen, K., Wang, S., Xie, L., Xu, X., Liu, J., Zheng, W., Miao, Q., Huang, Y., Guan, L., So, K.F., & Lin, K. Physical activity induces brain and behavioral changes in adolescents with subthreshold mood syndromes: A randomized controlled trial study. Poster presentation accepted for the the Society for Social Neuroscience Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, 2019.
4. Lam, B.Y.H., Chan, H.L., Choi, K.Y., Wong, N.K. & Chan, C.C.H. Retinal abnormalities are associated with antisocial behaviours: a neurocriminology study through the eyes. Oral presentation accepted for the symposium of Brain, Moral Judgment, and Neurocriminology at the American Society of Criminology Meeting in San Francisco, CA, 2019.
5. Lei, K.S., Cheung, A., & Lam, B.Y.H. Perseverance is a protective factor of schizotypy in adolescents: MOHO as a frame of reference. Poster presentation accepted for the 6th International Institute on Kielhofner's Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) in Chicago, IL, 2019.
6. Lee, L.P., Har, A.W.Y., Ngai, C.H., Lai, D.W.L., Lam, B.Y.H., & Chan, C.C.H. Audiovisual integrative Taiko training program for augmenting cognitive and motor performances in older adults with mild cognitive impairment: A pilot study applying MOHO as a frame of reference. Oral presentation accepted for the 6th International Institute on Kielhofner's Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) in Chicago, IL, 2019.
7. Wong, N.K., Lai, D.W.L., CHAN, H.L., Fu, A.S.N., Chan, C.C.H., Lam, B.Y.H. Relationship between working memory and retinal structures in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Poster presented accepted for the International Alzheimer’s Disease Conference 2019, Hong Kong, 2019.
8. Wang, S.M., Lam, B.Y.H., Hsu, H.M., & Cheung, V.K.W. Associations between Motor Abnormalities and Psychotic Symptoms in Non-Help- Seeking Individuals at Risk for Psychosis. Poster presented at the 2019 Congress of the Schizophrenia International Research Society, Orlando, FL., 2019
9. Huang, Y., Lam, B.Y.H., & Gao, Y. Structural abnormalities in the orbitofrontal cortex and its association with psychopathic traits in adolescents. Poster presentation at the Society for Affective Science Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, 2019.
10. Huang, Y., Lam, B.Y.H., & Gao, Y. Prenatal maternal stress, gray matter volumes, and externalizing behavior in adolescence. Poster presentation at the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, 2019.
11. Lam, B. Y. H., Huang, Y., & Gao, Y. Childhood psychopathic tendencies and structural brain deficits during adolescence. Oral presentation at the American Society of Criminology Meeting in Atlanta, GA, 2018.
12. Lam, B. Y. H., Lai, D.W.L, Chan, H. H. L., & Chan, C.C.H. Building a cognitive and brain reserve model for neurodegeneration. Oral presentation at the International Alzheimer's Disease Conference 2018, Hong Kong, 2018
13. Lam, B. Y. H., Raine, A., Gao, Y., Fung, A.L.C., Zhang, W., Ng, S.M.,& Lee, T. M. C. The effect of omega-3 on executive functions and eventrelated potentials: A randomized, controlled trial. Poster presentation at the 8th Society for Social Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., 2017.
14. Lam, B. Y. H., Raine, A., Fung, A. L. C., & Lee, T. M. C. Caregivers’/ Parents’ trait of perseverance moderates the relationship between children’s executive function and aggression. Oral presentation at the PCS 2nd Annual Mental Health Forum, Lisbon, Portugal, 2017.
15. Lam, B. Y. H., Raine, A., & Lee, T. M. C. Effect of Theory of Mind and Peer Victimization on the Schizotypy-Aggression Relationship. Oral presentation at the Third European Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences, Brighton, UK, 2016.
16. Lam, B. Y. H., Yang, Y., Schug, R., Han, C., Liu, J. & Lee, T. M. C. Orbitofrontal and striatal alterations in violent individuals: psychopathy is the moderator. Poster presentation at the 6th Society for Social Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2015.

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Lam, B. Y. H., Raine, A., & Lee, T. M. C. The relationship between neurocognition and symptomatology in people with schizophrenia: social cognition as the mediator. Oral presentation at the 8th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Hong Kong, 2014.
18. Lam, B. Y. H., Yang, Y., Raine, A., & Lee, T. M. C. Neural mediators of the schizotypy-antisocial behavior relationship: Prefrontal and orbitofrontal gray matter. Poster presentation at the 4th Biennial Schizophrenia International Research Society Conference, Italy, 2014.
19. Lam, B. Y. H., Yang, Y., Raine, A., Schug, R., Han, C., Liu, J. & Lee, T. M. C. Brain structural characteristics of psychopathic traits and antisocial behaviors. Poster presentation at the Organization for Human Brain Mapping Conference, Germany, 2014.
20. Lam, B. Y. H., D.Y.Y. Tang & Lee, T. M. C. Facial Emotion Recognition and Reactive-Proactive Aggression in Violent Schizophrenia. Poster presentation at the American Society of Criminology Conference, San Francisco, 2014.

Selected Research Grants:

1. Received Inter-institutional Development Scheme Grant, Competitive Research Funding for the local self-financing degree sector, UGC (2020), Co- Investigator: Bess Yin Hung Lam. Cultivating, Promoting, and Enhancing Meaning in Life Across Cultures and the Life Span (UGC/IIDS15/H01/20).
2. Received Faculty Development Scheme, Competitive Research Funding for the local self-financing degree sector, UGC (2019), Coinvestigator: Bess Yin Hung Lam. Enhancing parents’ competency to support the social and emotional needs of young children through a parent-based empathy and compassion intervention (UGC/FDS15/
H03/19).
3. Received 2018 Griffith University and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Collaborative Research Grants (2018), Principal investigator: Bess Yin Hung Lam. Neural mechanism of physical exercise in enhancing executive functions in adolescents: a crosscultural study.
4. Received Inter-institutional Development Scheme Grant, Competitive Research Funding for the local self-financing degree sector, UGC (2017), Co- Investigator: Bess Yin Hung Lam. Positive neuroscience: A dialogue between scientists and practitioners (UGC/IIDS15/H01/17).