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Dr. Suen Yi Nam 孫伊南

BNurs (HKU), RN (HKU), PhD (Public Health) (HKU)

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry HKU

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Dr. Yi-nam Suen is currently a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Hong Kong (HKU). She received nursing training in HKU and registered as a practicing nurse in 2009. She awarded her Doctor of Philosophy in field of Public Health in 2015. Her research interest revolves around the promotion of physical and mental well-being in the community. The core of her research interests is to develop models of social processes in high-risk community samples to improve early detection of mental illness and optimize early interventions.

Research Interests and Focus:

  • Models of social processes in high-risk community samples

  • Prediction of transitioning to Psychosis

  • Women’s Mental Health

  • Youth Mental Health

  • Prediction of clinical outcome using machine learning algorithm

Selected Publications

  1. Wang MP, Suen YN, Li WCH, Lam OB, Wu Y, Kowng AC, Lai VW, Chan SS, Lam TH. Intervention With Brief Cessation Advice Plus Active Referral for Proactively Recruited Community Smokers: A Pragmatic Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Internal Medicine.2017; Epub doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.5793. (original research) [2018 IF=19.989] (Ranked 5 out of 154 under the category of “Medicine, General & Internal”)

  2. Suen YN, Cerin E, Mellecker RR. Development and reliability of a scale of physical-activity related informal social control for parents of Chinese pre-schoolers. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2014;11:87. [IF: 5.548]

  3. Wang MP, Suen YN, Wong BY, Li WH, Koh DS, Lam TH, et al. Paternal smoking and maternal protective behaviors at home on infant's saliva cotinine levels. Pediatric Research. 2017. [IF: 3.123]

  4. Suen YN, Cerin E, Barnett A, Huang WYJ, Mellecker RR. Development of Physical Activity-Related Parenting Practices Scales for Urban Chinese Parents of Preschoolers: Confirmatory Factor Analysis and Reliability. Journal of Physical Activity & Health. 2017;14(9):692-700 [IF: 1.723]

  5. Suen YN, Cerin E, Wu SL. Parental practices encouraging and discouraging physical activity in Hong Kong Chinese preschoolers. Journal of Physical Activity & Health. 2015;12(3):361-9. [IF: 1.723]

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