Academic Staff

Dr. Chan

Prof. Wong, Michael Tak Hing 黃德興

MBBS MD (HK) MA MDiv (BCV) PhD (Monash) FRCPsych (UK) FRANZCP FHKAM (Psychiatry)

Clinical Professor
Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist


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Prof Wong is a medical graduate from The University of Hong Kong. He trained in Neuropsychiatry under Prof AW Lishman and Dr Peter Fenwick at the Neuropsychiatry & Epilepsy Unit, Maudsley Hospital, London. His Research Fellowship at Institute of Psychiatry University of London was on PET & MRI neuroimaging and neurophysiology. He was one time Visiting Fellow to the Centre for Sleep and Chronobiology in University of Toronto (under Prof Harvey Moldofsky) and Academic Visitor to Faculty of Philosophy Oxford University (with Prof Bill Fulford).

He is a Fellow of professional colleges of psychiatrists in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. He is also trained in theology, holding a master degree in divinity with a dissertation on theological anthropology. His two research doctorates are on MRI & PET brain imaging of violent offenders with schizophrenia (MD) and on how hermeneutics helps integrate philosophy neuroscience psychiatry and theology (PhD) respectively.

He has been involved in research, teaching, clinical practice and administration for three decades in various universities, research institutes, hospitals and specialist mental health clinics in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Canada and Australia. He has been principal and associate recipient of research grants from Croucher Foundation Hong Kong and NHMRC Australia.

International Engagement:

Chair, Section of Philosophy & Humanities in Psychiatry, World Psychiatric Association
Senior Editor, Philosophy Psychiatry & Psychology
Organizational Partner & International Lead to The Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice in Health and Social Care, St Catherine's College Oxford
Advisor, Chinese Health Foundation of Australia
Immediate Past Chair, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Section of History Philosophy and Ethics
Fellow, ISCAST Christians in Science and Technology
Research Fellow, Centre for Sino-Christian Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University
Centre for Sino-Christian Studies | Department of Religion and Philosophy, HKBU
Honorary Associate Fellow, Centre for Theology & Psychology, Melbourne School of Theology, Australia

Recent Major Academic Activities:

Presented the paper "Hermeneutics helps understand physical health, explain psychiatric illness, and deal with pain and suffering during social unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic " at the Society for Ricoeur Studies Annual Conference, 7-9 October, 2021.

Presented " Hermeneutics promotes person-centered mental health in pandemic times", as Invited Panelist to "Advances on Person-Centered Mental Health in Pandemic Times" at the INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE OF PERSON CENTERED MEDICINE 13th GENEVA CONFERENCE ON PERSON CENTERED MEDICINE SELF-CARE AND WELL-BEING IN THE TIMES OF COVID-19, 5–7 April 2021.

Presented "Youth Neuropsychiatry - A New Clinical and Research Paradigm" at the HKU Departmental Research Seminar, 25 March, 2021

Presented the paper "Neuropsychiatry and hermeneutics make psychiatry person-centered" at the Intersectional Symposium of the Biological Psychiatry Section and the Section for Philosophy and Humanities in Psychiatry on Biological Developments in Whole Person Psychiatry, World Congress of Psychiatry, Bangkok, Thailand, 9-13, March, 2021.

Delivered the Invited Webinar Talk on "Values Based Practice in Hong Kong" at the Collaborating Centre of Values Based Practice Conference 2020, St Catherine's College, University of Oxford,  26 November, 2020.  

Presented a review on "Smartphone Use and Brain Health" at the HKU Departmental Research Seminar, 29 August, 2019.

Presented the paper "What constitutes a neurocognitive disorder in the era of neuroimaging and neuropsychology?" ​at the Intersectional Symposium of the Biological Psychiatry Section and the Section for Philosophy and Humanities in Psychiatry​ on Advances in Brain Sciences and Concepts of Mental Disorder in Integrative Person-Centred Care, World Congress of Psychiatry, Lisbon, Portugal, 21-24 August, 2019.

Delivered a presentation on 强迫症是一种神经认知障碍? (Is OCD a Neurocognitive Disorder?) and was a discussant on the Plenary Expert Panel at 粤港澳大湾区精神科医师联盟会议 (Guandong-HK-Macau Greater Bay Union of Psychiatrists Conference), 19 - 21 October 2018.

Conference Convener & Chair, Organizing and Scientific Committees, 20th Annual Conference of International Network for Philosophy & Psychiatry, 4-6 October, 2018, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine.


Delivered the Public Lecture “On Being A Neuropsychiatrist: Explaining the Brain & Mind Understanding the Self & Person”, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, 27 September, 2018.


Chair, RANZCP Working Committee on Position Statement 96 “The Relevance of Religion and Spirituality to Psychiatric Practice (July 2016-June 2018)

Delivered the Invited Lecture “Informing Psychiatry with Philosophy & Neuroscience – Getting Well Through Partnership” RANZCP Annual Conference Adelaide, May 2018.

Selected Bibliography


Lam, B. Y.-H., Hui, C. L.-M., Lui, S. S.- Y., Chan, K.-T., Wong, M. T.-H., Chan, S. K.-W., Lee, E. H.-M., Chang, W.-C., Wong, G. H. Y., & Chen, E. Y.-H. (2021) LevelMind@JC hubs–a novel community-based youth mental wellness early intervention in Hong Kong: An evaluation of stakeholders' perceptions and experiences. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 1–11.

Wong MTH (2021) The COVID-19 Pandemic: The Global Mental Health Crisis and a Reflection on the Human Condition.  In Brautigam M, Riddell PG, Tan JTT (Eds)  Proclaiming the Gospel, Engaging the World (Eugene OR: Wipf and Stock), pp. 45-54. 

Stoyanov D, Fulford B, Stanghellini G, Van Staden W, Wong M (Eds) (2021) International Perspectives in Values-Based Mental Health Practice: Case Studies and Commentaries (Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature).


Wong, MTH (2021) Values, meanings, hermeneutics and mental health. In Stoyanov D, Fulford B, Stanghellini G, Van Staden W, Wong M (Eds) International Perspectives in Values-Based Mental Health Practice: Case Studies and Commentaries (Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature), pp. 341-439.

Wong MTH, Wilson F, Davidson D, Hick C and Howie A (2021) Cultural values, religion and psychoses: five short stories.  In Stoyanov D, Fulford B, Stanghellini G, Van Staden W, Wong M (Eds) International Perspectives in Values-Based Mental Health Practice: Case Studies and Commentaries. (Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature)​, pp. 117-128.

Wong Michael TH (2020) Neuropsychiatry in the 21st Century. The Hong Kong Medical Diary, 25:3, 4-7. 

van Staden Werdie, Fulford Kenneth WM, Wong Michael (2020) Conceptual work to advance psychiatric and neuroscientific sophistication: a report by the WPA Section on Philosophy and Humanities in Psychiatry. World Psychiatry,  19:1, 126-127. 

Wong MTH (2018) Ricoeur and the Third Discourse of the Person: From Philosophy and Neuroscience to Psychiatry and Theology, London: Lexington Books.

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  Wong MTH (2018) Does biopsychoscocial formulation work in addressing the notion of the self and delivering patient-centred care? The 20th International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry Annual Conference Handbook, 2018, 26. 
  Wong M (2018) Informing psychiatry with neuroscience and philosophy: becoming well through partnerships. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry , 52(S1), 9.
  Wong MTH (2018) Giving a voice to users, carers and practitioners: hermeneutics and the whole person discourse.  The 20th International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry Annual Conference Handbook, 2018, 19.
  Wong M (2018) Relevance and integrity: psychiatry informed by religion/spirituality. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry , 52(S1), 29.
  Berk Michael, Daglas Rothanthi, Dandash Orwa, Yucel Murat, Henry Lisa, Hallam Karen, Macneil Craig, Hasty Melissa, Pantelis Christos, Murphy Brendan, Kader Linda, Damodaran Saji, Wong Michael TH, Conus Philippe, McGorry Patrick, Cotton Susan (2017) Quetiapine v. lithium in the maintenance phase following a first episode of mania: randomized controlled trial. British Journal of Psychiatry, 210, 6, 413-421.

Wong M (2017) Brain and Mind – Two or One? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychatry, 51(S1), 38-39.


Lim YXG, Wong MTH (2016) Migration and psychosis in acute inpatient psychiatry. Australasian Psychiatry, 24, 548-552.


Daglas R, Cotton SM, Allot K, Yucel M, Macenil CA, Hasty MK, Murphy B, Pantelis C, KT Hallam, Henry LP, Conus P, Ratheesh A, Kader L, Wong MTH, McGorry PD, Berk M (2016) A single-blind, randomized controlled trial on the effects of lithium and quetiapine monotherapy on the trajectory of cognitive functioning in first episode mania: A 12-month follow-up study. European Psychiatry, 31, 20-28.


Wong M, Wilson F, Fernando A, George K (2016) The Role of Spirituality in Contemporary Psychiatry: Challenges & Opportunity. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 50(S1), 56-58.


Fan R, Guo R, Wong M (2015) Psychiatric Ethics & Confucianism. In Sadler JZ, Fulford B, van Staden CW (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Psychiatric Ethics, Oxford University Press, 603-615.


Wong MTH (2014) History, Philosophy and Psychiatry: Philosophy of Psychiatry in the 21st Century, East Asian Archives of Psychiatry, 24(4) (Suppl.), 65-66.


Bechdolf, Adnrease, Wood, Stephens J, Nelson, Barnaby, Velakoulis, Dennis, Yucel, Murat, Takahashi, Tsutomu, Yung, Alison R, Berk, Michael, Wong, Michael T, Pantelis, Christos and McGorry, Patrick D. (2012) Amygdala and insula volumes prior to illness onset in bipolar disorder : a magnetic resonance imaging study, Psychiatry Research : Neuroimaging, 201, 34-39.


Wong MTH (2011) Theological Anthropology as Informed by the Changeux-Ricoeur Dialogue on Science, Philosophy & Religion. In Verheyden J, Hettema TL, Vandecasteele (eds.) Paul Ricoeur: Poetics and Religion (Leuven: Uitgeverij Peeters), 519-529.


Wong Michael TH (2011) Spirituality and leadership in psychiatry: an Australian view. The International Journal of Leadership in Public Services, 7(2), 144-150. 


Takahashi Tsutomu, Wood Stephen J, Soulsby Bridget, Tanino Ryoichiro, Wong Michael TH, McGorry Patrick D, Suzuki Michio, Velakoulis Dennis, Pantelis Christos (2009) Diagnostic specificity of the insular cortex abnormalities in first-episode psychotic disorders. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, 33, 651-657.


Wong Michael TH (2008) Hermeneutics, Neuroscience and Theological Anthropology – First Step of Talking about the Subject. Transdisciplinarity in Science and Religion, 4, 173-196.


Velakoulis Dennis, Wood Stephen J, Wong Michael TH, McGorry Patrick, Yung Alison, Phillips Lisa, Smith De, Warwick Brewer, Proffitt Tina, Desmond Patricia, Pantelis Christos (2006) Hippocampal and Amygdala Volumes According to Psychosis Stages and Diagnosis – A Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study of Chronic Schziophrenia, First Episode Psychosis, and Ultra-High-Risk Individuals. Archives of General Psychiatry, 63, 139-149.


Yucel M, Lubman DI, Velakoulis D, Wong MTH, Wood SJ, Condello A, Brewer WJ, Pantelis C (2006) Structural brain correlates of alcohol and cannabis use in recreational users.  Acta Neuropsychiatrica, 18, 226-229.


Copolov D, Seal M, Maruff P, Ulusoy R, Wong MTH, Tochon-Danguy H, Egan G (2003) Cortical association with the experience of auditory hallucinations and perception of human speech in schizophrenia: A PET study. Psychiatric Research: Neuroimaging, 122, 139-152.


Wong MTH (2001) Neuroimaging in Human Aggression. In Martinez M (ed.) Prevention and Management of Aggression (New York: Kluwer), 83-93.


Zheng ZJ, Pantelis C, Leung CHC, Wong MTH, Velakoulis D. (1997) Extracting complex tissues of MRI brain images using conjugate transformation. In Leung CHC (ed.) Lecture Notes in Computer Science - Visual Informatiion Systems Volume 1306 (Berlin: Springer-Verlag), 162-175.


Wong MTH, Fenwick PBC, Lumsden J, Fenton GW, Maisey MN, Lewis P, Badawi R (1997) Positron emission tomography in male violent offenders with schizophrenia. Psychiatric Research: Neuroimaging, 68, 111-123.


Wong MTH, Fenwick PBC, Fenton GW, Lumsden J, Maisey M, Stevens J (1997) Repetitive and non-repetitive violent offending behaviour in male patients in a maximum security mental hospital. Medicine, Science & the Law, 37, 150-160.


Lumsden J, Wong MTH, Fenton GE, Fenwick PBC (1996) Violence ratings of female patients in Broadmoor Hospital. Psychology, Crime & Law, 3, 51-66.


Wong MTH, Lumsden J, Fenton GW, Fenwick PBC (1995) Elderly offenders in a maximum security mental hospital. Aggressive Behavior, 21, 321-324.


Chan Vivian, Yu YL, Chan TPT, Yip B, Chang CM, Chan YW, Wong MTH, Chan TK (1995) DNA Analysis of Huntington's Disease in Southern Chinese. Journal of Medical Genetics, 32, 120-124.


Chang CM, Yu YL, Fong KY, Wong MTH, Chan YW, Ng TKH, Leung CM, Chan Vivian (1994) Huntington's Disease in Hong Kong Chinese - Epidemiology and Clinical Picture. Clinical and Experimental Neurology, 32,43-51.


Wong MTH, Chang CM, Yu YL, Chan YW, Chan Vivian (1994) Psychosocial impacts of Huntington's Disease on Chinese Families. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 90, 16-18.


Wong MTH, Lumsden J, Fenton GW, Fenwick PBC (1994) Electroencephalography, computed toography and violence ratings of male patients in a maximum-security mental hospital. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 90, 97-101.


Wong MTH, Lumsden J, Fenton GW, Fenwick PBC (1994) Epilepsy and violence in mentally abnormal offenders in a maximum security hospital. Journal of Epilepsy, 7, 253-258.


Wong MTH, Lumsden J, Fenton GW, Fenwick PBC (1994) Violence ratings of Special Hospital patients.  Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, 4, 471-480.


Wong MTH, Pan PC (1994) Patterns of Psychogeriatric Referral and Attendance at Three Different Settings in Hong Kong. International Psychogeriatrics, 2, 199-208.


Chung KF, Wong MTH (1994) Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep Behaviour Disorder in A Chinese Male. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 28, 144-146.


Moldofsky H, Wong MTH, Lue FA (1993) Litigation, Sleep, Symptoms and Disabilities in Post Accident Pain (Fibromyalgia) Journal of Rheumatology, 20, 1935-1940.


Wong MTH, Yeung HWD (1993) Applications of Single Photon Emission Computerised Tomography (SPECT) in Dementia and related conditions - Queen Mary Hospital Experience. Journal of the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists, 3, 47-50.


Wong MTH (1992) International comparisons of drink units. British Journal of Addiction, 87, 1079-1080.


Wong BYM, Chan MY, Wong MTH, Lieh-Mak F (1992) The Plasma Haloperidol and Reduced Haloperidol Concentrations in Chinese Schizophrenic Patients: Relationship between Reduced Haloperidol/Haloperidol Ratio and Red Cell Haloperidol Reductase Activity. Human Psychopharmacology, 7, 123-128.


Wong V, Wong MTH, Ng THK, Yu YL, Chang PCM, Fung CF (1991) Unusual Case of Kluver-Bucy Syndrome in a Chinese Boy. Pediatric Neurology, 7(5), 385-388.


Wong MTH, Lieh-Mak F (1991) Topographic Brain Mapping of EEG and Evoked Potentials in Chinese Normals and Psychiatric Patients - Preliminary Findings. Journal of the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists, 1, 6-11.