Department of Psychiatry

Research Questions

  • How can modern technology be applied in psychiatric research?
  • How can we better treat mental illness?
Department of Psychiatry
Research Areas

The establishment of the Department of Psychiatry marks the first psychiatric unit in Hong Kong attached to and serving a general hospital, delivering clinical services, teaching and research in order to improve treatment and health in people with mental illness. The Department offers teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate courses; fostering the career development and training to students, trainees, academics and professionals. We conduct cutting edge research investigation on key specialty areas, with an aim to bring the scientific discoveries to daily clinical applications. The active research areas of the Department are:

1. Brain Ageing and Cognitive Impairment
2. Brain Imaging; Structural, Function and Molecular
3. Cognitive and Experiential Aspects of Psychopathology
4. Emotion and Sleep Disorders
5. Geriatric Depression
6. Health Psychology and Social Medicine
7. Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
8. Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation
9. Psychiatric and Statistical Genetics
10. Psychotic Disorders
11. Substance Misuse
12. Community Women Mental Health
13. Youth Mental Health
14. Early Intervention for Mental Disorders
15. Clinical High-Risk for Psychosis Research
16. Reward Learning and Effort-Cost Computations in Early Psychosis


Supervisor(s) Research Interest

Professor EYH Chen

Brain and cognitive psychopathology; Computational neuroscience applications in psychiatry; Early intervention and youth mental health; Jockey Club Mental Wellness Project for Women (JCWOW); Psychotic disorders research (PSI)

Dr SKW Chan

Brain structure and connectivity

Dr WC Chan

Ageing, cognitive, and mood disorders research

Dr WC Chang

Clinical high-risk (at-risk mental state) for psychosis: prediction and prevention; Ecological psychiatry

Dr KF Chung

Health psychology; Sleep disorders research

Dr CLM Hui

Relapse of psychosis: prediction and prevention

Professor PC Sham

Interdisciplinary clinical neuroscience studies

Next Step?

For more information or to express interest to join the research areas, please email the supervisor or the specified contact point in the description. Interested candidates are advised to enclose with your email:

  1. your CV,
  2. a brief description of your research interest and experience, and
  3. two reference letters (not required for HKUMed UG students seeking MRes[Med]/URIS projects).

Research postgraduate studies enquiries specific to the department/school’s research should be directed to the Chairman of the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee:

Dr KF Chung

Information on the research programme, funding support and admission documentations could be referenced online at the Research Postgraduate Admissions website.

General admission enquiries should be directed to