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Development of a Brief Alcohol Control Intervention for Current Tobacco Users

Programme(s) to which this project applies:

☑ MPhil/PhD ☒ MRes[Med] ☒ URIS

Co-use of tobacco and alcohol is common globally. Positive association of smoking and drinking at individual level has been found in both community settings and psychiatric epidemiological studies. Higher alcohol dependence is associated with lower abstinence in quit attempters who receive smoking cessation treatment. This study aims to develop a theory-driven, brief alcohol intervention protocol for HCPs to deliver the intervention for co-users of tobacco and alcohol during smoking cessation treatment.

Professor DYT Cheung, School of Nursing

Professor Derek Cheung is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing, The University of Hong Kong (HKU). He received his Bachelor of Social Sciences (Major in Statistics) and MPhil from HKU; and PhD from the Melbourne School of Population Health in the University of Melbourne.

Before joining the School of Nursing, he has received post-doctoral training in the School of Public Health of HKU, where he studied the effectiveness of various smoking cessation interventions including medication, counselling, brief advice, financial incentives and social media. He is experienced in designing and conducting randomized controlled trials in various community and clinical settings. He is currently the key investigator of several tobacco-related projects including opinion survey on tobacco control policy, use of smartphone Apps and exercise for smoking cessation, health promotion at smoking hotspots, and physician-delivered smoking cessation advice in the Guangdong province of China. He has published more than 90 articles in peer-reviewed journals including Addiction, The Journal of Pediatrics, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Social Science and Medicine, and Addictive Behavior.

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For more information or to express interest for this project, please email the supervisor or the specified contact point in the project 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).

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

HKUMed MBBS students interested in the Master of Research in Medicine (MRes[Med]) programme may visit the programme website for more information.  

HKUMed UG students interested in the Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme (URIS) may visit the scheme’s website for more information.