Fielding, Richard

Division of Behavioural Sciences
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Background and appointments

Professor Richard Fielding is a Clinical and Health Psychologist with a particular interest in individual, group and population behaviour of public-health significant. His research activities span individual to population-level topics. His primary areas of interest are

  • Decomposing psychological processes that influence poor coping with chronic health conditions, with cancer and chronic pain as exemplars;
  • Quantifying psychological dimensions of population responses and influences in epidemic respiratory infectious diseases;
  • Using evidence-based approaches to inform health services organization for optimizing preventive management in patients with chronic illnesses, and;
  • Ecological wellbeing - political-economic-environmental dynamics underpinning mechanisms of human health. 

His research administrative roles include:

  • Convenor, Public Health Strategic Research Theme, The University of Hong Kong.
  • Director, Centre for Psycho-Oncology Research & Training (CePORT), School of Public Health, HKU.
  • Director, Health Behaviour Research Group, School of Public Health at HKU.

He was recipient of the British Medical Association Medical Book of the Year award and the Basis of Medicine Prize, 1996, elected University Teaching Fellow, HKU,1996, Member by Distinction and later Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of London, 1996, 2006; Fellow (1988), and Associate Fellow (1986) of the Hong Kong and British Psychological Societies respectively; Board Member, Membership Chair and Awards Committee Chair, International Psycho-Oncology Society (2011-2014); Founder member, Asia-Pacific Psych-Oncology Network.


He has over 280 articles, books, chapters and abstracts on subjects including: cardiac disease, chronic pain, environmental degradation, epidemiology, health communications, health services research, medical education, psycho-oncology, risk and communicable diseases (HIV/AIDS, SARS and Influenza) smoking cessation.

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Selected Publications (Pub Med Search)


  1. Lam WWT, Yoon SW, Sze WK, Ng AWY, Soong I, Kwong A, Suen D, Tsang J, Wong KY, Fielding R. Comparing the meanings of living with advanced breast cancer between women resilient to distress and women with persistent distress: a qualitative study. Psycho-Oncology, 2016 Epub on 2016-04-26, (in press). (IF 3.506)
  2. Kim EY, Liao Q, You ES, Kim JH, Yoon SW, Lam WWT, Fielding R. Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome, South Korea, 2015: risk-related perceptions and quarantine attitudes. American Journal of Infection Control, 2016 DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2016.03.014 (IF 1.995)
  3. Wang LDL, Lam WWT, Wu J, Fielding R. Psychosocial determinants of Chinese parental HPV vaccination intention for adolescent girls. Preventing cervical cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 2015, 24 (10)1233-1240 (IF 3.256)
  4. Lam WWT, Liao QY, Wong JHF, Lai CL, Yuen MF, Tsang JWH, Fielding R. Measuring and validating a General Cancer Predisposition Perception Scale: An adaptation of the Revised IPQ-Genetic Predispositions Scale. PLoS One 11/2015; 10(11):e0142620 (IF 3.53) 
  5. Lam WWT, Yeo W, Suen J, Ho WM, Tsang J, Soong I, Tze KY, Wong KY, Wing KS, Ng AWY, Kwong A, Suen D, Fong DYT, Ho SMY, Fielding R. Goal adjustment influence on psychological well-being following advanced breast cancer diagnosis. Psycho-Oncology 2016, 25(1), 58-65, epub 2015 06/2015 DOI: 10.1002/pon.3871  (IF 3.256) (18/72 in Psychology)
  6. Wang LDL*, Lam WWT, Wu JT, Liao QY, Fielding R. Chinese immigrant parents' vaccination decision making for children: a qualitative analysis. BMC Public Health. 2014, 14:133. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-133 (IF 2.209) (6 citations)
  7. Wong WS, Lam HMJ, Chen PP, Chow YF, Wong S, Lim HS, Fielding R. The fear-avoidance model of chronic pain: Assessing the role of neuroticism and negative affect in pain catastrophizing using structural equation modeling. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. DOI 10.1007/s12529-014-9413-7 (2ndMay, 2014)  (5 citations)
  8. Lam WWT, Soong I, Yau TK, Wong KY, Tsang J, Yeo W, Suen J, O WM, Sze WK, Ng A, Kwong A, Suen D, Fielding R. The evolution of psychological distress trajectories in women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer: a longitudinal study. Psycho-oncology doi: 10.1002/pon.3361 (IF 3.506) (19 citations
  9. Li WWY, Lam WWT, Shun SC, Lai YH, Law WL, Poon J, Fielding R., Psychometric assessment of the Chinese version of the Supportive Care Needs Survey short-form (SCNS-SF34-C) among Hong Kong and Taiwanese Chinese Colorectal cancer patients. PLoS One, 2013, 11thOctober. (IF 3.53) (6 citations)
  10. Liao QY, Wong WS, Fielding R. How do anticipated worry and regret predict seasonal influenza vaccination uptake among Chinese adults? Vaccine (2013) published online, 29th July, doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2013.07.009 [2012 IF =3.492] (Ranked 48 out of 137 under the category of “Immunology”) (Ranked 33 out of 121 under the category of “Medicine, Research & Experimental”) Joomla 3.3 Templates