Lam, Wing Tak Wendy

Associate Professor and Division Head

Division of Behavioural Sciences

  • B.Sc (Nursing), M.Sc, PH.D

Professor Wendy Lam joined School of Public Health in September, 2007. She completed her Ph.D. specialized in Psycho-oncology in 2002. She’s the foundation recipient of The Hong Kong Cancer Fund Scholarship in Psycho-oncology for 2001-2002. She is also the recipient of Hiroomi Kawano New Investigator Award, International Psycho-oncology Society (IPOS), for 2007. The award, in memory of Dr Hiroomi Kawano, the founder of the Japanese Psycho-Oncology Society and the Japanese Society for Death and Dying, is presented to a new investigator for outstanding research contributions in psycho-oncology within five-years of completing a PhD.

Her research interests areas are two-fold: psycho-oncology and research methodology. She promotes mixed-methods approaches to increase the overall validity of studies. She has broad experience in quantitative and various qualitative research methods. She has been exploring novel applications of various quantitative methods derived from Structural Equation Modeling for analyzing longitudinal data. She has become very experienced in applying Linear Mixed Modeling, Latent Growth Modeling and Growth Mixture Modeling to address new questions and refine existing hypotheses enabling our group to overturn some previously established theoretical positions and build more robust evidence and theory. Her second research interest is in psycho-oncology, particularly focusing on psychosocial adaptation patterns and service optimization in cancer survivorship, as well as symptom control. Currently, she is exploring how personal factors (such as personality and information processing) and consultation factors (such as adoption of shared decision making model, the use of patient decision aid, and optimizing consultation behavours) influence psychosocial adaption to cancer (and hence related health care demand). She has made significant novel contributions to the literature resulting from applying her methodological interests to questions in psycho-oncology. Furthermore, she leads the HKU Jockey Club Institute of Cancer Care (JCICC) which aims to develop evidence-based strategies to integrate psychosocial care as a routine cancer care. Under her directorship, JCICC has recently established the first cancer survivorship clinic in Hong Kong offering support in managing post-treatment symptoms, as well as personalized diet and physical activity advice.

She has produced over 200 outputs, comprising 110 publications, including two book chapter and 108 international peer-reviewed co-authored articles, most in high impact international journals, including Cancer, Psycho-oncology, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, and Journal of Clinical Oncology. She has received 34 research grants, 26 as principal investigator. She has also implemented an international collaboration with psycho-oncology teams in Australia, Germany, Japan, Mainland China and Taiwan to extend the study of supportive care needs of Chinese cancer patients. She was a Foundation Member of the East Asian Psycho-Oncology Network in 2008. She is an appointed member of the Grant Review Boards for the Research Fund for Health and Medical Research Fund and for the Health Care and Promotion Scheme, the Hong Kong SAR Government. She reviews manuscripts for various international peer-review journals including Journal of Clinical Oncology, Psycho-oncology, Cancer, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, and Social Science Medicine. She is an Academic Editor by invitation for PLoS One, as well as an associate board member for the Psycho-oncology Journal. She is appointed as an Associate Editor for Psycho-oncology and for Patient Education and Counseling. She is the co-editor for the 4th edition of Psycho-oncology, the textbook originally developed by Dr Jimmie Holland.

She is an active member of the International Psycho-oncology Society (IPOS). She was an elected IPOS Board of Director from 2014-2018. She is currently the treasurer, IPOS Executive Board from 2019-2021, and chairs or participates in various committees. She holds a Honorary Chair in Nursing and Midwifery, School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester from September 2020 to August 2023.

Selected Publications
  1. Lam WWT, Fielding, R. (2003) The evolving experience of illness for Chinese women with breast cancer: a qualitative study. Psycho-oncology,12:127-140. [2019 IF=3.43] (Citation: 182) (Ranked 18 out of 137 under the category of “Psychology, Multidisciplinary”) [link]
  2. Lam WWT, Fielding R, Chan M, Chow L, Ho E. (2003) Participation and satisfaction with surgical treatment decision-making in breast cancer among Chinese women. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 80(2): 171-180.   [2019 IF=3.547]  (Citation: 76) (Ranked  60 out of 368 under the category of “Oncology”) [link]
  3. Lam WWT, Fielding R, Ho E. Predicting psychological morbidity in Chinese women following surgery for breast cancer. Cancer (2005): 103: 637-46 (2019 IF=6.102) (Citation: 70) (Ranked 19 out of 368 under category of “Oncology”) [link]
  4. Lam WWT, Bonanno GA, Mancini AD, Ho S, Chan M, Hung WK, Or A, Fielding R. Trajectories of psychological distress among Chinese women diagnosed with breast cancer. Psycho-oncology (2010) 19: 1044-1051 [2019 IF=3.43] (Citation: 182) (Ranked 18 out of 137 under the category of “Psychology, Multidisciplinary”) [link]
  5. Lam WWT, Shing YT, Bonanno GA, Mancini AD, Fielding R. Distress trajectories at the first year diagnosis of breast cancer in relation to 6-years survivorship. Psycho-oncology (2010) 21:90-99  [2019 IF=3.43] (Citation: 128) (Ranked 18 out of 137 under the category of “Psychology, Multidisciplinary”) [link]
  6. Lam WWT, Au AHY, Wong JHF, Lehmann C, Koch U, Fielding R, Mehnert A. Unmet support care needs: a cross-cultural comparison between Hong Kong Chinese and German Caucasian women with breast cancer. Breast Cancer Research Treatment (2011) 130:531-541. [2012 IF=4.469]  (Citation: 100) [2019 IF=3.547]  (Ranked  60 out of 368 under the category of “Oncology”) [link]
  7. Lam WWT, Li WWY, Bonanno GA, Mancini AD, Chan M, Or A, Fielding R. Trajectories of body image and sexuality in the year following diagnosis of breast cancer and their relationship to 6 years psychosocial outcomes. Breast Cancer Research Treatment (2012) 131:957-967. (Citation: 68) [2019 IF=3.547]  (Ranked  60 out of 368 under the category of “Oncology”) [link]
  8. Lam WWT, Chan M, Or A, Kwong A, Suen D, Fielding R. Reducing treatment decision conflict difficulties for breast cancer surgery. A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology (2013) 31 (23):2879-2885 [2019 IF=28.245] (Citation: 63) (Ranked 4 out of 368 under the category of “Oncology”) [link]
  9. Lam WWT, Ng D, Wong S, Lee TMC, Kwong A, Fielding R. The role of cognitive bias in relation to persistent distress among women diagnosed with breast cancer. Psycho-oncology (2018)27:983-989. Citation (5) [2019 IF=3.43] (Ranked 18 out of 137 under the category of “Psychology, Multidisciplinary”) [link]
  10. Ng DWL, Foo CC,  Ng SS, Kwong A, Suen D, Chan M, Or A, Fielding BFS, Lam WWT. The role of metacognition and its indirect effect through cognitive attentional syndrome on fear of cancer recurrence trajectories: a longitudinal study. Psycho-oncology (2020) 29:271-279 [2019 IF=3.43] (Ranked 18 out of 137 under the category of “Psychology, Multidisciplinary”) [link]