Dr Maggie Kwok joined the School of Public Health as a research assistant and earned her Ph.D. degree in Public Health from the University of Hong Kong. She was on the Takemi Fellowship Program in International Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2014-15 and was on the Health and Medical Research Fund fellowship training at the Stanford University in 2017-2018.
Dr Kwok is focusing on developing new interventions to prevent non-communicable diseases and promote health equity. Building on several, large, on-going Hong Kong Chinese cohorts (the “Children of 1997” birth cohort, the FAMILY cohort and the Elderly Health Service cohort), Dr Kwok is exploiting differences between East and West to gain new insights about health, as well as considering how Hong Kong can act as a sentinel for other rapidly developing Chinese mega-cities.
Dr Kwok has generated new information about key public health issues, such as the role of breastfeeding and second-hand smoke exposure in child health. She is now using new methods to verify previous findings concerning the long-term effects of breastfeeding.
Dr Kwok is also interested more broadly in unravelling the links between early life exposures and adult health, informed by insights from evolutionary biology theory. Specifically, she has investigated secular trends in blood pressure and body mass index. She has examined the contribution of different growth patterns to adolescent blood pressure and body mass index. She has also examined the role of social determinants of health. Finally, she is interested in the interplay between physical and mental health, so as to identify which is the most effective target of intervention.
She is one of the coordinators of CMED 6207: Non-communicable disease epidemiology and control of the School’s Master of Public Health programme and the tutor of Interdisciplinary Health Research Project of the Faculty’s undergraduate curriculum.
Kwok M.K., Schooling C.M., Subramanian S.V., Leung G.M., Kawachi I. Opposite associations of household income with adolescent body mass index according to migrant status: Hong Kong's "Children of 1997" birth cohort. International Journal of Obesity. 2018. doi: 10.1038/s41366-018-0118-x.
Kwok M.K., Tu Y.K., Kawachi I., Schooling C.M. Age-period-cohort analysis of trends in blood pressure and body mass index in children and adolescents in Hong Kong. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2017; 71(12):1161-1168.
Kwok M.K., Schooling C.M., Subramanian S.V., Leung G.M., Kawachi I. Pathways from parental educational attainment to adolescent blood pressure. Journal of Hypertension. 2016; 34(9):1787-95.
Kwok M.K., Subramanian S.V., Leung G.M., Schooling C.M. Household income and adolescent blood pressure in a Chinese birth cohort: "Children of 1997". Social Science & Medicine. 2015; 144:88-95.
Kwok M.K., Au Yeung S.L., Leung G.M., Schooling C.M. Birth weight, infant growth, and adolescent blood pressure using twin status as an instrumental variable in a Chinese birth cohort: "Children of 1997". Annals of Epidemiology; 2014: 24(7):509-15.
Kwok M.K., Freeman G., LIN S., Lam T.H. and Schooling C.M. Simulated growth trajectories and blood pressure in adolescence: Hong Kong's Chinese birth cohort. Journal of Hypertension. 2013; 31(9):1785-97.
Kwok M.K., Leung G.M. and Schooling C.M. Breastfeeding and adolescent blood pressure: evidence from Hong Kong's "Children of 1997" birth cohort. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2013; 178(6):928-36.
Kwok M.K., Leung G.M., Lam T.H. and Schooling C.M. Early life infections and onset of puberty: evidence from Hong Kong's Children of 1997 birth cohort. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2011, 173(12):1440-1452.
Kwok M.K., Schooling C.M., Lam T.H. and Leung G.M. Does breastfeeding protect against childhood overweight? Hong Kong's 'Children of 1997' birth cohort. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2010; 39(1):297-305.
Kwok M.K., Schooling C.M., Ho L.M., Leung S.S.L., Mak K.H., McGhee S.M., Lam T.H. and Leung G.M. Early life second-hand smoke exposure and serious infectious morbidity during the first 8 years: evidence from Hong Kong's "Children of 1997" birth cohort. Tobacco Control. 2008; 17(4):263-270.