Dr Lai Hor-yan, Angel

Research Focus

Research areas: (1) Community and social capital correlates of youth mental health, including ethnic minorities, children in poverty, and youths in rural China; (2) Arts activities as a creative media for youth development; (3) Access to, and quality of health and social services for the aging population

Methods: (1) Social network analysis; (2) Multi-level modelling; (3) Longitudinal analysis; (4) Mixed methods research

Selected Research Project


Principal Investigator, Ethnic Identity Development for Psychological Resilience in Yi Orphaned Adolescents (October 2018- June 2020). Funded by: General Research Fund (HKD 481,981)
Co-Investigator, Consultancy Study on Pilot Scheme on Support for Elderly Persons Discharged from Public Hospitals after Treatment (July 2018- Feb 2020). Principal Investigator: Professor E.K. Yeoh. Commissioned by Social Work Department in collaboration with CUHK (HKD 2.9 Million)
Co-Investigator, Evaluation Study of the Pilot Scheme on Residential Care Service Voucher (Jan 2018- June 2019). Principal Investigator: Professor E.K. Yeoh. Commissioned by Social Work Department in collaboration with CUHK


Co-Principal Investigator, A Trans-Disciplinary Big Data Hub: Investigating the Social Mobility, Poverty and Diversity Nexus (Oct 2016-Oct 2019). Principal Investigator: Professor Adrian Baliey. Funded by: Hong Kong Baptist University Strategic Development Fund (HKD 4 Million)
Principal Investigator, The Developmental Well-Being of Yi Ethnic Minority Children in Rural China: A Risk and Resilience Perspective (Sept 2017-Sept 2018). Funded by: Hong Kong Baptist University Digital Scholarship Grant (HKD 100,000).
Co-Principal Investigator, Provision of Consultancy Service on Means Test of Samaritan Fund and Community Care Fund Medical Assistance Programmes (Dec 2017- Dec 2018). Principal Investigator: Dr. Roger Chung. Commissioned by Hospital Authority in collaboration with CUHK (HKD 1.5M)
Consultant, Jockey Club Generation Connect Project (Sept 2017-Sept 2020). Principal Investigator: Professor E.K. Yeoh. Funded by Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKD 30M).
Principal Investigator, Evaluation on the 9th Wan Chai Community Musical Performances for Positive Youth Development (Sept 2017-July 2018). Sponsored by Baptist Oi Kwan Social Services.

Selected Publication


Lai, A.H.Y., Cho, E., Chui, C.H., & Chan. C. L. W. (Forthcoming).The role of Ethnic Identity: Pathway from Peer Socialization to Positive Academic Motivation in Yi young people of rural China.
Lai, A.H.Y., Chui, C.H., & Tang, S. (Forthcoming). Social Capital For Positive Well-being: Exploring the Underlying Social Processes of a Youth Street Culture Performing Arts Program in Hong Kong.


Lai, A.H.Y., Zhuang, K, Yam, C, Ayub, S, & Yeoh, E.K. (2017). Vouchers for Primary Health Care Services in an Ageing World? The Perspectives of Elderly Voucher Recipients in Hong Kong. Health and Social Care in the Community, 26(3):374-382. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12523(SJR indicator: 0.83, Q1 journal ranking in Health Policy and Social Work)
Lai, A.H.Y.., Chui, C.H., Lo, P.H.Y., Jordan, L. & Chan. C. L. W. (2017). The buffering effect of child-caregiver relationships: Social skills development of ethnic minority children with maladaptive behaviors in rural China. Children and Youth Services Review ,79, 333-340. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.06.038 (SJR indicator: 0.81, Q1 journal ranking in Education and Social Work)


Ho, R. T., Lai, A. H., Lo, P. H., Nan, J. K., & Pon, A. K. (2016). A Strength-Based Arts and Play Support Program for Young Survivors in Post-Quake China: Effects on Self-Efficacy, Peer Support, and Anxiety. The Journal of Early Adolescence. doi:10.1177/0272431615624563
E.K. Yeoh & Lai, H.Y.A (2016). An Investment for Celebrating Aging. Policy Research Reports No. 7. Our Hong Kong Foundation.


Ho, R. T. H., Fan, F. M., Lai, H.Y.A., Lo, P. H. Y., Potash, J. S., Kalmanowitz, D. L., Nan, J. K. M., Pon, A.,K. L., Shi, Z. B., Chan, C. L. W. (2012). An expressive arts-based and strength-focused experiential training program for enhancing the efficacy of teachers affected by earthquake in China. Creative Education, 3(1), 67-74