Dr. Donna Wong was an experienced community worker and social service administrator before she joined the academia. She joined the University of Hong Kong in 1991 and participated actively in social work theory and practice teaching and field work education. Her research interests included equal opportunities and social inclusion of people with disabilities and other minority groups. She was the Program Director of the Bachelor of Social Work program from 2007 to 2010. She had been the Problem Based Learning (PBL) co-ordinator since the inception of this teaching method in 1999. She had a wealth of experiences in both social work teaching and action research.
Dr. Wong retired from her Assistant Professor post in January 2011 to re-prioritize her life goals and pursuits. She serves as a professioanl consultant on a freelance basis for the Social Workers Registration Board and is mainly responsible for professional qualification assessment of social work programs in Hong Kong. She is now an Honorary Research Fellow of HKU Sau Po Centre on Ageing and currently works on a number of research projects related to ‘Aging and People with Intellectual Disabilities’. She also serves as an honorary secretary to the Concern Group for People with Severe Disabilities which strives to advocate on needs of the severely disabled.
Professional Advisor, Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association
Professional Consultant, Social Work Registration Board
Honorary Secretary, Concern Group for People with Severe Disabilities
2005-Jan.2011 Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work & Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong.
1999-2005 Lecturer, Department of Social Work & Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong
1991-1998 Full-time Field Instructor, University of Hong Kong
1984-1991 Group and Community Services Supervisor, The Salvation Army
1978-1983 Team Leader of Community Development Project in The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council
Educational and Professional Qualifications:
ØRegistered Social Worker
ØDoctor of Philosophy awarded in 2004 by The University of Hong Kong
ØMaster of Philosophy awarded in 1995 by The University of Hong Kong
ØBachelor of Social Science majoring in social work and psychology awarded in 1978 by The University of Hong Kong
ØUniversitas 21 Fellowship in the year 2006 to 2007
ØApplied Educational Research Scheme (AERS) Fellowship 2006-2007, AERS is a research consortium of the University of Edinburgh, University of Stirling and University of Strathclyde at the UK.
(1)(2011 ongoing) Professional Consultant Study on ‘Aging Profile of People with Down Syndrome in Hong Kong’ and ‘Up, Up and Be Healthy: A Healthy Lifestyle Campaign for Adults with Down Syndrome and their Caregivers’ commissioned by Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association.
(2)(2010-2011) Principal Investigator, Study on Training Needs of Ethnic Minorities, a consultancy study commissioned by Employees’ Retraining Board and conducted in partnership with Unison Hong Kong.
(3)(2010-2011) Advisor, Second Baseline Survey on Public Attitudes towards People with Disabilities, a consultancy study commissioned by the Equal Opportunities Commission and conducted by Policy 21 Hong Kong.
(4)(2009-2010) Principal Investigator, Basic Communication Skills in Social Work Groups: A Multi-Media Learning System for Social Work Students, a project supported by a special teaching grant of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Hong Kong.
(5)(2007-2008) Principal Investigator, A Study to Evaluate the Effectiveness of The Pilot Scheme to Involve District Councils in the Management of District Facilities and the Enhanced Role of District Councils in Promoting District Partnership, a consultancy study commissioned by the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.
(6)(2005-2006) Principal Investigator, Building Social Capital: A Formative Review of Community Investment and Inclusion Fund Projects, a consultancy study funded by the Health & Welfare Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.
(7)(2003-2004) Co-Investigator , A Study to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Social Welfare Department’s Enhanced District Social Welfare Office Functions, funded by the Social Welfare Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.
(8)(2002-2003) Co-Investigator, A Review on Integrated Neighbourhood Projects, funded by the Social Welfare Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.
(9)(2000-2001) Co-Investigator and Research Project Director, Baseline Surveys on School Children’s Attitudes Toward Persons with a Disability, Gender Stereotypes and Family Roles, funded by the Equal Opportunities Commission of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.
(10)(1997-1998) Principal Investigator, Action Learning Project on Skills Laboratory 97, funded by RGC of Hong Kong.
Refereed Journal Articles
(1)Wong, D.K.P. (2008) Do Contacts Make a Difference? The Effect of Mainstreaming on Student Attitudes towards People with Disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 29, 70-82. (2008 Impact Factor: 4.475)
(2)Wong, D.K.P., & Lam, D.O.B. (2007). Problem based learning in social work: A study of learning outcomes. Research in Social Work Practice, 17, 55-65.
(3)Pearson, V., Wong, D.K.P., Ho, K.M. & Wong, Y.C. (2007). Problem Based Learning in an MSW Programme: A study of learning outcomes, Social Work Education, 26, 616-632.
(4)Wong, D.K.P. & Chow, S.F. (2006). Beyond clinical trials and narratives: A participatory action research with cancer patient self-help groups. Patient Education and Counseling, 60, 201-205
(5)Lam, D.O.B., Wong, D.K.P., Hui, H.S.K., Lee, F.W.L., & Chan, E.K.L. (2006), Preparing social workers to be life-long learners: use of problem-based learning as a training component in the social work curriculum, Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 26, 103-119.
(6)Wong, D.K.P., Pearson, V., & Lo, E.M.K. (2004). Competing philosophies in the classroom: a challenge to Hong Kong teachers, International Journal of Inclusive Education, 8, 261-280.
(7)Pearson, V., Eva Lo, Chui, E. & Wong, D. (2003). A heart to learn & care? Teachers’ responses toward special needs children in mainstream schools in Hong Kong. Disability & Society, 18, 489-508.
(8)Wong, D. & Chow, S.F. (2002). A qualitative study of patient satisfaction with follow-up cancer care: the case of Hong Kong, Patient Education and Counseling, 47, 11-19.
(9)Wong, D. (2002). Struggling in the mainstream: The case of Hong Kong, International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 49, 79-94.
(10)Wong, D, Pearson, V, Ip F, & Lo E (1999). A slippery road to equality: Hong Kong’s experience of unplanned integrated education, Disability & Society, 14, 771-789.
(11)Wong, D. (1996). The housewife role and women's psychological well-being: The case of Tuen Mun, Hong Kong Journal of Social Work, 30, 48-56.
(12)Wong, D, & Chan, C. (1994). Advocacy on self-help for patients with chronic Illnesses: The Hong Kong experience. Prevention in Human Services, 11, 117-139.
English Book Chapters
(13)Lam, D. O. B. & Wong, D. K. P. (2004). The problem based learning approach in social work training: potentials and considerations. In T. Moore, O. Kwo, & J. Jones (eds.) Developing Learning Environment: Creativity, Motivation and Collaboration in Higher Education (pp 41-56), Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
(14)Wong, D. K. P. (1997). The social action approach in empowerment of renal patients. In C. Chan, and Rhind, N. (eds.) Social Work Intervention in Health Care: The Hong Kong Scene, Chapter 14, p.259-277. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
(15)Wong, D. & Chan, C. (1995). Advocacy on Self-Help for Patients with Chronic Illness: The Hong Kong Experience. In F. Lavoie, T. Borkman, and Gidron, B. (eds.) Self-Help and Mutual Aid Groups: International and Multicultural Perspectives, Chapter 5, p.117-140. New York: The Haworth Press.
(16)Wong, D. K. P. & Lam, D. O. B. (2004) Problem Based Learning in Social Work Theory and Practice: A study of BSW Student learning outcomes. A chapter in Pearson, V. (Ed.) Problem Based Learning in a Social Work Context.: Experience at the University of Hong Kong. Departmental Monograph Series No.53. Department of Social Work & Social Administration.
(17)Wong, D. K. P. & Pearson, V., Ho, K.M. & Wong, Y.C. (2004). Problem Based Learning in an MSW Programme: A study of learning outcomes, A chapter in Pearson, V. (Ed.) Problem Based Learning in a Social Work Context.: Experience at the University of Hong Kong. Departmental Monograph Series No.53. Department of Social Work & Social Administration.
Chinese Book Chapters
(18)Wong, D. K. P. (2002) ‘Rehabilitation Service’ in W. F. Choy (ed.) Social Welfare, p. 291-306. Chapter 14. Taiwan: WuNan Publishing Company.
(19)Wong, D. K. P. (2000) ‘Lobbying ’, P. K. Kam et al. (eds) Skills in Community Work (2nd edition), p. 241-252. Chapter 16. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press.
(20)Chan, C. L. W. & Wong, D. K. P. (2000) ‘Community Education’ in B. K. Kam et al (eds.) Community Work Theory and Practice (in Chinese), p.233-249, Chapter 10, Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press.
(21)Wong, D. K. P. & Chan, C. L. W. (1994) ‘Community Care’ in Kam et al edited book Community Work Theory and Practice (in Chinese), p.250-275, Chapter 11, Hong Kong: Chinese University Press.