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Dr. LEE Tak Yan (李德仁博士)

Ph.D. HK

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office: Y7425 AC1
Phone: 34428978
Fax: 34420283
Email: ty.lee@cityu.edu.hk
Web: CV

Research Interests

  • Positive Youth Development
  • Resilience: Childhood, Adolescence, and Family
  • Evaluation of Social Work Intervention
  • Group work Practice

Previous Experience

  • Sep 1988 - Dec 1988, Executive Secretary, Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups.
  • 1981 - 1988, Supervisor, Group & Community Services, Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service.
  • 1977 - 1979, Information Assistant, Hong Kong Council of Social Service.

Research Grant

  • P.A.T.H.S. to Adulthood: A Jockey Club Youth Enhancement Programme Curriculum Revamping, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Amount: HKD $13,280,000, 1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2018, Shek, D.T.L. (P-I), Lee, T.Y. (Co-PI), and other Co-PIs.
  • Moral and character education in Hong Kong , Wofoo Foundation Limited, Amount: HKD $1,000,000, 2 Sep 2016 - 31 Aug 2018, Shek, D. T. L. (P.I.), Co-P.I.s: Leung, J., Wu., F., Ma, C., Yu, L., Leung, H., Lin, H., Siu, A., Lee, T.Y., Sun, R., & Law, M..
  • Discontinuing Youth’s Violent Involvements with Social Capital Development, Public Policy Research (PPR) Grants, Central Policy Unit, Government of the Hong Kong Special Adm, Amount: HKD $826,620, 2015 - 2017, Jacky Cheung (PI), Lee, T.Y. (Co-I) , Leung, J. T. Y. (Co-I) .
  • Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Project , The Tin Ka Ping Foundation, Amount: HKD $8,060,000, 2015 - 2018, Shek, D. T. L. (P-I), Lee, T. Y. (Co-I), and others.

Publication Show All Publications Show Prominent Publications


  • Shek, D. T L. , Zhu, X. , Leung, J. T Y. , Lee, T. Y. & Wu, F. K Y. (in press). Evaluation of the Project P.A.T.H.S. in mainland China: Findings based on student diaries. Research on Social Work Practice. doi:10.1177/1049731517745994
  • Tam, D. M Y. , Chow, E. O W. , Low, A. Y T. , Chan, Y. C. , Lee, T. Y. & Kwok, S. M. (in press). Examining the psychometrics of the Professional Suitability Scale for Social Work. The British Journal of Social Work. doi:doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcy009
  • Lee, T.Y. , Shek, D. T. L. & Busiol, D. (2016). A longitudinal study of compensated dating and juvenile prostitution behaviors among adolescents in Hong Kong. Journal of Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology. 29(S). S31 - S37. doi:10.1016/j.jpag.2015.10.006
  • Lee, T. Y. & Shek, D. T. L. (2013). Compensated dating in Hong Kong: Prevalence, psychosocial correlates, and its relationships with other risky behaviors. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. 26, 3S. 42 - 48. doi:10.1016/j.jpag.2013.03.014. S1083-3188(13)00121-6
  • Lee, T. Y. & Lok, D. P. P. (2012). Bonding as a positive youth development construct: A conceptual review. The Scientific World Journal. Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 481471, 11 pages. doi:10.1100/2012/481471
  • Shek, D. T. L. & Lee, T. Y. (2012). Helping adolescents with greater psychosocial needs: Subjective outcome evaluation based on different cohorts. The Scientific World Journal. Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 694018, 10 pages. doi:10.1100/tsw.2012.7
  • Lee, T. Y. , Cheung, J. C. K. & Kwong, W. M. (2012). Resilience as a Positive Youth Development Construct: A Conceptual Review. The Scientific World Journal. Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 390450, 9 pages. doi:10.1100/2012/390450
  • Cheung, C.K. & Lee, T.Y. (2010). Contributions of moral education lectures and moral discussion in Hong Kong secondary schools. Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal. 13. 575 - 591. doi:10.1007/s11218-010-9127-x
  • Lee, T.Y. (2008). A case study on the implementation of a positive youth development program (Project P.A.T.H.S.) in a changing policy environment. TheScientificWorldJOURNAL: TSW Holistic Health & Medicine 8. 1010 - 1026. doi:10.1100/tsw.2008.122
  • Lee, T.Y. (2008). A case study on the implementation of a positive youth development program (Project P.A.T.H.S.) in Hong Kong: Learning from the Experimental Implementation Phase. TheScientificWorldJOURNAL: TSW Holistic Health & Medicine 8. 1047 - 1062. doi:10.1100/tsw.2008.125
  • Lee, T.Y. , Shek, D.T.L. & Kwong, W.M. (2007). Chinese approaches to understanding and building resilience in at-risk populations. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America. 16(2). 377 - 392.


  • Shek, D. T L. , Leung, J. T Y. , Lee, T Y. & Merrick, J. (2017). Psychosocial needs: Success in life and career planning. New York:  Nova Science Publishers. 978-1-53611-951-0.
  • Shek, D. T. L. , Lee, T. Y. & Merrick, J. (2016). Children and Adolescents: Future challenges. New York:  Nova Science Publishers. 978-1-63484-616-5.
  • Lee, T. Y. , Shek, D. T. L. & Sun, R. C. F. (Sep 2015). Student Well-Being in Chinese Adolescents in Hong Kong. Quality of Life in Asia 7. Singapore:  Springer. 978-981-287-582-2. doi:10.1007/978-981-287-582-2
  • Shek, D. T. L. , Lee, T. Y. & Merrick, J. (2014). Promotion of Holistic Development of Young People in Hong Kong. New York:  Nova Science Publishers. 978-1-62808-019-3.

Book Chapter

  • Lee, T.Y. , Kwong, W.M. , Cheung, J.C.K. , Ungar, M. & Cheung, M.Y.L. (2011). Children’s resilience-related beliefs as a predictor of positive child development in face of adversities: Implications for interventions to enhance children’s quality of life. D.T.L. Shek (Ed.). Quality of life of Chinese people in a changing world. (pp. 81 - 97). London. Springer Science+ Business Media. (Social Indicators Research Series 44 (2011) based on the special issue.).
  • Lee, T.Y. (Aug 2010). Chapter 18: Confucianism, Chinese beliefs and positive youth development. D. T. L. Shek, H. K. Ma, & J. Merrick (Eds.), Positive youth development: Evaluation and future directions in a Chinese context. (pp. 175 - 178). New York. Nova Science. 978-1-60876-830-1.

External Services

Public Service

  • Feb 2017, Member, Panel of Assessors for the "Best Smart Hong Kong Award” ((Digital Inclusion Stream), Hong Kong ICT Awards 2017 steered by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, .HKSAR Government.
  • 2015, Adjudicator (First round screening), The Hong Kong Council of Social Service .China.
  • 2002 - Now, Member, Social Service Committee, Tai Po Baptist Church Social Service.China.

Service in CityU

Administrative Assignment

  • Jul 2016 - Jun 2018, Departmental Research Committee, Member.
  • 2016 - 2018, Preparation Group for MA APSS, Member.
  • 2016 - 2018, Research Excellence Group/REF/RAE, Member.
  • May 2013 - Jun 2015, Program Development and Administration, Assistant Head.
  • 2012 - Now, Gateway Education Programme Committee, City University of Hong Kong, Member.
  • Jul 2008 - Apr 2013, Teaching Allocation, Assistant to Head.

Teaching Service

  • 2018 - 2019, Master, Social Work as a Profession.
  • 2015 - Now, Integrated Social Work Practice Seminar.
  • 2014 - 2016, Master, Integrative Social Work Seminar.
  • 2014 - Now, Social Work Practice Evaluation .
  • 2010 - Now, Social Work Research.
  • 2002 - Now, Introduction to Fieldwork Learning.
  • 1989 - Now, Working with Groups.

Professional Service

  • Member, editorial board, Frontiers in Public Health (2015 - )
    Guest Reviewer of Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health (2015); Journal of Applied Research in Quality of Life (2015); Child Health and Human Development section of Frontiers in Public Health (2014-15); Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (2013); Research Coouncil of Canada (Social Sciences and Humanities, 2011).

Last update date : 10 Jul 2017