Shuyan Yang 楊姝焱 副教授


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Academic qualification:

Ph.D. (Social Work), The University of Hong Kong

Current position:

Associate professor, Department of Innovative Social Work, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, City University of Macau.


Previous work experience:

2017 – 2022: Research assistant professor, Department of Social Work, Department of Social Work, Hong Kong Baptist University.

2016 –2017: Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

2015– 2016, Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Social Science, The Education University of Hong Kong




Research area:

Healthy aging, youth development

Research project:

Principle Investigator, 2021-2022, The Impact of sexuality on physical health and depressive symptoms in older Chinese: The Moderating role of Gender and Mindfulness (Funded by Hong Kong Baptist University, Pilot Grant, HK $ 79,960) Ref. SOSC-20-21-PGRANT20212.

Principle Investigator, 2019-2020, Psycho-social factors associated with psychological health of women with unintended pregnancy in urban China, (Funded by Hong Kong Baptist University, Allocation, HK $ 49,400), Ref. FRG1/17-18/060.

Co-Investigator, 2018-2021, (with Dr. Xie Lili) Social Participation Model of Chinese Older Adults under Active Ageing Perspective, (Funded by The National Social Science Fund of China 2018/2019, Allocation, RMB $ 200,000) Ref.18CRK010.



Journal papers

Yang, S., Ng, P. Y.-n., Chiu, R., Li, S. S., Klassen, R. M., & Su, S.(2020). Criteria for adulthood, resilience, and self-esteem among emerging adults in Hong Kong: A path analysis approach. Children and Youth Services Review, 119, 105607. doi:  (SSCI/SCI, Impact Factor: 1.521)

Chan, A. K.W., Chiu, M. M., Yang, S., & Ngan, L. L.-S. (2020). Mobility, Belongingness and Schooling Experiences of Chinese Cross-Border Students. Children and Youth Services Review, doi: (SSCI/SCI, Impact Factor: 1.521)


Fang, B., Liu H.Y., Yang, S.., Xu R.R., & Chen, G.Z. (2020). Impact of social isolation on subsequent peptic ulcer recurrence in older adults with mild cognitive impairment: The role of change in severity of depression. Psychosomatic Medicine. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000772. (SCI, Impact Factor: 3.968)


Fang, B., Liu, H., Yang, S., Xu, R., & Chen, G.(2020) Sleep duration, depression and peptic ulcer recurrence in mildly cognitively impaired older patients. Health Psychology. 39(1)77. (SCI, Impact Factor:3.52)


Young, D. K.-w., Ng, P. Y.-n., Cheng, D., Kwok, T., Yang, S., Ho, F., Mak, V., & Lau, A.(2020). Outcomes of Expanded Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Group for Mild-Stage Dementia: Four-Month Follow-Up. Research on Social Work Practice, 30, 7, 724-735. (SSCI, Impact Factor: 1.929)


Young, D. K., Ng, P. Y., Corrigan, P., Chiu, R., & Yang, S.(2020). Self-Stigma Reduction Group for People With Depression: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Research on Social Work Practice, 30, 8, 846-857. (SSCI, Impact Factor: 1.929)


Fang, B., Liu, H., Yang, S., Xu, R., & Chen, G.(2019). Effect of subjective and objective sleep quality on subsequent peptic ulcer recurrence in older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. (SSCI, Journal Impact Factor:4.388)


Fang, B., Yang, S., Liu, H., Zhang, Y., Xu, R., & Chen, G.(2019). Association between depression and subsequent peptic ulcer occurrence among older people living alone: A prospective study investigating the role of change in social engagement. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 122, 94-103. (SCI, Journal Impact Factor:3.268)

Fang, B., Yang, S., Xu, R., & Chen, G.(2019c). Association between poor sleep quality and subsequent peptic ulcer recurrence in older patients with mild cognitive impairment: Examining the role of social engagement. Scientific Reports, 9. (SCI, Journal Impact Factor:4.122).

Yang, S., Yan. E, and Bai X (2018): An integrated model to understand elder sexuality in urban China: The theory of planned behavior applied to sexual activities of older people. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. (SCI, Impact Factor: 2.086)

Kim, M. S, Garcia. A. R, Yang, S. (2018): Measuring area-socioeconomic disparities in mental health service use among children referred to the child welfare system. Child Abuse and Neglect. 82, 59-71. (SSCI/SCI, Impact Factor: 2.899)

Chen, W., Bao, Y., Yu, Y., Xu, R., Yang, S., Han, H., & Chen, G.(2019). Commentary: Association between Poor Sleep Quality and Subsequent Peptic Ulcer Recurrence in Older Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment: Examining the Role of Social Engagement. Journal of Mental Health & Clinical Psychology, 3, doi: 10.29245/2578-2959/2019/3.1179

Bai X., Yang, S., and Knapp, M (2018): Sources and directions of social support and life satisfaction among solitary Chinese older adults in Hong Kong: The mediating role of sense of loneliness. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 13, 63–71. (SCI, Impact Factor: 2.581).

Ran, M.S., Wong, Y.L.I., Yang, S., Ho, P.S.Y., Mao, W.J., Li, J., Chan, C.L.W. (2016). Marriage and outcome of people with schizophrenia in rural China: 14-year follow-up study. Schizophrenia Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.schres.2016.10.034. (SSCI, /SCI Impact Factor: 4.453)

Yang, S. and Yan, E (2016): Demographic and psychosocial correlates of sexual activity in older Chinese. The Journal of Clinical Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jocn.12998. (SSCI/SCI, Impact Factor: 2.267)


Book chapters:

Bai X., Yang, S. Wang. F.L, and Knapp, M (2017): Social Support and Sense of Loneliness in Solitary Older Adults: Implications for Service and Programme Development. In Wu T.T, Gennari R., Huang. Y. M, Xie H., Cao Y. (edu) Emerging Technologies for Education. SETE 2016. Lecture Notes in Comuputer Science, vol 10108. Springer, Cham.

Yang. S. (2008): Chapter Seven: Community Work Methods. In Book: Examination Resource Guide of Social Work, Beijing: China Social Sciences Press. (In Chinese)



Yang, S. Y. (2021), ) Childhood Adversity, sources of social support and depressive symptoms among Chinese Women seeking an abortion, The 7th Cross-Strait, Hong Kong and Macau Conference on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Conference 2021.

Yang, S. Y., P. Ng and R, Chui (2019), Subjective perception of adulthood, resilience and self-esteem among Hong Kong emerging adults: A path analysis approach. International Conference on Change and Innovation for a Better World: The Future of Social Work Profession. (The presentation was awarded as the Best Research Presentation)

Yang, S. Y. and Yan, E (2019), The impact of sexuality on physical health and depressive symptoms in older Chinese adults: A multi-group path analysis study, 6th International conference on Gender and Women’s Studies.

Yang, S. Y and Yan. E (2014): Demographic and psychological correlates of sexual activities in older Chinese. Paper presented at An Interdisciplinary Conference: Ageing and Society.

Yang, S. Y and Yan. E (2013): Sexuality in later life: Experience of older adults in urban China. Poster Presentation at Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality



Reviewer, Journal of Affective Disorders

Reviewer, Aging & Mental health

Reviewer, International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction

Reviewer, 《社會建設》

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