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Cynthia Leung, PhD; Patrick Ip, PhD
Oct 19, 2023

The context of delivery of parent training program is an important factor affecting the effectiveness of the program. While parent training programs are often delivered in clinical settings or service centres, this seminar discusses the feasibility and evidence-base of preschool based parent training programs, including example programs delivered by preschool-based social workers, programs delivered by social service agencies, and multi-component programs within a comprehensive intervention involving the community, the school and the family, to improve the health and holistic development of young generation, and to bridge the gap in child health, development and psychosocial wellbeing. 

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About the presenter

Dr. Patrick Ip is a Clinical Associate Professor of Department of Paediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, The University of Hong Kong and an Honorary Consultant in Paediatrics, Queen Mary Hospital. He also appointed by HKSAR as Non-official member in Hong Kong Commission on Children, Advisory Committee on Mental Health, Steering Committee on Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases. 


Dr Ip is a specialist pediatrician with special interest in Child Health, Neurology and Developmental Behavioral Paediatrics. He is an expert in early childhood development and has been working for UNICEF and China Development Research Foundation (CDRF) on various child health projects in East Asia Pacific Region as well as in Greater China. Dr Ip has much experience and publications on early childhood development, neurodevelopmental disorders, and global health issues.  He has been one of the key coordinators of integrated child health service between hospital and the community and coordinated the Comprehensive Child Development Service (CCDS) of Hospital Authority since its implementation in 2006 until he joined the University of Hong Kong in 2009. He is an appointed tutor of the Association for Research in Infant and Child Development, United Kingdom and the official trainer of Griffith’s Mental Developmental Scale. His research focus on different dimensions of Community Child Health including early brain development, early intervention, underprivileged children, safeguarding children, child abuse, child mental health, disability and rehabilitation, public health & health promotion.


About the presenter

Dr Cynthia Leung is an educational psychologist. She is currently Adjunct Professor, Mitchell Institute, Victoria University, and Honorary Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, and Honorary Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She was formerly Professor and Psychology Panel Chair at the Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She was awarded the Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong Government in July 2019 in recognition of her contribution to special education. Dr Leung’s research includes parenting education, test development, program evaluation, cross-cultural psychology, migrant adjustment, child and adolescent well-being, and she has published extensively in these areas.

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