Professor MA Lai Chong Joyce

Department of Soical Work


Prof. Joyce L. C. MA is the Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Social Work, Distinguished Alumni (2010), Department of Social Work and Social Administration, HKU. She is the recipient of the Exemplary Teaching Award, Faculty of Social Science (2009) and the Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award (2009). Her specialties and research interests include family therapy and child and adolescent mental health with current emphasis on eating disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD). Teaching at the Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong since 1988, Prof. Ma is a Clinical Fellow and an Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the first Chinese member of the Board of Directors, International Association of Family Therapy, founder of the Shengang Family Treatment Center, Nanshan Hospital in Shenzhen and the Director of the Family and Group Practice Research Centre of the Department. She was appointed the Co-Clinical Director, Academy of Family Therapy, Hong Kong.


Learning and Teaching: Integrating Clinical Social Work Practice and Research into Teaching

Local and international social work education is characterized by competency-based education, which requires social work educators to continuously develop themselves academically and professionally. In this talk the author would like to share with the participants her life-long learning through research and clinical practice, which in turn has deepened her understanding of students’ learning needs and enhanced her mastery of arts in teaching.