LAI Yuen Kwan Agnes

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Dr Agnes Lai is an Associate Professor of the School of Nursing and Health Studies at Hong Kong Metropolitan University. Dr Lai received her BN, DN, and PhD from The University of Hong Kong and her MSc (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is a registered nurse in HK and the USA, a fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Nursing, a registered polysomnographic technologist, a cancer exercise specialist, and a certified Zentangle trainer. 

Her research interest areas are two-fold, including clinical and preventive medicine in hospital and community settings. Her work focuses on brief, cost-effective self-management interventions to promote the self-care ability and well-being of the community's patients, individuals, and families.

She has broad experience conducting (i) randomised control trials on various chronic diseases (e.g. sleep apnea, lung cancer, COPD, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and insomnia), (ii) epidemiology studies to update lung function reference values for adults, and (iii) capacity-building train-the-trainer workshops and large-scale community-based projects and health promotion activities to integrate physical activity into daily life and enhance holistic health.

Dr Lai also received nine international and local awards and scholarships. Her achievement is recognized by conferring the "Excellence Research Award" from the Food and Health Bureau, HKSAR, Hong Kong.

Research interests

  • Self-management
  • Physical Activity
  • Sleep-related problems
  • Family well-being
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Technology-based intervention


PhD [HKU], DN [HKU], MSc (Epid & Biostat) [CUHK], BN [HKU], HKFN, RN(HK), RN (USA), RPSGT (USA), CET, CZT


She is a registered nurse in HK and the USA, a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Nursing, a registered polysomnographic technologist, a certifified cancer exercise specialist and a certified Zentangle trainer.


  • Committee member, Hong Kong Respiratory Nursing College
  • Committee member, CNE/ CPD Education Committee, Hong Kong Thoracic Society
  • Committee member, The Hong Kong College of Medical Nursing
  • Professional Advisor, Aberdeen Kai-Fong Welfare Association Social Service Center

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Award Date: 30 Jun 2018

Doctor, Public Health

Award Date: 17 Dec 2017

Doctor of Nursing

Award Date: 27 Nov 2014

Master, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Award Date: 9 Dec 2004

Bachelor, Nursing, The University of Hong Kong

Award Date: 29 Nov 2001


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