Dr LAU, Esther Yuet Ying   劉月瑩
Member
Centre for Psychosocial Health
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Phone No: (852) 2948 8253
Email: laueyy@eduhk.hk
Contact
ORCiD
0000-0003-0324-891X
Phone
(852) 2948 8253
Email
laueyy@eduhk.hk
Scopus ID
36448882600
Research Interest
  • Sleep and sleep disorders
    • My research covers how sleep – including sleep quality, sleep problems, disorders, loss, deprivation and restriction – can affect daytime functioning, and also how our daytime behaviors and environmental factors such as stress, caffeine intake, napping, and occupational variables affect our night-time sleep.
  • Clinical neuropsychology and neurocognitive functioning of healthy and patient populations
  • Forgiveness, spirituality, and mental health

External Appointment

Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Hong Kong

Professional Profile

PhD (Clin.Psy), R.Psych (Out of Province, B.C, Canada)

Member of Register of Clinical Psychologists accredited by Department of Health

Research Interest

  • Sleep and sleep disorders
    • My research covers how sleep – including sleep quality, sleep problems, disorders, loss, deprivation and restriction – can affect daytime functioning, and also how our daytime behaviors and environmental factors such as stress, caffeine intake, napping, and occupational variables affect our night-time sleep.
  • Clinical neuropsychology and neurocognitive functioning of healthy and patient populations
  • Forgiveness, spirituality, and mental health

External Appointment

Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Hong Kong

Selected Output

Journal Publications
Lau, E. Y. Y., Lam, Y. C., & Lee, J. C. K. (2021). Well-slept children and teens are happier and more hopeful with fewer emotional problems. Child Indicators Research, n.a., 1-20.
Lau, E. Y. Y., Li, C., Hui, H. C., Cheung, S. F., Lam, J., & Cheung, S. H. (2021). A longitudinal investigation of bidirectional relationship of sleep quality with emotional stability and social cynicism in a large community sample. Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation, S2352-7218(21), 00064.
Lau, E. Y. Y., Hui, H. C., Lam, J., Cheung, S. F., & Cheung, S. H. (2021). Temporal Relationships of Forgivingness with Personality and Moods: A Three-Wave Panel Study. Personality and Individual Differences, 178, 110858.
Wong, M. L., Lau, E. Y. Y., Lam, Y. C., Rusak, B., Tseng, C., Lee, T. M. C., & Wing, Y. K. (2020). The protective Effect of Daytime Sleep on Planning and Risk-Related Decision Making in Emerging Adults. https://doi.org/10.1093/scan/nsaa140. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, nsaa140, nsaa140.
Zeng, S., Lau, E. Y. Y., Li, S. X., & Hu, X. (2020). Sleep differentially impacts involuntary intrusions and voluntary recognitions of lab‐analogue traumatic memories. https://doi.org/10.1111/jsr.13208. Journal of Sleep Research, 2020, e13208.
Li, S., Fong, D. Y. T., Wong, J. Y. H., Wilkinson, K., Shapiro, C., Choi, E. P. H., McPherson, B., Lau, E. Y. Y., Lam, C. L. K., Huang, L. X., & Ip, M. S.M. (2020). Nonrestorative Sleep Scale: A Reliable and Valid Short Form of the Traditional Chinese Version. Quality of Life Research, 29, 2585-2592.
Chan, S. W. Y., Lau, W. W. F., Hui, C. H., Lau, E. Y. Y., & Cheung, S-F. (2020). Causal relationship between religiosity and value priorities: Cross-sectional and longitudinal investigations. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 12(1), 77-87.
Lau, E. Y. Y., Lau, K. N. T., Chan, C. S., Tseng, C. H., Lam, Y. C., Tse, D. M., Cheng, W. Y., Chung, K. F., & Wing, Y. K. (2020). Effects of REM sleep during a daytime nap on emotional perception in individuals with and without depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 260, 687-694.
Lam, Y.C., Li, C., Lee, S.N., Hsiao, J.H.-W., Yee, L.T.S., & Lau, E.Y.Y. (2019). 24 Hours Of Sleep Deprivation Impairs Adaptation To Emotional Conflicts: Erp And Behavioral Findings. Sleep Medicine, 64(Supplement 1), S209.
Li, C., Hsiao, J.H.-W., Zhang, J., Lam, Y.C., Zhang, J., Rusak, B., Yee, L.T.S., & Lau, E.Y.Y. (2019). 24 Hours of Sleep Deprivation Does Not Show Significant Impact on Social Decision Making among Hong Kong Young Adults. Sleep Medicine, 64(Supplement 1), S224.
Li, S., Fong, D. Y. T., Wong, J. Y. H., Wilkinson, K., Shapiro, C., Choi, E. P. H., McPherson, B., Lau, E. Y. Y., Lam, C. L. K., Huang, L. X., Ip, M. S. M. (2019). Nonrestorative sleep scale: a reliable and valid short form of the traditional Chinese version. Quality of Life Research, 28, 1685-1692.
Liang, R., Chan, S.H.S., Ho, F.K.W., Tang, O.C., Cherk, S.W.W., Ip, P., & Lau, E.Y.Y. (2019). Health-related Quality of Life in Chinese Boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Their Families (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1367493519857423). Journal of Child Health Care, Retrieved from https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1367493519857423), online, 1-12.
Lau, E. Y. Y., Wong, M. L., Rusak, B., Lam, Y. C., Wing, Y. K., Tseng, C., & Lee, T. M. C. (2019). The coupling of short sleep duration and high sleep need predicts riskier decision making. Psychology & Health, DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2019.159, 1-18.
Zhang, J., Chan, A. B., Lau, E.Y. Y., Hsiao, J. H. (2018). Individuals with Insomnia Misrecognize Angry Faces as Fearful Faces While Missing the Eyes: An Eye-Tracking Study. Sleep, zsy220, 1-49.
Zhang, J., Lau, E.Y. Y., Hsiao, J. H (2018). Using emotion regulation strategies after sleep deprivation: ERP and behavioral findings. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 19, 283-295.
Lau, E. Y.Y., McAteer, S., Leung, C. N. W., Tucker. M. A., Li, C. (2018). Beneficial effects of a daytime nap on verbal memory in Adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 67, 77-84.
Chan, C. S., Poon, C. Y.S., Leung, J. C.Y., Lau, K. N.T., & Lau, E. Y.Y. (2018). Delayed school start time is associated with better sleep, daytime functioning, and life satisfaction in residential high-school students. Journal of Adolescence, 66, 49-54.
Hui C. H., Cheung, S.-H., Lam, J., Lau, E. Y. Y., Cheung, S.-F., & Yuliawati, L. (2018). Psychological changes during faith exit: A three-year prospective study. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 10(2), 103-118.
Zhang, J., Lau, E., & Hsiao, J. (2018). Sleep Deprivation Compromises Resting-State Emotional Regulatory Processes: An EEG Study. Journal of Sleep Research, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.111, 1-8.
Wong, M., L., Lau. K. N.T., Colin A.E., Annemarie I. L., Simon D.K., & Lau. E.Y.Y. (2017). Psychometric properties of the Sleep Condition Indicator and Insomnia Severity Index in the evaluation of insomnia disorder. Sleep Medicine, 33, 76-81.
Lau, E. Y. Y., Hui, C. H., Lam, J., & Cheung, S. F. (2017). Sleep and optimism: A longitudinal study of bidirectional causal relationship and its mediating and moderating variables in a Chinese student sample. Chronobiology International, 34(3), 360-372.
Wong, M. L., Cheung, G. W. L., & Lau, E. Y. Y. (2017). Interaction of sleep and regular exercise in adolescents’ and young adults’ working memory. International Journal of Sports Psychology, 48, 1-17.
Wong, M. L., Zhang, J., Wing, Y. K., & Lau, E. Y. Y. (2017). Sleep-related daytime consequences mediated the neuroticism– depression link. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 15(1), 21-30.
Hui, C.H., Cheung, S.-H., Lau, E.Y.Y., Mok, D.S.Y., Cheung, S.F., & Kwan, J. (2016). Bereavement hits harder on those who believe in fate. Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology, 35(8), 609-628.
Gao, Y., Cheung, T. F., Gao, J., Lau, E. Y. Y., Wan, J. H. & Mok, M.Y (2016). Electrophysiological Study on Cognitive Function in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Patients With Previous Neuropsychiatric Involvement. Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, 10.1177/1550059416660956, 1-8.
Hui, L. L., Lam, H. S., Lau, E. Y., Nelson, E. S., Wong, T. W., & Fielding, R. (2016). Prenatal dioxin exposure and neurocognitive development in Hong Kong 11-year-old children. Environmental Research, 150, 205-212.
Yu, P. L., Lee, P. H., Cheung, S. F., Lau, E. Y., Mok, D. S., & Hui, H. C. (2016). Logit tree models for discrete choice data with application to advice-seeking preferences among Chinese Christians. Computational Statistics, 31(2), 799-827.
Lau, W. F., Hui, C. H., Lam, J., Lau, E. Y., Ng, D., & Cheung, S. (2016). Psychometric of the Spiritual Transcendence Scale in a Chinese sample: Is there factorial invariance across gender, occupation, and religion?. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 26(2), 136-151.
Hui, C. H., Cheung, S., Lam, J., Lau, E. Y., Yuliawati, L., & Cheung, S. (2016). In Search of the Psychological Antecedents and Consequences of Christian Conversion: A Three-Year Prospective Study. (DOI: 10.1037/rel0000082). Psychology Of Religion And Spirituality, Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/rel0000082, online publication, online.
Lau, E. Y. Y., Hui, H., Cheung, S.-F., & Lam, J. (2015). Bidirectional Relationship between Sleep and Optimism with Depressive Mood as a Mediator: A Longitudinal Study of Chinese Working Adults. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 79(5), 428-434.
Lau, E. Y., Cheung, S., Lam, J., Hui, C. H., Cheung, S., & Mok, D. Y. (2015). Purpose-driven life: Life goals as a predictor of quality of life and psychological health. Journal Of Happiness Studies, 16(5), 1163-1184.
Lau, E. Y., Choi, E. M., Lai, E. K., Lau, K. T., Au, C. T., Yung, W. H., & Li, A. M. (2015). Working memory impairment and its associated sleep-related respiratory parameters in children with obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep Medicine, 16(9), 1109-1115.
Hui, C. H., Lau, E. Y., Lam, J., Cheung, S., & Lau, W. F. (2015). Psychological Predictors of Chinese Christians’ Church Attendance and Religious Steadfastness: A Three-wave Prospective Study. Psychology Of Religion And Spirituality, 7(3), 250-264.
Abraham, A. A., Chow, W., So, H., Yip, B. H., Li, A. M., Kumta, S. M., & ... Nelson, E. S. (2015). Lifestyle intervention using an internet-based curriculum with cell phone reminders for obese Chinese teens: a randomized controlled study. Plos One, 10 (5), e0125673.
Lau, E. Y., Wong, M. L., Lau, K. T., Hui, F. Y., & Tseng, C. (2015). Rapid-Eye-Movement-Sleep (REM) Associated Enhancement of Working Memory Performance after a Daytime Nap. Plos ONE, 10(5), 1-16.
Hui, C. H., Lau, W. F., Cheung, S., Cheung, S., Lau, E. Y., & Lam, J. (2015). Predictors and outcomes of experiences deemed religious: A longitudinal investigation. International Journal of the Psychology of Religion, 25(2), 107-129.
Cheung, S-H., Hui, C. H., Lau, E.Y.Y., Cheung, S.F., & Mok, D.S.Y. (2015). Does Church Size Matter? A Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Study of Chinese Congregants’ Religious Attitudes and Behaviors. Review of Religious Research, 57(1), 63-86.
Hui, C. H., Chan, S. W., Lau, E. Y., Cheung, S., & Mok, D. Y. (2014). The role of religion in moderating the impact of life events on material life goals: some evidence in support of terror management theory. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture, 17(1), 52-61.

Conference Papers
Li, C., & Lau, E. Y. Y. (2021, June). I'm Depressed and Sleepy so I Don't Trust You - Depressed Individuals Show Less Trust After Sleep Deprivation. Virtual SLEEP 2021, Virtual Congress.
Lau, E. Y. Y., Wong, M. L., Lau, K. N. T., Lam, Y. C. (2020, September). Effects of Night-time Sleep Quantity, Quality and Timing on the Architecture of a Daytime Nap. 25th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society, Virtual Congress.
Wong, M. L., Lau, E. Y. Y., Lam, Y. C. (2020, September). Sleep to stop the decline of planning and risk-related decision-making ability during the day. 25th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society, Virtual Congress.
Wong, M. L., Leung, C. N. W., & Lau, E. Y. Y. (2020, September). The Role of Sleep Problems in the Cognitive Behavioural Model of Compulsive Checking Behaviours. 25th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society, Virtual Congress.
Li, S., Fong, D. Y. T., Wong, J. Y. H., McPherson, B., Lau, E. Y. Y., Huang, L., & Ip, M. S. M. (2020, July). Social support mediated the association of stress and physical health with non-restorative sleep. The 32nd International Congress of Psychology, Prague, Czech.
Fong, D. Y. T., Li, S., Wong, J. Y. H., McPherson, B., Lau, E. Y. Y., Huang, L., & Ip, M. S. M. (2020, June). Noise sensitivity is associated with non-restorative sleep but not with psychological sleep parameters. 13th ICBEN Congress. International Commission on Biological Effects of Noise, Stockholm, Sweden.
Li, S., Fong, D. Y. T., Wong, J. Y. H., McPherson, B., Lau, E. Y. Y., Huang, L., & Ip, M. S. M. (2020, June). The impact of exposure to nocturnal noise on body mass index and blood pressure: a cross-sectional study. 13th ICBEN Congress. International Commission on Biological Effects of Noise, Stockholm, Sweden.
Li, S., Fong, D. Y. T., Wong, J. Y. H., McPherson, B., Lau, E. Y. Y., Huang, L., & Ip, M. S. M (2019, December). Non-restorative sleep in Hong Kong Chinese and its correlates. 9th Hong Kong International Nursing Forum cum 1 st Greater Bay Area Nursing Conference, Shenzhen, China.
Fong, D. Y. T., Li, S., Wong, J. Y. H., McPherson, B., Lau, E. Y. Y., Huang, L., & Ip, M. S. M. (2019, September). Influence of nocturnal noise on non-restorative sleep: Gender Effects. 23rd International Congress on Acoustics, Aachen, Germany.
Lau, K. N. T., Chan, C. S., Tseng, C. H., Lam, Y. C., Cheng, W. Y., Tse, D. M. S., Chung, K. F., Wing, Y. K., & Lau, E. Y. Y (2019, June). The role of napping in reducing negative attentional bias in depression. Health Research Symposium 2019, Hong Kong.
Li, C., Hui, H., Cheung, S-H., & Chueng, S-F., & Lau, E. Y. Y. (2018, November). Perceived Impact of Bereavement Predicts Sleep Quality Two Years Later. CUHK Sleep 2018, Hong Kong.
Wong, M.L., Lau, E.Y.Y., Rusak, B., Chung, K.-F., Lau, N.T.K., & Lam, Y.C. (2018, October). Emotional Processing and Arousal Level Following a Daytime Sleep Opportunity among Youths with Anxiety Disorder(s). Paper presented at the Sleep Downunder 2018, Brisbane, Australia.
Wong, M.L., Lau, E.Y.Y., Rusak, B., Chung, K.-F., Lau, N.T.K., & Lam, Y.C. (2018, October). Rapid-eye-movement (REM) Sleep-associated Post-nap Enhancement of Affective Inhibitory Control in Depressed College Students. Paper presented at the Sleep Downunder 2018, Brisbane, Australia.
Lam, Y.C., Cheung, S.-H., Hui, C.H., Cheung, S.F., Lam, J., & Lau, E.Y.Y. (2018, September). Psychometric properties of the Chinese Epworth Sleepiness Scale among individuals with depressive symptoms: a confirmatory factor analysis. the 24th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society, Basel, Switzerland.
Li, C., Zhang, J., Yee L.T.S., Hsiao, J.H., Hong ,Y., Li, T., Zhang, J., & Lau, E.Y.Y. (2018, September). Exploring the effect of 24-h sleep deprivation on social decision-making. the 24th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society, Basel, Switzerland.
Lam, Y.C., Lau, K.N.T., Chan, C.S., Tseng, C.H., Chung, K.F., Wing, Y.K., Lau, E.Y.Y. (2018, July). The moderating effects of nighttime sleep duration in emotional memoty consolidation during a daytime nap in depressed individuals. The 9th Congress of Asian Sleep Research Society, Hokkaido Japan.
Tse, D.M.S., Lau, K.N.T., Chan, C.S., Tseng, C.H., Chung, K.F., Wing, Y.K., Lau, E.Y.Y. (2018, July). The physiological ground of Rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep on emotion perception in depression. The 9th Congress of Asian Sleep Research Society, Hokkaido Japan.
Lau, E. Y. Y., Kung, W. Y., Hui, H. C. C., Lam, J., Lam., Y. C., Cheung, S. F., Cheung, S. H. (2017, October). A longitudinal study exploring the relationship between negative social worldview and sleep quality in a Chinese sample. World Sleep 2017 Congress, Prague, Czech Republic.
Lau, E. Y. Y., Lau, K. N. T., Chan, C.S., Tseng, C. H., Chung, K. F., Wing, Y. K. (2017, October). Effects of sleep on disrupted affective cognition in individuals with depression. S85: Suicide, sleep and circadian rhythms in adolescents. Symposium accepted for the presentation at World Sleep 2017 Congress, Prague, Czech Republic.
Lau, E. Y. Y., Wong, M. L., Tseng C. H.,, Lau, K. N. T., Chung, K. F., Rusak, B. (2017, October). Influence of chronic short sleep and a daytime nap opportunity on emotion-related inhibitory control in young adults. World Sleep 2017 Congress, Prague, Czech Republic.
Lau, K. N. T., Chan, C. S., Tseng, C. H., Chung, K. F., Wing, Y. K., & Lau, E. Y. Y. (2017, October). Napping Reduces Attentional Biases for Negative Interpersonal Stimuli in Clinical Depression. Abstract presented at World Sleep 2017 Congress, Prague, Czech Republic.
Wong, M. L., Tseng, C. H., Wing, Y. K., Rusak, B., Lee, T. M. C., & Lau, E. Y. Y (2017, October). Impact of habitual short sleep and perceived sleep need on risk-taking in young people. World Sleep 2017 Congress, Prague, Czech Republic.
Zhang, J., Chan, A. B., Lau, E. Y. Y., & Hsiao, J. H. (2017, July). Insomniacs misidentify angry faces as fearful faces because of missing the eyes: An eye-tracking study. Paper presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2017), Hilton London Metropole, London, UK.
Cheng, W.Y., Lau, N.T., & Lau, E.Y.Y. (2017, June). The Effect of Napping on Attentional Bias to Sad Faces among People with Depression. The Hong Kong Psychological Society, Hong Kong.
Lam, Y.C., Lau, N.T., & Lau, E.Y.Y. (2017, June). Differential Effect of Daytime Napping on Emotional Memory Consolidation in Depressed and Healthy Adults. The Hong Kong Psychological Society Annual Conference 2017, Hong Kong.
Wong, M. L., Lau, N. T., Chung, K.F., Busak, B. & Lau, E.Y. Y. (2017, June). Youth’s bedtime regularity mediates the association of depression and anxiety with negative attention bias. SLEEP 2017, the 31st Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS), Boston, USA.
Wong, M.L.,Tseng, C.H., Wing, Y.K., Rusak, B., Lee, T. M. C.,& Lau, E.Y.Y. (2017, June). The association of sleep patterns with risk-related decision-making and planning. SLEEP 2017, the 31st Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS), Boston, USA.
Zhang, J. X., Lau, E.Y. Y., Hsiao, J. H (2017, June). Influence of Sleep Deprivation on Emotion Regulation Strategies: An Event-Related Potential Study. SLEEP 2017, the 31st Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS), Boston, USA.
Lau, K. N. T., Chan, C.S., Tseng, C. H., Chung, K. F., Wing, Y. K.,& Lau, E. Y. Y. (2016, October). Can sleep moderate or mediate the relationship between depressive symptoms and decision-making?. CUHK 2016 Sleep Conference, Hong Kong.
Lau, K. N. T., Chan, C.S., Tseng, C. H., Chung, K. F., Wing, Y. K.,& Lau, E. Y. Y. (2016, October). Napping effects on the perception of emotional facial expression in depressed versus non-depressed individuals. CUHK 2016 Sleep Conference, Hong Kong.
Wong, M.L., Lee, E. Y. W., Tseng, C.H., Wing, Y.K., Rusak, B., Lee, T.C.M., Lau, E.Y.Y. (2016, October). Relationship between naturalistic sleep patterns with planning and risk-taking among youths. CUHK 2016 Sleep Conference, Hong Kong.
Zhang, J. X., Lau, E. Y. Y, & Hsiao, J. H. (2016, October). Habitual sleep quality modulated effects of sleep deprivation on emotional perception among young adults. CUHK 2016 Sleep Conference, Hong Kong.
Lau, E. Y. Y., Lee, T. M. C., Benjamin, R., Tseng C.-H., & Wing, Y.-K. (2016, September). Sleep and risk-related decision-making in adolescents. 23rd Congress of the European Sleep Research Society, Bologna.
Lau, K. N. T., Chan, C. S., Tseng, C.-H., Chung, K. F. Wing, Y. K. & Lau, E. Y. Y. (2016, September). Differential napping effects on the perception of emotional facial expression in depressed versus non-depressed individuals. 23rd Congress of the European Sleep Research Society, Bologna.
Lau, K. N. T., Chan, C. S., Tseng, C.-H., Chung, K. F. Wing, Y. K. & Lau, E. Y. Y. (2016, September). The effects of a daytime nap on processing of facial emotional expression in individuals with remitted depression versus never depressed individuals. Poster presented at 23rd Congress of the European Sleep Research Society, Bologna.
Zhang, J. X., Lau, E. Y. Y.,& Hsiao J. H.-W. (2016, September). Sleep deprivation modulates resting-state slow wave/fast wave ratio and cognitive reappraisal of emotional stimuli: an EEG study. 23rd Congress of the European Sleep Research Society, Bologna.
Lee, W. L., Lau, K. N. T., & Lau, E. Y. Y. (2016, June). The Interplay of Sleep Duration and Depressive Symptoms on Decision-making among College Students. Paper presented at The Hong Kong Psychological Society Annual Conference 2016, Hong Kong.
Wong, D.C.K., Lau, K.N.T.,& Lau, E.Y.Y. (2016, June). The Role of Neuroticism and REM in the Napping Effect on Emotional Facial Perception. Paper presented at The Hong Kong Psychological Society Annual Conference 2016, Hong Kong.
Zhang, J. X., Lau, E. Y. Y.,& Hsiao J. H.-W. (2016, June). Modulation of Sleep Deprivation on Resting-state Emotion Regulation: an EEG Study. Paper presented at The Hong Kong Psychological Society Annual Conference 2016, Hong Kong.
Lau, E. Y. Y., Hui, C. H., Cheung, S. F., & Lam, J. (2016, March). Sleep and Optimism: the Chicken or the Egg? A Longitudinal Study of Causal Relationships and Mediators in a Chinese Student Sample. The 4th International Pediatric Sleep Association Congress, Taipei, Taiwan.
Lau, E. Y. Y., Hui, C. H., Lam, J., & Cheung, S. F. (2016, March). The Relationship between Sleep Quality and the Readiness to Forgive. Paper presented at The 4th International Pediatric Sleep Association Congress, Taipei, Taiwan.
Lau, E. Y. Y., Tang, O. C., Chan, S. H. S., Cheung, S.F., Ip, B. Y. T., Pietrantonio, C., Pagnini, F., Cherk, S. W. W., & Wong, V. C. N. (2016, March). Associations among Sleep Quality, Psychosocial Functioning, and Health-related Quality of Life in Children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Paper presented at The 4th international Pediatric Sleep Association Congress, Taipei, Taiwan.
Lau, K.N.T., Tong, S.K.P., & Lau, E.Y.Y. (2016, March). The Effect of Daytime Nap on Emotional Perception in Individuals with Insomnia. Paper presented at The 4th International Pediatric Sleep Association Congress, Taipei, Taiwan.
Zhang, J., Wong, M. L., & Lau, E. Y. Y. (2016, March). Poor Sleep Quality and Eveningness Partly Explain why Neurotic Individuals become Depressed. Paper presented at The 1st Conference of Asian Society of Sleep Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan.
Lau, E. Y. Y. (2015, November). Well......Let’s talk about sleep: Sleep and wellbeing in college students. Paper presented at The "Frontiers in Medical and Health Sciences Education - HKU 2015" Conference: Learner Wellbeing Across the Continuum, Hong Kong.

Project

Flourishing Outcomes and Psychosocial Predictors of 10-year Trajectories of Sleep Quality in Emerging Adults
Sleep disturbance is a pandemic affecting almost half of the world’s population. Sleep has been proposed to be a core transdiagnostic process that underlies various psychological disorders. Beyond the disease model, evidence also suggests that sleep variables are associated with a wide array of human functioning, from physical health, neurocognitive affective functions, social relationships, to personality formation and character development. Given the prevalence and pervasiveness of sleep probl . . .
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩
 
The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Implicit Emotional Regulation: An Electroencephalography Study
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Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩
 
Flourishing Outcomes and Psychosocial Predictors of 10-year Trajectories of Sleep Quality in Emerging Adults (Internal Research Grant)
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Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩
 
Promoting the Importance of Students’ Sleep Health to School Administrators, Teachers, Counsellors and Parents
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Project Start Year: 2018, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩
 
The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Emotional Functioning and Its Electroencephalographic (EEG) Correlates
There is accumulating evidence for an intimate relationship between disrupted sleep and disturbed emotional health. However, current understanding of the impact of sleep loss on emotional functioning is incomplete, and the neural underpinnings remain largely unknown. Characterizing the emotional consequences of sleep loss is pivotal to understanding disorders involving sleep disturbances and mood symptoms and crucial to informing public health policies. We propose to investigate the impact of to . . .
Project Start Year: 2018, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩
 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia as a Transdiagnostic Early Intervention of Mood Disorders: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Background: Insomnia is a common complaint often associated with significant distress, functional impairment, and socio-economic cost. There is robust evidence that insomnia is implicated in the onset, presentation, and prognosis of a wide range of psychiatric disorders, including mood disorders. Patients are often left with residual insomnia despite an adequate course of pharmacological or psychological treatment. Among various psycho-behavioral interventions, cognitive behavioral therapy for i . . .
Project Start Year: 2017, Principal Investigator(s): CHUNG, Ka Fai (LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩 as Co-Investigator)
 
Noise sensitivity and nonrestorative sleep in Chinese adults
Objectives: Non-restorative sleep has gained increasing attention as a target for treatment. Our pilot household study showed initial results that lead us to this proposed project, aiming to assess the influence of noise sensitivity on non-restorative sleep and examine to what extent the influence is moderated by nocturnal noise exposure. Hypothesis: Noise sensitivity is associated with non-restorative sleep, after adjusting for confounding factors. Design and subjects: A population-based househ . . .
Project Start Year: 2017, Principal Investigator(s): FONG, Yee Tak (LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩 as Co-Investigator)
 
Sleep on It: Effects of Daytime Naps and Nighttime Sleep on Emotional Processing in College Students
Although many cultures have long practiced habitual daytime napping, its effects on cognitive and emotional functioning have only recently been the subject of scientific research. While the association of nighttime sleep duration and quality with affective functioning is quite well-established, previous napping studies have mainly focused on the napping effects on recently acquired skills or knowledge. Using validated experimental tasks, we propose to investigate the effects of daytime napping o . . .
Project Start Year: 2017, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩
 
The Impact of One Night of Sleep Deprivation on Social Decision-Making and Neural Basis of the Relationship as Evidenced by Electroencephalographic (EEG) Indexes--A Pilot Study
The current pilot study aims at investigating the neural and behavioral mechanisms of how sleep deprivation (SD) affects social decision-making in the context of trust, through its alteration of the emotion regulation process. We hypothesize that SD would compromise emotion regulation, which in turn would result in less trusting behaviors and more irrational decisions. In addition, it is hypothesized that this relationship will be moderated by demographic, affective-cognitive and motivational va . . .
Project Start Year: 2017, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩
 
Understanding the Role of Sleep in Face Recognition Through Hidden Markov Modelling of Eye Movements
Sleep loss is shown to significantly affect memory functioning (Walker & Stickgold, 2006). While early studies typically focused on the influence of post-leaning sleep loss on memory consolidation of learned materials (e.g., De Koninck et al., 1989; Wagner et al. 2001), recent studies have shown that sleep loss prior to learning could also impact memory encoding during learning (e.g., Harrison & Horne, 2000; Drummond et al., 2000). Follow-up brain imaging studies suggest that sleep loss may comp . . .
Project Start Year: 2017, Principal Investigator(s): HSIAO, Huiwen (LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩 as Co-Investigator)
 
Emotion Regulation Following Sleep Deprivation: Evidenced by Resting-state and Event-related Electroencephalo Graphic Signals
This project examines how sleep deprivation affects emotion regulation using EEG and event-related potential measures.
Project Start Year: 2016, Principal Investigator(s): HSIAO, Huiwen (LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩 as Co-Investigator)
 
The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Emotional Regulation
This grant proposal (DRG at EdUHK) provided supplementary funding to the Start-up Grant (EdUHK) to investigate the impact of sleep deprivation on emotion regulation.
Project Start Year: 2016, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩
 
Effect of Sleep Disturbances on Disrupted Affective Cognition in Individuals with Depression
(1) To investigate the associations between sleep disturbances and altered emotional processing in individuals with depression. (2) To experimentally investigate whether a period of daytime sleep changes emotional processing differently in depressed patients, as compared to healthy controls. (3) To explore whether the extent of sleep-dependent changes in emotional processing is associated with specific sleep features.
Project Start Year: 2015, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩
 
Sleep and Risk-related Decision-making in Adolescents and Young Adults
Young adults are faced with decisions involving various degrees of risks in their everyday life, ranging from substance use to career development, affecting their well-being. Previous studies using experimental sleep deprivation paradigm have demonstrated the role of sleep in risk- related decision-making. However, surprisingly little has been done on how decision-making involving risks is associated with habitual nighttime sleep behaviors and daytime napping, both of which have high ecological . . .
Project Start Year: 2015, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩
 
The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Emotional Regulation
(1) To investigate the associations between sleep disturbances and altered emotional processing in individuals with depression. (2) To experimentally investigate whether a period of daytime sleep changes emotional processing differently in depressed patients, as compared to healthy controls. (3) To explore whether the extent of sleep-dependent changes in emotional processing is associated with specific sleep features.
Project Start Year: 2015, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩
 
The role of life events in the transition of personality and values: A longitudinal investigation into the effects of bereavement and religious conversion
This project aims: 1. To understand how bereavement may affect changes in personality and personal values. 2. To understand how religious conversion may affect changes in personality and personal values. 3. To understand whether the effects of the above two life events may be moderated by other factors. 4. To build a 7-wave panel database for further exploration of how over 20 life events, 5 personality traits, and 10 personalvalues may be related to each other (secondary objective).
Project Start Year: 2015, Principal Investigator(s): CHEUNG, Sing Hang (LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩 as Co-Investigator)
 
Validation of the Chinese version of the Sleep Condition Indicator
This is a collaborative study with the original author team of the SCI to validate the instrument in Hong Kong.
Project Start Year: 2015, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩
 
Associations between Sleep/Wake Patterns and Neurocognitive Outcomes in Hong Kong Chinese Preschoolers
1. To identify potentially modifiable associations between childhood sleep/wake patterns and:a. sleep/wake patterns of household members. b. environmental and behavioural factors.2. To investigate the associations between short sleep duration and neurocognitive outcomes in local preschool Chinese children
Project Start Year: 2014, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩
 
Does Church Size Matter? A Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Study of Chinese Congregants’ Religious Attitudes and Behaviors
Despite the proliferation of megachurches, it is unclear how the size of a religious organization affects its members. Two opposing assumptions are (1) size is a liability and (2) size is an asset. According to the first assumption, size negatively impacts the religious attitudes and behaviors of church attendees through the reduction of motivation and a loss of coordination (Hypothesis 1). According to the second assumption, a large church benefits from the economies of scale, and therefore si . . .
Project Start Year: 2014, Principal Investigator(s): Cheung, S-H. (LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩 as Co-Investigator)
 
Emotional Stability, Positive Worldview, Forgiveness, and Sleep Quality: A Search for Causal Pathways
1. To establish associations among emotional stability, positive worldview, forgivingness, and sleep quality 2. To identify the directions of causality among emotional stability, positive worldview, forgivingness, and sleep quality. To explore possible mediators and moderators of the relationships among emotional stability, positive worldview,forgivingness, and sleep quality
Project Start Year: 2014, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩
 
Logit tree models for discrete choice data with application to advice-seeking preferences among Chinese Christians. Computational Statistics.
Logit models are popular tools for analyzing discrete choice and ranking data. The models assume that judges rate each item with a measurable utility, and the ordering of a judge’s utilities determines the outcome. Logit models have been proven to be powerful tools, but they become difficult to interpret if the models contain nonlinear and interaction terms. We extended the logit models by adding a decision tree structure to overcome this difficulty. We introduced a new method of tree splitting . . .
Project Start Year: 2014, Principal Investigator(s): Yu, P. L. H. (LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩 as Co-Investigator)
 
Predictors and outcomes of experiences deemed religious: A longitudinal investigation.
Experiences deemed religious (EDRs) are events that a person regards as religious and/or supernatural. This study considered four such experiences—miraculous healing, glossolalia, unusual joy and peace during meditation or prayer, and prayer answered. We proposed a process model and conducted a longitudinal study to address three main research questions: (a) Who are more likely to have EDRs? (b) What effects would the experiences have on the person's subsequent spiritual and psychological condit . . .
Project Start Year: 2014, Principal Investigator(s): Hui, C. H. (LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩 as Co-Investigator)
 
Psychological Predictors of Chinese Christians’ Church Attendance and Religious Steadfastness: A Three-Wave Prospective Study.
In this research we addressed 3 questions: (a) In what ways are Christians who do not attend church different from Christians who do? (b) Can we predict which church-attending Christians will later stop going to church? (c) Can we predict which Christians will eventually leave their faith altogether? Large-sample longitudinal research on psychological predictors of religious transition is rare. To fill this gap, a 3-wave prospective study was conducted on 932 Chinese Christians. Compared with ch . . .
Project Start Year: 2014, Principal Investigator(s): Hui, C. H. (LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩 as Co-Investigator)
 
Psychometric of the Spiritual Transcendence Scale in a Chinese sample: Is there factorial invariance across gender, occupation, and religion?
This study investigated the reliability and validity of the widely used 23-item Spiritual Transcendence Scale (STS) and tested whether there was factorial invariance of the scale bydemographic variables such asgender, occupation, and religion in a large Chinese sample (n=1,894). Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) with a random subsample supported the original 3-factor structure (Prayer Fulfillment, Universality, and Connectedness) in a revised 16-item . . .
Project Start Year: 2014, Principal Investigator(s): Lau, W. W. F. (LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩 as Co-Investigator)
 
Sleep quality, psychosocial functioning, and health-related quality of life in children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Objectives: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is the most common genetically caused neuromuscular disorder. In this study we investigated the subjective sleep quality, psychosocial functioning, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of children with DMD. We also aimed to elucidate the associations among these outcome variables. Methods: Fifteen boys with DMD, and the same number of unaffected boys, case-matched on age, were recruited in Hong Kong together with their parents from September 2 . . .
Project Start Year: 2014, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩
 
What Makes Poor Sleepers Anxious and Depressed? Testing the Mediating Role of Cognitive Deficits between Poor Sleep and Anxiety and Depressive Disorders
This longitudinal study attempts to examine the causal relationship between poor sleep and anxiety and depressive symptoms assessed both subjectively and objectively, and to elucidate the role of cognitive mechanisms underlying the effects of poor sleep on anxiety and depressive symptoms.
Project Start Year: 2014, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩
 
The Causal Relationships among Sleep, Pessimism, and Optimism
1) To use a longitudinal approach to determine the causal direction between sleep quality and optimistic/pessimistic attributional style; 2) To use a longitudinal approach to determine the causal direction between chronotype and optimistic/pessimistic attributional style; 3) To explore possible mediators and moderators of the relationship between sleep quality and optimistic/pessimistic attributional style, and between chronotype and optimistic/pessimistic attributional style
Project Start Year: 2013, Principal Investigator(s): Hui, Harry Chi Chiu (LAU, Esther Yuet Ying 劉月瑩 as Co-Investigator)
 
Prizes and awards

Best Poster Award
The poster of the project entitled “The role of napping in reducing negative attentional bias in depression” (Project number #12132951) was presented at the symposium on 12 June 2019, with the funding support under the Health and Health Services scheme of the Health and Medical Research Fund.
Date of receipt: 12/6/2019, Conferred by: Food and Health Bureau, HKSAR
 
2nd Runner Up of Poster Presentation
Differential effect of daytime napping on emotional memory consolidation in depressed and healthy adults. Poster presented at The Hong Kong Psychological Society Annual Conference 2017. 2nd Runner Up of Poster Presentation
Date of receipt: 17/6/2017, Conferred by: The Hong Kong Psychological Society Annual Conference 2017
 
Poster Prize Winner

Date of receipt: /6/2016, Conferred by: The Hong Kong Psychological Society Annual Conference 2016
 
2nd Runner-up of Poster Winner

Date of receipt: /6/2016, Conferred by: The Hong Kong Psychological Society Annual Conference 2016
 
Poster Prize Winner

Date of receipt: /6/2016, Conferred by: The Hong Kong Psychological Society Annual Conference 2016