Dr LAU, Kwok Wai   劉國威
Assistant Professor
Department of Special Education and Counselling
Phone No: (852) 2948 8567
Fax No: (852) 2948 7794
Email: waylau@eduhk.hk
(852) 2948 8567
(852) 2948 7794
Scopus ID
Research Interest
  • Stress and resilience
  • Psychobiology
  • Pathophysiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Molecular and multidisciplinary neuroscience
Research Interest

  • Stress and resilience
  • Psychobiology
  • Pathophysiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Molecular and multidisciplinary neuroscience
Selected Output

Scholarly Books, Monographs and Chapters
Leung, M.K., & Lau, W.K.W. (2020). Resting-state abnormalities of posterior cingulate in autism spectrum disorder. ., In Progress in molecular biology and translational science (.-.). Cambridge, MA: Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier. (in press).
Leung, J. W. H., Lau, W. K. W., Lau, B. W. M., & Yee, B. K. (2019). A commentary on the therapeutic potential of melatonin and its analogues in CNS conditions. In P. A. Garguilo, H. L. Mesones Arroyo (Eds.), Psychiatry and Neuroscience Update (177-186). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Journal Publications
Lau, W. K. W., Tai, A. P. L., Chan, J. N. M., Lau, B. W. M., & Geng, X. (2021). Integrative psycho-biophysiological markers in predicting psychological resilience. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 129, .-.
Lau, W. K. W., Tai, A. P. L., & Lau, C. S. Y. (2021). An integrated training approach for ameliorating repetitive behavior in children with autism spectrum disorder: A pilot study. Hong Kong Journal of Special Education, 22, 1-16.
Peng, X., Lau, W. K. W., Wang, C., Ning, L., & Zhang, R. (2020). Impaired left amygdala resting state functional connectivity in subthreshold depression individuals. Scientific Reports, 10(1), .-.
Lau, W.K.W., Leung, M.K. & Zhang, R (2020). Hypofunctional connectivity between the posterior cingulate cortex and ventromedial prefrontal cortex in autism: evidence from coordinate-based imaging meta-analysis. Progress in neuropsychopharmacology and  biological psychiatry, in press, .-.
Tam, S. W., Feng, R., Lau, W. K. W., Law, A. C. K., Yeung, P. K. K., & Chung, S. K. (2019). Endothelin type B receptor promotes cofilin rod formation and dendritic loss in neurons by inducing oxidative stress and cofilin activation. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 294(33), 12495-12506.
Sánchez-Vidaña, D. I., Po, K. K. T., Fung, T. K. H., Chow, J. K. W., Lau, W. K. W., So, P. K., … Tsang, H. W. H. (2019). Lavender essential oil ameliorates depression-like behavior and increases neurogenesis and dendritic complexity in rats. Neuroscience Letters, 701, 180-192.
Lau, W. K. W., Leung, M. K., & Lau, B. W. M. (2019). Resting-state abnormalities in Autism Spectrum Disorders: A meta-analysis. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 3892.
Leung, P. P. Y., Lau, W. K. W., & Chung, C. L. P. (2019). Development and validation of perceived self-transformation scale for the Satir model. Contemporary Family Therapy, 41(1), 56-67.
Lau, W. K., Leung, P. P. Y., & Chung, C. L. P. (2018). Effects of the Satir Model on mental health: A randomized controlled trial. Research on Social Work Practice, -, 1-11.
Shao, R., Lau, W. K., Leung, M. K., & Lee, T. M. C. (2018). Subgenual anterior cingulate-insula resting-state connectivity as a neural correlate to trait and state stress resilience. Brain and Cognition, 124, 73-81.
Leung, M. K., Lau, W. K., Chan, C. C., Wong, S. S., Fung, A. L., & Lee, T. M. (2018). Meditation-induced neuroplastic changes in amygdala activity during negative affective processing. Social Neuroscience, 13(3), 277-288.
Lau, W. K., Leung, M. K., Wing, Y. K., & Lee, T. M. (2018). Potential mechanisms of mindfulness in improving sleep and distress. Mindfulness, 9(2), 547-555.
Cheng, L., Lau, W. K., Fung, T. K., Lau, B. W., Chau, B. K., So, K. F.,...Lee, T. M. (2017). PM2.5 exposure suppress dendritic maturation in subgranular zone in aged rats. Neurotoxicity Research, 32(1), 50-57.
Lau, W. K., Leung, M. K., Law, A. C., & Lee, T. M. (2017). Moderating effects of cortisol on neural-cognitive association in cognitively normal elderly subjects. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 9, 163.
Lau, W. K., Cui, L. Y., Chan, S. C., Ip, M. S., & Mak, J. C. (2016). The presence of serotonin in cigarette smoke – A possible mechanistic link to 5-HT-induced airway inflammation. Free Radical Research, 50(5), 495-502.
Lau, W. K., Leung, M. K., Lee, T. M., & Law, A. C. (2016). Resting-state abnormalities in amnestic mild cognitive impairment: a meta-analysis. Translational Psychiatry, 6(4), e790.
Lau, W. K. W., Leung, M. K., Chan, C. C. H., Wong, S. S. Y., & Lee, T. M. C. (2015). Can the neural-cortisol association be moderated by experience-induced changes in awareness?. Scientific Reports, 5(1), 1-10.
Lau WK, Li X, Yeung DS, Chan KH, Ip MS, Mak JC (2012). The involvement of serotonin metabolism in cigarette smoke-induced oxidative stress in rat lung in vivo. Free Radical Research, 46, 1413-1419.
Lau, W. K., Chan, S. C., Law, A. C., Ip, M. S., & Mak, J. C. (2012). The role of MAPK and Nrf2 pathways in ketanserin-elicited attenuation of cigarette smoke-induced IL-8 production in human bronchial epithelial cells. Toxicological Sciences, 125, 569-577.
Lau, W. K., Chan-Yeung, M. M., Yip, B. H., Cheung, A. H., Ip, M. S., Mak, J. C., & the COPD Study Group of the Hong Kong Thoracic Society (2012). The role of circulating Serotonin in the development of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. PLoS One, 7, e31617.
Lau WK, Mak JC, Chan KH, Law AC (2011). Cigarette smoke-induced cerebral cortical interleukin-6 elevation is not mediated through oxidative stress. Neurotoxicity Research, 22, 170-176.
Chao, J., Lau, W. K., Huie, M. J., Ho, Y. S., Yu, M. S., Lai, C. S.,...Chang, R. C. (2010). A pro-drug of the green tea polyphenol (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) prevents differentiated SH-SY5Y cells from toxicity induced by 6-hydroxydopamine. Neuroscience Letters, 469, 360-364.
Cheung, Y. T., Lau, W. K., Yu, M. S., Lai, C. S., Yeung, S. C., So, K. F., & Chang, R. C. (2009). Effects of all-trans-retinoic acid on human SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma as in vitro model in neurotoxicity research. Neurotoxicology, 30, 127-135.


Effectiveness of Music Therapy in Social Skill Intervention for Children with ASD/ID: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): YUM, Yen Na Cherry 任演納 (LAU, Kwok Wai 劉國威 as Co-Investigator)
Integrative Biophysiological Markers for Predicting Psychological Resilience: A Longitudinal Study
Impact: Development of objective measures for psychological resilience in University students
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Kwok Wai 劉國威
An Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory for Biomarkers Analysis in Education Studies: Laboratory for Educational Sciences (LES)
The current project aims to set up a bioanalytical laboratory for processing and analyzing human biological samples, to guide applied education studies by providing objective data in determining the effectiveness of various intervention programmes or teaching strategies.
Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Kwok Wai 劉國威
Can the Cantonese Pediatric Lexical-tone Dichotic Listening Test Identify Macro- and Micro-structural Corpus Callosum Deficits in Very Young Cantonese Speakers by Structural MRI Investigation?
This study adopted the structural MRI technique to cross-evaluate the sensitivity and reliability of the Cantonese Pediatric Lexical-Tone Dichotic Listening Test in very young Cantonese speakers with SLI.
Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Kwok Wai 劉國威
Long Range Resting-state Abnormalities of the Posterior Cingulate in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Meta-Analysis
Long range resting-state abnormalities of the posterior cingulate in autism spectrum disorder: A meta-analysis
Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Kwok Wai 劉國威
Investigation on Integrative Biomarkers of Psychological Resilience
The project adopted biophysiological measures, such as stress hormones and heart rate variability to predict psychological resilience in a group of undergraduate / postgraduate students.
Project Start Year: 2018, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Kwok Wai 劉國威
Resting-state Abnormalities in Autistic Spectrum Disorders: A Meta-analysis
This project summarized the local resting-state abnormalities in ASD compared to TD control using an activation likelihood estimation (ALE) method.
Project Start Year: 2018, Principal Investigator(s): LAU, Kwok Wai 劉國威
Prizes and awards

Internal Research Grant 2018/19 (Duration: 1 year)

Date of receipt: 17/5/2019, Conferred by: The Education University of Hong Kong
Central Reserve Allocation Committee Fund (Duration: 3 years)

Date of receipt: 22/3/2019, Conferred by: The Education University of Hong Kong
Start-up Research Grant

Date of receipt: /3/2018, Conferred by: EdUHK