Dr MA, Ka Yin Lawrence    馬嘉言 博士
Lecturer I
Department of Psychology
Centre for Psychosocial Health
(852) 2948 7640
10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong
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Journal Publications
Publication in refereed journal
Au-Yeung K.L., Selvaraj, C., Amin, T., Ma, L. K., & Bennett, M. H. (2022). Effect of enriched oxygen inhalation on lower limb skin temperatures in diabetic and healthy humans: a pilot study. Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, 52(1), 2-6. https://doi.org/10.28920/dhm52.1.2-6
Shek, D.T.L., Dou, D., & Ma, L.K. (2019). Development and Validation of a Pioneer Scale on Service Leadership Behavior in the Service Economies. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 1770.
Shek, D.T.L., Leung, J.T.Y., Ma, L.K., Lin, L., & Wu, F.K.Y. (2018). Training of potential program implementers for the Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Project in China: Subjective outcome evaluation finding.. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health, 11, 291-302.


Using collaborative scriptwriting to facilitate learning and teaching in Psychology
Collaborative scriptwriting is a process involves elements with the likes of character creation, cultivation of the worldviews of the characters, development of internal conflicts, and identifying a triggering event. Scriptwriting for a play or a drama episode is also conceptualized as “imagined role-playing”, where writers would mentally go through the play without having to act out the episodes for real. Meanwhile, it was highlighted the social nature of scriptwriting by referring to the concept of collaborative scriptwriting—which constitutes a collective creative endeavor in script production via discussions amongst contributors. During this process, not one single writer will be “in charge”, as every contributor is entitled to raising his/her idea(s) which are subject to elaborations and/or modifications by other fellow writers. Notably, the continuous cycle of “problem finding” and “problem solving” inherent in collaborative scriptwriting is therefore conducive to problem-solving and creativity, as it calls upon the knowledge and the diverse social and/or cultural background of each contributor, in addition to the mental processes incurred for each individual author as he/she comes up with the script.
Scripts are prepared collaboratively by the student helpers. Upon completion of the scripts, lecturer(s) would distribute the script to students of the selected courses (see below) prior to certain class. Students are invited to perform role-play in turns during the class. Depending on the degree of involvement of the rest of the class, the lecturer(s) may consider incorporating applied drama techniques like hot-seating or Forum Theatre to solicit participations from the class. Students are then required to write a small alternate script with elaborations as an assessment to showcase what they have learned in the psychology-related classes.

Project Start Year: 2023, Principal Investigator(s): MA, Ka Yin, Lawrence, CHUNG, Yiu Bun
'Theatre of the Mentalists': The Making of a Mental Health Educator Using a Forum Theatre Approach
By applying Forum theatre approach, to examine how psychological theories could be applied to analyze some common problems in relation to Mental Health (application of communication skills); to investigate if students could propose creative strategies to promote Mental Health in their own communities (e.g. schools) (application of creative thinking skills and problem-solving skills); and to test if students could critically discuss the possible outcomes of different interventions (application of critical thinking skills).
Project Start Year: 2021, Principal Investigator(s): MA, Ka Yin Lawrence 馬嘉言
Drama-based Pedagogical (DBP) Approach to Psychology in Learning Motivation
To examine how the drama-based pedagogical approach could be applied in learning motivation and to investigate how this approach enhances students' critical thinking, communication, creativity, and problem solving skills.
Project Start Year: 2021, Principal Investigator(s): MA, Ka Yin Lawrence 馬嘉言
Drama-based Pedagogical Approach to Psychology in Daily Teaching Practices
Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): CHUNG, Yiu Bun 鍾耀斌, MA, Ka Yin Lawrence 馬嘉言