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Prof. Johan Yau-yin NG


Research Assistant Professor
Department of Sports Science and Physical Education
BSc (CUHK), MPhil (CUHK), PhD (University of Birmingham, UK)
+852 3943 6098
Dr Johan Ng received his PhD degree from the University of Birmingham, UK, where his research primarily focused on the psychology of sport and exercise, and in particular, the motivational aspects of behavioural engagement in physical activity. After receiving his PhD in 2013, he continued his research work at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. While he continued his research work in the area of motivation aspects of physical activity, he took part in multiple projects on school-based physical activity interventions, and the application of information technology to enhance the effects of such programmes. He has secured several competitive research grants in the capacity of a Co-PI or Co-I, including one Research Impact Fund (UGC), and one General Research Fund (UGC).
Research Interest
  • Application of information technology and artificial intelligence in movement behaviour measurements
  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Family-based interventions
Selected Publications (*denotes corresponding author)
  1. Peng B, Ng JYY, Ha AS*. Barriers and facilitators to physical activity for young adult women: a systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative literature. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2023;20:23. doi: 10.1186/s12966-023-01411-7
  2. Chan CHS*, Ha AS, Lander N, Ng JYY. Understanding the teaching and learning of fundamental movement skills in the primary physical education setting: a qualitative study Journal of Teaching in Physical Education 2022;42:621-630. doi: 10.1123/jtpe.2021-0206
  3. Ha AS*, Zeng T, He Q, Chan CHS, Fung Y, Ng JYY. Acceptability of a parent-focused program for physical literacy development among parents and children during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative study Frontiers in Public Health 2023;10:924434. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.924434
  4. Ha AS*, Zeng T, Wang L, Ng JYY. Parental support, children’s physical activity, dietary behaviors and health-related quality of life: evidence from three Asian cities International Journal of Behavioral Medicine 2022;29:752-761. doi: 10.1007/s12529-022-10056-y
  5. Ha AS*, Jia J, Ng FFY, Ng JYY. Parent’s physical literacy enhances children’s values towards physical activity: A serial mediation model Psychology of Sport and Exercise 2022;63:102297. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2022.102297
  6. Ha AS*, Ng JYY, Wong RS. Examining the relationship between children's health-related quality of life and their perception of parental support toward physical activity: A longitudinal study. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being 2021;14:383-396. doi: 10.1111/aphw.12308
  7. Okely AD*, Kontsevaya A, Ng JYY, Abdeta C. 2020 WHO guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behavior. Sports Medicine and Health Science 2021;3(2):115-8. doi: 10.1016/j.smhs.2021.05.001
  8. Ntoumanis N*, Ng JYY, Prestwich A, Quested E, Hancox JE, Thøgersen-Ntoumani C, et al. A meta-analysis of self-determination theory-informed intervention studies in the health domain: Effects on motivation, health behavior, physical, and psychological health. Health Psychology Review 2021;15(2):214-44. doi: 10.1080/17437199.2020.1718529
  9. Ng JYY, He Q, Chong KH, Okely AD, Chan CHS, Ha AS*. The impact of COVID-19 on preschool-aged children’s movement behaviors in Hong Kong: A longitudinal analysis of accelerometer-measured data. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18:11907. doi: 10.3390/ijerph182211907
  10. Ha AS*, Lonsdale C, Lubans DR, Ng FF, Ng JYY. Improving children's fundamental movement skills through a family-based physical activity program: Results from the "Active 1+FUN" randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 18:99. doi: 10.1186/s12966-021-01160-5
Teaching Experience
  • Data management and analyses
Selected Professional Services/Affiliations
  • Member of editorial board, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Member of editorial board, Journal of Physical Activity and Health
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