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Exercise Psychology And Motor Learning Research

Research Objectives
The Exercise Psychology and Motor Learning Research Group takes a multidisciplinary approach to examining participation motivation for exercise and associations of motor performance with physical activity and associated health outcomes in children with and without disabilities. Recent research projects have centered on the assessment of motor skill performance and the intervention effects on physical activity, motor and cognitive functions, and psychosocial health of children including those with cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, and developmental coordination disorder. Our vision is to conduct high quality evidence-based research that makes significant scholarly contributions in the application of knowledge leading to demonstrated impact on children with disabilities and special educational needs (SEN) in the field.

Exercise & Sport Psychology
  • Participation motivation for exercise and sport
  • Psychological well-being and cognitive function
Physical Activity & Motor Skill Performance
  • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour of children with disabilities and special educational needs (SEN)
  • Physical activity and motor skill interventions and associated outcomes

  • General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong
  • Health and Medical Research Fund, Food and Health Bureau, Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
  • Knowledge Transfer Project Fund, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Effects of physical activity intervention on motor and cognitive functions and psychosocial outcomes of children with developmental coordination disorder
  • “Sports without Limits” Youth Empowerment Programme (https://sportswithoutlimits.hk/)
  • School-based physical activity intervention on cognitive and mental health in Hong Kong adolescents with and without special educational needs
  • Associations of physical activity with eye-hand coordination and visuospatial attention in children with disabilities
  • Environmental and psychosocial correlates of physical activity among children with physical disabilities in home and school settings
  • Physical activity engagement and opportunities for children with disabilities in special school environments



Cindy Hui-ping SIT (薛慧萍)
Professor & Chairperson
Department of Sports Science and Physical Education
Email: sithp@cuhk.edu.hk
Tel: 3943 4126

PhD Students:

Shawn X. LIANG (梁霄)
Inclusive Physical Education, Adapted Physical Activity
Email: shawnlx@link.cuhk.edu.hk
Tel: 3943 0695

Wen YANG (楊文)
Sports Psychology, Physical Activity
Email: wenyang0826@link.cuhk.edu.hk
Tel: 3943 0695

Sports Psychology, Public Health
Email: simadastamooz@link.cuhk.edu.hk
Tel: 3943 0695

Chang LIU (劉暢)
Sport and performance psychology
Email: ChangLiu0331@link.cuhk.edu.hk
Tel: 3943 5345


Doris H.Y. CHENG (鄭可欣)
Project Manager
Email: drscheng@cuhk.edu.hk
Tel: 3943 0524

Dr. Venus M. H. LI (李明慧)
Research Associate
Email: minghuili@cuhk.edu.hk
Tel: 3943 9358

Laura L.W. HO (何蘭蕙)
Research Associate
Email: lauraho@cuhk.edu.hk
Tel: 3943 9359

Jennifer M.W. LIU (廖明慧)
Research Assistant
Email: jenniferliu@cuhk.edu.hk
Tel: 3943 0694

Gillian CHEUNG (張皓恩)
Junior Research Assistant
Email: gilliancheung@cuhk.edu.hk
Tel: 3943 0442

Tommy P.Y. SIN (冼保延)
Junior Research Assistant
Email: poyinsin@cuhk.edu.hk
Tel: 3943 0696