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Prof. Amy Sau-ching HA

Prof. Amy Sau-Ching HA
Professor, Department of Sports Science and Physical Education
BA (First Hon) (Fu-jen Catholic University)
MPE (Springfield College)
PhD (Walden University)
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Professor Amy Ha is formerly the Chairperson (2009–2015) of the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education and the Associate Dean for Research (2015–2023) of the Faculty of Education. She leads the Sport Pedagogy & Physical Activity Assessment Laboratory, with the aim of generating high quality research evidence and social impact in terms of individuals’ physical activity and health, and quality of life. Her research interests include application of information technology in physical education, family-based physical activity, fundamental movement skills, physical literacy, and teachers' professional development. She has secured a range of competitive research funding (e.g., RGC GRF/RIF) and worked on collaborative projects (e.g., SUNRISE) and publications (e.g., Lancet Physical Activity Series) with researchers around the globe.
Research Interests
  • Family- and school-based interventions to promote physical literacy
  • Teachers’ professional development and application of information technology in physical education
Selected Publications
  1. Jiang S, Ng JYY, Chong KH, Peng B, Ha AS*. Effects of eHealth Interventions on 24-Hour Movement Behaviors Among Preschoolers: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2024;26:e52905.
  2. Ha AS, Chan, CHS*, Lander N. Critical contextual factors of sustainable online teaching: learning the lessons of pandemic times from physical education teachers’ and school administrators’ perspectives 2023; Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, Online ahead of print.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 2022, 10:924434.
  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 2022; 14:383-396.
  7. Kariippanon KE*, Chong KH, Janssen X, Tomaz SA, Ribeiro EH, Munambah N, Chan CH, Chathurangana P, Draper CE, Hamdouchi AE, Florindo AA, Guan H, Ha AS, Hossain MS, Kim DH, Kim TV, Koh DC, Löf M, Pham BN, Poh BK, Reilly JJ, Staiano AE, Suherman A, Tanaka C, Tang HK, Tremblay MS, Webster EK, Wickramasinghe VP, Wong JE, Okely AD. Levels and correlates of objectively measured sedentary behaviour in young children: SUNRISE study results from 19 countries. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2022, 54: 1123-1130.
  8. van Sluijs EMF*, Ekelund U, Silva IC, Guthold R, Ha AS, Lubans DR, Oyeyemi AL, Ding D, Katzmarzyk PT. Physical activity behaviours in adolescence: current evidence and opportunities for intervention. Lancet 2021, 398: 429-442.
  9. 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 2021, 18: 99.
  10. Ha AS*, Lonsdale C, Lubans DR, Ng JYY. Increasing students' activity in physical education results of the self-determined exercise and learning for fitness trial. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2020, 52:696-704.
Funded Research Grants as Principal Investigator (in the past five years)
  • Fit & Active Retirement: A mobile-based, combined coach- and peer-led physical function programme for young-old retirees. Knowledge Transfer Project Fund, CUHK, 2023-25 – Project website
  • Physical Activity Routines, Education, Assessment, Literacy, and Information Technology application in Young children (PA REALITY): A social cognitive theory-based movement education programme for preschool students. RGC Research Impact Fund (RIF), 2022-2025 – Project website
  • Role of family routines and parenting practices in Hong Kong preschool children’s 24-hour movement behaviours and physical health. Direct Grant, CUHK, 2021-2022
  • Increasing students’ involvement and enjoyment in physical activities through fitness infusion and creating an autonomy supportive learning environment: Scaling up the SELF-FIT intervention. Project Impact Enhancement Fund, CUHK, 2019-2021 – SELF-FIT teacher platform
  • Using Innovative Pedagogy and Technology to Support Teaching and Assessment in Preschool Classrooms. Pedagogical Development and Technology-enhanced Learning (PDTL) Grant, CUHK, 2019-2020
  • Promoting physical activity of children by improving parental behaviours and family-based physical activity: A randomised controlled trial. RGC General Research Fund (GRF), 2018-2021 – Videos produced under project
  • Sport and physical activity development model for primary schools. The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charity Trust, 2017-2023 – Project website
Courses Taught
  • Adapted physical education and sports
  • Pedagogy of primary physical education
  • Pedagogy of secondary physical education
  • Sports pedagogy and technology
Selected Honours and Awards
  • PhD International Mobility for Partnerships and Collaborations Award (2023-24), CUHK
  • Outstanding Research Impact Award (2022-23), CUHK
  • Research Excellence Award (2021-22; 2014-15), CUHK
  • Faculty Exemplary Teaching Award (2020-21), CUHK
  • Leader of the Year 2016 (Sports/Culture/Performing Arts category) – on behalf of the Hong Kong Rope Skipping Association, China
  • University Long Service Award (2014-15), CUHK
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award, (2009-10), CUHK
Selected Professional Services
  • Associate Editor, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
  • Invited Editorial Board Member, European Physical Education Review
  • Elected Board Member, International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP)
  • Founding President, Hong Kong Rope Skipping Association China
  • Invited Consultant, Physical Fitness Association of Hong Kong, China
  • Invited Member, International Rope Skipping Federations
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