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Prof. Cindy Hui-ping SIT


Prof. Cindy Hui-Ping SIT
Professor and Chairperson
Department of Sports Science and Physical Education
BA (HKBU), MPhil (HKU), PhD (HKU)
+852 3943 4126
Professor Cindy Sit is a Fellow of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA) and the Hong Kong Association of Sports Medicine and Sports Science (HKASMSS). She directs the Exercise Psychology and Motor Learning Laboratory, which focuses on investigations of physical activity and participation motivation, and the development and assessment of the impact of physical activity interventions on motor skills and psychosocial outcomes of children with and without disabilities. Currently, Cindy is the President of the Asian Society for Adapted Physical Education and Exercise (ASAPE) and President-Elect of IFAPA. She has published more than 120 scientific papers in the areas of adapted physical activity, exercise science and public health.
Research Interests
  • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour of children with disabilities or special educational needs (SEN)
  • Adapted physical activity and school-based interventions
Selected Publications
  1. Liang X, Li R, Wong SHS, Sum RKW, Sit CHP*. The effects of exercise intervention on executive functions in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sports Medicine 2021;18:68.
  2. Yu JJ, Capio CM, Abernethy B, Sit CHP*. Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and sedentary behavior in children with and without developmental coordination disorder: Associations with fundamental movement skills. Research in Developmental Disabilities 2021;118:104070. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2021.104070
  3. Liang X, Li R, Wong SHS, Sum RKW, Sit CHP*. The impact of exercise interventions concerning executive functions of children and adolescents with attention-deficit/ hyperactive disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2021;18:68. doi: 10.1186/s12966-021-01135-6
  4. Yang W, Wong SHS, Sum RKW, Sit CHP*. The association between physical activity and mental health in children with special educational needs: A systematic review. Preventive Medicine Reports 2021;23:101419. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2021.101419
  5. Yu JJ, Tsai CL, Li R, Pan CY, Sit CHP*. The relationship between physical activity and inhibition in children with and without motor impairments. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 2020;17:1118-1124. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2020-0091
  6. Sit CHP, Yu JY, Huang WYJ, Wong MCS, Sum RKW, Tremblay MS, Wong SHS*. Results from Hong Kong’s 2019 Report Card on physical activity for children and youth with special educational needs. Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness 2020;18:177-182. doi: 10.1016/j.jesf.2020.05.004
  7. Sit CHP*, Yu JJ, Wong SHS, Capio CM, Masters R. A school-based physical activity intervention for children with developmental coordination disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Research in Developmental Disabilities 2019;89:1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2019.03.004
  8. Sit CHP*, Li R, McKenzie TL, Cerin E, Wong SHS, Sum RKW, Leung FL. Physical activity of children with physical disabilities: Associations with environmental and behavioral variables at home and school. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2019;16:1394. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16081394
  9. Yu JJ, Burnett A, Sit CHP*. Motor skill interventions in children with developmental coordination disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2018;99:2076-2099. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.12.009
  10. Sit CHP*, McKenzie TL, Cerin E, Chow BC, Huang WYJ, Yu JJ. Physical activity and sedentary time among children with different disabilities at school. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2017;49:292-297. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001097
Funded Research Grants as Principal Investigator (in the past five years)
  • A cluster randomized controlled trial of school-based physical activity intervention on mental health and risk behaviours in adolescents with special educational needs. RGC General Research Fund (GRF), 2021-2023
  • Promoting physical activity and health in children and youth with intellectual disabilities: A social-ecological approach. National Social Science Fund of China, 2019-2021 (Co-PI)
  • A cluster randomized controlled trial of physical activity intervention on motor and cognitive functions and psychosocial outcomes of children with developmental coordination disorder. RGC General Research Fund (GRF), 2019-2021
  • Jockey Club “Sports without Limits” Youth Empowerment Programme. The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, 2018-2021
Courses Taught
  • Psychology for physical activity and exercise
  • Motor learning
Selected Honours and Awards
  • Research Excellence Award, CUHK, 2019
  • Exemplary Teaching Award, Faculty of Education, CUHK, 2012, 2015
  • Fellow, Hong Kong Association of Sports Medicine and Sports Science, 2018
  • Fellow, International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity, 2013
Selected Professional Services
  • Associate Editor, Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, Archives of Public Health, Frontier in Education
  • Editorial Board Member, Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Science, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness
  • Member, Curriculum Development Council, Education Bureau, HKSAR Government
  • Member, Assessment Panel on Physical Education Key Learning Area for the Chief Executive’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2021/2022), Education Bureau, Hong Kong SAR Government
  • Member, Community Sports Committee, Home Affairs Bureau, HKSAR Government
  • Member, Grant Review Board, Health and Medical Research Fund, Food and Health Bureau, HKSAR Government
  • Member, Enterprise Support Scheme (ESS) Assessment Panel, Innovation Technology Fund, Innovation and Technology Commission, HKSAR Government
  • Member, Hong Kong Diploma Secondary Education (HKDSE) Physical Education Subject Committee, Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority
  • Subject Specialist, Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications
  • Member, Incorporated Management Committee (IMC), CUHKFAA Chan Chun Ha Secondary School
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