Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Ho Hau Yan Andy

Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences

Assoc Prof Ho Hau Yan Andy

Dr Andy H. Y. Ho is an award-winning researcher, educator and psychologist who specializes in psychosocial gerontology, arts and creative ageing, palliative and bereavement care, holistic therapies and community empowerment. He is a Board Director of the prestigious International Work Group on Death Dying and Bereavement (IWGDDB), as well as the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). He is also a Fellow in Thanatology and a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Over the past 15 years in full-time academia, Andy has secured over SGD$12 million in competitive grants and efficaciously completed numerous empirical, translational, and participatory action research projects for building and promoting active and compassionate citizenry; particularly in the areas of healthy aging, dignified end-of-life care, psychiatric rehabilitation, medical humanities, art and mindfulness practice. Since joining Nanyang Technological University in November 2015, he has been awarded more than SGD$2.6 million major research grants as Principal Investigator and Co-Principle Investigator from the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the National Arts Council Singapore, Temasek Foundation, Lien Foundation and other prominent funding bodies.

Leading a large team of researchers, clinicians, and frontline healthcare professionals, Andy has successfully completed the pioneering Evaluation Study of the National Advance Care Programme in Singapore, and the first-ever Landscape Study on The Arts for Ageing Well in Asia. He has also founded a number of innovative and acclaimed psycho-socio-spiritual interventions. These include: Mindful-Compassion Art Therapy (MCAT) for burnout prevention and resilience building among caregivers; Family Dignity Intervention (FDI) for advancing holistic end-of-life care services; Narrative e-Writing Intervention (NeW-I) for augmenting pediatrics palliative and parental bereavement services; and Aspiration and Resilience Through Intergenerational Storytelling and Art-based Narratives (ARTISAN) for citizen empowerment and loneliness alleviation.

Based on this body of work, Andy has produced numerous public health campaigns and short film documentaries; authored over 70 top-tier journal articles, books, chapters and research reports; as well as presented in over 130 keynote, plenary, invited and competitive conference presentations. Andy is the first Asian Recipient of the distinguished ADEC Academic Educator Award, whilst his social and scholarly contributions have been recognized with distinction by academic and professional bodies around the world.

Honors and Awards
2018 Recipient, Academic Educator Award, Association for Death Education and Conseling.
2018 Finalist, Nanyang Education Award, School Level, NTU. (Results Pending)
2013 Recipient, Best Cross-Cultural Paper Award, Association for Death Education and Conseling.
2013 Recipient, Young Investigator Award, Hong Kong International Cancer Congress.
2013 Recipient, Visiting Scholar Award, Smith College, Massachusetts, USA.
2013 Recipient, Teaching Appreciation Award, Hong Kong Hospital Authority.
2010 Recipient, Young Investigator Award, Hong Kong International Cancer Congress.
2010 Recipient, Best Poster Award, International Palliative Care Network.
2010 Recipient of Team Award, Communicator Award of Excellence, Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts.

Academic Qualification
2016 Doctor of Education (Lifelong Learning and Education), University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.
2013 Doctor of Philosophy (Gerontology and Thanatology in Social Work), University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
2006 Master of Social Sciences (Marriage and Family Therapy), University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
2001 Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Guidance Studies), University of British Columbia, Canada.
2000 Bachelor of Arts Honors (Psychology), University of British Columbia, Canada.
Research Interests
Psychosocial Gerontology, Healthy and Creative Ageing with Art-based Research

Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Quality of Life in Stroke and Mental Health Recovery

Caregiver Support and Resilience Building in Bereavement and Dementia Care

Public Health Palliative Care and End of Life Care Provision and Policy Research

Intervention Studies, Holistic Therapies, Life and Death Education, Medical Humanities

Community Empowerment, Health Service Research, Participatory Action Research
Current Projects
  • A Longitudinal Mixed Method Study on Psychosocial QOL Trajectories of First-Time Stroke Patients and Their Family Caregivers in Singapore
  • A Multicentre Randomized Controlled Trial of a Novel Family Dignity Intervention
  • A Qualitative Study on the Lived Experience of Bereaved Parents of Young Children with Life Threatening Illness: Advancing Parental Bereavement Support in Singapore and Greater Asia
  • ARTISAN 2.0: Deconstructing the Integrative efficacy of a multimodal Art-based Intervention to strengthen understanding and demystify misconceptions on Arts, Heritage, and Health
  • Advancing Dignity and Compassion in End-of-Life Care.
  • An Evaluation of the National Advance Care Planning Programme
  • Development and evaluation of a novel narrative E-writing Intervention (NEW-I) for Parents of Children with Life-Limiting Illness: A pilot randomised controlled trial for advancing holistic pediatric palliative care and parental bereavment support
  • Mindful-Compassion Art Therapy for Dementia Care (MCAT-DC) - Empowering Resilience and Holistic Wellbeing for Sustainable Family Caregiving: A Waitlist Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Non-Palliative Care Professionals Caring for End-of-life Patients: A Lived Experience Study
  • Project ARTISAN: Fostering Aspiration and Resilience through Intergenerational Storytelling & Art-Based Narrative
  • The Arts For Ageing Well: A Landscape Study On Arts Participation And Holistic Wellbeing Among Current And Future Older Generations Of Singapore
Selected Publications
  • Dutta, O., Tan-Ho, G., Choo, P.Y., Chong, P.H., Ng, C., Ganapathy, S., & Ho, A.H.Y. (2019). The Asian Experience of Child Loss to Chronic Life-Threatening Illness. The 41st Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) Conference.
  • Ho, A.H.Y., Car, J., Ho, R.M.H., Tan-Ho, G., Choo, P.Y., Patinadan, P.V., Chong, P.H., Ong, W.Y., Hum, A., Fan, G., Tan, Y.P., Neimeyer, R., & Chochinov, H. (2019). Family Dignity Intervention (FDI) for Advancing Asia Palliative Care. The 41st Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) Conference.
  • Choo, P.Y., Ho, A.H.Y., Tan-Ho, G., & Dutta, O. (2019). Dynamic Reciprocity of Dignity in Palliative End-of-Life Care. The 41st Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) Conference.
  • Ho, A.H.Y. (2019, March). ARTISAN: Aspiration and Resilience Through Intergenerational Storytelling and Art-based Narratives. Paper presented at The Arts and Culture Research Symposium 2019 (Keynote Speaker), Singapore.
  • Tan, W.S., Lall, P., Car, J., Low, C.K., Ho, A.H.Y. (2019). Implementing advance care planning in acute care hospital: Leading the transformation of norms. Journal of the American Geriatric Society, , DOI: 10.1111/jgs.15857.

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