Core Research Team

Core Research Team

 

Professor Andy Hau Yan Ho, PhD, EdD, MFT, FT (Director)
Professor Andy Ho is a health psychologist, social scientist and educator who specializes in applied gerontology, thanatology studies, palliative and bereavement care, holistic therapies, and community empowerment. He is Board Director of the prestigious International Work Group on Death Dying and Bereavement (IWGDDB) and the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), as well as Deputy Director at Palliative Care Centre for Excellence in Research and Education (PalC). A strong advocate for social justice and equality, Professor Ho has devoted his research and teaching for the promotion of civil participation, creative engagement, and responsible citizenry to create a more caring and compassionate global community. He is the first Asian Recipient of the ‘ADEC Academic Educator Award’ in 2018, conferred the NTU ‘Nanyang Education Award’ in 2019, and the ‘Distinguished Alumni Award’ from the University of Hong Kong in 2020. His social and scholarly contributions are recognized with distinction by academic, professional and government bodies around the world.

Areas of Expertise: Applied Gerontology, Thanatology and Death Studies, Public Health Palliative and Bereavement Care, Formal and Informal Caregiver Support, Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Expressive Arts & Holistic Therapy, Participatory Action Research, Qualitative Psychology. 

Ms. Geraldine Tan-Ho, MSocSc, CT (Research Associate, Senior Counsellor)
Ms. Geraldine Tan-Ho is a clinical counsellor and a Certified Thanatologist. She is also Honorary Mentor for Singapore’s largest paediatric palliative home care hospice. Geraldine is interested in research and interventions that facilitate meaningful dialogue on life and death issues that can lead to community empowerment, positive social change, and the enhancement of the healthcare landscape in Asia, particularly in pediatric palliative care.

Primary Research Projects:

  • A Multicentre Randomized Controlled Trial of a Novel Family Dignity Intervention (FDI) for Asian Palliative Care
  • Mindful-Compassion Art Therapy for Dementia Care (MCAT-DC) – Empowering Resilience and Holistic Wellbeing for Sustainable Family Caregiving: A Waitlist Randomized Controlled Trial

Supervising Research Project: Development and Evaluation of a Novel Narrative E-Writing Intervention (NeW-I) for Parents of Children with Life-Limiting Illness

Previous Research Projects:

  • A Qualitative Study on the Lived Experience of Bereaved Parents of Young Children: Advancing Parental Bereavement Care in Singapore and Greater Asia
  • Non-Palliative Care Professionals Caring for End-of-Life Patients: A Lived Experience Study
Ms. Choo Ping Ying, MA, BSc (Research Associate, Counsellor)
Ms. Ping Ying is a multilingual counselor who specializes in couples and family therapy. She has vast experience working with diverse clientele in both college and community mental health settings. Journeying together with her clients, her areas of clinical experience revolve around identity and lifespan development, interpersonal relationships and systems, trauma and abuse, grief and bereavement, and self-compassion and mindfulness. She aspires to be a counseling psychologist, specializing in the grief and loss as well as death and dying, and contribute to the community via research, clinical services and psychoeducation.

Primary Research Projects:

  • A Multicentre Randomized Controlled Trial of a Novel Family Dignity Intervention (FDI) for Asian Palliative Care
  • A Longitudinal Mixed Method Study on Psychosocial QOL Trajectories of First-Time Stroke Patients and Their Family Caregivers in Singapore
  • Mindful-Compassion Art Therapy for Dementia Care (MCAT-DC) – Empowering Resilience and Holistic Wellbeing for Sustainable Family Caregiving: A Waitlist Randomized Controlled Trial

Supporting Research Projects:

  • Identifying Care Needs and Measuring Longitudinal Outcome Holistically for Acute and Chronic Stroke Patients 
  • The Healthcare Worker’s Journey of Care and Recovery: A Qualitative Study on the Lived Experience of Supporting Stroke Patients in Singapore’s Rehabilitation Unit
Ms. Shannon Goh Shuet Ning, BA (Project Officer)
Ms. Shannon Goh graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a primary career focus in the area of developmental and child psychology. The increased coverage on children with special needs who have not been given the appropriate attention and help for their problem has been a great influence for her career development. Having worked in ARCH Lab for the past year, Shannon has now found a new area of interest that she has not expected to branch into. She is excited to look into the different ways that we can improve community health, especially in the aspect of art and well-being in society.

Primary Research Projects:

  • ARTISAN 2.0: Deconstructing the Integrative Efficacy of a Multi-Modal Art-Based Intervention to Strengthen Understanding and Demystify Misconceptions on Arts Heritage, and Health
  • Effects of Participatory ‘A’rt-Based Activity On ‘Health’ of Older Community-Dwellers: The Singapore A-Health Randomized Controlled Trial Study

Previous Research Project: Non-Palliative Care Professionals Caring for End-of-Life Patients: A Lived Experience Study

Ms. Gabriellia YEO, BA Hons (Project Officer)
Ms. Gabriellia Yeo graduated with honors in Bachelor of Arts (Psychology). Gabriellia, who prefers to be called ‘Gaby’, found an interest in the seemingly polarising fields of geriatric care and children development in the latter years of her university education. She is interested in research and interventions that aims to promote an overall sense of psycho-social-emotional wellbeing and healthy living in the Singapore community. Meaningful conversations on life and death are what inspires her commitment in frequent community engagement. Her passion for the elderly coupled with an avid interest in arts and craft compelled her to join the ARCH family, with a desire to contribute to the creation of active community engagement and creative ageing.

Primary Research Projects:

  • Effects of Participatory ‘A’rt-Based Activity On ‘Health’ of Older Community-Dwellers: The Singapore A-Health Randomized Controlled Trial Study
  • ARTISAN 2.0: Deconstructing the Integrative Efficacy of a Multi-Modal Art-Based Intervention to Strengthen Understanding and Demystify Misconceptions on Arts Heritage, and Health
Ms. Oindrila Dutta, MA, CT (Doctoral Researcher)
Ms. Oindrila Dutta graduated with a a Master’s degree in Counselling and Guidance and is a certified thanatologist with Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). She is currently a PhD student (Psychology) at Nanyang Technological University. Her doctoral research focuses on understanding the lived experience of Asian parents who have lost their child to a chronic life-threatening illness. She is working on an evidence-based, strength-focused and meaning-oriented online intervention which has the potential to enhance personal well-being and reduce caregiver burden and anticipatory grief among parents facing their child’s chronic life-threatening illness. Additionally, she is also involved with other projects at ARCH lab for action-oriented community-based research (NTU), which are aimed at enhancing quality of life among patients facing chronic illnesses and end-of-life. Her past experience covers working with young adults in a university counselling centre to improve mental health.

Primary Research Project: Development and Evaluation of a Novel Narrative E-Writing Intervention (NeW-I) for Parents of Children with Life-Limiting Illness

Previous Research Projects:

  • An Evaluation of the National Advance Care Planning Programme
  • A Qualitative Study on the Lived Experience of Bereaved Parents of Young Children: Advancing Parental Bereavement Care in Singapore and Greater Asia
Mr. Paul Victor Patinadan, BA, CT (Doctoral Researcher)
Mr. Paul Patinadan graduated with an Bachelor (Hons) Degree in Psychological Sciences, and has since continued his academic career studying and conducting mixed-methods research on multiple areas of human interactions including: Human-Animal interactions, animal related ethico-moral decision making; and Human-Computer Interaction; health related technologies for rehabilitation and healthy living. Under the supervision of Dr. Andy Ho, his doctoral thesis focuses on exploring the concept of dignity among terminally-ill patients and their caregivers in Singapore setting.

Primary Research Project: A Multicentre Randomized Controlled Trial of a Novel Family Dignity Intervention (FDI) for Asian Palliative Care

Previous Research Project: An Evaluation of the National Advance Care Planning Programme

Ms. Hilary Ma, BA (Doctoral Researcher)
Ms. Hilary Ma graduated with a Bachelor (Hons) Degree in Psychology, and has since engaged in various research projects on national innovation, cultural attachment, career aspirations, as well as the psychosocial needs and health in vulnerable populations including childhood cancer survivors, patients with coronary heart disease and diabetes. As a research scholar and an advocate for wellbeing, community empowerment and creative ageing, her current research interest involves enhancing the lives of individuals, specifically through participatory arts. Aside from research, she runs and facilitates strength-based art workshops for older adults in the community. H
er master thesis focuses on improving the holistic wellbeing of youths and community-dwelling seniors through a novel intergenerational arts programme, Project ARTISAN, under the supervision of Dr. Andy Ho.

Primary Research Projects: 

  • Mindful-Compassion Art Therapy for Dementia Care (MCAT-DC) – Empowering Resilience and Holistic Wellbeing for Sustainable Family Caregiving: A Waitlist Randomized Controlled Trial
  • ARTISAN 2.0: Deconstructing the integrative efficacy of a multi-modal art-based intervention to strengthen understanding and demystify misconceptions on arts heritage, and health

Previous Research Projects:

  • The Arts for Ageing Well – A Landscape study on art participation and holistic wellbeing among current and future older generations of Singapore
  • Project ARTISAN: Fostering aspiration and resilience through intergenerational storytelling and art-based narratives