Core Research Team

Core Research Team

 

Professor Andy Hau Yan Ho, PhD, EdD, MFT, FT (Director)
Professor Andy Ho is an award-winning researcher, educationist and psychologist who specializes in psychosocial gerontology, hospice and palliative care, holistic therapies and community empowerment.  He is an elected member of the prestigious International Work Group on Death Dying and Bereavement, a Fellow in Thanatology, a Marriage and Family Therapist, a joint assistant professor at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, a Deputy Director at Palliative Care Centre for Excellence in Research and Education (PalC), and a Deputy Director at Centre for Population Health Sciences (CePHaS). A strong advocate for social justice and equality, he 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. 

Areas of Expertise: Participatory action research, qualitative methods, intervention studies, randomized controlled trails, programme evaluation, systematic reviews

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 Projects: 

  •  Development and Evaluation of a Novel Narrative E-Writing Intervention (NeW-I) for Parents of Children with Life-Limiting Illness
  • Non-Palliative Care Professionals Caring for End-of-Life Patients: A Lived Experience Study

Previous Research Project: A Qualitative Study on the Lived Experience of Bereaved Parents of Young Children: Advancing Parental Bereavement Care in Singapore and Greater Asia

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. he 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
Ms. Casuarine Low Xinyi, MSc, BSc (Research Associate)
Ms. Casuarine Low graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences (Hons.) specialising in Biomedical Science, sparking her interest in research. After multiple years of experience working with cognitively impaired patients and caregivers, she found her passion in working with the elderly population and was inspired by the notion of holistic healthcare. This passion had cumulated into a Master of Science in Applied Gerontology from Nanyang Technological University, complementing her years of knowledge and skill-set for working with patients. The privilege of working with terminally-ill patients and their caregivers in her current stint as a gerontologist has further strengthened her resolve towards the development and enhancement of holistic healthcare services in Singapore.
 

Primary Research Projects:

  • Development and Evaluation of a Novel Narrative E-Writing Intervention (NeW-I) for Parents of Children with Life-Limiting Illness.
  • Non-Palliative Care Professionals Caring for End-of-Life Patients: A Lived Experience Study
  • A Multicentre Randomized Controlled Trial of a Novel Family Dignity Intervention (FDI) for Asian Palliative Care
Mr. Lei Wenhan, MSc, BS (Research Associate)
Mr.  Lei Wenhan graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a master degree of science in Applied Gerontology. Prior to coming to Singapore, he got a bachelor degree in Traditional Chinese Pharmacology in China and worked for multinational pharmaceutical companies. These experiences made Wenhan realize that medicine is limited in helping the elderly with chronic diseases. Now he is keen on exploring the bio-psycho-social needs of the elderly in the community, hoping to make his own contributions to the holistic healthcare services in Singapore and China.
 

Primary Research Project: A Longitudinal Mixed Method Study on Psychosocial QOL Trajectories of First-Time Stroke Patients and Their Family Caregivers in Singapore

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. She is currently assisting in research focused on non-palliative healthcare professionals, and is excited to delve into this new interest area.
 

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

Ms. Oindrila Dutta, MA, CT (PhD Candidate)
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 (PhD Candidate)
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 (PhD Candidate)
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
Mr. Tew Weicong, BA (PhD Candidate)
Mr. Tew Weicong graduated with a Bachelor (Hons) Degree in Psychology. Through his time working with his local community, Weicong became interested in understanding how vulnerable populations such as the elderly and individuals with chronic illnesses existed within local policy frameworks. This then led him to possess research interests in identifying the psychosocial needs of vulnerable populations as well as exploring ways to better their well-being and resilience. He aspires to one day help improve local policies and facilitate better care for all in the community.
 

Primary Projects:

  • A Longitudinal Mixed Method Study on Psychosocial QOL Trajectories of First-Time Stroke Patients and Their Family Caregivers in Singapore
  • Non-Palliative Care Professionals Caring for End-of-Life Patients: A Lived Experience Study