Prof Matthew Yau has extensive clinical experience in psychiatry and mental health, particularly in the areas of long-term mental illness, stress management and autism.  His doctoral study was on the topic of mental illness and Chinese families in Hong Kong at the time of transition of sovereignty.  He also received training in clinical hypnotherapy and sex therapy.  

Matthew is lecturing on occupational therapy theories, community mental health, sexuality and disability, sexual health, communication and counselling, and qualitative research methods across the undergraduate and graduate programs. 

  • Community mental health, culture and mental illness, sexual health, and sexuality and disability. The methodological approaches used include questionnaire surveys, ethnography, and narrative inquiry.
  • 2005 - Best Teaching Award, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • 2004 - Certified Sexuality Professional Training Supervisor, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists
  • 2001 - Certified Sex Therapist, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists
  • 2005 - Founding Chair, Hong Kong Association of Sexuality Educators, Researchers & Therapists

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 36+ research outputs authored by Prof Matthew Yau from 2009 onwards.


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