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Paul Yip

HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention

Professor Yip is Chair Professor (Population Health) at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, Associate Dean (Knowledge Exchange and Development) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, and the Director of the University’s Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention. He is the principal investigator of the following: OPENUP – a 24 hour online emotional support project, a community-based suicide prevention project for the Wong Tai Sin District, poverty alleviation programs, and the Quality Thematic Network on developing mental wellness for schools in Hong Kong.  He is interested in identifying and developing good practices for promoting wellbeing in the community. His monograph is on ‘understanding poverty in Hong Kong’, which has won the 11th Hong Kong Book Prize. He is serving as the Chair of the Research Committee of the Family Planning Association of Hong Kong (2012-present), and was the interim chair of the ESEAOR of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (2017-2018), the Secretary General of Asian Population Association (2014-2017), the chairman of the committee of preventing students’ suicide (2016), a member of the Steering Committee on Population Policy (2012-2013), a vice-president of the International Association of Suicide Prevention (2009-2013), and an associate member of the Central Policy Unit of the Hong Kong SAR Government (2014-2016). He has received various awards and recognitions, including the Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship in 2020, Australia-China Alumni Award (Research) in 2019, a Medal of Honor from the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2017, the Stengel Research award in 2012, an outstanding supervisor and researcher of the University of Hong Kong in 2011 and 2009 respectively, and a distinguished alumni of La Trobe University. He has published more than 500 research papers relating to population health and suicide prevention.