Wong Michael TH 黃德興

  • Fellowship in 1991 at University College London

Dr Wong is currently Honorary Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Clinical Medicine, LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong. 

Prof Wong is a medical graduate from The University of Hong Kong. He trained in Neuropsychiatry with Prof AW Lishman and Dr Peter Fenwick at the Neuropsychiatry & Epilepsy Unit, Maudsley Hospital, London. His Research Fellowship at Institute of Psychiatry University of London was on PET & MRI neuroimaging and neurophysiology. He was one time Visiting Fellow to the Center for Sleep and Chronobiology in University of Toronto (with Prof Harvey Moldofsky) and Academic Visitor to Faculty of Philosophy Oxford University (with Prof Bill Fulford).

He is a Fellow of professional colleges of psychiatrists in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. He is also trained in theology, holding a master degree in divinity with a dissertation on theological anthropology. His two research doctorates are on MRI & PET brain imaging of violent offenders with schizophrenia (MD) and on how hermeneutics promotes dialogues between philosophy neuroscience psychiatry and theology (PhD) respectively.

His current major research interest focuses on:

Clinical presentation and treatment of major neuropsychiatric conditions - His newly set up Neuropsychiatry Clinic is building up clinical cohorts of psycho-immunology and psycho-endocrinology disorders, frontal-striatal dysfunctions, cortical dysregulation and cognitive disorders. Another focus is to develop Youth Neuropsychiatry as an innovative clinical and research paradigm.

Digitalization and Brain Health - Digitalization, in addition to urbanization, is becoming a major risk factor for brain and mental health risk. Excessive and problematic smartphone use has been shown to pose potential negative impact on brain development, cognitive capacity (attention, memory and executive function), sleep wake cycle, identity and personality formation, social skills learning and stress coping skills development. A pilot study on Smartphone Overuse Mindfulness & Mental Health in Hong Kong youth is in progress.

Psychiatry Philosophy & Humanities - His latest book, Ricoeur and the Third Discourse of the Person: From Philosophy and Neuroscience to Psychiatry and Theology, published by Lexington Books, London, develops a model drawing on his research on how hermeneutics facilitates dialogues between philosophy, neuroscience, theology (religion and spirituality), culture and humanities to promote a whole person and person centered psychiatry.


Prof Wong is also part of an international panel of experts in the field of philosophy of psychiatry led by Prof Bill Fulford of Oxford University who edit the volume International Perspectives in Cultural Values and Mental Health: Case Studies and Commentaries for Springer Nature.


His various international and local engagements include:

Chair, Section of Philosophy & Humanities in Psychiatry, World Psychiatric Association

Senior Editor, Philosophy Psychiatry Psychology  

Co-Editor, International Journal of Person Centered Medicine

Organizational Partner & International Lead to The Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice in Health and Social Care, St Catherine's College Oxford

Advisor, Chinese Health Foundation of Australia

Immediate Past Chair, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Section of Philosophy and Humanities

Fellow, ISCAST Christians in Science and Technology

Associate Fellow, Centre for Theology & Psychology, Melbourne School of Theology https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030478513            

Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Sino-Christian Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University                    http://artsbu.hkbu.edu.hk/index.php/en/academics/87-dept-ctr/72-centre-for-sino-christian-studies