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Dr Lawrence Wong

Dr Lawrence Wong

Lecturer

 Washington Singer 217

 

Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK

 Office hours:

Thursday 12:30 – 14:30, or arrange by email

 

Overview

I am primarily interested in the effects and mechanisms of sleep and circadian rhythm on daytime functions, including mental health wellbeing, social-cognitive-affective functions and behavioural outcomes. I conduct experimental and longitudinal observational studies to assess the directional relationship between sleep and circadian rhythm with daytime functions. My recent projects looked into the factors (e.g. healthy sleep pattern, exercise and physical activity, body image concern, sexual diversity) predicting healthy cognitive and emotional development in young adults.

Before joining Exeter as a lecturer, I worked as a clinical psychologist in hospital setting in Australia and Hong Kong. I am currently registered as a clinical psychologist in UK (HCPC), Australia (AHPRA), and Hong Kong (DCP, HKPS). I am particularly interested in interpersonal difficulties and relationship problems among individuals with mental disorders. I have recently been looking into the beneficial effects of sleep-focused treatment (e.g. CBT for insomnia, IRT for nightmare, Light therapy for circadian rhythm problem) on mood and daytime functions among individuals with mental disorders.

 

Research Keywords:

  • Sleep
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Mental Health Wellbeing
  • Physical Activities
  • Higher Order Cognitive Functions
  • Youth Development and Diversity

I am happy to consider MbyRes/MPhil/PhD students interested in the abovementioned areas. Please email me if you wish to discuss further.

For Exeter students interested in research volunteering, please feel free to email me to discuss further.

Qualifications

PhD (Clinical Psychology), Hong Kong

Certified Somnologist, European Sleep Research Society

Research group links

Research

Research interests

  • Sleep and Circadian Rhythm problems in mental health condition and cognitive dysfunction
  • Youth development and diversity
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Regular exercise, physical activity and psychological functioning
  • Ecologically valid research measures

Research projects

 

Research Grants

  • Co-Investigator: Sleep on it: Effects of daytime naps and nighttime sleep on emotional processing in college students. Research Grants Council HKSAR, General Research Fund. PI: EYY Lau (GRF#18619616): 
     
  • Co-Investigator: Sleep and risk-related decision-making in adolescents and young adults. Research Grants Council HKSAR, General Research Fund. PI: EYY Lau (GRF#17612015) 
     
  • Co-Investigator: What makes poor sleepers anxious and depressed: Testing the mediating role of cognitive deficits between poor sleep and anxiety and depressive disorders. Health and Medical Research Fund, Food and Health Bureau, HKSAR. PI: EYY Lau (HMRF#11122051)
 

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Wong ML, Leung CNW, Lau KNT, Chung KF, Lau EYY (2022). The relationships among sleep problems, anxiety, memory complaints and compulsive checking behaviours. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 34
Lau EYY, Wong ML, Lam YC, Lau KNT, Chung KF, Rusak B (2021). Sleep and Inhibitory Control over Mood-Congruent Information in Emerging Adults with Depressive Disorder. Psychosom Med, 83(9), 1004-1012. Abstract.  Author URL.
Mark Lawrence W, Esther Yuet Ying L, Yeuk Ching L, Benjamin R, Chia-Huei T, Tatia Mei Chun L, Yun Kwok W (2020). The protective effect of daytime sleep on planning and risk-related decision-making in emerging adults. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 15(11), 1228-1237. Abstract.  Author URL.
Lau EYY, Wong ML, Rusak B, Lam YC, Wing YK, Tseng C-H, Lee TMC (2019). The coupling of short sleep duration and high sleep need predicts riskier decision making. Psychology & Health, 34(10), 1196-1213.
Wong ML, Tseng CH, Wing YK, Rusak B, Lee TMC, Lau EYY (2017). Impact of habitual short sleep and perceived sleep need on risk-taking in young people. Sleep Medicine, 40
Lau EYY, Wong ML, Lau KNT, Chung KF, Rusak B (2017). Influence of chronic short sleep and a daytime nap opportunity on emotion-related inhibitory control in young adults. Sleep Medicine, 40
Wong ML (2017). Interaction of sleep and regular exercise in adolescents’ and young adults’ working memory. International journal of sport psychology, 48, 1-1. Abstract.
Wong ML, Lau KNT, Espie CA, Luik AI, Kyle SD, Lau EYY (2017). Psychometric properties of the Sleep Condition Indicator and Insomnia Severity Index in the evaluation of insomnia disorder. Sleep Medicine, 33, 76-81.
Wong ML, Zhang J, Wing YK, Lau EYY (2016). Sleep-related daytime consequences mediated the neuroticism–depression link. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 15(1), 21-30.
Lau EYY, Wong ML, Lau KNT, Hui FWY, Tseng C-H (2015). Rapid-Eye-Movement-Sleep (REM) Associated Enhancement of Working Memory Performance after a Daytime Nap. PLOS ONE, 10(5), e0125752-e0125752.
Wong M, Lau E, Wing Y (2015). Sleep and working memory among individuals with depressive and anxiety disorders. Sleep Medicine, 16, s69-s70.
Lee Y, Hung P, Wong M, Lau E (2015). The effect of daytime sleep opportunity on risky decision-making. Sleep Medicine, 16
Wong M, Leung C, Lau E (2015). The role of insomnia in memory complaint among compulsive checkers. Sleep Medicine, 16
Lee TMC, Wong ML, Lau BW-M, Lee JC-D, Yau S-Y, So K-F (2014). Aerobic exercise interacts with neurotrophic factors to predict cognitive functioning in adolescents. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 39, 214-224.
Wong ML, Lau EYY, Wan JHY, Cheung SF, Hui CH, MOK DSY (2013). The interplay between sleep and mood in predicting academic functioning, physical health and psychological health: a longitudinal study. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 74(4), 271-277.
Lau EYY, Wong ML, Ng ECW, Hui C-CH, Cheung SF, Mok DSY (2013). “Social Jetlag” in Morning-Type College Students Living on Campus: Implications for Physical and Psychological Well-being. Chronobiology International, 30(7), 910-918.

Conferences

Lau EYY, Wong ML, Lau KNT, Lam YC (2020). Effects of night-time sleep quantity, quality and timing on the architecture of a daytime nap.  Author URL.
Wong ML, Lau EYY, Lam YC (2020). Sleep to stop the decline of planning and risk-related decision-making ability during the day.  Author URL.
Wong ML, Leung CNW, Lau KNT, Lau EYY (2020). The role of sleep problems in the cognitive behavioural model of compulsive checking behaviours.  Author URL.

Publications by year


2022

Wong ML, Leung CNW, Lau KNT, Chung KF, Lau EYY (2022). The relationships among sleep problems, anxiety, memory complaints and compulsive checking behaviours. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 34

2021

Lau EYY, Wong ML, Lam YC, Lau KNT, Chung KF, Rusak B (2021). Sleep and Inhibitory Control over Mood-Congruent Information in Emerging Adults with Depressive Disorder. Psychosom Med, 83(9), 1004-1012. Abstract.  Author URL.

2020

Lau EYY, Wong ML, Lau KNT, Lam YC (2020). Effects of night-time sleep quantity, quality and timing on the architecture of a daytime nap.  Author URL.
Wong ML, Lau EYY, Lam YC (2020). Sleep to stop the decline of planning and risk-related decision-making ability during the day.  Author URL.
Mark Lawrence W, Esther Yuet Ying L, Yeuk Ching L, Benjamin R, Chia-Huei T, Tatia Mei Chun L, Yun Kwok W (2020). The protective effect of daytime sleep on planning and risk-related decision-making in emerging adults. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 15(11), 1228-1237. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wong ML, Leung CNW, Lau KNT, Lau EYY (2020). The role of sleep problems in the cognitive behavioural model of compulsive checking behaviours.  Author URL.

2019

Lau EYY, Wong ML, Rusak B, Lam YC, Wing YK, Tseng C-H, Lee TMC (2019). The coupling of short sleep duration and high sleep need predicts riskier decision making. Psychology & Health, 34(10), 1196-1213.

2017

Wong ML, Tseng CH, Wing YK, Rusak B, Lee TMC, Lau EYY (2017). Impact of habitual short sleep and perceived sleep need on risk-taking in young people. Sleep Medicine, 40
Lau EYY, Wong ML, Lau KNT, Chung KF, Rusak B (2017). Influence of chronic short sleep and a daytime nap opportunity on emotion-related inhibitory control in young adults. Sleep Medicine, 40
Wong ML (2017). Interaction of sleep and regular exercise in adolescents’ and young adults’ working memory. International journal of sport psychology, 48, 1-1. Abstract.
Wong ML, Lau KNT, Espie CA, Luik AI, Kyle SD, Lau EYY (2017). Psychometric properties of the Sleep Condition Indicator and Insomnia Severity Index in the evaluation of insomnia disorder. Sleep Medicine, 33, 76-81.

2016

Wong ML, Zhang J, Wing YK, Lau EYY (2016). Sleep-related daytime consequences mediated the neuroticism–depression link. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 15(1), 21-30.

2015

Lau EYY, Wong ML, Lau KNT, Hui FWY, Tseng C-H (2015). Rapid-Eye-Movement-Sleep (REM) Associated Enhancement of Working Memory Performance after a Daytime Nap. PLOS ONE, 10(5), e0125752-e0125752.
Wong M, Lau E, Wing Y (2015). Sleep and working memory among individuals with depressive and anxiety disorders. Sleep Medicine, 16, s69-s70.
Lee Y, Hung P, Wong M, Lau E (2015). The effect of daytime sleep opportunity on risky decision-making. Sleep Medicine, 16
Wong M, Leung C, Lau E (2015). The role of insomnia in memory complaint among compulsive checkers. Sleep Medicine, 16

2014

Lee TMC, Wong ML, Lau BW-M, Lee JC-D, Yau S-Y, So K-F (2014). Aerobic exercise interacts with neurotrophic factors to predict cognitive functioning in adolescents. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 39, 214-224.

2013

Wong ML, Lau EYY, Wan JHY, Cheung SF, Hui CH, MOK DSY (2013). The interplay between sleep and mood in predicting academic functioning, physical health and psychological health: a longitudinal study. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 74(4), 271-277.
Lau EYY, Wong ML, Ng ECW, Hui C-CH, Cheung SF, Mok DSY (2013). “Social Jetlag” in Morning-Type College Students Living on Campus: Implications for Physical and Psychological Well-being. Chronobiology International, 30(7), 910-918.

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2021/22


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