Individual Award
(Early Career Research Excellence Award)

Dr. Andy TSE Choi-yeung
Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Physical Education

Dr. Andy TSE Choi-yeung's research interests focus on motor learning and the impact of physical activity on the psychological, cognitive and physical well-being of children with autism spectrum disorder. In particular, he is interested in improving the motor skill acquisition process and promoting physical exercise among children.

As Principal Investigator, Dr. Tse has secured Early Career Scheme (ECS) funding and General Research Fund (GRF) funding from the Research Grants Council for two consecutive years (2017/18 and 2018/19). He is a pioneer in creating a novel hypothesis model to link melatonin with the positive association of exercise and sleep in children with autism, as well as to test a psychological mechanism – self-regulation in mediating exercise–cognition relations in different pediatric populations.

With his fruitful research findings, Dr. Tse has produced a number of high-impact publications. In the past three years, he has published 15 articles in international journals; in one, he was the solo author, and in eight, he was the first or corresponding author, demonstrating his passion and dedication to serving people with disabilities in Hong Kong and beyond.

In the University, Dr. Tse has shown his determination to promote collegial research. As the convenor of the Departmental Research Focus Groups, he has focused on promoting a research-oriented culture in his Department and facilitating research collaboration with other departments in the University. For example, he collaborated with the Department of Special Education and Counselling to organize an international consortium to gather overseas experts to discuss strategic plans on disciplines related to physical education and to promote the internationalization of the Department.

Outside the University, Dr. Tse has been actively engaged in serving the community with his research outcomes, and he is also the Vice President (Promotion) of the Hong Kong Society of Sports and Exercise Psychology. Currently, he is involved in a Learning Circle of 10 special school PE teachers and the Education Bureau to design a curriculum framework for PE in special schools for children with intellectual disabilities. In recent years, he has been invited by many schools and NGOs to deliver talks about sleep for children with autism.

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