Dr Kean Poon

Dr Kean Poon

Senior Lecturer

PhD (HKU), MSA (CMU), BA (1st Class Honours; UBC)

CPsychol (BPS)

Registered Educational Psychologist (HKAEP)

Arts, Design & Architecture
School of Education
Location
School of Education UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture Room G12, Morven Brown Building UNSW Sydney
  • Book Chapters | 2022
    Poon K, 2022, 'Executive functioning intervention for students with ADHD', in Hue M-T; Karim S (ed.), Supporting diverse students in Asian inclusive classrooms: From policies and theories to practice, pp. 211 - 226
  • Journal articles | 2024
    Lau WKW; Leung MK; Poon K; Zhang R, 2024, 'Early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder using structural connectivity biomarker', Psychoradiology, 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/psyrad/kkae004
    Journal articles | 2024
    Poon K; Ho MSH; Tai APL; Leung MK; Chan MCM; Lau WKW, 2024, 'Mediating roles of sleep quality and resilience in the relationships between chronotypes and mental health symptoms', Scientific Reports, 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-024-56688-w
    Journal articles | 2023
    Wang LC; Chen JK; Poon K, 2023, 'Relationships Between State Anxiety and Reading Comprehension of Chinese Students With and Without Dyslexia: A Cross-Sectional Design', Learning Disability Quarterly, 46, pp. 247 - 260, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/07319487221149413
    Journal articles | 2023
    Xu J-Q; Poon K; Ho MSH, 2023, 'Brief Report: The Impact of COVID-19 on Parental Stress and Learning Challenges for Chinese Children with SpLD', Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, pp. 1 - 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-023-05983-y
    Journal articles | 2022
    Poon K; Ho MSH; Chou K-L, 2022, 'Executive Functions as Mediators between Socioeconomic Status and Academic Performance in Chinese School-Aged Children', Heliyon, 8, pp. e11121 - e11121, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2022.e11121
    Journal articles | 2022
    Poon K, 2022, 'Effects of Aerobic Exercise and High-Intensity Interval Training on the Mental Health of Adolescents Living in Poverty: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial', JMIR Research Protocols, 11, pp. e34915, http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/34915
    Journal articles | 2022
    Poon K; Ho MSH; Chou K-L, 2022, 'Executive Functions as Mediators between Socioeconomic Status and Academic Performance in Chinese School-Aged Children', Heliyon, vol. 8, pp. e11121 - e11121, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2022.e11121
    Journal articles | 2021
    Poon K; Ho MSH; Wang LC, 2021, 'Examining Distinctive Working Memory Profiles in Chinese Children With Predominantly Inattentive Subtype of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and/or Reading Difficulties', Frontiers in Psychology, 12, pp. 718112, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.718112
    Journal articles | 2020
    Poon K; Ho MSH; Chu PCK; Chou KL, 2020, 'Transferability and sustainability of task-switching training in socioeconomically disadvantaged children: a randomized experimental study', Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 32, pp. 747 - 763, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/20445911.2020.1839082
    Journal articles | 2020
    Poon K, 2020, 'Evaluating dual-process theory of decision-making in Chinese delinquent adolescents', Australian Psychologist, 55, pp. 257 - 268, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ap.12417
    Journal articles | 2020
    Poon K, 2020, 'The impact of socioeconomic status on parental factors in promoting academic achievement in Chinese children', International Journal of Educational Development, 75, pp. 102175, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2020.102175
    Journal articles | 2020
    Yum YN; Lau WKW; Poon K; Ho FC, 2020, 'Music therapy as social skill intervention for children with comorbid ASD and ID: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial', BMC Pediatrics, 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12887-020-02454-6
    Journal articles | 2018
    Poon K, 2018, 'Hot and cool executive functions in adolescence: Development and contributions to important developmental outcomes', Frontiers in Psychology, 8, pp. 2311, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02311
    Journal articles | 2016
    Poon K; Ho CSH, 2016, 'Risk-taking propensity and sensitivity to punishment in adolescents with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder symptoms and/or reading disability', Research in Developmental Disabilities, 53-54, pp. 296 - 304, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2016.02.017
    Journal articles | 2016
    Poon K, 2016, 'Understanding risk-taking behavior in bullies, victims, and bully victims using cognitive- and emotion-focused approaches', Frontiers in Psychology, 7, pp. 1838, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01838
    Journal articles | 2015
    Poon K; Suk-Han Ho C, 2015, 'Contrasting psychosocial outcomes in Chinese delinquent adolescents with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder symptoms and/or reading disability', Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 26, pp. 38 - 59, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14789949.2014.960439
    Journal articles | 2014
    Poon K; Ho CSH, 2014, 'Contrasting deficits on executive functions in Chinese delinquent adolescents with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder symptoms and/or reading disability', Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, pp. 3046 - 3056, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2014.07.046
  • Conference Presentations | 2022
    Poon K, 2022, 'Working memory application for preschool children', presented at EDTECH Conference 2022: Inspiring & Emerging EDTECH in Special Education, Hong Kong, 09 June 2022 - 10 November 2022
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Poon K, 2018, 'Enhancing executive functioning of children living in poverty: A randomized experiment study', presented at 25th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 15 July 2018 - 19 July 2018
    Conference Presentations | 2017
    Poon K, 2017, 'Addiction and cognition: Hot and cool executive functions in adolescence: Development and contributions to important developmental outcomes', presented at 4th International Medicine in Addiction Conference, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 24 March 2017 - 26 March 2017
    Conference Presentations | 2017
    Poon K, 2017, 'Chinese adolescents with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder and reading disabilities', presented at Ebenezer 120th Anniversary International Research Symposium, Hong Kong, 28 April 2017 - 28 April 2017
    Conference Presentations | 2017
    Poon K, 2017, 'Working memory training in young children with ADHD and/or RD', presented at Conference on Catering for Diverse Learning Needs, Hong Kong, 11 July 2017
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    Poon K, 2016, 'Cognitive appraisal and behavioral measure of risk in Chinese bully, victim and bully-victim adolescents', presented at 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 22 June 2016 - 26 June 2016
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Poon K, 2015, 'Risk-taking propensity and sensitivity to punishment in adolescents with reading disability and/or ADHD symptoms', presented at Inaugural International Convention of Psychological Science, Amsterdam, the Netherlands., 12 March 2015 - 14 March 2015

Poon, K., Lee, H. M., & Cumming, T. (2024). A PRISMA-based systematic review on the efficacy of computerised cognitive training for students with special educational needs. School Research Grants.

Poon, K., & Lee, H. M. (2023). Computerised working memory training for children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and/or reading difficulties. School Research Grants.

Poon, K. (2021). Effects of aerobic exercise and high-intensity interval training on the mental health of adolescents living in poverty. UGC Research Matching Grant.

Poon, K. (2021). Working memory application for preschool children from low-income families. Innovation & Technology Fund.

Poon, K., & Ho, F. C. (2021). Web-based learning for students with diverse needs (reading and writing) at the junior secondary level (2021/22 school year). Quality Education Fund.

Poon, K., & Hui, W. (2021). Understanding and promoting the well-being of students with SENs. Beijing-Hong Kong Universities Alliance (BHUA) Activities Fund.

Liu, D., Leung, C. H., Poon, K., Lee, K., Lin, D., Wang, L-C., & XI, C. (2020). InnoTech for SEN students. Faculty Strategic Area Fund.

Poon, K. (2020). Examining the effectiveness of working memory training app in students with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder and/or reading difficulties. EdUHK Block Grant Faculty Fund.

Poon, K. (2020). Mind and study matter: Tutoring and counseling programme. HSBC Private Banking and Asian Charity Services.

Poon, K. (2020). The Good Shepherd Project. Advance Children Medical and Education Foundation.

Poon, K., & Ho, F. C. (2020). Web-based learning for students with diverse needs (reading and writing) at the junior secondary level (2020/21 school year). Quality Education Fund.

Yum, Y. N., Poon, K., & Lau, W. K. W. (2020). Effectiveness of music therapy in social skill intervention for children with ASD/ID: A randomized controlled trial. Health and Medical Research Fund.

Cheung, K. C. K., Chou, K. L., Leung, B. W., & Poon, K. (2019). Enhancing executive functioning in children living in low-income families: Cantonese opera and social-emotional learning intervention. General Research Fund.

Poon, K. (2019). Developing an English version of the task-switching training app for adolescents with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. EdUHK Block Grant Faculty Fund.

Poon, K., Jiang, D., Liu, D., Wang, L-C., White, M., Andrews, B. (2019). The role of emotion regulation strategies in relation to executive function in Chinese and Australian adolescents with ADHD. EdUHK Faculty Research Fund.

Liu, D., Wang, L-C., Poon, K., Hong, L., Chen, X., Liu, S. (2018). Improving children’s Chinese literacy performance by developing an educational computer game for training morphological skills. Standing Committee on Language Education and Research / Language Fund.

Poon, K. (2018). Aggressive youth in Hong Kong: Subtypes, neuropsychological risk and intervention. Internal Research Grant.

Poon, K., & Yeung, C. K. (2018). Effect of aerobic exercise and high-intensity interval training on the mental health of adolescents on Hong Kong. Departmental Seed Fund.

Kam, A. C. S., Chung, K. K-H., Lau, P., Poon, K., & Yuen, K. C. P., (2017). Intervention efficacy of assistive listening devices for Chinese children with Dyslexia: A randomized controlled trial. Health and Medical Research Fund.

Lau, M. K. W., Chou, K. L., Poon, K., & Cheung, K. C. K. (2017). Relationship between poverty and neurocognitive skills. Public Policy Research Funding Scheme.

Poon, K., Cheung, K. C. K., & Chou, K. L. (2016). Enhancing executive functioning of children living in poverty: A randomized experiment study. Public Policy Research Funding Scheme.

Poon, K., Wang, L-C. (2016). Working memory training in young children with ADHD and/or RD: A randomized placebo-controlled trial. Collaborative Research Fund.

Poon, K. (2015). Development of hot and cool executive functions in Chinese delinquent adolescents. Internal Research Grant / Early Career Scheme.

Poon, K. (2015). The role of hot and cool executive functions in predicting risk-taking behavior in Chinese adolescents. Start-up Research Grant.

Poon, K. (2014). The role of hot and cool executive functions in predicting academic performance and behavior problems in Chinese adolescents. Internal Research Grant.

  • Best Woman Inventor Award, 7th International Invention Innovation Competition, iCAN 2022
  • Silver Medal for Educational Technology Innovation, 7th International Invention Innovation Competition, iCAN 2022
  • Canadian Special Award of Excellence, 7th International Invention Innovation Competition, iCAN 2022
  • 2020/21 President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Knowledge Transfer
  • Best Woman Inventor Award, 5th International Invention Innovation Competition, iCAN 2020
  • Silver Medal for Educational Technology Innovation, 5th International Invention Innovation Competition, iCAN 2020
  • Special Award, Toronto International Society of Innovation and Advanced Skills, 5th International Invention Innovation Competition, iCAN 2020
  • Silver Medal for Educational Technology Innovation, Silicon Valley International Invention Festival 2019
  • 2018/19 FEHD Top 10% Teaching Award
  • 2016/17 FEHD Top 10% Teaching Award
  • 2015/16 Departmental Award for the Achievement of High Student Evaluation of Teaching Scores

My current research projects include:

  • Developing the executive function training package
  • Developing the preschool version of i-maze
  • Effects of aerobic exercise and high-intensity interval training on the mental health of adolescents living in poverty
  • The Good Shepherd Project: After-school tutoring program for low-income SEN students
  • Mind and Study Matter: Tutoring and Counselling Programme