Alan Lo has 30 years’ experience in both the local authority and voluntary sector, managing various health and social care projects in response to the statutory duty and the users’ needs. He has strong interest in improving and evaluating the mental health services; especially for the culturally adapted practice. He has supported strengthening of operational structures, engaged with stakeholders and partners, consolidated and kept update the practice policies and procedures in line with the new legislations, expanded projects from a South Asian Mental Health project to the BAME community support services.
His research areas include the leisure activities of older people in Hong Kong, the perceived impacts of engaging regular activities on older people’s health in residential care, the quality of life: older people with dementia in residential care, the significant impacts of Talking Therapy for South Asian female mental health in-patients, the perceived impacts of Mindfulness-based Meditation on the South Asian Care-givers; and the Doll Therapy in dementia care: Reducing agitated behaviour and improving quality of life in China. His recent PhD research is a qualitative analysis of the perceived impact of social prescribing on service users with mental health problems from diverse ethnic communities.