The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong, Not Applicable
Claudia Lai is Honorary Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), and Visiting Professor, Yangzhou University, China. She has practiced nursing in Hong Kong, Canada, and England, and has worked briefly as a volunteer nurse in India. She has two main research programs - the care of people with dementia and their families, and the care of frail older people. She focuses on interventional and implementation research, aiming to make an impact on the health and wellbeing of humankind through practice changes. In 2010, she established the Health and Cognitive Assessment Service at PolyU to advance practice scholarship. In 2012, she led her team to found the Centre for Gerontological Nursing at PolyU, and became a member of the Global Ageing Research Network (GARN) of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) in the same year. Under her leadership, the Centre for Gerontological Nursing at the PolyU was accepted as a member of the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence in 2014. She has won a number of research awards for her work on dementia care and health promotion. She is dedicated to the cause of dementia care and has been a volunteer with the Hong Kong Alzheimer’s Disease Association since 1996. She has been inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2015 and been inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International in July 2018. Over the course of her career, she has volunteered her time in local and international professional initiatives.