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Karen Lok Yi Wong

School of Social Work, University of British Columbia

Karen Lok Yi Wong

Karen Lok Yi Wong is a PhD candidate and sessional lecturer at the School of Social Work, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. She is a registered social worker and researcher and has been practicing and researching in diverse settings related to older adults, such as community senior services centre, long-term care, and geriatric acute care. She serves in the Seniors Community of Practice and Anti-racist and Actions Committee of the BC Association of Social Workers. She is a long-term volunteer of Alzheimer’s Society. She is the recipient of the Inspiring Social Worker of the Year in 2021, which acknowledged her contribution to her advocacy work with people with dementia from diverse cultural communities.


Countries Canada;
Topics COVID-19 and other infectious diseases and LTC; Dementia care and support; LTC Workforce; Person-centered care; Technology and LTC;
Methods Document analysis; Policy analysis; Qualitative studies;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Community-based approaches to dementia care; Employment Education and Family carers; Long-Term Care Policy; Strengthening Responses to Dementia;
Research interests
  • Ageing and cultural, racial, immigration, and language diversity
  • Lived experiences of people living with dementia and families
  • Aging and technology
  • Participatory action research
Key publications

Hung, L., Wong, K. L. Y., Mann, J., Berndt, A., Wong, L., Wang, C., Liao, D., Pan, D., & Ren, H. (2023). The Perspective of Nurses and Healthcare Providers on the use of Television Videos with People with Moderate to Severe Dementia. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 08445621231208220.

Wong, K. L. Y., Bayani, M., Mann, J., Berndt, A., Wong, L., Wang, C., Pan, D., & Hung Lillian. (2023). Using videos and films with people with major cognitive disorder living in care settings: A scoping review. Gerontechnology22(1), 1–13.

Wong, K. L. Y., & Hung, L. (2023). Cultural adaptation in television technology for older adults with dementia in care settings. Frontiers in Dementia1, 1098446.

Smith, C. B., Wong, K. L. Y., To‐Miles, F., Dunn, S., Gregorio, M., Wong, L., Tam, S., Huynh, P., & Hung, L. (2022). Exploring experiences of loneliness among Canadian long‐term care residents during the COVID‐19 pandemic: A qualitative study. International Journal of Older People Nursing

Wong, K. L. Y. (2022). The value of knowledge and persons living with dementia: A healthcare professional’s reflection. International Practice Development Journal12(2), 1–6.

Wong, K. L. Y., Smith, C., To-Miles, F., Dunn, S., Gregorio, M., Wong, L., Huynh, P., & Hung, L. (2022). Timely considerations of using the de Jong Gierveld Loneliness Scale with older adults living in long-term care homes: A critical reflection. Journal of Long Term Care, 163–172.

Wong, K. L. Y. (2021) How Do Social Workers Working in Long-term Care Understand Their Roles? Using British Columbia, Canada as an Example. Journal of Gerontological Social Work