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Wong, Alex, PhD, DPhil, BSOT

Clinical Interests

  • Outcome measures to track real-world benefits of clinical trials
  • Interventions to optimize daily cognitive and emotional functioning in neurological conditions (stroke, traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, and spinal cord injury)

Research Interests

  • Cognition and Everyday Functioning
  • Depression
  • Engagement and Motivation
  • Mobile Health
  • Ecological Momentary Assessment and Intervention

Teaching Roles

  • Measurement and outcome research class in the PhD program
  • Proposal writing class in the MSOT/ OTD program
  • Mentor trainees who work in laboratory

Education

2001: Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Occupational Therapy, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2007: Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2012: Doctor of Philosophy in Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2014: Post-doctoral Fellowship in Health Services and Outcomes Research, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Background

Dr. Wong has worked with NIH- and NIDLIRR-funded outcomes measurement initiatives, including development and implementation of the NIH Toolbox, the Neuro-QoL and the PROMIS, which are administered via a computerized adaptive testing (CAT) platform for neurorehabilitation and cancer treatments. Other research efforts include investigating patient engagement, environmental influences on participation and chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment. He is also part of the team building a rehabilitation outcomes database in China and the stroke registry at Washington University. Currently, Dr. Wong specializes in the use of innovative mobile technologies and data science methods to continuously monitor and enhance daily, cognitive and emotional functioning for people after a stroke or with other neurological conditions.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Tulsky, D.S., Holdnack, J.A., Cohen, M.L., Heaton, R. K., Carlozzi, N.E., Wong, A.W.K., Boulton, A.J., & Heinemann, A.W. (accepted). Factor structure of the NIH Toolbox Cognition Battery in individuals with acquired brain injury. Rehabilitation Psychology.

Kang, E.Y., Jee S.J., Kim, C.S., Suh, K.S., Wong, A.W.K., & Moon, J.Y. (accepted). The feasibility study of Computer Cognitive Senior Assessment System-Screen (CoSAS-S) in critically ill patients with sepsis. Journal of Critical Care.

Tulsky, D., Carlozzi, N.E., James, H., Heaton, R. K., Wong, A., Goldsmith A., & Heinemann, A.W. (accepted). Using the NIH Toolbox Cognition Battery (NIH-CB) in individuals with traumatic brain injury. Rehabilitation Psychology.

Cohen, M.L., Tulsky, D., James, H., Carlozzi, N.E., Wong, A., Magasi, S., Heaton, R. K., & Heinemann, A.W. (accepted). Cognition among community-dwelling individuals with spinal cord injury. Rehabilitation Psychology.

Magasi, S., Wong, A.W.K., Miskovic, A., Tulsky, D., & Heinemann, A.W. (2017). Mobility device quality impacts participation outcomes among people with disabilities: A structural equation modeling analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. PMID: 28784356

Hahn, E.A., Magasi, S.R., Carlozzi N.E., Tulsky, D.S, Wong, A., Garcia, S.F., Lai, J.S., Hammel, J., Miskovic, A., Jerousek, S., Goldsmith, A., Nitsch, K. & Heinemann, A.W. (2017). Health and functional literacy in physical rehabilitation patients. HLRP: Health Literacy Research and Practice, 1(2), e71-e85, DOI: 10.3928/24748307-20170427-02

Wong, A.W.K Lau, S.C.L., Cella, D., Lai, J.S., Xie, G., Chen, L., Chan, C.C.H., & Heinemann, A.W. (2017). Linking of the Quality of Life in Neurological Disorders (Neuro-QoL) to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Quality of Life Research, 26(9), 2435-2448. PMID: 28477085.

Wong, A.W.K., Ng. S., Dashner, J., Baum. M.C., Hammel, J., Magasi, S., Lai, J.S., Carlozzi, N.E., Tulsky, D.S., Miskovic, A., Goldsmith, A., & Heinemann, A.W. (2017). Relationships between environmental factors and participation in adults with traumatic brain injury, stroke and spinal cord injury: A cross-sectional multi-center study. Quality of Life Research, 1-13. PMID: 28444554.

Wong, A.W.K., Chang, T.T., Christopher, K., Lau, S.C.L., Beaupin, L.K., Love, B., Lipsey, K.L. & Feuerstein, M. (2017). Patterns of unmet needs in adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors: In their own words. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 1-14. PMID: 28357785

Carlozzi, N.E., Goodnight, S., Casaletto, K.B., Goldsmith, A., Heaton, R., Wong, A.W.K., Baum, C., Gershon, R., Heinemann, A.W., & Tulsky, D.T. (2017). Validation of the NIH Toolbox in individuals with neurologic disorders. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 32(5), 555-573. PMID: 28334392

McCarty, S., Eickmeyer, S., Kocherginsky, M., Keeshin, S., Shahpar, S., Semik, P., & Wong, A.W.K. (2017). Health-related quality of life and cancer-related symptoms during interdisciplinary outpatient rehabilitation for malignant brain tumors. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 1-9. PMID: 28441148.

McCarty, S., Keeshin, S., Eickmeyer, S.M., Shahpar, S., Semik, P., & Wong, A.W.K. (2017). Evaluation of the cost of comprehensive outpatient therapies in patients with malignant brain tumors. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 96 (5), 341-346. PMID: 27661215.

Reid-Yates, J., Wong, A.W.K., Strauser, D.R., & Heft-Sears, S.J. (2017). The impact of type D personality traits on college students with and without disabilities career readiness. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 60(2), 67-76. DOI: 10.1177/0034355215610082.

Johnson, N.X., Marquine, M.J., Flores, I., Umlauf, A., Baum, C.M., Wong, A.W.K., Young, A.C., Manly, J.J., Heinemann, A.W., Magasi, S., & Heaton, R.K. (2017). Racial differences in neurocognitive outcomes post-stroke: The impact of healthcare variables. Journal of International Neuropsychological Society, 23(8), 640-652. PMID: 28660849

Baum, C.M., Wolf, T.J., Wong, A.W.K., Chen, C.H., Walker, K., Young, A.C., Carlozzi N.E., Tulsky, D.S., Heaton, R.K., & Heinemann, A.W. (2016). Validation and clinical utility of the Executive Function Performance Test in persons with traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 1-15. PMID: 27150506

Lai, J. S., Hammel, J., Jerousek, S., Goldsmith, A., Miskovic, A., Baum, C., Wong, A. W. K., Dashner, J., Heinemann, A. W. (2016). An item bank to measure systems, services, and policies: Environmental factors affecting people with disabilities. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 97(12), 2102-2112. PMID: 27422348

Heinemann, A.W., Miskovic, A., Semik, P., Wong, A., Dashner, J., Baum, C., Magasi, S., Hammel, J., Tulsky, D.S., Hahn, E.A., Garcia, S.F., Jerousek, S., Lai, J.S., Carlozzi, N.E., & Gray, D.B. (2016). Measuring environmental factors: Unique and overlapping International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health coverage of 5 instruments. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 97(12), 2113-2122. PMID: 27343347

Heinemann, A.W., Lai, J.S., Wong, A., Dashner, J., Magasi, S., Hahn E.A., Carlozzi, N.E., Tulsky, D.S., Jerousek, S., Semik, P., Miskovic, A., & Gray, D.B. (2016). Using the ICF’s environmental factors framework to develop an item bank measuring built and natural environmental features affecting persons with disabilities. Quality of Life Research, 25(11), 2775-2786. PMID: 27207589

Hahn, E. A., Garcia, S. F., Lai, J.S., Miskovic, A., Jerousek, S., Semik, P., Wong, A., & Heinemann, A. W. (2016). Measuring access to information and technology: Environmental factors affecting persons with neurologic disorders. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 97(8), 1284-1294. PMID: 26903144

Wong, A. W. K., Lai, J. S., Correia, H., & Cella, D. (2015). Evaluating psychometric properties of the Spanish-version of the pediatric Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy – Perceived Cognitive Function (pedsFACIT-PCF). Quality of Life Research, 24(9), 2289-2295. PMID: 25749924

Magasi, S., Wong, A., Hammel, J., Baum, C., Wang, C.-C., & Heinemann, A. (2015). The Authors Respond: Re: “Theoretical foundations for the measurement of environment factors and their impact on participation among people with disabilities”. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 96(9), 1740-1741. PMID: 26319594

Magasi, S., Wong, A., Gray, D. B., Hammel, J., Baum, C., Wang, C.-C., & Heinemann, A. W. (2015). Theoretical foundations for the measurement of environment factors and their impact on participation among people with disabilities. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 96(4), 569-577. PMID: 25813889

Strauser, D., Klosky, J. L., Brinkman, T. M., Wong, A. W. K., Chan, F., Lanctot, J., Ojha, R. P., Robison, L. L., Hudson, M. M., & Ness, K. K. (2015). Career readiness in adult survivors of childhood cancer: A report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 9(1), 20-29. PMID: 25047713

Correia, H., Perez, B., Arnold, B., Wong, A. W. K., Lai, J. S., Kallen, M., & Cella, D. (2015). Spanish translation and linguistic validation of the quality of life in neurological disorders (Neuro-QoL) measurement system. Quality of Life Research, 24(3), 753-756. PMID: 25236708

Rice, I. M., Wong, A. W. K., Salentine, B. A., & Rice, L.A. (2015). Differences in participation based on self-esteem in power and manual wheelchair users on a university campus: A pilot study. Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 10(2), 102-107. PMID: 24088039

Lange, D. D. *, Wong, A. W. K.*, Strauser, D. R., & Wagner, S. (2014). Vocational identity, positive affect, and career thoughts in a group of young adult central nervous system cancer survivors. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 37(4), 297-301. * Co-lead authors. PMID: 25035908

Strauser, D. R., Wagner, S., Chan, F., & Wong, A. W. K. (2014). Perceptions of young adult central nervous system cancer survivors and their parents regarding career development and employment. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, (28)3, 158-168.

Heft-Sears, S., Strauser, D. R., & Wong, A. W. K. (2014). Examining career readiness and positive affect in a group of college students with disabilities: A pilot study. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 27(3), 307-319.

Wong, A. W. K., Heinemann, A. W., Wilson, C. S., Neumann, H., Fann, J. R., Tate, D. S., Richards, J. S., & Bombardier, C. H. (2014). Predictors of participation enfranchisement following spinal cord injury: The mediating role of depression and moderating role of demographic and injury characteristics. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, (95)6, 1106-1113. PMID: 24561060

Wong, A. W. K., Heinemann, A. W., Miskovic, A., Semik, P., & Snyder, T. M. (2014). Feasibility of computerized adaptive testing for collection of patient-reported outcomes after inpatient rehabilitation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, (95)5, 882-891. PMID: 24440363

Strauser, D. R., Wong, A. W. K., O’Sullivan, D, & Wagner, S. (2013). Developmental work personality among young adult CNS cancer survivors: An exploratory study. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counseling, (19)1, 39-45.

Strauser, D. R., Wagner, S., Wong, A. W. K., & O’Sullivan, D. (2013). Career readiness, developmental work personality and age of onset in young adult central nervous system survivors. Disability and Rehabilitation, (35)7, 543-550. PMID: 22891646

Strauser, D. R., Wagner, S., & Wong, A. W. K. (2012). Enhancing psychosocial outcomes for young adult childhood CNS cancer survivors: Importance of addressing vocational identity and community integration. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, (35)4, 311-316. PMID: 22785044

Chan, C. C. H., Wong, A. W. K., Ting, K. H., Whitfield-Gabrieli, S., He, J., & Lee T. M. C. (2012). Cross auditory-spatial learning in early-blind individuals. Human Brain Mapping, 33, 2714-2727. PMID: 21932260

Wong, A. W. K., O’Sullivan, D., & Strauser, D. R. (2012). Confirmatory factor analytical study of the Revised Developmental Work Personality Scale. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, (45)4, 270-291.

Strauser, D. R., O’Sullivan, D., & Wong, A. W. K. (2012). Work personality, work engagement, and academic effort in a group of college students. Journal of Employment Counseling, 49(2), 50-61.

O’Sullivan, D., Strauser, D. R., and Wong, A. W. K. (2012). Examining differences in developmental work personality across disability category: Implications for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 42(2), 259-267. PMID: 22699193

O’Sullivan, D., Strauser, D. R. & Wong, A. W. K. (2012). Five factor model of personality, work behavior self-efficacy, and length of prior employment for individuals with disabilities: An exploratory analysis. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 55(3), 156-165.

Strauser, D. R. & Wong, A. W. K. (2010). Impact not efficacy: Applying the RE-AIM framework to rehabilitation counseling research. Rehabilitation Education, 24, 213-224.

Strauser, D.R., O’Sullivan, D., & Wong, A. W. K. (2010). The relationship between contextual work behaviors and work personality: An exploratory analysis. Disability and Rehabilitation, 32 (24), 1999-2008. PMID: 20450457

Wong, A. W. K., Chan, C. C. H., Li-Tsang, C. W. P., & Lam, C. S. (2008). Competence of people with intellectual disabilities on using human-computer interface. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 30(1), 107-123. PMID: 18302980

Chan, C. C. H., Wong, A. W. K., Lee, T. M. C., & Chi, I. (2008). Modified automatic teller machine prototype for older adults: A case study of participative approach to inclusive design. Applied Ergonomics, 40 (2), 151-160. PMID: 18455146

Book Chapters and Others

Strauser, D. R., Wong, A. W. K., & O'Sullivan, D. (2011). Career development, vocational behavior, and work adjustment. In D. R. Maki & V. M. Tarvydas (Eds.), The professional practice of rehabilitation counseling (pp. 311-335). New York, NY: Springer.

Awards/Honors

2013: First Winner of the NRA Editor’s Choice Research Award, National Rehabilitation Association
2013: Third Place ARCA Research Award, American Rehabilitation Counseling Association
2012: Howard Hoyman Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2008: Outstanding Project Award, Hong Kong Ergonomic Society
2007: Best Project Award, Occupational Safety and Health Council
2004: Young Investigator Award, Fourth Pan Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation
2003-2006: Tuition Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Wong, Alex, PhD, DPhil, BSOT

Curriculum Vitale
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Neurology

Contact Information

Program in Occupational Therapy
Washington University in St. Louis
4444 Forest Park Ave.
CB 8505
St. Louis, MO 63108-2212
Phone: 314-286-0278
Fax: 314-286-1601
wongal@wustl.edu

Research Laboratory
Connected Health and Innovative Rehabilitation (CHAIR) Laboratory

Additional Information

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