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Wong, Alex, PhD, DPhil, BSOT

Clinical Interests

  • Outcome assessments to measure and track real-world benefits of clinical trials
  • Interventions for cognition, emotion, and participation in neurological conditions (stroke, traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, and spinal cord injury)

Research Interests

  • Outcomes measurement development and implementation
  • Clinical trials for improving cognition, depression, and participation in neurological conditions
  • Psychosocial and neurocognitive determinants of health

Teaching Roles

  • Evidence-based practice class in the MSOT and OTD program
  • Measurement and outcomes research class in the PhD program
  • Mentor students or fellows 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 and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Background

Dr. Wong has focused on outcomes research for improving cognition, emotion and participation through innovative assessments and clinical trials of behavioral treatments. His postdoctoral training at Northwestern University has worked with a variety of NIH- and NIDLIRR-funded outcomes measurement initiatives, including research on patient-reported outcomes as endpoints in clinical trials for neurorehabilitation and cancer treatments. He has a special interest on developing treatments for improving cognition and depression in individuals with neurological conditions, and understanding the neurocognitive and psychosocial mechanisms underlying these treatment effects.

He is currently working on two funded projects as principal investigator. One project funded by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation has utilized the NIH Toolbox, NeuroQoL, and PROMIS to manifest one’s function and build treatment models for improving social participation after neurological injury. Another project funded by the NIDLIRR - Distinguished Switzer Fellowship has aimed to engage patients into their treatments during inpatient rehabilitation. Other research efforts include developing outcome measures used in the cancer survivorship clinic, medical outcomes database in China rehabilitation, and stroke registry management. 

Peer-Reviewed Publications

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 neurological disorders: A cross-sectional multi-center study. Quality of Life Research, 1-13, DOI:10.1007/s11136-017-1586-5

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, DOI: 10.1007/s11764-017-0613-4.

Hahn, E.A., Magasi, S.R., Crolozzim 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. (accepted). Health and functional literacy in physical rehabilitation patients. HLRP: Health Literacy Research and Practice.

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

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.

Carlozzi, N.E., Goodnight, S., Casaletto, K.B., Goldsmith, A., Heaton, R.K., Wong, A.W.K., Baum, C.M., Gershon, R., Heinemann, A.W., & Tulsky, D.S. (2017). Validation of the NIH Toolbox in individuals with neurological disorders. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. doi:10.1093/arclin/acx020.

McCarty, S., Keeshin, S., Eickmeyer, S., Shahpar, S., Semik, P., & Wong, A. W. K. (2016). Evaluation of the cost of comprehensive outpatient therapies in patients with malignant brain tumors. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. DOI: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000624. PMID: 27661215

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

Baum, C.M., Wolf, T.J., Wong, A., Chen, C.H., Walker, K., Young, A., 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. PMID: 27150506

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

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

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., 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, 569-577.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

 

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 following inpatient rehabilitation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, (95)5, 882-891.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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
Health and Disability Research Laboratory

Additional Information

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