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Wong, Michael

Professor Michael TH Wong

Professor Michael T H Wong




Dr Wong is Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry at the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, where he was a medical graduate. Michael trained in neuropsychiatry and neuroimaging at the Maudsley Hospital and the Institute of Psychiatry, London. His two research doctorates are on MRI & PET brain imaging of violent offending in patients with schizophrenia (MD) and how hermeneutics helps integrate philosophy neuroscience psychiatry and theology (PhD). He completed his MDiv study at Bible College of Victoria (with a minor thesis on theological anthropology).  He is a Fellow of professional colleges of psychiatrists in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. He was one time Academic Visitor to Faculty of Philosophy Oxford University. He previously held academic appointments at University of Melbourne and Monash University. 

He is currently Chair of the Section of History, Philosophy and Ethics of Psychiatry, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Secretary to the Section of Humanities and Philosophy in Psychiatry,  World Psychiatric Association, and Advisor to the Chinese Health Foundation of Australia.

Dr Wong has been a fellow of ISCAST since 2004, and was on the Board of ISCAST until 2018. He is currently a Board Director of  Chinese Theological Education Foundation in Melbourne. 


Science/Faith interests

The interface between neuroscience, psychiatry, philosophy, theology and spirituality. 


Publications on science/faith

  • Wong MTH (2018) Ricoeur and the Third Discourse of the Person: From Philosophy and Neuroscience to Psychiatry and Theology, Lexington Books, Lanham, Maryland.
  • Wong M (2018) Relevance and integrity: psychiatry informed by religion/spirituality. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 52(S1), 29.
  • RANZCP (2018) Position Statement 96: The relevance of religion and spirituality to psychiatric practice (as Chair of the drafting team)  https://www.ranzcp.org/news-policy/policy-submissions-reports/document-library/the-relevance-of-religion-and-spirituality-to-psyc
  • Wong M, Wilson F, Fernando A, George K (2016) The Role of Spirituality in Contemporary Psychiatry: Challenges & Opportunity. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 50(S1), 56-58.
  • Wong, MTH (2011) ‘Theological anthropology as informed by the Changeux- Ricoeur dialogue on science, philosophy & religion’ in Verheyden J, Hettema TL, Vandecasteele P (eds), Paul Ricoeur – Poetics and Religion, Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium, Leuven: Uitgeveru Peeters, CCXL:519-527.
  • Wong Michael TH (2011) Spirituality and leadership in psychiatry: an Australian view. The International Journal of Leadership in Public Services, 7(2), 144-150. 
  • Wong, Michael TH (2008) Hermeneutics, Neuroscience and Theological Anthropology – First Step of Talking about the Subject, Transdisciplinarity in Science and Religion, 4:173-196, Curtea Veche Publishing House, Bucharest.