Michael Wong

Professor Michael TH Wong


MBBS, MD, MA, MDiv, PhD, FRCPsych (UK), FRANZCP, FHKAM (Psychiatry)


Michael is Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, where he was a medical graduate, and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist & Head, Neuropsychiatry Program, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong. Michael trained in neuropsychiatry and neuroimaging at the Maudsley Hospital and the Institute of Psychiatry, London. He completed his MDiv study at Bible College of Victoria (with a minor thesis on theological anthropology). 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).  Michael is a Fellow of professional colleges of psychiatrists in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. He was onetime Academic Visitor to Faculty of Philosophy Oxford University. He previously held academic appointments at University of Melbourne and Monash University.

Michael is currently Chair, the Section of Humanities and Philosophy in Psychiatry, World Psychiatric Association, Senior Editor, Philosophy Psychiatry & Psychology, an International Lead with The Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice in Health and Social Care, St Catherine’s College, Oxford, and Honorary Associate Fellow of Centre for Theology and Psychology, Melbourne School of Theology, Australia. He has been a Fellow of ISCAST since 2004, and was on the Board of ISCAST until 2018.

Science/Faith interests

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

Publications on science/faith

  • Wong MTH (2021) The COVID-19 Pandemic: The Global Mental Health Crisis and a Reflection on the Human Condition.  In Brautigam M, Riddell PG, Tan JTT (Eds) Proclaiming the Gospel, Engaging the World (Eugene OR: Wipf and Stock), pp. 45-54. 
  • Wong MTH, Wilson F, Davidson D, Hick C and Howie A (2021) Cultural values, religion and psychoses: five short stories.  In Stoyanov D, Fulford B, Stanghellini G, Van Staden W, Wong M (Eds) International Perspectives in Values-Based Mental Health Practice: Case Studies and Commentaries. (Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature)​, pp. 117-128.
  • 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.