Ms Ping Wong

CertIII(Aged Care), BA(Psych), BSc(Hons) (Cogn Neurosci), MBA

PhD student, Department of General Practice


PhD Title: The effects of mindfulness on older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment (symptomatic pre-dementia phase)

Supervisors: Professor Jan Coles and Associate Professor Craig Hassed


Ping Wong is currently a final year PhD (Medicine) student who received various awards such as the Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend (formerly known as Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship), Monash University Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Research Scholarship, 2015 Primary Health Care Research Conference delegate sponsorship, Police Force Postgraduate Study Sponsorship (MBA), Minister for Home Affairs’ Operational Efficiency Award (Team) and Commissioner of Police’s Commendation.

Ping Wong previously served as the Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinical Trials Coordinator at the Cardiovascular Investigation Unit in Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders in University of Adelaide.  More recently, Ping aspires to benefit both the clinical and non-clinical populations through mindfulness research, as such her PhD research is investigating the effects of mindfulness on older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment over a one-year follow-up period.  This longitudinal research project adopts a mixed-methods design that incorporates cognitive assessment, questionnaires/scales, and interviews.  In addition to oral/poster presentations at various forums such as the 2017 5th Singapore International Neurocognitive Symposium, 2016 International Dementia Conference in Australia, and 2015 Primary Health Care Research Conference in Australia, Ping was featured in the ‘Nature’ Careers - ‘Mental health: The mindful way’ article.

Ping Wong’s first-author publications included:

  • Wong WP, Hassed C, Chambers R and Coles J (2016) The Effects of Mindfulness on Persons with Mild Cognitive Impairment: Protocol for a Mixed-Methods Longitudinal Study. Front. Aging Neurosci. 8:156. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2016.00156
  • Wong W, Coles J, Hassed C. (2015). Mindfulness - Can it Help with Mild Cognitive Impairment?. In: 2015 Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program & Abstracts. Primary Health Care Research and Information Service, Australia.
  • Wong WP, Camfield DA, Woods W, Sarris J, Pipingas A (2015) Spectral power and functional connectivity changes during mindfulness meditation with eyes open: A magnetoencephalography (MEG) study in long-term meditators. Int J Psychophysiol. 98(1):95-111.