Winnie So is a Professor, The Nethersole School of Nursing at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
As a scholar and scientist in cancer care, Dr. So’s research substantively influenced knowledge generation which manifested as evidence-based intervention for reducing cancer burden and enhancing quality supportive care in local and international contexts. She conducted the first study to identify barriers to cancer screening encountered by local ethnic minorities. The findings were translated into an IMPACT (Integrative Multimedia Program for promoting south Asians’ Cancer screening upTake) program for improving South Asian women’s access to cervical cancer screening services, and empowering community health workers to facilitate screening uptake among South Asian women. The intervention was successful as evidenced by a significantly increase in screening uptake and the extension of the benefits to those living in other South Asian countries. Another research focus of Dr. So is supportive care. Her research and education effort at local and global levels include knowledge generation and dissemination of supportive care needs, provision of education/training to cancer nurses, and nurturing youngsters to be future scholars and leaders. The impact of her research are far-reaching and cited in journals of nursing and health related disciplines. Dr So’s leadership role in regional/international oncology nursing societies has influenced the professional development of oncology nurses in low- and middle-income countries.
Dr. So received her BN from Deakin University, her MHA from The University of New South Wales and her PhD from The University of Colorado Denver.