Doctor of Philosophy (2001)- Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Thesis: Vocational reintegration for people with bipolar disorder (1997-2001)
Master of Sciences with Distinction in Psychology (1996)- Department of Psychology*, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Thesis: Micro-stresses for people with mental illness (1993-1996)
Postgraduate Diploma in Social Sciences (1992)- Department of Psychology, Massey University, New Zealand (1990-1992)
Professional Diploma in Occupational Therapy with Distinction (1984)- Rehabilitation Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic (1981-1984)
Professional Experience :
Dean of Student Affairs (Sept 2020-present), Faculty of Social Sciences,
Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education, July 2014-Aug 2020)
Professor of Mental Health, Department of Social Work and Social Administration The University of Hong Kong
Associate Professor (Jan 2009-June 2014) The University of Auckland, School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Auckland, New Zealand (2002-2008):
Associate Professor (Director of the Postgraduate Mental Health Program (2006-2008) • Faculty Associate Dean International (2004-2006)
Acting Director of the Centre for Gambling Studies (2006)
Advanced Research Areas:
Mental health, and recovering from severe and persistent mental illness like bipolar disorder, and addiction problems.
Mental illness and addictions, and “Recovery Approach”.
Contributions to Counselling Profession
Counselling curriculum- Samson taught in the MSSc Counselling programme at HKU;
Contributions to HKPCA- was the Council member between Oct, 2011 and July 2019; : establishing international memorandum of understanding with Australian Counselling Association,
Community services and counselling- Samson was also invited to serve as a consultant (focusing on impact evaluation and expert content knowledge) for the Radio-I-Care (http://www.radioicare.org/), the first of its kind in Hong Kong aims to improve mental health literacy and reduce stigma for people with mental disorders. 「心聆嚮導」免費輔導計劃.