Prof Brian Hall

Associate Professor & Director
Institution: Global and Community Mental Health Research Group, University of Macau
Current Insitution Location: Macao Special Administrative Region, China

Phone Number: 853 6289 9837
Website: Go to website

E21-3040 Avienda da Universidade

Migration Health Research Area/Expertise:
Since 2012, I led a program of research to quantify and address the health needs of migrant domestic workers living and working in China. This work includes a large mixed-methods study of migrant domestic worker health, which enrolled nearly 2000 women from the Philippines and Indonesia. Qualitative work involved insights into family resilience, focal health concerns facing the community, and their social determinants. The larger population study evaluated mental health, cardiometabolic risk factors, and sexual and reproductive health, including HIV/STI testing and uptake. Social networks and spatial-level determinants of health were also evaluated, allowing for complex contextual modeling of health outcomes.

In partnership with the World Health Organization, my team culturally adapted the digital mental health intervention Step-by-Step for Filipino transnational migrants. The intervention was pilot tested, and we are preparing for a small scale, and then larger definitive randomized controlled trials. We have also conducted a mixed methods study of employers of domestic workers to understand the constraints to benefit provision and quantify the relationship between parties to engage in possible interventions. This work also involves a policy review and synthesis across Asia.

Other research on migrant populations includes the sexual and mental health of Sub-Saharan African migrants in China and Chinese internal migrants, a mental health trial for Somali refugee children and caregivers living in refugee camps in the Somali region of Ethiopia, left behind children in the Philippines, and an analysis of mental health among humanitarian migrants in Australia (BNLA study).

Research Focus/Expertise on Relevant Migrant Categories:
Internal Migration
Migrant Workers (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Students (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)

International/Cross-Border Migration
International migrant workers (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Refugees (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Left -behind migrant families (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)

General Research Focus/Expertise: 
Clinical psychology
Community participation in health
Disaster preparedness and response
Evidence-based reviews
Global health diplomacy
Health technology
Labour migration and health
Mental health
Mobile health (mHealth)
Non-communicable diseases (NCD)
Public Health
Refugee health
Sexual and reproductive health
Trauma and injury
Violence and health

Relevant Publications

Title Author Year Published Link to Publication
Work life, relationship, and policy determinants of Health and Well-being among Filipino Domestic Workers in China: A Qualitative study Hall et al. 2019
Correlates of expected eMental Health intervention uptake among Filipino domestic workers in China Hall et al. 2018
Barriers and facilitators of rapid HIV and syphilis testing uptake among Filipino transnational migrants in China Hall et al. 2019