Project Description

Dr. Christian CHAN

Associate Professor

Prof. LEE Tatia Mei-chun

Photo Credit: 歐嘉樂/HK 01

Office: 6.67

Phone: (852) 3917-7121


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Curriculum Vitae


  • BA (Psychology, McGill)
  • MA, PhD (Clinical Psychology, UMass Boston)
  • Pre-Doctoral Internship (NewYork Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center)


I study community psychology, clinical psychology, political psychology, and their intersections. My students and I explore issues pertinent to the wellbeing–broadly defined–of our city. We strive to make life easier and more meaningful for as many people as possible, with as little resources as possible. Quite often our work leads us to unfamiliar territories, both geographical and intellectual. We employ a wide range of research methodologies, including online and lab experiments, longitudinal questionnaires, randomized trials, as well as qualitative interviews.


* = corresponding author, Italicized = student

Labarda, C. E., Jopson, Q. D. Q., Hui, V. K. Y., & Chan, C. S.* (accepted). Long-term displacement associated with health and stress among survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Manuscript accepted for publication.

Tam, K. Y. Y., Poon, C. Y. S., Hui, V. K. Y., Wong, C. Y. F., Yuen, G. W. C., Kwong, V. W. Y., & Chan, C. S.* (in press). Boredom begets boredom: An experience sampling study on the impact of teacher boredom on student boredom and motivation. British Journal of Educational Psychology. Manuscript in press for publication.

Hamamura, T.*, & Chan, C. S. (in press). Anxious? Just Google it: Social ecological factors of Internet search records on anxiety. Emotion. Manuscript in press for publication.

Poon, C. Y. S., Chan, C. S.*, & Tang, K. N. S. (in press). Delayed gratification and psychosocial wellbeing among high-risk youth in rehabilitation: A latent change score analysis. Applied Developmental Science. Manuscript in press for publication.

Ho, F. Y. Y.*, Chan, C. S.*, Lo, W. Y., & Leung, C. Y. (2020). The effect of self-help cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia on depressive symptoms: An updated meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Affective Disorder, 265, 287-304.

Lau, E. Y. Y.*, Lau, K. N. T., Chan, C. S., Tseng, C. H., Lam, Y. C., Tse, D. M. S., Cheng, W. Y., Chung, K. F., & Wing, Y. K. (2020). Effects of REM sleep during a daytime nap on emotional perception in individuals with and without depression. Journal of Affective Disorder, 260, 687-694.

Poon, C. Y. S.Hui, V. K. Y.Yuen, G. W. C.Kwong, V. W. Y., & Chan, C. S.*(2019). A wellslept teacher is a better teacher: A multi-respondent experience sampling study on sleep, stress, and emotional transmission in the classroom. PsyCH Journal, 8, 280-292.

Tam, K. Y. Y. & Chan, C. S.* (2019). The effects of lack of meaning on trait and state loneliness: Correlational and experience-sampling evidence. Personality and Individual Differences, 141, 76-80.

Awale, A., Chan, C. S.*, & Ho, G. T. S. (2019). The influence of perceived warmth and competence on realistic threat and willingness for intergroup contact. European Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 857-870.

Chan, S. K. C., Zhang, D., Bögels, S. M., Chan, C. S., Lai, K. Y. C., Lo, H. H. M., Yip, B. H. K., Lau, E. N. S., Gao, T. T., & Wong, S. Y. S.* (2018). Effects of a mindfulness-based intervention (MYmind) for children with ADHD and their parents: protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 8, e022514.

Chan, C. S.*, Poon, C. Y. S., Leung, C. Y., Lau, K. N. T., & Lau, E. Y. Y. (2018). Delayed school start time is associated with better sleep, daytime functioning, and life satisfaction in residential high-school students. Journal of Adolescence, 66, 49-54.

Chan, C. S.*, van Tilburg, W. A. P., Igou, E. R., Poon, C. Y. S., Tam, K. Y. Y., Wong, V., & Cheung, S. K. (2018). Situational meaninglessness and state boredom: Cross-sectional and experience-sampling findings. Motivation and Emotion, 42, 555-565.

Labarda, C. E., & Chan, C. S.* (2018). Sleep disturbances, posttraumatic stress, and psychological distress among survivors of the 2013 Super Typhoon Haiyan. Psychiatry Research, 266, 284-290.

The mission of Community Research & Action Lab is to identify and address the psychological needs of underserved and understudied communities in Hong Kong and beyond. We conduct studies that seek to provide both theoretical insights on particular social issues AND actual help to the identified communities. We have a number of ongoing studies:

1. “Intergroup apology and stereotypes”
We are conducting a series of experiments that examine the social cognitive processes underlying intergroup conflicts. In particular, we are interested in how our socio-cognitive perception of an apologizing group affects the extent to which we accept their apology and forgive them.

2. “Boredom and meaning”
We are studying the experience of boredom and its antecedents and consequence. We conduct both quantitative and qualitative studies to better understand why we feel bored, how we appraise and deal with boredom, and how not to run away from it. We collaborate with Drs. Wijnand van Tilburg and Eric Igou in some of these endeavors.

3. “Christian Zheng Sheng College program evaluation study”
We are conducting an ongoing, multiwave longitudinal study of Zheng Sheng’s school-based rehabilitation program. We are examining a number of psychosocial factors that contribute to changes in drug-related cognition, attitude, and behaviors, and positive development in general. Students will help with data collection, data entry, and model development.

4. “Psychotherapy and psychoeducation smartphone apps development”
We have developed a web-based app for psychotherapy, proACT. We are currently pilot testing the app to further improve its functionality. We are also developing a self-help version of the app (“proACT-S”), as well as an app that facilitates face-to-face play between parents and their children, tentatively called “Plaily”.

5. “Post-Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda recovery”
We are collaborating with two NGOs in the Philippines to provide psychological relief to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in Tacloban. In addition to conducting workshops on psychological first aid and disaster recovery, we are also developing a longer-term mental health promotion plan with local professionals.

6. “Identity and protests”
We have a few studies, including a longitudinal one, that examines the interplay between social identity and collective action, especially nonnormative ones.

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