Dr. CHAN Christian
Assistant Professor


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

Office: 6.67
Phone: (852) 3917-7121
Email: shaunlyn@hku.hk
HKU Researcher Page: http://hub.hku.hk/rp/rp01645
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests
I study community psychology and political psychology, and their intersection. My students and I explore issues pertinent to the wellbeing--broadly defined--of our city and its residents. We strive to make life easier and better for as many people as possible, with as little resources as possible. Currently my students and I are investigating the psychological aspects of intergroup forgiveness, the impact of spirituality on death anxiety and positive youth development, and the use of smartphone apps to improve psychotherapy and parent-child play. Quite often our work leads us to unfamiliar territories, both physical (e.g., Tacloban) and intellectual. We employ a wide range of research methodologies, including online and lab experiments, longitudinal questionnaires, randomized trials, as well as qualitative interviews.  

Recent Publications
* = corresponding author, Italicized font = student authors

Tang, K. N. S., & Chan, C. S.* (2017). Life satisfaction and perceived stress among young offenders in a residential therapeutic community: Latent change score analysis. Journal of Adolescence, 57, 42-53.

Tang, K. N. S., Chan, C. S.*, N g, J., & Yip, C. H.(2016). Action type-based factorial structure of Brief COPE among Hong Kong Chinese. Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 38, 631-644.

Chan, C. S.*, Tang, K. N. S., Hall, B. J., Yip, S., & Maggay, M. (2016). Psychological sequelae of the 2013 Super Typhoon Haiyan among survivor-responders. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 79, 282-296.

Ho, F. Y. Y., Yeung, W. F., Ng, T. H., & Chan, C. S.* (2016). The Efficacy and Cost-Effectiveness of Stepped Care Prevention and Treatment for Depressive and/or Anxiety Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Scientific Reports, 6, 29281.

Ho, F. Y. Y., Chan, C. S.*, & Tang, K. N. S. (2016). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for sleep disturbances in treating post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Clinical Psychology Review, 43, 90-102.

Chan, C. S.*, Lowe, S. R., Weber, E., & Rhodes, J. E. (2015). The contribution of pre- and postdisaster social support to short- and long-term mental health after Hurricane Katrina: A longitudinal study of low-income survivors. Social Science & Medicine, 138, 38-43.

Chan, C. S.*, & Rhodes, J. E. (2014). Measuring exposure in Hurricane Katrina: A meta- analysis and an integrative data analysis. PLOS ONE, 9, e92899.

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. So far we have completed five studies on intergroup apology--i.e., apologies made between groups, such as nations and multinational corporations. With our collaborator Dr. Minoru Karasawa at Nagoya University, we will conduct a few more in 2014-2015, some pertinent to the Umbrella Movement. Interns will help plan and run these experimental studies.

2. “Terror Management Theory and Asian spirituality”
We are studying the impact of spirituality on people’s appraisal of themselves when they are reminded of their mortality. Thus far, two experiments have been conducted. We are currently conducting a couple of follow-up studies, including one with our collaborator Dr. Takeshi Hamamura at Curtin University, Australia. Interns will be involved in data collection and measurement development. 

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. Thus far, four waves of data have been collected. 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”. The latter is a collaboration with Dr. Chia-huei Tseng. Interns will be involved in evaluation studies of the apps' effectiveness. 

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. We are currently developing a brief mental health evaluation inventory to more efficiently identify at-risk individuals. 

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