Dr. CHAN Wai Sze
Assistant Professor

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BSocSc City University of Hong Kong
MPhil City University of Hong Kong
PhD. Indiana University Bloomington

Adjunct Assistant Professor. Department of Psychiatry. Dartmouth College, NH USA

Office: 6.64
Phone: (852) 3917-2295
Email: chanwais@hku.hk
Lab: Sleep, Self-regulation and Health Research Laboratory

 - Behavioral Sleep Medicine
- Obesity and Eating Disorders
- Sleep and Self-Regulation

1.      Chan, W.S., Levsen, J., Svyatoslav, P., Robinson, M.E., Staud, R., Berry, R.B., & McCrae, C.S. (2018). Sleep Discrepancy in Patients with Comorbid Fibromyalgia and Insomnia: Demographic, Behavioral, and Clinical Correlates. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 14(11), 1911-1919. PMID: 30373685.

2.      Miller, M. B., Chan, W. S., Curtis, A. F., Boissoneault, J., Robinson, M., Staud, R., Berry, R. B., & McCrae, C. S. (2018). Pain severity as a moderator of the association between opioid use and insomnia symptoms among adults with chronic pain. Sleep Medicine, 52:98-102. PMID: 30296735.

3.      Chan, W.S. (2018). Daily Associations between Objective Sleep and Consumption of Highly Palatable Food in Free-Living Conditions. Obesity Science & Practice, 4(4), 379–386. PMID: 30151232.

4.      McCrae, C. S., Curtis, A. F., Williams, J., Dautovich, N. D., McNamara, J. P. H., Stripling, A., Chan, W. S., Berry, R. B., McCoy, K., & Marsiske, M. (2018). Brief behavioral treatment for insomnia in older adults: A randomized clinical trial examining sleep, mood, and cognitive outcomes. Sleep Medicine, 51, 153-166. PMID: 30195661.

5.      Chan, W.S., Levsen, M.P., & McCrae, C.S. (2018). A Meta-Analysis of Associations of Insomnia Diagnosis and Insomnia Symptoms with Obesity. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 40, 170-182. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2017.12.004. PMID: 29366543.

6.      Chan, W.S., Williams, J., Dautovich, N. D., McNamara, J. P. H., Stripling, A., Berry, R. B., McCoy, K., & McCrae, C.S. (2017). Night-to-Night Sleep Variability in Older Adults with Chronic Insomnia: Mediators and Moderators in a Randomized Controlled Trial of Brief Behavioral Therapy (BBT-I). Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 13(11), 1243-125. pii: jc-17-00159. PMID: 28992829.

7.      Miller, M.B., Chan, W.S., Boissoneault, J., Robinson, M.E., Staud, R., Berry, R.B., & McCrae, C.S. (2017). Dynamic Daily Associations between Sleep and Alcohol Use in Adults with Chronic Pain. Journal of Sleep Research, 27(3), e12604. doi: 10.1111/jsr.12604. PMID: 28940629.

8.      Chan, W.S. (2016). Delay Discounting and Response Disinhibition Moderate Associations between Actigraphically-Measured Sleep Parameters and Body Mass Index. Journal of Sleep Research, 26 (1), 21-29. doi: 10.1111/jsr.12437. PMID: 27426078.

9.      Chan, T.W.S., Ahn, W.-Y., Bates, J.E., Busemeyer, J.R., Guillaume, S., Redgrave, G.R., Danner, U., & Courtet, P. (2014). Differential Impairments Underlying Decision Making in Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa: A Cognitive Modeling Analysis. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 47(2), 157-67. doi: 10.1002/eat.22223. PMID: 24243480.

10.  Chan, T.W.S., Bates, J.E., Lansford, J.E., Dodge, K.A., Pettit, G.S., Dick, D.M., & Latendresse, S.J. (2014). Impulsivity and Genetic Variants in DRD2 and ANKK1 Moderate Longitudinal Associations between Sleep Problems and Overweight from Ages 5 to 11. International Journal of Obesity, 38(3), 404-10. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2013.123. PMCID: PMC3875830.

11.  Cheng, S.-T., Chan, T.W.S., Li, G.H.K, & Leung, E.M.F. (2013). Childlessness and Subjective Well-being in Chinese Widowed Persons. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 69(1), 48-52. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbt049. PMID: 23804430.

12.  Cheng, S.-T., Leung, E.M.F., & Chan, T.W.S. (2014). Physical and Social Activities Mediate the Associations between Social Network Types and Ventilatory Function in Chinese Older Adults. Health Psychology, 33(6), 524-34. doi: 10.1037/hea0000026. PMID: 24884906.

Dr. Wai Sze Chan directs the Sleep, Self-regulation and Health Research Laboratory. Our mission is to enhance the understanding of the processes underlying health behaviour changes and to translate this knowledge into effective and scalable interventions. Our research draws from learning theories and self-regulation theories of behaviour. With a focus on sleep, our current research aims to unravel the mechanisms underlying the link between sleep and behavioural health and to optimize the use of sleep interventions to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable individuals.

We are seeking talented and highly motivated student interns to help with research projects on sleep and health in spring 2020. Interns can enroll in credit-bearing research internship courses, PSYC2072 and PSYC2073. 

Intern duties:
Interns will be involved in conducting overnight experimental sleep procedures, administrating questionnaires and interviews, and data management. Interns are expected to work for a minimum of 10 hours per week during this internship. Highly motivated individuals will have the opportunity to contribute to data analysis and manuscript writing and earn authorship credits.

Intern selection:
- Academic excellence
- Strong work ethic
- Good organization and communication skills
- Commitment to working in the lab for more than one semester is preferable
- Strong command of English and preferable Cantonese

How to apply:
If you are interested in working in our lab, please send a cover letter with your CV and academic transcript to Dr. Wai Sze Chan (chanwais@hku.hk).