Project Description

Dr. Christian S. 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

Chan, C. S.*, Wong, C. Y. F., Yu, B, Y. M, Hui, V. K. Y., Ho, F. Y. Y., & Cuijpers, P. (in press). Treating depression with a smartphone-delivered self-help cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia: A parallel-group randomized controlled trial. Psychological Medicine. Manuscript in press for publication.

Tam, K. Y. Y., van Tilburg, W. A. P., Chan, C. S.*, Igou, E. R., & Lau, H. (in press). Attention drifting in and out: The Boredom Feedback Model. Personality and Social Psychology Review. Manuscript in press for publication.

Awale, A., Chan, C. S.*, Tam, K. Y. Y., & Karasawa, M. (in press). Perceived warmth of offending group moderates the effect of intergroup apologies. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. Manuscript in press for publication.

Tam, K. Y. Y., van Tilburg, W. A. P., & Chan, C. S.* (in press). What is boredom proneness? A comparison of three characterizations. Journal of Personality. Manuscript in press for publication.

Chan, C. S.*, Wong, C. Y. F., & Fan, A. Y. C. (in press). Firing the monk when the ceremony is over: A study on the split between student protesters and their leaders after the 2014 Umbrella Movement. Asian Journal of Social Psychology. 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.

Labarda, C. E., Jopson, Q. D. Q., Hui, V. K. Y., & Chan, C. S.* (2020). Long-term displacement associated with health and stress among survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 12, 765-773.

Hamamura, T.*, & Chan, C. S. (2020). Anxious? Just Google it: Social-ecological factors of Internet search records on anxiety. Emotion, 20, 1475-1484.

Hui, V. K. Y., Wong, C. Y. F., Ma, E. K. Y., Ho, F. Y. Y. & Chan, C. S.* (2020). Treating depression with a smartphone-delivered self-help cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia: Study protocol for a parallel-group randomized controlled trial. Trials, 21, 843.

Tam, K. Y. Y., Poon, C. Y. S., Hui, V. K. Y., Wong, C. Y. F., K wong, V. W. Y., Yuen, G. W. C., & Chan, C. S.* (2020). Boredom begets boredom: An experience sampling study on the impact of teacher boredom on student boredom and motivation. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 90, 124-137.

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 Disorders, 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 Disorders, 260, 687-694.

Poon, C. Y. S.Hui, V. K. Y.Yuen, G. W. C.Kwong, V. W. Y., & Chan, C. S.* (2019). A well-slept 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. 

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. “The relations between boredom beliefs, experience, and coping”
We are studying the experience of boredom and its antecedents and consequence. We conduct quantitative and qualitative studies as well as experiments 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.

2. “Radical political identification and collective actions”
We have a few studies that examine the interplay between social identity and collective action, especially nonnormative ones. We collaborate with Prof. Ying-yi Hong, Prof. Winnifred Louis, and Dr. Mathew Wong in some of these works.

3. “Grateful to be outside”
We are exploring the obstacles urbanites face that discourage or prevent them from spending time outdoors. We are working with Prof. PC Lai and Dr. Paul Wong on this topic.

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