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Professor Alex Chi-keung CHAN ( 陳自強教授 )Dean and Professor ( 院長及教授 )Office: 17/F, Tung Wah College Cheung Kung Hai Memorial Building, 90A Shantung Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
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Professor Alex CHAN is currently the Dean and Professor of the School of Arts and Humanities at Tung Wah College. He joined Tung Wah College in July 2022. Prior to joining TWC, he was an Associate Professor in Department of Counselling and Psychology, Hong Kong Shue Yan University (HKSYU). While in HKSYU, he also served as Director of University Research, Associate Director of Industrial Attachment, and Chairperson of Human Ethics Research Committee. He was the founding Director of Positive Psychology Laboratory at HKSYU.
Alex has been devoting himself to advocate rigorous research and evidence-based practice in positive psychology. He has been actively engaging in school-based and community-based projects and workshops to promote positive education and strength-based approaches to support mental health and well-being of teachers, parents, children, youth, elderly people, and the wider community. His research interests also include cyberpsychology and positive technologies by applying positive psychology theories and scientific approaches to develop interventions to alleviate online risky behaviors as well as using emerging technologies to cultivate strengths, build resilience, and support human flourishing.Academic and Professional QualificationsBA, MA, PhD
Author IdentificationsORCID ID: 0000-0003-3536-806XSCOPUS Author ID: 35214562000
EducationDoctor of Philosophy, Department of Educational Psychology, University of MinnesotaMaster of Arts, Department of Educational Psychology, University of MinnesotaBachelor of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Hong Kong Baptist University
Teaching AreasCapstone Project SupervisionPersonality and Individual DifferencesHealth and Positive Psychology
Research InterestsCyberpsychologyPositive EducationPositive Psychology (Meaning in Life and Self-compassion)Positive TechnologiesPsychology of Religion and Spirituality
Funded Projects (Selected)Mapping the Grey Digital Divide and Diversity in Older ICT Users Post-COVID: A Mixed-method Research Informing Service and Policy Development. Funded by the Institutional Development Scheme Collaborative Research Grant (IDSC) (Co Principal Investigator, Project No.: UGC/IDS(C)15/H01/22)
Positive Technology: Possible Synergies between Emerging Technologies and Positive Psychology. Funded by the Inter-Institutional Development Scheme (IIDS), Research Grants Council, HKSAR Government (Principal Investigator, Project No.: UGC/IIDS15(17)/H01/21)
Investigating the Dynamic Relations of the Six Self-Compassion Components with Academic Stress Across Chinese Primary, Secondary, and University Students in Hong Kong: A Longitudinal Study. Funded by Faculty Development Scheme (FDS), Research Grants Council, HKSAR Government (Principal Investigator, Project No.: UGC/FDS15(17)/H18/21)
Transformative and Resilient Youth (TRY) Gym: A Proactive and Co-creative Mental Health Training Programme. Funded by Mental Health Initiatives Funding Scheme, Advisory Committee on Mental Health, Food and Health Bureau, HKSAR Government (Co-Investigator, Project No.: MHI-0051)
Enhancing Students’ Work-Related Global Competency through Industrial Attachment Abroad Activities. Funded by Quality Enhancement Support Scheme (QESS), Education Bureau, HKSAR Government (Team Member, Project No.: IA02/QESS/2021)
Promoting Self-regulation and Personalized Online Learning through Supporting Teachers, Students, and Parents. Funded by Quality Education Fund (QEF), Education Bureau, HKSAR Government (Co-Investigator, Project No: 2020/0196)
Cultivating, Promoting, and Enhancing Meaning in Life Across Cultures and the Life Span. Funded by the Inter-Institutional Development Scheme (IIDS), Research Grants Council, HKSAR Government (Principal Investigator, Project No.: UGC/IIDS15(17)/H01/20)
WOW! Youth Discovery! - Community-based Gambling Prevention Programme, Funded by Wong Tai Sin Council District (Collaborators: The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Jockey Club Wang Tau Hom Youth S.P.O.T. & Zion Social Service Yuk Lai Hin Counselling Centre). External Research Grant Approved by Hong Kong Shue Yan University (Principal Investigator, Project No.: CP/RC/2020/003).
Hong Kong Youth Gambling Prevalence in Online Gaming and eSports Environment Research. Funded by Hong Kong Jockey Club (Collaborators: Hong Kong Children and Youth Services & Department of Social Work, HKSYU). External Research Grant Approved by Hong Kong Shue Yan University (Principal Investigator, Project No.: CP/RC/2020/001).
Enhancing Parents’ Competency to Support the Social and Emotional Needs of Young Children Through a Parent-based Empathy and Compassion Intervention. Funded by Faculty Development Scheme (FDS), Research Grants Council, HKSAR Government (Principal Investigator, Project No.: UGC/FDS15(17)/H03/19)
Hong Kong Youth Identity Status and its Psychosocial Correlates: A Longitudinal Study in Hong Kong. Funded by the Institutional Development Scheme Collaborative Research Grant (IDSC), Research Grants Council, HKSAR Government (Co-Investigator, Project No.: UGC/IDS(C)15/H01/19)
Developing and Validating a Parent-focused Intervention to Enhance the Executive Function Skills of Young Chinese Children from Low-Income Families. Funded by Faculty Development Scheme (FDS), Research Grants Council, HKSAR Government (Principal Investigator, Project No.: UGC/FDS15/H01/17)
Positive Neuroscience: A Dialogue Between Scientists and Practitioners. Funded by the Inter-Institutional Development Scheme (IIDS), Research Grants Council, HKSAR Government (Principal Investigator, Project No.: UGC/IIDS15/H01/17)
Executive Function Skills and Early School Success in Young Chinese Children from Low-income Families. Funded by Faculty Development Scheme (FDS), Research Grants Council, HKSAR Government (Principal Investigator, Project No.: UGC/FDS15/H02/14)
Student Acceptance and Continuance of Learning Management System Usage: A School-based Longitudinal Study. General Research Fund (GRF), University Grants Council, HKSAR Government (Co-Investigator, Project No: 17411414)
Chan, C.-K., Leung T. H., & Ip, K. T. V. (in press). Exploring the roles of cognitive and affect empathy in enhancing prosocial bystander behavior in simulated cyberbullying context. In A. W. P. Tso, S. K. K. Ng., L. Law, & T. S. Bai (Eds), Innovation and transformation: The post-pandemic landscape of education and beyond. Springer Nature.
Chan, C.-K., Fang, F.-Z., Luk, T. S.-K., Leung, K.-H., Cheung, H. W. C., & Chen, X. (in press). The interplay of growth mindset and self-compassion on psychological resilience of Chinese emerging adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. In S. Leontopoulou and A. Della Fave (Eds), Emerging adulthood in the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises: Individual and relational resources. Springer.
Chan, A. C.-K., Steger, M. F., Chui, R. C.-F., Siu, N. Y.-F., Wong-Ip, S. C. P., & Lam, B. Y.-H. (2022). Proceedings of the Meaning in Life International Conference 2022 - Cultivating, promoting, and enhancing meaning in life across cultures and life span. Atlantis Press. https://www.atlantis-press.com/proceedings/mil-22/articles
Lui, W.-K., Chan, C.-K., Chui, C.-F. R., Siu, Y.-F., Lau, K.-W., Yung, C.-S. (2022). Awareness of Meaning: The mechanism between future orientation and prosocial tendency. In A. C.-K. Chan, M. F. Steger, R. C.-F. Chui, N. Y.-F. Siu, S. C. P. Wong-Ip, & B. Y.-H. Lam (Eds), Proceedings of the Meaning in Life International Conference 2022 - Cultivating, promoting, and enhancing meaning in life across cultures and life span (pp.171-184). Atlantis Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2991/978-94-6463-096-1_13
Lui, W.-K., Chan, C.-K., Ng, K.-H., Chui, R C.-F., Siu, N. Y.-F., Yung, C.-S., & Lau, K.-W. (2022). Awareness of meaning and quest for meaning: The mechanisms between future orientation and prosociality among youth during pandemic. Frontiers in Psychology, 13:1046803. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.1046803
Tso, A. W. P., Chan, C.-K., Chan, W. W. L., Sidorko, P., & Ma, W. W. K. (2022). Digital communication and learning: Changes and challenges (Eds). Springer Nature. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-16-8329-9
Chan, C.-K. & Chan, K.-W. (2022). Enhancing the awareness of e-mental health messages: The effects of narrative, emoji, and relevance. In A. W. P. Tso, C.-K. Chan, W. W. L. Chan, P. Sidorko, & W. W. K. Ma (Eds), Digital communication and learning: Changes and challenges (pp. 87-105). Springer Nature.
Shin, L. J., Margolis, S. M., Walsh, L. C., Kwok, S. Y. C. L., Yue, X., Chan, C.-K., Siu, N. Y.-F., Sheldon, K., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2021). Cultural differences in the hedonic rewards of recalling kindness: Priming cultural identity with language. Affective Science, 2, 80-90. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42761-020-00029-3
Chui, C-F, & Chan, C.-K. (2020). Positive thinking, school adjustment, and psychological well-being among Chinese college students. The Open Psychology Journal, 13, 151-159. https://benthamopen.com/ABSTRACT/TOPSYJ-13-151
Chan, C.-K. & Cheung, K.-L. (2020). The influence of online gaming experience and its social components on gamers’ mental health. In Ma, W. W. K., Tso, A. W.-B., & Tong, K.-W. (Eds), Learning Environment and Design: Current & Future Impacts (pp. 265-280). Singapore: Springer Nature.
Lam, S. F., Law, W., Chan, C.-K., Zhang, X., & Wong, B. P. H. (2019). Will victims become aggressors or vice versa? A cross-lagged analysis of school aggression. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 46, 529-541. 10.1007/s10802-017-0298-1
Chan, C.-K., Leung, H.-M. & Kung, M.-W. (2019). Understanding the effect of gamification of learning using flow theory. In Ma, W. W. K, Chan, W. W. L. Chan, & Cheng, M. T. (Eds), Shaping the Future of Education, Communication and Technology (pp. 3-14). Singapore: Springer.
Chan, C.-K. (2018). Positive education and the whole-person mental wellness of college students (in Chinese). Journal of Youth Studies, 21(1) (Serial No: 41), 82-89.
Chan, C.-K., Wong, P. S., & Lo, T. C. (2018). The relations of secure attachment style and love satisfaction with online relationship maintenance. In Deng, L., Ma, W. W. K., & Fong, C. W. R. (Eds) New media for educational change: Effect on learning and reflection in practice. Singapore: Springer.
Chui, C-F, & Chan, C.-K. (2017). The relations of school adjustment and social support with the mental health of Mainland Chinese college students studying in Hong Kong. Journal of College Student Development, 58(1), 88-100.
Ma, W. W. K., & Chan, C.-K., Tong, K.-W., Fung, H., & Fong, C. W. R. (2017). New ecology for education – Communication X learning. Selected papers from the HKAECT-AECT 2017 Summer International Research Symposium (Eds). Singapore: Springer.
Lau, W.-Y., & Chan, C.-K. (2017). Emoticons and emotions: Exploring the roles of emoticons in emotional representativeness, awareness, and management. In Ma, W. W. K., & Chan, C.-K., Tong, K.-W., Fung, H., & Fong, C. W. R. (Eds) New ecology for education – Communication X learning. Selected papers from the HKAECT-AECT 2017 Summer International Research Symposium (pp. 199-212). Singapore: Springer.
Chiu, P.-Y., & Chan, C.-K. (2017). The roles of information seeking and information evaluation for decision-making behaviors. In Ma, W. W. K., & Chan, C.-K., Tong, K.-W., Fung, H., & Fong, C. W. R. (Eds) New ecology for education – Communication X learning. Selected papers from the HKAECT-AECT 2017 Summer International Research Symposium (pp. 251-262). Singapore: Springer.
Ma, W. W. K., & Chan, C.-K. (2015). Online knowledge sharing and psychological well-being among Chinese college students. Journal of Communication and Education, 2(1), 31-38.
Lam, S. F., Law, W., Chan, C.-K., Wong, B. P. H., Zhang, X. (2015). A latent class growth analysis of school bullying and its social context: The self-determination theory perspective. School Psychology Quarterly, 30(1), 75-90. DOI: 10.1037/spq0000067
Smith, L. A., Chan, C.-K., Halm, M., Slattery, W., Lindquist, R., & Savik, K. (2014). Development and validation of a clostridium difficile risk assessment tool. AACN Advanced Critical Care, 25(4), 334-346.
Davenport, E. C., Jr., Davison, M. L., Wu, Y-C., Kim, S.-K., Kuang, H., Kwak, H., Chan, C.-K., Ayodele, A. (2013). Number of courses, content of coursework, and prior achievement as related to ethnic achievement gaps in mathematics. Journal of Educational Leadership in Action. 2(1). https://digitalcommons.lindenwood.edu/ela/vol2/iss1/4/
Cutuli, J. J., Desjardins, C. D., Herbers, J. E., Long, J. D., Heistad, D., Chan, C.-K., Hinz, E., & Masten, A. (2013). Academic achievement trajectories of homeless and highly mobile students: Resilience in the context of chronic and acute risk. Child Development, 84(3), 841-857.
Herbers, J. E., Cutuli, J. J., Supkoff, L. M., Heistad, D., Chan, C.-K., Hinz, E., Masten, A. S. (2012). Early reading skills and academic achievement trajectories of student facing poverty, homelessness, and high residential mobility. Educational Researcher, 41(9), 366-374. 10.3102/0013189X12445320.
Shin, T., Davison, M. L., Long, J., D., Chan, C.-K., & Heistad, D. (2012). Exploring gains in reading and mathematics achievement among regular and exceptional students using growth curve modeling. Learning and Individual Differences, 23, 92-100.
Chui, C.-F., & Chan C.-K. (2012). Investigating the relations of social support, coping strategies, caregiver burden with well-being of caregivers of people with intellectual disabilities in Hong Kong (in Chinese). Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences, 43, 59-82.
Obradović, J., Long, J. D., Cutuli, J. J., Masten, A. S., Heistad, D., Chan, C.-K.., Hinz, E. (2009). Academic achievement of homeless and highly mobile children in an urban school district: Longitudinal evidence of risk, growth, and resilience. Development and Psychopathology. 21, 493-518.
Masten, A. S., Heistad, D., Cutuli, J. J., Herbers, J. E., Obradović, J., Chan, C.-K., Hinz, E., & Long, J. D. (2008). School success in motion: protective factors for academic achievement in homeless and highly mobile children in Minneapolis. Center for Urban and Regional Affairs Reporter, 38(2), 3-12.
Honours and Awards
2019 The Distinguished Contribution (as co-author), SSCP (Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology) Student Poster Award, Association of Psychological Sciences, 31st Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention, Washington D. C., May 23-26, 2019.
2017 Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Presidential Award given to the Hong Kong Association of Educational Communications and Technology (HKAECT) (as Vice President of HKAECT)
2013 Best Paper Award (as co-author), Journal of Educational Leadership in Action, Lindenwood University
2013 Distinguished Paper Award (as corresponding author), 2013 International Symposium on Education and Psychology (April 3-5) City of Kitakyushu, Japan
Community/ Professional Contributions (Selected)
Chapter Convenor, Tung Wah College Wofoo Leadership Network (January 2023 to August 2024)
Committee Member, Taskforce of Education Project, Asian Academy of Family Therapy (December 2022 to December 2024)
Sub-Committee Member, Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association - Hong Kong (PECERA-HK) Strategic Partnership (November 2022 to October 2024).
Conference Chair, Positive Technology 2023 International Conference (June 27-30, 2023) (Sept 2022 to August 2023)
School Manager, Kowloon City Baptist Church Hay Nien Kindergarten (Sept 2021 to August 2023)
Co-Chairman, Research Committee, Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education (May 2020 to September 2022)
Conference Chair, Meaning in Life 2022 International Conference (June 22-25, 2022) (Sept 2021 to August 2022)
Steering Committee, Wofoo Leadership Network (September 2020 to August 2022)
Visiting Advisor, The Academy of Play and Psychotherapy (香港遊戲及心理治療學院) (January 2018 to present)
Founding Member & Treasurer, Christian Association for the Psychology of Religion (CAPR) (March 2015 to December 2018)
Vice President, Hong Kong Association of Educational Communication and Technology (HKAECT) (January 2016 to December 2017)
Publication Chair, 2014 International Hong Kong Conference Organizing Committee, Hong Kong Association of Educational Communication and Technology (HKAECT) (May 2013 – December 2014)
Research Committee, Minnesota Minority Educational Partnership (May 2009 – December 2011)
Co-Chairperson, Minnesota Assessment Group (MAG) (September 2009 to December 2011)
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