Chan, King Chung Derwin

PhD, CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS, OSHCR
Assistant Professor
Division of Kinesiology
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Tel: 2831 5250
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Dr Derwin Chan is a psychologist with special interest about sport psychology, health psychology, and behavioural medicine. He joined the University of Hong Kong as an assistant professor in 2015. He was an elite athlete who represented Hong Kong to participate in many international triathlon competitions. Following the completion of his PhD from the University of Nottingham in 2012, Dr Chan worked as a post-doctoral research fellow, and then a lecturer at the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University, until mid 2015 he returned to Hong Kong. Dr Chan is a chartered psychologist and an associate fellow with the British Psychological Society, a chartered scientist with UK Science Council, and a registered consultant for occupational safety and health. He is also appointed as an adjunct senior lecturer at Curtin University. Dr Chan’s research primarily focuses on psychosocial, motivational, and social cognitive processes underpinning individuals’ health behaviours. He develops evidence-based digital health interventions in a number of health contexts, such as injury and disease prevention, safety in sport, and anti-doping. He has attracted competitive research funding, as principal investigator, from governments (e.g., General Research Fund, Health and Medical Research Fund), local funding bodies (e.g., Hong Kong Jockey Club), and international organisations (e.g., World Anti-Doping Agency). In recognition to his expertise in sport medicine, health psychology, and sport psychology, Dr Chan has been invited to serve important roles in the editorial boards of a number of scientific scholarly journals.

Professional Roles
  • Executive Editor of Health Psychology Bulletin (2016-Present)
  • Consulting Editor of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (2016-Present)
  • Section Editor of Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science (2015-Present)
  • Associate Editor, Asia Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology (2019-Present)
  • Editorial board member of International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (2019-Present)
  • Editorial board member of Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being (2017-Present)
  • Editorial board member of Scandinavian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports (2016-Present)
  • Editorial board member of Frontiers in Psychology (2016-Present)
  • Editorial board member of Stress and Health (2013-Present)
  • Editorial board member of Health Science Reports (2017-Present)
  • Editorial board member of Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness (2017-Present)
  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University
  • Member of Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine Group, Curtin University
  • Chartered Psychologist, and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Scientist, Science Council, UK
  • Occupational Safety and Health Consultant, UK

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Selected Publications 

  1. Chan, D. K. C., Keatley, D. A., Tang, T. C. W., Dimmock, J. A., & Hagger, M. S. (2018). Implicit versus explicit attitude to doping: Which better predicts athletes’ vigilance towards unintentional doping? Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 21(3), 238-244. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2017.05.020
  2. Chan, D., Hamamura, T., Li, L. M., & Zhang, X. (2017). Is trusting others related to better health? An investigation of older adults across six non-western countries. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. 48(8), 1288-1301. doi: 10.1177/0022022117722632
  3. Chan, D. K. C., Ntoumanis, N., Gucciardi, D. F., Donovan, R. J., Dimmock, J. A., Hardcastle, S. J., & Hagger, M. S. (2016). What if it really was an accident? The psychology of unintentional doping. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 50, 898-899. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2015-094678
  4. Chan, D. K. C., Zhang, X., Fung, H. H., & Hagger, M. S. (2016). Affect, affective variability and physical health: Results from a population-based investigation in China. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 23(4), 438-446. doi:10.1007/s12529-015-9510-2
  5. Chan, D. K. C., Yang, S. X., Mullan, B., Zhang, X., Du, X., Chatzisarantis, N. L. D., & Hagger, M. S. (2015). Preventing the spread of H1N1 influenza infection during a pandemic: Autonomy-supportive advice versus controlling instruction. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 38(3), 416-426. doi: 10.1007/s10865-014-9616-z
  6. Chan, D. K. C., Dimmock, J. A., Donovan, R. J., Hardcastle, S., Lentillon-Kaestner, V., & Hagger, M. S. (2015). Self-determined motivation in sport predicts anti-doping motivation and intention: A perspective from the trans-contextual model. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 18(3), 315-322. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2014.04.001
  7. Chan, D. K. C., Fung, Y. K., Xing, S., & Hagger, M. S. (2014). Myopia prevention, near work, and visual acuity of college students: Integrating the theory of planned behavior and self-determination theory. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 37(3), 369-380. Doi: 10.1007/s10865-013-9494-9
  8. Chan, D. K. C., & Hagger, M. S. (2012). Trans-contextual motivation in sport injury prevention among elite athletes. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 34(5), 661-682.
  9. Chan, D. K. C., & Hagger, M. S. (2012). Theoretical integration and the psychology of sport injury prevention. Sports Medicine, 42(9), 725-732.
  10. Chan, D. K. C., & Hagger, M. S. (2012). Self-determined forms of motivation predict sport injury prevention and rehabilitation intentions. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 15(5), 398-405.
  11. Chan, D. K., Lonsdale, C., Ho, P. Y., Yung, P. S. H., & Chan, K. M. (2009). Patient motivation and adherence to post-surgery rehabilitation exercise recommendations: The influence of physiotherapists' autonomy supportive behaviors. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 90, 1977-1982. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2009.05.024 Joomla 3.3 Templates