Dr Derwin Chan

I am a researcher and educator with expertise in the broad areas of sport psychology, health psychology, and behavioural medicine. I was an elite triathlete in Hong Kong before receiving my education and training from the UK. Following the completion of my PhD from the University of Nottingham in 2012, I worked as a post-doctoral research fellow, and then a research fellow/ lecturer at the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University, until mid 2015. I am presently working as an assistant professor in the Institute of Human Performance, the University of Hong Kong. And I still hold an adjunct senior lecturer position at Curtin University. I am a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a Chartered Scientist with the British Science Council.


My research primarily focuses on psychosocial, motivational, and social cognitive processes underpinning individuals’ health behaviours, including (but not exclusive to) injury rehabilitation, and the prevention of work-related injury (e.g., sport/ occupational injury), deficiency (e.g., myopia), and illegal substance-use (e.g., doping). In addition, I am keen to examine the relative influence of significant others (e.g., coach, parents, physicians, and physiotherapists) in the area of sport and other health care contexts. My research is developed based on a number of psychological theories such as Self-Determination Theory, the Theory of Planned Behaviour, Stregth Energy Model of Self-Control, and Achievement Goal Theory. 


Dr Chan collaborates with ReBSA in projects relating to public health, doping, and sports.


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Selected Publications


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


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


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


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.


Chan, D. K. C., & Hagger, M. S. (2012). Theoretical integration and the psychology of sport injury prevention. Sports Medicine, 42(9), 725-732.


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.


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