​    Brief Introduction

Dr Derwin Chan

First Name: Derwin King Chung

Surname: Chan 

Degrees/ tittles: PhD, CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS, OSHCR

Email: derwin@eduhk.hk, or derwin.chan@curtin.edu.au

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Faculty of Education and Human Development

Centre for Child and Family Science

Department of Early Childhood Education

The Education University of Hong Kong

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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

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

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


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Derwin Chan Research
​    Brief CV​


        Associate Head of Department

        Department of Early Childhood Education

        Education University of Hong Kong


Associate Professor

  Faculty of Education and Human Development

Education University of Hong Kong


Assistant Professor

  School of Public Health

University of Hong Kong

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

  School of Psychology and Speech Pathology

Curtin University


Research Fellow/ Lecturer

  School of Psychology and Speech Pathology

Curtin University



PhD in Psychology

  School of Psychology

University of Nottingham


2008 -2009

Master of Science in Psychology of Sport and Exercise (Distinction)

  Loughborough University



Bachelor of Social Science

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

  Major: Psychology

  Minor: Sport Science and Physical Education

Dr Derwin Chan is an applied social psychologist with diverse research interests in the areas of health education, sport and exercise, and behavioural medicine. He was an elite triathlete in Hong Kong before having his education and training from the UK. Following the completion of his PhD from the University of Nottingham in 2012, Derwin worked as a psychology researcher in the School of Psychology at Curtin University (Australia). He has been appointed Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Human Development at Education University of Hong Kong since July 2019. He has been serving the University of Hong Kong as an assistant professor at the School of Public Health since 2015. Derwin is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Scientist with British Science Council, and a registered consultant of occupational safety and health. He has over 60 publications of peer-review articles or book chapters related to the psychology of health, sport and exercise, and medical treatment. Derwin’s research primarily focuses on psychosocial, motivational, and social cognitive processes underpinning individuals’ health behaviours, including (but not exclusive to) sport and exercise, treatment adherence, and the prevention of work-related injury (e.g., sport/ occupational injury), deficiency (e.g., myopia), diseases (e.g., influenza), and illegal substance-use (e.g., doping in sport). In addition, Derwin is keen to examine the relative influence of significant others (e.g., coach, parents, physicians, and physiotherapists) in the area of sport and other healthcare contexts.

Here are some example non-technical questions in his research: 

  • How do we motivate people to act healthily (e.g., exercise more, better diet)?
  • Will patients be less likely to follow their prescribed treatments if they feel that it is their obligation to do so? 
  • Why athletes who like to do sport are more likely to commit to safety guidelines and to prevent sport injuries? 
  • What can supervisors do in order to promote workers’ initiative and sense of ownership towards health behaviours?
​    Representative Publications