​    Brief Introduction

Dr Derwin Chan

First Name: Derwin King Chung

Surname: Chan 

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

Email: derwin@eduhk.hk

​​​​​Research Profile: Google Scholar ResearchGate OSF


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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About Me

Chan, D. K. C., Lee, A. S. Y., & Hamilton, K. (2020). Descriptive epidemiology and correlates of children’s swimming competence. Journal of Sports Sciences. 38(19), 2253-2263. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2020.1776947

Chan, D. K. C. , Lee, A. S. Y., Macfarlane, D. J., Hagger, M. S., & Hamilton, K (2020). Validation of the Swimming Competence Questionnaire for children.Journal of Sports Sciences. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2020.1754724

Chan, D. K. C., Stenling, A., Yusainy, C., Hikmiah, Z., Ivarsson, A., Hagger, M. S., Rhodes, R. E., Beauchamp, M. R. (2020). Consistency tendency and the theory of planned behavior: A randomized controlled crossover trial in a physical activity context. Psychology & Health. 35(6), 665-684. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2019.1677904

Chan, D. K. C. , Zhang, L., Lee, A. S. Y., Hagger, M. S. (2020).Reciprocal relations between autonomous motivation from self-determination theory and social cognition constructs from the theory of planned behavior: A cross-lagged panel design in sport injury prevention. Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 48, 101660. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2020.101660

Chan, D. K. C., Keegan, R. J., Lee, A. S. Y., Yang, S. X., Zhang, L., Rhodes R. E., & Lonsdale, C. (2019). Toward a better assessment of perceived social influence: The relative role of significant others on young athletes. Scandinavian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports. 29(2), 286-298.

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., Hardcastle, S. J., Dimmock, J. A., Lentillon-Kaestner, V., Donovan, R. J., Burgin, M., & Hagger, M. S., (2015). Modal salient belief and social cognitive variables of anti-doping behaviors in sport: Examining an extended model of the theory of planned behavior. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 16(2), 164-174. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2014.03.002

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. , Hardcastle, S. J., Lentillon-Kaestner, V., Donovan, R. J., Dimmock, J. A., & Hagger, M. S. (2014). Athletes’ beliefs about and attitudes towards taking banned performance-enhancing substances: A qualitative study.Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 3(4), 241-257. doi: 10.1037/spy0000019

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

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 is an Associate Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Early Childhood Education at Education University of Hong Kong. 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. 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, COVID-19), and illegal substance-use (e.g., doping in sport). Derwin examines the relative influence of significant others (e.g., teachers, parents, teammates, physicians, and physiotherapists) on the promotion of health behaviours, and he develops evidence-based digital health interventions (e.g., eHealth, mHealth systems) to facilitate health behaviour change in school, and other health settings. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Stress and Health, Executive Editor of Health Psychology Bulletinand editorial board member of six other scholarly journals.

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