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Professor Chetwyn Chan is Chair Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences, Director of the University Research Facility in Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience, and Associate Vice President (Learning and Teaching) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Professor Chan obtained his BSc in Occupational Therapy in 1992 and his PhD in Educational Psychology in 1996 from University of Alberta, Canada. He has been an elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association since 2008 and Fellow of the Hong Kong Psychological Society since 2007. In 2008, in recognition of his contributions to psychology and rehabilitation sciences, Professor Chan received the Global Leadership in Rehabilitation Science Award from Virginia Commonwealth University in the United States. In 2011, he received the Alumni Honour Award from the University of Alberta in recognition of his influence on research and education development in rehabilitation in Asia. Professor Chan’s research work focuses in translating knowledge in psychology and cognitive neuroscience into understanding of the behaviors of people with disabilities. One of his main foci is on constructing theoretical models of learning to augment functional regain of people suffering from brain injuries or neuro-degeneration. With the establishment of the Applied Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Professor Chan has made use of electroencephalogram and brain imaging to study neural processes underlying perceptual and generalization learning. The findings of the temporal course of access to memory for transformation of visuomotor images make possible the design of evidence-based clinical protocols for enhancing generalization learning among post-stroke patients. His recent work addresses attentional deficits in normal aging and in patients suffering from neuro-degeneration diseases. In particular, his research team has attempted to identify the early neural processes which are attributable to degeneration. Enhancement of these processes by means of electrophysiological and behavioral approaches is underway. These lines of study have attracted major research grants and have led to publications in prestigious journals. In the area of service, Professor Chan is associate editor of two international journals.

Research interests

  • Applied cognitive neuroscience
  • Frontal lobe function and use of cognitive strategies
  • Workers' compensation and return to work

Education/Academic qualification

Professional Diploma in Occupational Therapy, Hong Kong Polytechnic

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Alberta

Bachelor of Science, The University of Alberta

Master of Science, The University of Hull


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