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Dr. Sam Chan received training as a kinesiologist at Simon Fraser University, Canada and as an occupational therapist at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He worked as an occupational therapist in a rehabilitation hospital nearly ten years, providing treatments to patients with spinal cord injury, orthopedic conditions and stroke. During his clinical practice, he has obtained a number of clinical accreditations including credited Assistive Technology Practitioner (RESNA, US) and certified Life Coach (the Institution for Life Coach Training, US). He completed an MPhil project on psychological factors determining behavioral changes of participants in a chronic disease self-management program. As part of his PhD study, he had an attachment as a Research Fellow and became involved in neuroscience projects at the Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest, Toronto. His PhD project focused on the neural processes of self-regulation of nociceptive perception among people with chronic pain. He has published academic articles in a number of international journals, including PLoS ONE, Rehabilitation Psychology and Spinal Cord. He has also been invited as an article reviewer for a number of international journals, including NeuroRehabilitation, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Disability and Rehabilitation. In 2009, he was awarded a Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship.

Research interests

  • Readiness to Change in Self-management
  • Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Cognitive Strategies for Pain Modulation
  • Frontal Lobe Function Rehabilitation

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Diploma in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Master of Philosophy, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Doctor of Philosophy, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


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