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Prof. Chetwyn Chan
Associate Vice President (Learning and Teaching)
Chair Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Prof. Chetwyn Chan is full professor Department of Rehabilitation Sciences; Associate Dean of Faculty of Health and Social Science, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is occupational therapist and psychologist by training. He obtained his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from University of Alberta in Canada in 1995. Prof. Chan specializes in cognitive neuroscience and its application to occupational therapy and occupational rehabilitation. He is the founder of the Applied Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. He publishes widely in international journals in cognitive neuroscience, rehabilitation psychology and occupational rehabilitation. Prof. Chan's clinical expertise is in prevention and intervention for the people with work-related problems, occupational health and ergonomics, and medico-legal consultation. Prof. Chan is elected fellow of American Psychological Association and fellow of Hong Kong Psychological Society. In 2008, Prof. Chan received the Global Leadership in Rehabilitation Science Award from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the visiting professor of Beijing Normal University, Kunming Medical College, Nanjing Medical University, and Sun Yat-sun University. He is the editorial board member of Rehabilitation Psychology, WORK, Pain Practice, and Journal of Biomedical Research. Prof. Chan is a member of Occupational Safety and Health Council of Hong Kong and Rehabilitation Advisory Committee of Labour and Welfare Bureau, Government of HKSAR. Besides, Prof. Chan has been appointed as national expert and advisor to Workers’ Injury and Rehabilitation Advisory Committee by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, People’s Republic of China (PRC), and advisor to the Rehabilitation Medicine Education Committee of the Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine, PRC.


"I realised I wanted to be in a place where I had lots of opportunities and could make the biggest impact possible in developing rehabilitation."
"Broaden your horizons. It doesn't matter whether you work or are a student, there’s a whole different world outside Hong Kong."
"I can do the things I like to do ... and what's more, I get paid for it!"
"In my department, we always emphasise friendship and the importance of nurturing because life can be very short."
"I look at the strengths they have, what they want to pursue and facilitate by pulling them together."