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Family, Child, Youth, and Ageing Studies Social Work and Human Service ManagementSocial Theory, China and Global Social Development

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Associate Professor

PhD (London)
MPhil (PolyU)
PgDip (Theatre Studies)



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Digital storytelling

Narrative practice

Technology in social work

Youth services

Youth development

Self & Identity


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Narrative Therapy

Innovations in Social Work Education

Technology and Psychosocial Interventions


Research Interests:

Dr Chitat Chan is an associate professor at the Department of Applied Social Sciences of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He researches the use of information and communication technology for social work practice, particularly narrative-based practices. Dr. Chan has used narrative and media to research lived experiences and enable people to face challenges. Dr Chan worked in school social work in the 1990s, in secondary school education and educational technology in the 2000s, and has been teaching social work since 2010. He received his social work degree, theatre studies diploma, and MPhil in Hong Kong; and his PhD from UCL Institute of Education. Subjects taught by Dr. Chan at PolyU include narrative therapy, innovations in social work education, and information and communication technology for psychosocial interventions. A number of Dr Chan’s research projects have been funded by the RGC of the UGC, or by large charity foundations. These projects include a digital storytelling project exploring diverse identities of Hongkongers, a civic education program developing open-mindedness and social inclusiveness, and the human libraries hub project addressing social prejudices.


Selected Publications:

Chan, Chitat., Au-yeung, H., & Lau, C. O. L. (2021). Using Story Retelling to Enhance Social Work Students’ Openness to Diversity: A Pilot RCT. China Journal of Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1080/17525098.2021.1976240


Ku, H. B., Chan, Chitat., & Li, J. C. M. (2021). COVID-19 pandemic and social work responses in Chinese societies. China Journal of Social Work, 14, 77-79. https://doi.org/10.1080/17525098.2021.1950756


Wong, R. S., Tung, K. T. S., Fu, K.-w., Bacon-Shone, J., Molasiotis, A., Li, W. O., Lee, L. Y.-k., Lum, T. Y. S., Lau, J. T. F., Chan, Chitat., To, S.-M., & Ip, P. (2021). Examining social context and the pathways to mental wellness in young adults during social movement: A parallel mediation analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 294, 876-882. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.07.100


Chan, Chitat, & Au-yeung, H. (2021). When narrative practice suddenly goes online due to COVID-19…. Qualitative Social Work, 20, 390-398. doi:10.1177/1473325020981086    


Chan, Chitat., & Sage, M. (2021). A narrative review of digital storytelling for social work practice. Journal of Social Work Practice, 1-15. doi:10.1080/02650533.2019.1692804


Chan, Chitat, Au-yeung, H., Chiu, W., Tsang, C., & Tsui, H. (2020). Indicators for assessing intervention fidelity of narrative practice: A heuristic review of the concept of scaffolding in White (2007). Journal of Systemic Therapies, 39, 77–90. doi:10.1521/jsyt.2020.39.3.77


Chan, Chitat., & Holosko, M. (2020). Utilizing youth media practice to influence change: A pretest-posttest study. Research on Social Work Practice, 30, 110-121. doi:10.1177/1049731519837357


Chan, Chitat. (2019). Using digital storytelling to facilitate critical thinking disposition in youth civic engagement: A randomized control trial. Children and Youth Services Review. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104522


Chan, Chitat. (2019). Digital Story Retelling – Evaluation of a Story-reading Workshop Promoting Open-mindedness in the Community. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work. doi:10.1080/26408066.2019.1684410


Chan, Chitat., & Ngai, S. S. Y. (2019). Utilizing social media for social work: Insights from clients in online youth services. Journal of Social Work Practice, 33(2), 157-172. doi:10.1080/02650533.2018.1504286


Chan, Chitat. (2018). ICT-supported social work interventions with youth: A critical review. Journal of Social Work, 18(4), 468-488.doi:10.1177/1468017316651997


Cheung, J. C. S., Chan, K. H. W., Lui, Y. W., Tsui, M. S., & Chan, Chitat. (2018). Psychological Well-Being and Adolescents’ Internet Addiction: A School-Based Cross-Sectional Study in Hong Kong. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 1-11. doi:10.1007/s10560-018-0543-7


Chan, Chitat. (2018). Analysing social networks for social work practice: A case study of the Facebook fan page of an online youth outreach project. Children and Youth Services Review, 85, 143-150. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.12.021


Chan, Chitat. (2017). Introduction to social work: the people’s profession (book review). China Journal of Social Work, 10(2-3), 222-225. doi:10.1080/17525098.2017.1413510


Chan, Chitat., & Holosko, Michael. J. (2017). The utilization of social media for youth outreach engagement: A case study. Qualitative Social Work, 16 (2), 680-697. doi:10.1177/1473325016638917


Goldkind, Lauri, & Chan, Chitat. (2017). The Journal of Technology in Human Services Turns a New Page. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 35(4), 271-276. doi:10.1080/15228835.2017.135699610.1080/15228835.2017.1356996


Chan, Chitat, Fung, H. W., Choi, T. M., & Ross, C. A. (2017). Using online methods to develop and examine the Hong Kong Chinese translation of the Dissociative Experiences Scale. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, 14(2), 70-85. doi:10.1080/23761407.2017.1298073


Chan, Chitat., & Holosko, Michael. J. (2017). Selected recent articles about Chinese instrument/scale development and intervention research. Research on Social Work Practice, 27(1). doi:10.1177/1049731516659541


Chan, Chitat., & Holosko, Michael. J. (Eds.). (2017). Special Issue: Research on Social Work Practice in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Research on Social Work Practice, 27 (1).


Chan, Chitat. (2016). A scoping review of social media use in social work practice. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work. 13(3), 263-276. doi:10.1080/23761407.2015.1052908


Chan, Chitat. & Holosko, Michael. J. (2016). An overview of the use of Mechanical Turk in behavioral sciences: Implications for social work. Research on Social Work Practice. 26(4). 441-448 doi:10.1177/1049731515594024


Chan, Chitat. & Holosko, Michael J. (2016). A review of information and communication technology enhanced social work interventions. Research on Social Work Practice, 26(1), 88-100.  doi:10.1177/1049731515578884


Chan, Chitat. (2013). Young activists and the anti-patriotic education movement in postcolonial Hong Kong: some insights from Twitter. Journal of Citizenship, Social and Economics Education. 12(3). 148 - 162. doi:dx.doi.org/10.2304/csee.2013.12.3.148


Chan, Chitat. (2012). Narrative practice with youth: a case study on a youth-centre drama workshop. Journal of Social Work Practice. 17(2). 197 - 214. doi:10.1080/02650533.2011.562284


Chan, Chitat. & Ting, W.F. (2012). The deficit representation of youth at different levels of curriculum-making: a case study on the Liberal Studies curriculum in Hong Kong. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. 33(4). 529 -544. doi:10.1080/01596306.2012.692960


Chan, Chitat. , Ngai, K. H., K.H. & Wong, C. K. (2012). Using photographs in narrative therapy to externalise the problem: A substance abuse case. Journal of Systemic Therapies. 31(2). 1 - 17. doi:10.1521/jsyt.2012.31.2.1


Chan, Chitat., Wang, D. & Wong, K. (2011). The representations of youth in Liberal Studies student works in Hong Kong. The International Journal of the Humanities. 9(1). 245 - 256. 


Chan, Chitat. (2010). Revisiting the 'self' in self-directed inquiry learning: a heuristic case study of an independent media production directed by students. The International Journal of Learning. 17(4). 131 - 144.


Chan, Chitat. (2006). Youth voice? Whose voice? Young people and youth media practice in Hong Kong. McGill Journal of Education. 41 (3). 215 - 225.


Fung, H. W., Chan, C., Ross, C. A., & Choi, T. M. (2020). A preliminary investigation of depression in people with pathological dissociation. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation. doi:10.1080/15299732.2020.1760168


Fung, H. W., Chan, C., & Ross, C. A. (2020). Clinical correlates of hearing voices among people seeking interventions for dissociation: A cross-cultural investigation. Psychosis. doi:0.1080/17522439.2020.1773910


Fung, H. W., Chan, Chitat., & Ross, C. A. (2020). A web-based psychoeducation program for people with pathological dissociation: Development and pilot testing. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work. doi:10.1080/26408066.2020.1760990


Fung, H. W., Chan, Chitat., Lee, C. Y., Yau, C., Chung, H. M., & Ross, C. A. (2020). Validity of a web-based measure of borderline personality disorder: A preliminary study. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work. doi:10.1080/26408066.2020.1760162


Fung, H. W., Chan, Chitat., Lee, C. Y., & Ross, C. A. (2019). Using the Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Checklist for DSM-5 to screen for PTSD in the Chinese context: A pilot study in a psychiatric sample. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 16, 643-651. doi:10.1080/26408066.2019.1676858


Fung, H. W., & Chan, Chitat. (2019). A preliminary study of the clinical differences between dissociative and nondissociative depression in Hong Kong: Implications for mental health practice. Social Work in Health Care, 58(6), 564-578. doi:10.1080/00981389.2019.1597006


Fung, H. W., Choi, T. M., Chan, C., & Ross, C. A. (2018). Psychometric properties of the pathological dissociation measures among Chinese – a pilot study using online methods. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, 15(4), 371-384. doi:10.1080/23761407.2018.1456995


Shek, D.T.L. & Chan, Chitat. (2011). Perceptions of adolescents amongst teachers and social workers in the context of training programs in Hong Kong. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. 23(4). 373 - 378. doi:10.1515/IJAMH.2011.035


Shek, D.T.L. & Chan, Chitat. (2011). Qualitative evaluation of the secondary 3 training program of the project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. 23(4). 351 - 356. doi:10.1515/IJAMH.2011.032


Shek, D.T.L. & Chan, Chitat. (2011). Secondary 1 training program of the project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong: Qualitative evaluation findings. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. 23(4). 365 - 371. doi:10.1515/IJAMH.2011.034


Shek, D.T.L. & Chan, Chitat. (2010). Qualitative evaluation of the project P.A.T.H.S. based on junior secondary school students in Hong Kong. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. 22(4). 511 - 525. doi:10.1515/IJAMH.2010.22.4.511


陳智達(2009). 媒體素養論壇:通識、考評、媒體. 傳媒透視. 2009年6月號. 10 - 11.


陳智達(2009). 火星文襲地球 — 初探青少年網絡用語的爭議. 拓思. 56. 4 - 7.


陳智達(2003). 遇上青少年錄像中的青少年. 青年研究學報. 6 (1). 129 - 143.


Book Chapters

Chan, Chitat, & Yau, C. (2019). Digital storytelling for social work interventions. In E. Mullen (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Social Work. New York: Oxford University Press.


Chan, Chitat., & Holosko, Michael J. (2018). Technology for social work interventions. In E. Mullen (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Social Work. New York: Oxford University Press.


Chan, Chitat., & Ho, C. Y. S. (2017). Youth-at risk of socio-economic exclusion, information and communication technology, and case management practice. In M. J. Holosko (Ed.), Case Studies from the Frontlines: Social Work Case Management (pp. 223-233). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


陳智達 (2015). 概述社交媒體在青少年工作中的應用. 載於香港小童群益會編, 夜貓Online攻略本:迎接網絡世代的青年工作. (pp. 12 ­ 22). 香港. 香港小童群益會.


陳智達. (2010). 媒體大雜燴的年代. 載於羅天佑, 布森祖, 鄭美紅, 蘇詠梅編, 探究學習: 理念與模式 (pp. 251-253). 香港: 香港教育學院跨學科及通識教育研究中心.


陳智達. (2010). 媒體製作與公民參與. 載於羅天佑, 布森祖, 鄭美紅, 蘇詠梅編, 探究學習: 理念與模式 (pp. 254-256). 香港: 香港教育學院跨學科及通識教育研究中心.


陳智達. (2010). 新聞媒體與通識探究. 載於羅天佑, 布森祖, 鄭美紅, 蘇詠梅編, 探究學習: 理念與模式 (pp. 240-241). 香港: 香港教育學院跨學科及通識教育研究中心.


陳智達. (2010). 資料搜集:善用相片、多點分享、多點發問. 載於羅天佑, 布森祖, 鄭美紅, 蘇詠梅編, 探究學習: 理念與模式. 香港: 香港教育學院跨學科及通識教育研究中心.


吳凱瑩, 陳智達, 鄭雅儀. (2010). 從生活出發的實地探究. 載於羅天佑, 布森祖, 鄭美紅, 蘇詠梅編,探究學習: 校本發展與實踐 (二) (pp. 397-412). 香港: 香港教育學院跨學科及通識教育研究中心.


李雲鳳, 廖凱怡, 陳智達, 連思敏, 李啟明. (2010). 專題探究有效激發第三組別學生的學習動機.載於羅天佑, 布森祖, 鄭美紅, 蘇詠梅編, 探究學習: 校本發展與實踐 (一) (pp. 251-281). 香港: 香港教育學院跨學科及通識教育研究中心.


陳智達 (2006). 創意、媒體、教育 (理念篇). 載於黎美霞, 陳碧如編, 創意校園頻道. (pp. 13 ­ 28). 香港. 香港當代文化中心.


陳智達, 李榮輝 (2006). 創意、媒體、教育 (行動篇). 載於黎美霞, 陳碧如編, 創意校園頻道. (pp. 131 ­ 142). 香港. 香港當代文化中心.


陳智達 (2004). 民眾精神在新媒體時代的魅影. 載於梁慧玲, 鬈毛妃編, 或者藝術,或者革命—莫昭如的藝術實戰. (pp. 158 ­166). 香港. 國際演藝評論家協會 (香港分會).


陳智達 (1999). 運用戲劇藝術的青少年工作. 載於現象工作室編, 逃得幾多尺. (pp. 27 ­ 60). 香港. 香港中華基督教青年會柴灣會所.


陳智達 (1997). 重塑本地學校社會工作的理論基礎. 載於香港中華基督教青年會學校社會工作部編著, 學校社會工作服務文集. (pp. 19 ­ 38). 香港. 香港中華基督教青年會.


陳智達 (1997). 賭神、賭人、賭client. 香港社會服務聯會兒童及青年部 (編), 綜合服務手法的實踐----分享會文集(特刊). 香港: 香港社會服務聯會.


陳智達 (1996). 以整合介入手法處理校內黑社會群黨問題. 香港社會服務聯會兒童及青年部 (編), 踏入新紀元----青少年服務的挑戰、蛻變與發展 青少年服務資料彙編(三) (pp. 285-298). 香港: 集賢社.


Scholarly Books & Monographs:


Berzin, S., Singer, J., & Chan, Chitat. (2015). Practice innovation through technology in the digital age: A grand challenge for social work. Baltimore, MD: Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.


陳智達 (2020). 雅集新高中通識教育系列:個人成長與人際關係 (第四版; 2020 年修訂版). 香港: 雅集出版社


Current Research Projects :

Chan, Chitat. (PI).  Ethical Challenges in Cyber Youth Work – An Exploratory Study (Departmental General Research Fund, APSS, PolyU, 2016-2017)

Chan, Chitat. (PI).  Evaluation Study of Cyber Youth Outreach Project (HKJC Charities Trust, 2016-2019)

Chan, Chitat. (PI).  Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Human Services: Toward a Credit-bearing Course offered by APSS (Start-up Fund, PolyU, 2016-2019)

Chan, Chitat. (PI).  Digital Photo Story in Narrative Practice: A Pilot Trial (Professional Practice and Assessment Centre, PolyU, 2016-2017)

Chan, Chitat. (PI). Nurturing adolescents’ critical thinking disposition through youth media practice: A randomized controlled trial (ECS, RGC, 2018-2019)

Chan, Chitat. (PI). The Human Libraries Hub: A practice research project (HKJC Charities Trust, 2018-2021)

Chan, Chitat. (PI). A Peer-to-Peer Online Sharing Platform of Chinese Research Instruments in  Health and Social Sciences (Faculty Collaborative Research Scheme between Social Sciences and Health Sciences, FHSS, PolyU, 2018-2020)

Chan, Chitat. (PI). The Tendency of Closed-mindedness in Different Web-based Project Learning Designs in Civic Education – Argumentative Writing, Propaganda Production, and Scoping Review (GRF, RGC, 2019-2020)


Professional & Community Service:

Programme Advisor of RTHK (2018 – present)

Selection Committee Member of RTHK’s Community Involvement Broadcasting Service (2018 – present)

Book Review Editor, China Journal of Social Work (2020 – present)

Associate Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Technology in Human Services (2017-2018)

Editorial Board Member, Research on Social Work Practice (2016-2017)