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


Assistant Professor

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



3400 3682



Digital storytelling

Narrative practice

Technology in social work

Youth services

Youth development

Self & Identity


My URLs:


Human Libraries Hub

Online Media for Human Services

A Blog About My Practice Since The 90s



Narrative Therapy

Social Work Theory & Practice

Human Behavior in Social Environment


Research Interests:

Dr Chitat Chan is an assistant professor at the Department of Applied Social Sciences of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, his research centers around youth identity, storytelling, and media technology.  Dr Chan worked in the social work sector in 1990s, worked in secondary education and educational technology in 2000s, and started working in the tertiary education sector in 2010. For years, he has been using various narrative means, such as theatre, photos, videos, and multimedia to work with different social groups to explore their strengths and voices. He received his social work degree from the Hong Kong Baptist University, Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Studies from HKU SPACE, MPhil from the PolyU, and PhD from UCL Institute of Education. In 2019, Dr Chan launched Human Libraries Hub, which supports the education sector and the public to deeper understand various real-life stories, aiming to promote social connectedness and inclusiveness.


Selected Publications:

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., & Sage, M. (2019). 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., & Holosko, Michael. J. (2019). Utilizing youth media practice to influence change: A pretest-posttest study. Research on Social Work Practice (e-pub ahead of print), 1-12. doi:10.1177/1049731519837357

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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 (2018). 雅集新高中通識教育系列:個人成長與人際關係(第四版). 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:

Associate Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Technology in Human Services (2017-2018)
Editorial Board Member, Research on Social Work Practice (2016-2017)