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Associate Vice President
(Learning and Teaching)
Professor Chetwyn Chan
BSc, MSc, PhD
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Tel: (852) 3400 8198
Fax: (852) 2330 8656
Email: chetwyn.chan@polyu.edu.hk
 
Bio    

Professor Chetwyn Chan is Associate Vice President (Learning and Teaching), Chair Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences and Director of the University Research Facility in Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience 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 is an alumnus of the former Hong Kong Polytechnic from which he received his clinical education in Occupational Therapy in 1983. Since then he has developed as a scholar and researcher in psychology and rehabilitation sciences. Professor Chan was Head of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences from 2005 to 2010, and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences from 2008 to 2011. In 2005, he was a visiting scholar in the Department of Psychology, Harvard University. Professor Chan 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 has published more than 160 full papers which translate knowledge in psychology and cognitive neuroscience into understanding of the behaviours 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.

Professor Chan is council member of The Education University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, and member of the Quality Assurance Council of the University Grants Committee. He is vice-chairman of the executive committee of The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation. He is honorary advisor to the Council of SAHK (formerly "The Spastics Association of Hong Kong"), and member of the Hospital Government Committees of Princess Margaret Hospital, Kwai Chung Hospital and McLehose Medical Rehabilitation Centre. He is a former member of the Rehabilitation Advisory Committee of the Labour and Welfare Bureau, The Government of HKSAR and the Occupational Safety and Health Council of Hong Kong.