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Dr Chi-Wen Chien
PolyU Scholars Hub


Associate Professor

BSc (NTU), MEd (JCU), PhD (Monash)


Dr Chien has been an occupational therapist since graduating from National Taiwan University with a Bachelor’s degree in 2003. Prior to joining The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, he earned a PhD from Monash University in 2010 and completed a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship at The University of Queensland, Australia. Throughout these periods, he has extensively worked with children who have physical, developmental, or intellectual disabilities, along with their families.

Dr Chien holds strong research interests in parent coaching, specifically utilizing Occupational Performance Coaching, and in studying children’s participation in home and community activities. He has also developed several children’s hand skill-related measures and has validated the psychometric properties of many existing rehabilitation-related measures using modern test theory, such as the Rasch Measurement Model. Additionally, he has created and oversees two online databases: the Children’s Hand Skills Assessment Hub and the Hub of Occupational Therapy theory. These databases document various children’s fine motor assessments and occupational therapy theories, models, and frameworks for use in research and teaching.

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, National Taiwan University
  • Master of Education with Honours, James Cook University, Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Therapy, Monash University, Australia

Research Interests

  • Participation-focused interventions for children with developmental disabilities
  • Occupational Performance Coaching
  • Psychometrics and Rasch Measurement Model
  • Rasch measurement analysis
  • Hand skills in children

Research Output

    • Chien CW, Lin CY, Lai YYC, Graham F. Parent coaching to enhance community participation in young children with developmental disabilities: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Research in Developmental Disabilities 2024, Online Ahead of Print.
    • Lo OYH, Wong YM, Kwok NT, Ma PS, Chien CW. Relationship between change in participation and later mental health problems in children. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health 2024, 2024, Online Ahead of Print.
    • Huang Q, Kuo LC, Fong KNK, Chien CW. Rapid online correction of reach-to-manipulate movements in children with developmental coordination disorder: A pilot kinematic comparison study. Clinical Biomechanics 2024, Online Ahead of Print.
    • Choi PH, Ma PS, Mak WY, Mok NP, Lai YYC, Chien CW. Participation of children with and without disabilities in home, school, and community in Hong Kong: A 2-year longitudinal study. Hong Kong Journal of Occupational Therapy 2022, 35(1): 71-83.
    • Chien CW. Effects of the change in activity participation during coronavirus disease pandemic on children's mental health. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 2022, 76(2): 7602345010.
    • Chien CW, Leung C, Schoeb V, Au A. A Chinese version of the Young Children's Participation and Environment Measure: Psychometric evaluation in a Hong Kong sample. Disability and Rehabilitation 2021, 43(21): 3061-3069.
    • Chien CW, Lin CY. Community participation of school-age children: Who is at risk of restricted participation? Physical and Occupational Therapy In Pediatrics 2021, 41(5): 447-463.
    • Andrews N, Chien CW, Ireland D, Vamfield M. Overactivity assessment in chronic pain: The development and psychometric evaluation of a multifaceted self-report assessment. European Journal of Pain 2021, 25(1): 225-242.
    • Chien CW, Mo SYC, Chow J. Using an international role-modeling pedagogy to engage first-year occupational therapy students in learning professionalism. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 2020, 74(6): 7406205060p1-p11.
    • Ng CKM, Lam SHF, Tsang STK, Yuen CMC, Chien CW. The relationship between parents' internalized stigma and their children's participation in home, school, and community activities among preschool children with autism spectrum disorder. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2020, 17(5): 1799.

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