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Chinese name: 陳家承

Variants: Chan, K. K. S.

Dr Kevin Chan is an Associate Professor and the Head of Department of Psychology at the Education University of Hong Kong. He is a psychologist researching the stigma of mental disorders and developmental disabilities. He is keen in using research to inform mental health education and mental health promotion. He delivers seminars and workshops to promote the importance of stigma reduction in community. In view of the globally widespread stigma of mental disorders and developmental disabilities, he proposes anti-stigma initiatives to promote social inclusion. His work facilitates the community integration of people with mental disorders and developmental disabilities.

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Psychiatric stigma and recovery

Dr. Chan has endeavored to identify the facilitators and barriers to recovery and community integration for individuals with severe mental illness. He has introduced theoretical frameworks for clinical decision making in psychosis management, which highlight the importance of multidisciplinary care planning (Chan, Chin, et al., 2011) and consumer‐centered approaches to reaching health care decisions (Davidson & Chan, 2014; Chan & Mak, 2012). He has also been studying how mental illness could interact with social stigmatization, hampering the recovery process and overall quality of life of the affected individuals (Chan & Mak, 2014).

Course and correlates of cognitive and social cognitive impairments in psychotic disorders

Dr. Chan has examined the nature and extent of cognitive impairments in psychotic disorders, with a major focus on executive deficit. Using a set of psychometrically sound neuropsychological measurements, he has identified the relationship between cognitive impairments and clinical outcome (Chan, Xu, et al., 2012; Chan, Hui, et al., 2011; Liu et al., 2011). He has also launched a cross-sectional study of cognitive and social cognitive functions in schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

Cognitive and social cognitive models of psychopathology of psychotic disorders

Dr. Chan has endeavored to explain such psychotic symptoms as insight impairment and delusions in terms of underlying cognitive and social cognitive processes. He has examined the cognitive correlates of clinical insight in a longitudinal study of first‐episode psychosis (Chan, Chan, et al., 2012, 2014). He has also developed a game‐theoretical tool for assessing social cognition (i.e., theory of mind) in people with psychotic disorders (Chan & Chen, 2011). This instrument facilitates the characterization of the social cognitive abnormalities that may maintain and cause paranoid delusions.

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