Chan joined the University of Oklahoma in 2002. Chan is a professor in the Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work and Founding Director of the Hope Research Center. He also holds Adjunct Professor appointments in the OU College of Public Health and School of Community Medicine.
Chan’s current research is focused on the application of hope theory to predict adaptive behaviors and hope as a psychological strength that buffer stress and adversity among those impacted by family violence. In this context, he is also interested in the impact of prevention and intervention services on improving hope and well-being. Chan has also begun to examine the effects of collective hope on a community’s capacity to thrive.
Chan has numerous scholarly publications and books and has presented his research at both national and international conferences. Chan teaches both the master’s and doctoral level primarily in the areas of positive psychology, research methods, and statistics.
CV: Vita (pdf)