Dr. CHAN Chitat 陳智達博士

Assistant Professor

PhD (London)
MPhil (PolyU)
PgDip in Theatre Studies (HKU SPACE)

3400 3682

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in human services
Narrative practice
Youth services
Youth development
Self & Identity

My URLs:
Google Scholar


Narrative Practice

Social Work Theory & Practice

Human Behavior and 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 focuses on the interplay between new media technology (ICT) and human behaviour, particularly issues/interventions related to youth, self, and identity. He received his social work degree from the Hong Kong Baptist University, MPhil from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and PhD from the Institute of Education, University of London. Before his academic career, he was a theatre practitioner, a school social worker, a secondary school teacher, and a manager in an education technology company. Dr. Chan’s unique career path presents a good blend of frontline, management, and academic experience, which makes him an effective leader in large scale projects requiring multidisciplinary and multilevel collaborations.

Selected Publications: 


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 (epub ahead of print), 1-6. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15228835.2017.1356996

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). ICT-supported social work interventions with youth: A critical review. Journal of Social Work (epub ahead of print). doi: 10.1177/1468017316651997

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. (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. doi:dx.doi.org/10.2304/csee.2013.12.3.148

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, C., & 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.

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.

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.

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, 2015-2018)

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, 2017-2019)

Chan, Chitat. (PI). The Human Libraries Hub: A practice research project (HKJC Charities Trust, 2018-2020)

Professional & Community Service: 

Associate Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Technology in Human Services
Editorial Board Member, Research on Social Work Practice