Centre for Health and Social Research

Dr Carina Chan
School of Psychology

Health Sciences


Relevant professional roles
Deputy Head of School of Psychology

Brief summary of experience
Carina Chan’s interest and expertise lie primarily in the psychosocial aspects of understanding health and health behaviours. Specifically, her research focuses on health promotion and disease management from social-behavioural perspectives. She has experience in conducting randomized controlled trials to promote physical activity, developing and validating health motivational measures and investigating cultural and personality issues associated with health and health behaviours. In the past few years, her research area has been extended to the prevention and management of chronic diseases which includes the development and implementation of community-based diabetes prevention and management programs within multidisciplinary teams. Some of her current research projects include topics on psychosocial interventions to promote HPV vaccination, diabetes risk perception and lifestyle behaviours, perfectionism and occupational stress, psychosocial correlates on healthy and disordered eating, religiosity and coping as well as religiosity and interpersonal relationships among Christian populations.

Completed pastoral care research projects

  • Relationships between religiosity and healthy diet among religious communities
  • Occupational stress among volunteer counsellors who provide emotional support to the general public
  • Mechanisms of the relationships between religiosity, physical health and psychological wellbeing in Christian populations

Example research publications

  1. Tan, M. M., Chan, C. K. Y., & Reidpath, D. D. (2016). Does the social gradient remain in the dietary habits of a health conscious population? A study of Seventh-Day Adventists in West Malaysia. Journal of Public Health. doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdw109
  2. Tan, M. M., Chan, C. K. Y., & Reidpath, D. D. (2016). Religiosity, dietary habit, intake of fruit and vegetable, and vegetarian status among Seventh-Day Adventists in West Malaysia. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 39, 675-686. DOI 10.1007/s10865-016-9736-8
  3. *Chan, C. K. Y., Oldenburg, B., & Viswanath, K. (2015). Advancing the science of dissemination and implementation in behavioral medicine: Evidence and progress. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 22(3), 277-282.
  4. Tan, M. M., Chan, C. K. Y., Reidpath, D. D. (2014). Faith, food and fettle: Is individual and neighbourhood religiosity/spirituality associated with a better diet? Religions, 5, 801-813. doi:10.3390/rel5030801
  5. Tan, M. M., Chan, C. K. Y., & Reidpath, D. D. (2013). Religiosity, spirituality and the intake of fruit, vegetables and fat: A systematic review. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/146214 [impact factor: 1.722]

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