Dr. NAN Kin Man, Joshua

My current research focuses on the application of arts therapies in the enhancement of psychological health. As a nonverbal form of psychotherapy, arts therapies embrace a broad array of theories, techniques, and application methods that can potentially complement verbal psychotherapy, in dealing with psychological issues and fostering holistic health for various populations. One of my ongoing projects “Effects of Clay Art Therapy and therapeutic art of coloring for secondary school students – A randomized controlled trial” addresses the prominent need of dealing with emotional problems of secondary school students. This study investigates the efficacies of different forms of arts in dealing with psychological stress of HK youth. Another project comprises both training and research components, in which social workers were trained to apply expressive arts methods to work with elderly on Life Death Education. The project was collaborated with District Elderly Community and Neighborhood Elderly Centre of Evangelical Lutheran Church Social Service. In community services, I have been actively involved in the project “ Hospicehome The Furtherance of Health Promoting Palliative Care in Hong Kong” (Funded by Li Ka Shing Foundation, PI. 2015-16). http://www.hospicehome.hk/ The project encompassed a range of community activities including a palliative care conference. Besides, I am invited by the Hong Kong Association of Art Therapists to be their plenary speaker in Adolescent Mental Health and Art Therapy Conference, hosted during Oct 26th – 31st 2016 http://www.cfsc.org.hk/rehab/ym/zh/news-detail.php?id=39. The theme of my presentation is “Fostering Emotional Wellbeing: Treating emotional problems of children and youth with art in the framework of the Expressive Therapies Continuum”.

  • Room no. CJT-525
  • E: joshuanan@hku.hk
  • T: (852) 39177310
  • Position: Assistant Professor

Nan, J.K.M. & Ho, R.T.H. (2014). Affect regulation and treatment for depression and anxiety through art: Theoretical ground and clinical issues. Annals of Depression and Anxiety.
Brenner, M.J., Leung, P.P.Y., Sreevani, R. & Nan, J. K.M. Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work: An Empirically-based Approach to Assessment and Treatment of Depression. In Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work: An Empirically-based Approach to Assessment and Treatment of Depression., Chan, CHY & Chan, CLW, Oxford University Press (In press).
Nan, J.K.M. (2015). Therapeutic effects of Clay Art Therapy for patients with depression (Doctoral dissertation). The University of Hong Kong.
Ho, R.T.H., Lai, A.H.Y., Lo, P.H.Y., Nan, J. K.M. & Pon, A.K.L. (2016). A strength-based arts and play support program for young survivors in post-quake China: Effects on self-efficacy, peer support, and anxiety. Journal of Early Adolescence, 1-20.
Nan, J.K.M. and Hinz, L.D. (2012). Applying the Formal Elements Art Therapy Scale (FEATS) to Adults in an Asian Population Art Therapy. Journal of the American Art Therapy, 29(3), 127-132.
Member of Professional Trainers of Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers (2012 – present)
Professional member of Hong Kong Association of Arts Therapists (2010 – present)
Art-Therapist-Registered, American Art Therapy Credential Board (2014 - present)
a. Effects of clay art therapy and therapeutic art of coloring for secondary school students – A randomized controlled trial. (Seed Funding Programme for Basic Research, HKU. PI. 2016-17).
b. Training and applying expressive arts therapy methods in Life-Death Education for elderly - A collaborative project with District Elderly Community and Neighborhood Elderly Centre of Evangelical Lutheran Church Social Service. PI. 2015-17.
c. Love Hong Kong Your Way Hospicehome – The Furtherance of Health Promoting Palliative Care in Hong Kong. (Sponsored by Li Ka Shing Foundation, PI. 2015 -2016).
d. The effect of clay art therapy on emotional regulation in adults with depression: A pilot Event Related Potential (ERP) study (Seed Funding Program for Basic Research, HKU, CoI. 2014-2015.