Dr. CHAN Hoi Yan, Celia

As a social work researcher and practitioner working in healthcare settings, Celia integrates best research evidence with clinical experience by applying the Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Intervention Model, an empirically-based approach to assessment and treatment which connects Western therapeutic techniques with Eastern philosophies and practices. She has extensive clinical experience in working with different populations including patients with cancer, insomnia, psoriasis, infertility, depression and anxiety and is currently conducting several randomized-controlled studies in examining the efficacy of the model. Hence, as the first infertility counsellor in Hong Kong, she is committed to develop research and practice on fertility and infertility counselling in Hong Kong. She offers psychological assessment and counselling as well as runs psychotherapeutic groups for individuals and couples who are infertile and undergoing assisted reproductive technologies, and those who are experiencing various types of reproductive loss. She is currently the Coordinator (China and Hong Kong) of the International Infertility Counseling Organization. Her major areas of research and training: Research and practice on fertility and infertility counselling; psychodermatology; clinical decision-making in health and social care; evidence based social work practice and the Integrated Body-mind-spirit Intervention Model.

Chan, C. H. Y.*, Ji, X., Chan, J. S. M., Lau, B. H. P., So, K. F., Li, A., Chung, K. F., Ng, S. M. & Chan, C. L. W. (2017). Effects of the integrative mind-body intervention on depression, sleep disturbances and plasma IL-6. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 85, 54-56.
Chan, C. H. Y.*, Lau, H. P. B., Tam, M. Y. J., & Ng, E. H. Y. (2016). A longitudinal study investigating the role of decision conflicts and regret and short term psychological adjustment after IVF treatment failure among infertile women. Human Reproduction, 31(12), 2772-2780.
Lo, I. P. Y., Chan, C. H. Y.*, Chan, T. H. Y. (2016). Perceived importance of childbearing and attitudes towards assisted reproductive technologies among Chinese lesbians in Hong Kong: Implications for psychological well-being. Fertility and sterility, 106(5), 1221-1229.
Chan, C. H. Y.*, Chan, T. H. Y., Peterson, B. D., Lampic, C., & Tam, M. Y. J. (2015). Intentions and attitudes towards parenthood and fertility awareness among Chinese university students in Hong Kong: A comparison with Western samples. Human Reproduction, 30(2), 364-372.
Chan, C. H. Y.*, Chan, T. H. Y., Leung, P. P. Y., Brenner, M., Wong, V. P. Y., Leung, E. K. T., Wang, X., Lee, M. Y., Chan, J. S. M., Chan, C. L. W. (2014). Rethinking well-being in terms of affliction and equanimity: Development of Holistic Well-being Scale. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 23(3-4), 289-308.
Advisor, Hong Kong Dermatology Foundation 2015 – present
Committee Member, Steering Committee Meeting of Caritas "Love and Chastity" Comprehensive Sex Education Project, Caritas Family Service 2014 – present
Honorary Consultant, Love and Care for the Sick Foundation Limited 2012 – present
PI: Effects of a self-administered integrative body-mind-spirit intervention in reducing women’s anxiety during the IVF waiting period: A randomized controlled trial [27400414] Funding Sources : Early Career Scheme / General Research Fund
PI: Treatment decision making at the end of an unsuccessful IVF cycle: A prospective study on preferences of involvement and psychological adjustment among Chinese women [HKU740613H] Funding Source : General Research Fund
Co-I : Comparing the effectiveness of integrative body-mind-spirit group intervention and cognitive-behavioral group on quality of life and psycho-socio-spiritual distress for lung cancer patients and their family caregivers: A randomized controlled trial [17614515] Funding Source: General Research Fund
PI: Seeing the Invisible: Family empowerment program for children with atopic eczema and their caregivers - Funding Source UBS Optimus Foundation
PI : Empowering and strengthening mental health and wellness among patients by an Integrative Body-mind-spirit Yangsheng approach - Funding Source : Hospital Authority, HKSAR
PI : Integrative Body-mind-spirit group intervention for patients with depressive and anxiety disorders - Funding Source : Hospital Authority, HKSAR
PI : Development on the Managed Care for Pregnant Girls Services, Mother’s Choice, Hong Kong Funding Source : Mother’s Choice
PI : Professional competence training for HKACS-Jockey Club “Walking Hand-in-Hand” cancer family support project - Funding Source : The Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society
PI : Model development and evaluation of a community-based “Walking hand-in-hand” cancer family support project - Funding Source : The Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society
PI : Certificate course in infertility counseling - Funding Source : Hong Kong Society for Reproductive Medicine
PI : Development of research and practice in infertility counseling - Funding Source : Hong Kong Society for Reproductive Medicine