Prof. Agnes Chan
Prof. Chan Sui Yin Agnes is currently a full professor in the Department of Psychology of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Director of the Research Center for Neuropsychological Well-Being. She has taught in the Clinical Psychology programme at CUHK for over 20 years. Prof. Chan is the founder of the Pro-Talent Association Ltd. and serves as the director to guide the development of the Association and to ensure the quality of our clinical services.
Prof. Chan got her undergraduate degree as well as double master’s degrees in psychology and social work from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She obtained a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology (specialised in Neuropsychology) from the University of California at San Diego in 1995. Prof. Chan is a clinical neuropsychologist with about 30 years of clinical and research experience in training children and adults with cognitive disorders, including children with autism, learning disabilities and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and adults with dementia and amnesia.
Prof. Chan’s unique brain-based clinical approach is an integration of her enriched knowledge in brain science research and Chinese medical philosophy. She is especially interested in studying how the brain works in relation to various brain disorders and what effective brain-based training can enhance our cognitive functions and emotion. Her research has been published in top-ranking journals including Nature, Archive of Neurology, Cancer, Neuropsychology and Journal of Affective Disorder. Her earlier work was focused on a computational modelling predicting the cognitive deterioration of Alzheimer’s disease, and this line of research has earned her two awards from the American Psychological Association and the International Neuropsychology Association. Prof. Chan then continued to study the brain plasticity related to earlier life experience, and this theoretical model was published in Nature and then reported by New York Times, Washington Post, ABC, BBC and other media worldwide. In 2004, Professor Chan was awarded the Early Career Award by the American Psychological Association for her outstanding contribution to research and development in brain science. She was awarded the Outstanding Research Award by the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2011, and was also awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons in Hong Kong in 2003. Besides, Prof. Chan is one of the pioneers in applying Chinese medical philosophy using the Western scientific approach, and has published papers in exploring the effects of different Chinese intervention methods on patients with brain disorders. For the past several years, she has been conducting a series of scientific research to study the effect of the Chanwuyi Lifestyle Medicine Program on neurological and psychiatric disorder and the findings are very promising. Such program has been showed to be effective in improving cognitive functions, emotion, and physical health.
Founder & Director
Dr. Sze Lai Man Sophia is a registered clinical psychologist of the Division of Clinical Psychology of Hong Kong Psychological Society. Dr. Sze obtained a Master of Social Sciences and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Clinical Psychology in 2004 and 2009 respectively at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Since graduation, she has been working at CUHK as a clinical psychologist to provide neuropsychological assessment and cognitive training for individuals with brain disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia) and to assist clinical research on individuals with various brain disorders and exploring potential interventions for those patients.
Dr. Sophia Sze
Ms. Christy Cheung
Ms. Cheung Ho Ying Christy obtained Bachelor degree of Social Science in Psychology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Ms. Cheung has clinical assistant work experience in a general hospital and a non-governmental organisation. She assisted clinical psychologists and special educational needs facilitators in delivering clinical training for children and adults with special educational needs, such as autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Recently, she has been providing clinical training in clinical and school settings for children and adolescents with special education needs, and assisting with the related clinical research work.
Mr. Kenneth Lai
Mr. Lai Pui Hong Kenneth has obtained Bachelor degree of Social Sciences in Psychology from The University of Hong Kong. He has some experience in teaching children and adolescents with special education needs, and he has assisted counseling and teaching work in various educational settings, ranging from local secondary school to private learning center. Recently, he has been providing clinical training for children with special education needs in clinical and school settings, and assisting with the related clinical research work.
Ms. Quin Chan
Ms. Chan Suet Pan Quin has obtained a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance, and has extensive experience in accounting and management. Ms. Chan had been working at an enterprise with diversified business as an accountant for more than ten years, and had nearly ten years of work experience in a management role. She has joined the Pro-Talent Association since 2016 and is responsible for the management and logistic of the center.
Programme Service Manager
Mr. Chan Chiu Hung Baffin has obtained a Master Degree in Total Quality Management, and had nearly thirty years of work experience in a management role. He is a certified instructor for training individuals with autism spectrum disorders and children with special education needs. Mr. Chan has over 40 years of experience in music. Mr. Chan has attained the Grade 8 certificate of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Since 1980s, he began to have music performance at the Hong Kong City Hall and has won the champion of many guitar competitions, including Yamaha Guitar Festival and Joint University Music Competition. He is responsible for the management of the centre and has provided music training to children with special education needs.