(Early Career Research Excellence Award)
Dr Randolph CHAN Chun-ho
Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education and Counselling
Dr Randolph CHAN’s research interests focus on the mental health and well-being of young people and socially marginalized populations, particularly sexual and gender minorities.
As Principal Investigator, Dr Chan secured General Research Fund (GRF) and Early Career Scheme (ECS) funding from the Research Grants Council in the past three years. His research has made a significant theoretical contribution towards understanding the conditions that perpetuate discrimination against and the marginalization of sexual and gender minority youth. Dr Chan also received a grant from the AIDS Trust Fund of the Department of Health of the HKSAR Government to conduct research on the mental health of people living with HIV.
Dr Chan’s record of research publications has been impressive, as he has published 22 refereed articles in high-ranked journals in the past three years. His research achievements were recognized by the Faculty of Education and Human Development (FEHD) in 2020, when he was honoured with the Dean’s Research Award.
Dr Chan has developed close partnerships with international agencies, non-governmental organizations, and different stakeholders in the education sector. He works closely with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Gay and Lesbian Campus Association of China (GLCAC), and secondary schools in Mainland China to foster an inclusive campus climate and safe spaces for sexual and gender minority students.
Dr Chan is also dedicated to influencing policy and practice for LGBT+ and HIV-affected communities by collaborating with community organizations and social service providers, including the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA), AIDS Concern, the Transgender Resource Center, and the Society of True Light. He has been invited to deliver talks and training sessions on sexuality- and gender-affirming psychological and social services.
Partnering with the Sexualities Research Programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Dr Chan has actively engaged in knowledge transfer and social outreach activities to advance societal understanding of sexual and gender minorities. The research findings were featured in news media and were disseminated to key stakeholders through policy briefs and research booklets.