Dr Carina Chan - Nat Sch Psychology (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Dr Carina Chan is the Deputy Head of School of Psychology (Brisbane). She joined Australian Catholic University in March 2014. A graduate of the University of Auckland in New Zealand and trained in health psychology, Carina's primary interest and expertise are in the psychosocial aspects of understanding health and health behaviours. She has strong interests in health promotion and the prevention and management of chronic diseases, some of her recent projects included the development and implementation of a community-based Malaysia Diabetes Prevention Program, the development of a diabetes risk representation measure and modification of a diabetes risk assessment tool.

She has also conducted projects on eating disorders, HPV vaccination, workplace health psychology and psychological assessment. Carina has previously worked in a developing country and has been involved in regional research training and building research capabilities in prevention and management of chronic diseases in South-east Asia.

Carina was a visiting scientist at Harvard School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is the President of the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine (ASBHM) and the inaugural chairperson of INSPIRE (International Network for Supporting Promising Individual Researchers in their Early career) at the International Society of Behavioural Medicine. She is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Behavioral Medicine and Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being.


Phone :7891 (Brisbane)
Email :carina.chan@acu.edu.au
URIs : Personal Website

Research Interests

Health Psychology ; Health Promotion ; Chronic Disease ; Risk Perception ; Health Behaviours ; Psychosocial interventions ;

Methods Expertise

Quantitative ; Randomised Controlled Trials ; Community-based intervention ; Survey Design ; Measures development and validation ;

Research Projects

Completed Projects

  • Risk perception, psychosocial factors and message framing on intent to vaccinate against HPV (Undergraduate) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Parent-adolescent communication about sexual health (Undergraduate) (Co-Supervisor)
  • Risk representations of Type 2 diabetes among the general public (Undergraduate) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Do avoidant, approach and neutral mental imagery reduce binge drinking? (Master) (Principal Supervisor)
  • The role of narcissism in eating disorders (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)

Current Projects

  • Understanding the psychosocial wellbeing and mobility needs of the visually impaired: An exploratory study (Undergraduate) (Principal Supervisor)

Selected Publications


Religiosity, dietary habit, intake of fruit and vegetable, and vegetarian status among the Seventh-Day Adventists in West Malaysia, in Journal of Behavioral Medicine


Advancing the science of dissemination and implementation in behavioral medicine: Evidence and progress, in International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 22(3), 277-282

A web-based dietary intervention for people with type 2 diabetes: Development, implementation and evaluation., in International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 22(3), 365-373


Moderating effects of media exposure on associations between socioeconomic position and cancer worry, in Asia Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 15, 5845-5851

A web-based dietary intervention for people with type 2 diabetes: Development, implementation and evaluation, in International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (in press)

Predicting eustress and distress among university staff: Differential roles of positive and negative perfectionism, in Personality and Individual Differences, 58, 76-81

Faith, food and fettle: Is individual and neighborhood religiosity/spirituality associated with a better diet? , in Religions, 5, 801-813


Religiosity, spirituality and the intake of fruit, vegetables and fat: A systematic review., in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Predicting eating problems among Malaysian Chinese: Differential roles of positive and negative perfectionism. Personality and Individual Differences, in Personality and Individual Differences, 54, 744-749


Contexualising chronicity: Perspectives from Malaysia., in Globalization and Health, 8, 4-9

Prevention of Type 2 diabetes mellitus and its complications in developing countries: A review, in International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 19, 121-133

Promoting physical activity with goal-oriented mental imagery: A randomized controlled trial., in Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 35(3), 347-363


Web-based interventions for the prevention and management of Type 2 diabetes mellitus: A systematic review of recent evidence., in BMC Public Health

Rethinking health care systems: A focus on chronicity, in The Lancet, 377(9764), 450-451


Perfectionism and eating disturbances in Korean immigrants: Moderating effects of acculturation and ethnic identity, in Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 13(4), 293-302

Behavioral interventions for prevention and management of chronic disease, in Handbook of Behavioral Medicine: Methods and Applications (pp.969-988)


Designing health communications: Harnessing the power of affect, imagery, and self-regulation., in Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2(1), 262-282


Perfectionism and eating disorder symptomatology in Chinese immigrants: Mediating and moderating effects of acculturation and ethnic identity, in Psychology and Health, 21(1), 49-63

Other information

Recent Awards and Distinctions

2014 Contributions to International Collaboration Award
International Society of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Young Scientist/Diabetes Healthcare Professional Award
International Diabetes Federation (World Diabetes Congress)

2010-2012 Pro Vice-Chancellor's awards for excellence in research, teaching and administration
Monash University