Official Title: Assistant Professor

Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences


Short Bio

Dr. Edward Kwan, Ph.D., MPA, BA, BSW, PCPsych. CGC

Dr. Kwan is the first certified gambling counsellor in Hong Kong SAR China and has been in private practice as a gambling addiction specialist for over 20 years. In 2003, he launched the first Basic Certification training program in Hong Kong to equip mental health workers, social workers, psychologists, and counsellors with knowledge and skills in gambling counselling. In 2005, he published the first Chinese self-help workbook. << 問題賭博互助自強手冊>> for problem gamblers and family. The workbook has been widely used as a self-help and group recovery tool by agencies in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and Chinese communities in Australia, UK, and the US. In 2007, Edward launched the first Chinese website ( to support Chinese communities around the globe with clinically grounded information related to gambling addiction. In 2009, he further developed Advanced Certificate training for professionals in the field. He has been consulted by the Hong Kong government and various local NGOs on issues of gambling addictions. He is appointed as adviser to government-subvented gambling counselling centers in Hong Kong and has been invited to present at the University of Hong Kong, Open University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was appointed as an honorary clinical associate at the Center of Behavioural Health, HKU. In late 2020, Dr. Kwan has designed and delivered a course on Addiction Counselling at the Hong Kong Institute of Christian Counsellors (HKICC).

Academic Interests

With his extensive clinical experiences and academic interests, he further contributed to the field by conducting grounded theory research on Chinese wives of problem gamblers in Hong Kong. Dr. Kwan’s doctorate degree is conferred by the University of Melbourne due to his major contribution in building new theories for guiding culturally informed addiction counselling practices in the Asian context. Dr. Kwan has been active in presenting at international conferences including 

  • the 5th Asian Pacific Problem Gambling and Addiction Conference (Hong Kong, 11/2020)

  • the 9th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health (UK, 7/2019)

  • the International Conference on Change and Innovation for a Better World: The Future of Social Work Profession (Hong Kong, 6/2019)

  • the 13th International Conference on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (Malaysia, 2018)

  • the 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health (Singapore, 2016)

    In early 2020, Dr. Kwan was invited to assist as an expert panel member in a Delphi study conducted by the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) to investigate the quality and effective service design and delivery for families and others affected by gambling harm. Dr. Kwan is an associate lecturer at the Hong Kong Insitute of Public Administration (HKIPA), an Associate Fellow of the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association (HKPCA), and a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (GMBPsS). In addition to his university teaching, Dr. Kwan is in the private practice of counseling and psychotherapy for people affected by addictive behaviours in local regions and across the globe.


Edward Kwan, Samson Tse & Alun C Jackson (2020) ' The Impact of Problem Gambling on the Female Spouses of Male Chinese Gamblers in Hong Kong: Emergence of a Multiple-Self Model'. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction.


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