Official Title: Assistant Professor

Faculty: 健康科學學院


Short Bio

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

Dr. Kwan is the first certified gambling counselor 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 counselors with knowledge and skills in gambling counseling. 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, the 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 is appointed as adviser to different associations and government-subvented gambling counseling centers in Hong Kong including the Hong Kong Police Junior Police Officers’ Association (since 2002), the Caritas Addicted Gamblers Counselling Center of Hong Kong (since 2003), the Sunshine Center Lutheran Social Services in Hong Kong (since 2004), the Yuk Lai Hin Counselling Center, Zion Social Service Hong Kong (since 2007). Dr Kwan has been invited to present at the University of Hong Kong, the Open University of Hong Kong, the 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 (2003-2006). 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 Fellow of the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association (HKPCA), and a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (GMBPsS).

Academic Interests

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

  • International Symposium on Children and Youth Health and Well-being (Macau, 11/2023)

  • the 8th Asian Academy of Family Therapy (AAFT) Annual Conference (Hong Kong, 10/2023)

  • 第十海峽兩岸 暨港澳地區高校心理輔導與咨詢高峰論壇 (中國北京, 07/2023) [The Tenth Cross-Strait and Hong Kong and Macao University Psychological Counseling and Consultation Summit Forum (Beijing, China, 07/2023)]

  • 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)


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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