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Stella Chan

Chancellor's Fellowship -Reader

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

I am happy to discuss with individual students to explore possible PhD or MSc research projects. As a broad outline, my research interest lies in the biopsychosocial mechanisms underlying the vulnerabiliy to depression or other mood disorders. I am interested in both experimental work exploring the processes underlying risk and resilience, as well as clinical studies investigating the evidence base for preventive measures or early interventions for young people. Some possible projects are:
Development of Cognitive Bias Modification as a preventive tool for adolescents at risk for developing depression or anxiety
Potential benefits of Compassionate Mind Model for adolescents at risk for developing depression
How does self-compassion (or self-criticism) affect the way we process emotional information?
Cultural differences in emotional processing and their impacts on mental wellbeing

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Clinical Psychology, University of East Anglia
Vulnerability to depression and cognitive bias modification
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Oxford
Vulnerability to Depression and Emotional Processing
Master in Science, University of Oxford
Effects of Memory Specificity on Image Generation and Problem Solving
Bachelor of Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professional Qualifications

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, ClinPsyD


I was born in Hong Kong and grew up in a fire station because my father was a fireman. Upon completing my first degree in Psychology, I came to Britain for my postgraduate studies. Between 2003 and 2008 I was at the University of Oxford, where I obtained a MSc in Research Methods in Psychology, followed by a DPhil in Experimental Psychology (under the supervision of Prof Catherine Harmer). In 2007-8, I was College Lecturer in Psychology at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, where I was actively involved in undergraduate teaching and providing pastoral care for students. After that, I held two brief postdoctoral research positions, first at the Institute of Psychiatry and then the University of Cambridge. Between 2009 and 2012, I undertook doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at the University of East Anglia while working clinically in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. In October 2012, I moved to the University of Edinburgh to start my new appointment as a Chancellor's Fellow at the School of Health in Social Science. Outside work, I am a keen member of the National Trust and am particularly fond of walking, singing, dancing, cooking, and water sports.

Research activities & awards

  1. PLoS ONE (Journal)

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  2. Journal of behavior therapy and experimental psychiatry (Journal)

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  3. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice (Journal)

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