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Chan Joined the University of Oklahoma in 2002. Chan is a professor in the Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work and Founding Director of the Center of Applied Research for Nonprofit Organizations. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Department of Pediatrics for the OU College of Medicine and the OU College of Public Health.

Chan’s current research is focused on the application of hope theory to predict adaptive behaviors, and hope as a psychological strength that buffer stress and adversity among those impacted by family violence. In this context, he is also interested in the impact of prevention and intervention services on improving client hope and wellbeing. Chan has numerous scholarly publications scientific journals and books and has presented his research at both national and international conferences. Chan teaches both the master’s and doctoral level primarily in the areas of positive psychology, research methods, and statistics.

Center of Applied Research for Nonprofit Organizations

The Center of Applied Research for Nonprofit Organizations aspires to be the source of community engagement for students, faculty, and staff focused on quality of life among those served by nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma. Inspired by the Positive Psychology movement and the potential to flourish, we use character strengths and the Virtue of Hope as the theory of change for vulnerable populations served by nonprofit organizations.

The mission of the University of Oklahoma is to provide the best possible educational experience for students through excellence in teaching, research, creative activity and service to the state and society. The Center of Applied Research for Nonprofit Organizations (Center) focus this mission by collaborating with community agencies to improve program services using sound scientific practice while simultaneously training students in the application of research methodologies.

Representative GRANTS: 

Total External Funding Received as of July, 2017 is $1,766,188.

2017 – Alliance for Hope International – Hope research for Family Justice Centers ($52,500)

2017 – Dept. of Justice: Office of Victims of Crime – Polyvictimization, hope and healing. ($166,884).

2017 – Impact Tulsa – Hunger Free Oklahoma ($21,850).

2016 – Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation – Program Evaluation of A Pocket full of hope ($7,000).

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