Professor WONG Kit Yee, Irene

Associate Professor (Practice in Nursing)

Tel (852) 3943 9762
Education & Qualifications RN, RM, RGN(UK), BN (Hons), MSc(Coaching Psy-chology), MSc (Nursing), PhD, FHKAN, IFA Aroma-therapist


Prof. Aileen Chan has been serving at the Nethersole School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) since 1997. During the years she has taken a variety of teaching and administrative roles including Instructor, Lecturer, Professional Consultant, Clinical Practice Coordinator, Assistant Programme Coordinator and Chief Year Coordinator. Currently, Prof. Chan is an Associate Professor of the School.

Prof. Chan received her Ph.D. in Social Medicine from CUHK. Her research interest focuses on using Tai chi and Qigong as an intervention to improve physiological, psychosocial and functional health of patients with chronic illnesses. She has conducted studies on using Tai chi and Qigong on people with chronic illnesses, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cognitive impairment and sleep disturbances. Her current studies include extending the use of Tai chi and Qigong on people with cardiovascular risk factors and on older adults.

Research Awards

  • Best Paper Award, 6th Asian Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation Conference (2016)
  • Outstanding Paper Presentation Award, HKAG 19th Annual Congress of Gerontology (2012)

(in the capacity of Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator)

Funding BodyProject Title
Research Impact FundPromoting healthy ageing through light volleyball (LVB) promotion in Hong Kong and Mainland China
Quality Education Fund, HKSAR GovernmentEnhancing psychological resilience to manage difficulties positively and to promote the mental health of junior secondary school students: A pilot study
Seeding Grant for Developing Teaching and Learning Strategies 2016-17, The Nethersole School of NursingEffects of an innovative model of clinical teaching and learning for nursing students: A group supervision model
Health and Medical Research FundEvaluation of the effectiveness of Tai Chi versus brisk walking in reducing cardiovascular risk factors: A randomised controlled trial

Leung, K. M., Chung, P. K., Chan, A. W. K., Ransdell, L., Siu, P. M. F., Sun, P., Yang, J., & Chen, T. C. (2020). Promoting health ageing through light volleyball intervention in Hong Kong: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation, 12(6), 1-8.
Leung, L. Y. L., Chan, A. W. K., Sit, J. W. H., Liu, T., & Taylor-Piliae, R. E. (2019). Tai Chi in Chinese adults with metabolic syndrome: A pilot randomised controlled trial. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 46(2019), 54-61.
Chan, A. W. K., Leung, D. Y. P., Chair, S. Y., Lee, D. T. F., Sit, J. W. H., Cheng, H. Y., & Taylor-Piliae, R. E. (2018). Tai Chi exercise is more effective than brisk walking in reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors among adults with hypertension: A randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 88(2018), 44-52. org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.08.009.
Chan, A. W. K., Tang, F. W. K., Choi, K. C., Liu, T., & Taylor-Piliae, R. E. (2018). Clinical learning experiences of nursing students using an innovative clinical partnership model: A non-randomised controlled trial. Nurse Education Today, 68(2018), 121-127. org/10.1016/j.nedt.2018.06.001.
Liu, T., Chan, A. W. K., Liu, Y. H., & Taylor-Piliae, R. E. (2018). Effects of Tai Chi-based cardiac rehabilitation on aerobic endurance, psychosocial well-being, and cardiovascular risk reduction among patients with coronary heart disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 17(4), 368-83. doi:10.1177/1474515117749592.
Chan A. W. K., Yu, D. S. F., & Choi, K. C. (2017). Effects of Tai Chi Qigong on psychosocial well-being among hidden elderly, using elderly neighborhood volunteer approach: A pilot randomised controlled trial. Clinical Interventions in Aging. 2017:12, 85-96.
Chan, A. W. K., Yu, D. S. F., Choi, K. C., Lee, D. T. F., Sit, J. W. H., & Chan, H. Y. L. (2016). Tai Chi Qigong as a means to improve night-time sleep quality among older adults with cognitive impairment: A pilot randomised controlled trial. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 11, 1277-86.
Chan, A. W. K., Chair, S. Y., Sit, J. W. H., Wong, E. M. L., Lee, D. T. F., & Fung, O. W. M. (2016). Case-based web learning versus face-to-face learning: A mixed-method study on university nursing students. Journal of Nursing Research, 24(1), 31-40. doi:10.1097/jnr.0000000000000104.

Professional & Community Service

  • Advisor, Social Science Annual Quiz 2014/15 – Food Wise Liberal Studies Cup, Hong Kong (2014 – 15)
  • Chairperson, Scientific Session, 6th Global Conference of the Alliance for Healthy Cities, Hong Kong (2014)
  • Distinguish Judge, Nursing Symposium (2015)
  • Invited Guest of Honour, Green School Symposium 2015-16
  • Advisor, Social Science Annual Quiz 2014-15
  • Advisor, Medicine Annual Quiz 2012-13
  • External Examiner, School of Nursing, Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital (2016 – present)
  • Council Member, Hong Kong College of Education and Research in Nursing (2015 – present)
  • Academic Assessor, HKU SPACE Community College (2012 – 2018)

Editorial Service

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Comprehensive Nursing Research and Care (2016 – present)
  • Honourable Editor, International Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine (2015 – present)

Honourary Academic/ Clinical Appointments

  • Honorary Registered Nurse, New Territories East Cluster, Hospital Authority (Jan 2007 – Dec 2010)