Josephine Chan, PhD, OTR, CHS

Professor, Houston Center

Josephine Chan


6700 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030 

Research Focus

Dr. Chan’s research interests include Learning & Teaching, General Rehabilitation, and Hand Rehabilitation.

Current Projects

Neuroscience-based learning and teaching

  • Using the ‘whole brain” approach
  • Application of neuroimaging and neuro-mapping (brainwave feedback) to facilitate learning and development of clinical reasoning skills


1999: Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of Houston
1992: M.A. Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University
1984: B.S. Occupational Therapy, Hong Kong Polytechnic University



Schier & Chan (2007). Changes In Life Roles Following Hand Injury. Journal of Hand Therapy, January 2007, p.57-68.
Davidson, Chan & Frieden, “Dedication: A Tribute to Jean Amspoker Spencer”, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 2006.
Chan & Spencer (2005). Adaptation to Hand Injury: Contrasting Perspectives on Pain. Journal of Hand Therapy, December 2005, 429-435.
Chan & Spencer (2004). Adaptation to Hand Injury: An Evolving Experience. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 2004, p.128-139.
Chan & Spencer, “Usefulness of Qualitative Knowledge Development in Hand Therapy”, Journal of Hand Therapy, January 2004, p. 429-436.

Honors and Awards

Writer Award, awarded by American Society of Hand Therapists on the publication of “Contrasting Perspective on Pain following Hand Injury”, 2006.

Potential Research Opportunities for Students

Application of mobile EEG technology to study (in general rehab and hand rehab):

  • OT treatment effectives and outcomes
  • validation of OT evaluation (tools and process)
  • application of neuroimaging and neuro-mapping (brainwave feedback) in OT practice

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