Dr. Athena Chan

Assistant Professor,
Family Social Science,
Texas Tech University

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Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX

Dr. Athena Chan

Assistant Professor,
Family Social Science,
Texas Tech University


Dr. Athena Chan is an Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Sciences at Texas Tech University. She examines the psychosocial mechanisms of resilience and healthy aging facing stressors in adulthood. Particularly, she explores how intergenerational family relationships impact individual processes of at-risk adults in their middle and late adulthood.


University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Twin Cities, Minnesota, United States
PhD, 2023
Family Social Science
2019 To 2023
Dissertation: Resilience and adaptation in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic: Complex mixed methods research of adults in Minnesota and Hong Kong
Advisor: Dr. Timothy Piehler

University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Master of Social Sciences
2015 To 2016
Dissertation: Pride and Shame: Comparing the influence of Ethnicity and Host country effect
Advisor: Dr. Nerissa Siu Ping Ho

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Bachelor of Business Administration
Finance and Operations Management
2011 To 2014

Job History

Texas Tech University
Assistant Professor
Lubbock, TX, United States
August 2023 - present

Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Research Assitant
Hung Hom, Hong Kong
March 2017 - August 2019

Kwai Chung Hospital
Research Assistant
Kwai Chung, Hong Kong
June 2016 - December 2016

Areas Of Expertise

  • Caregiving
  • Dementia
  • Elder Abuse
  • Family
  • Family: Grandparenthood/Grandparent-Grandchild Relations
  • Intergenerational Relations
  • Intergenerational Relations: Intergenerational Programming


  • Other