Dr Amy Hai Yan Chan

BPharm(Hons), PhD

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Senior Research Fellow


Dr Amy Chan is a senior clinical research fellow at the School of Pharmacy, University of Auckland, New Zealand, and holds an honorary post at the Centre of Behavioural Medicine, University College London.  She is a clinical pharmacist academic and is currently in a joint-appointment between the University and Auckland District Health Board. Amy completed her PhD with the School of Pharmacy in medicines-related behaviour which investigated the effect of a digital adherence intervention on treatment adherence in asthma.  Amy has nearly 15 years’ experience in the public health service, where she led the clinical pharmacy service in mental health and was involved in health delivery research.

Since then, Amy has led on several research projects in the area of behavioural medicine – specifically on understanding patterns of health behaviour in individuals and in health professionals, and the factors which influence these behaviours. She has specific expertise on medicines-related behaviour such as medicines adherence, and the role of digital interventions to promote health behaviour change.  Amy is also a member of the WHO health workers hub, is the global lead for workforce transformation with FIP, and the Commonwealth Pharmacists’ Association Professional Development and Research Lead. Amy also provides consultancy to medical research organisations, non-government organisations, and has been involved in developing patient-centric programmes in a variety of healthcare settings.  She has skills in both qualitative and quantitative research approaches and experience in human-centred research.

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Behavioural science
  • Asthma
  • Medication-related behaviours
  • Adherence
  • Risk factors
  • Health service delivery
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Pharmaceutical care
  • Clinical pharmacy

Teaching | Current

P410 - Pharmacy final year undergraduate dissertation paper

P311 - lecture on asthma in the respiratory module

P411 - lectures in the neurology module


BPharm(Hons) - Bachelor of Pharmacy with First Class Honours

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Chan, A. H. Y., Cooper, V., Lycett, H., & Horne, R. (2020). Practical Barriers to Medication Adherence: What Do Current Self- or Observer-Reported Instruments Assess?. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 11.10.3389/fphar.2020.00572
  • Chan, A. H. Y., Rutter, V., Ashiru-Oredope, D., Tuck, C., & Babar, Z. U. D. (2020). Together we unite: The role of the Commonwealth in achieving universal health coverage through pharmaceutical care amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice, 13 (1).10.1186/s40545-020-00214-6
  • Chan, A. H. Y., Horne, R., Hankins, M., & Chisari, C. (2019). The Medication Adherence Report Scale (MARS-5): a measurement tool for eliciting patients' reports of non-adherence. British journal of clinical pharmacology10.1111/bcp.14193
  • Mes, M. A., Katzer, C. B., Wileman, V., Chan, A. H. Y., Horne, R., & Taylor, S. J. C. (2019). Pharmacist-led adherence support in general practice: a qualitative interview study of adults with asthma. BMJ open, 9 (11)10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032084
  • Lam, Z., Aikman, K. L., & Chan, A. H. Y. (2019). What's your PLAN? A pilot study of a brief intervention to improve patient self-reported understanding of their health condition and medication in an inpatient hospital setting. European journal of hospital pharmacy : science and practice, 26 (4), 193-198. 10.1136/ejhpharm-2017-001399
  • Mes, M. A., Chan, A. H. Y., Wileman, V., Katzer, C. B., Goodbourn, M., Towndrow, S., ... Horne, R. (2019). Patient involvement in questionnaire design: Tackling response error and burden. Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice, 12 (1).10.1186/s40545-019-0175-0
  • Katzer, C. B., Mes, M. A., Chan, A. H. Y., Wileman, V., Taylor, S. J. C., & Horne, R. (2019). Acceptability of a theory-based adherence intervention for adults with asthma - a person-based approach. The Journal of asthma : official journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma, 1-9. 10.1080/02770903.2019.1609983
  • Tuck, C., Maamri, A., Chan, A. H. Y., & Babar, Z.-U.-D. (2019). Editorial: Medicines pricing, access and safety in Morocco. Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH, 24 (3), 260-263. 10.1111/tmi.13191


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Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 503 - Bldg 503
Level 3, Room 301
New Zealand

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