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
  • Mental health
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Medication-related behaviours
  • Adherence
  • Digital health
  • 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

Postgraduate supervision


Mr Jiayi Gong - HRC Clinical Training Fellow : Persistent opioid use and opioid-related harm after surgery and trauma | Health Research Council of New Zealand (hrc.govt.nz) - PhD

Ms Hoda Fahmy: “Pattern and predictors of opioid use for non-cancer-related pain in older adults” - MHSc

Ms Nouf Al-Meshal: "Understanding and Changing Patients Demand for Antibiotics in Upper Respiratory Tract Infection: A Behavioural Approach", UCL - PhD

Ms Caroline Katzer: "Changing adherence related beliefs in asthma: Developing an intervention using health psychology theory", UCL - PhD


Dr Marissa Mes: "Treatment and illness beliefs in Asthma: Changing beliefs and improving adherence to maintenance treatment in adults with a Perceptions and Practicalities Approach (PAPA) intervention", UCL - PhD

Dr Christina Pearce: "Adherence in Children with Problematic Severe Asthma", UCL - PhD

Ms Sukeshi Makhecha: "Novel digital technology to monitor adherence in children with asthma", UCL - MSc(Pharmacy)

Ms Elpida Makri: "Do patients’ views of what they need from their relationship with doctors encompass elements of empowerment? A qualitative study on type 2 diabetes”, UCL - MSc(Health Psychology)

Ms Maria Kazazis: "General beliefs about medicines and disease modifying treatment use in individuals with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis : a secondary analysis of data from the TaP-MS study”, UCL - MSc (Health Psychology)

Ms Armadeep Dhesi: "Evaluation of a respiratory MUR service in the UK: effect on health outcomes", UCL - MPharm

Ms Reina Jurdi: “Review of portable spirometers for asthma”, UCL - MPharm



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

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Tibble, H., Chan, A., Mitchell, E. A., Horne, E., Doudesis, D., Horne, R., ... Tsanas, A. (2020). A data-driven typology of asthma medication adherence using cluster analysis. Scientific reports, 10 (1)10.1038/s41598-020-72060-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ed Mitchell
  • Beyene, K., Chan, A. H. Y., Bandreddi, N. S. T., Tabar, R. B., Moyle, E., Nath, S., ... Harrison, J. (2020). Patient satisfaction with community pharmacist-led anticoagulation management services and its relationship with patient characteristics in New Zealand. International journal of clinical pharmacy10.1007/s11096-020-01124-y
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jeff Harrison, Kebede Beyene
  • Baggott, C., Chan, A., Hurford, S., Fingleton, J., Beasley, R., Harwood, M., ... Levack, W. M. M. (2020). Patient preferences for asthma management: a qualitative study. BMJ open, 10 (8)10.1136/bmjopen-2020-037491
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Matire Harwood
  • Chan, A. H. Y., Katzer, C. B., Horne, R., Haughney, J., Correia de Sousa, J., Williams, S., & Kaplan, A. (2020). SABA Reliance Questionnaire (SRQ): Identifying Patient Beliefs Underpinning Reliever Overreliance in Asthma. The journal of allergy and clinical immunology. In practice10.1016/j.jaip.2020.07.014
  • Katzer, C. B., Mes, M. A., Chan, A. H. Y., Wileman, V., Taylor, S. J. C., & Horne, R. (2020). 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, 57 (7), 769-777. 10.1080/02770903.2019.1609983
  • 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


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

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