Texas Tech University

Athena Chan, Ph.D.

PARA Lab Director
Pathways to Adult Resilience and Healthy Aging (PARA) Lab

Email: Athena.Chan@ttu.edu

Dr. Athena Chan is an assistant professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at Texas Tech University. She received her Ph.D. in Family Social Science from University of Minnesota in 2023. As an interdisciplinary scholar, she received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a master's degree in Psychology in Hong Kong. Prior to her doctoral degree in the U.S., she worked as a research coordinator in Mental Health Nursing. Her passion in research could be traced back to performing street surveys in middle school and engaging in undergraduate research.

Dr. Chan's program of research investigates the psychosocial mechanisms of resilience and healthy aging facing stressors. Growing up in a multigenerational household, she is excited about working with adults in their middle and late adulthood, particularly family caregivers. Her research is grounded in family theories and empirically examines those conceptual frameworks. To do so, she uses quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods design to disentangle the intersection of individual and family influences under sociocultural context. As a first-generation college student, Dr. Chan is committed to mentoring her trainees to achieve their research and professional development goals. Outside of work, she loves baking and playing the piano.
Athena Chan