Dr Nan Kin-man, Joshua

Research Focus

Arts therapies & holistic wellbeing, Nonverbal and verbal processes in counseling, Life/Death education & spirituality, Ecopsychology & arts therapy for social change, Mood disorders

Selected Research Project


Effects of clay art therapy and therapeutic art of coloring for secondary school students: A randomized controlled trial
Bridging research and practice: A train-the-trainers expressive-arts-based life-death education: A qualitative study


Nan, J. K. M. Love HK Your Way Hospicehome The Furtherance of Health Promoting Palliative Care in Hong Kong - Quarter Seven Report, Li Ka Shing Foundation, (2016 / 2015)
Clay art therapy for adults outpatients with major depressive disorder: A randomized controlled trial
The effects of an art therapy program on behavioral-emotional competencies & psychological stress of foster care children


Ho T.H. and Nan J.K.M. Using Arts as a Media for Healing - A Training Project for Sichuan School Teachers, Centre on Behavioral Health, The University of Hong Kong, (2011)

Selected Publication


Nan, J.K.M. & Ho, R.T.H. (2017). Effects of clay art therapy on adults outpatients with major depressive disorder: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Affective Disorders, 217, 237-245. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2017.04.013. (5-year IF: 3.996; 35/188 in Clinical Neurology & 31/136 in Psychiatry)
Wang, D., Nan, J.K.M., & Zhang, R.S. (2017). Structured group sandplay method on resilience of college students with typical low resilience: a pilot intervention study in China. The Arts in Psychotherapies. (accepted for publication) (5-year IF: 0.762; 97/114 in Clinical Psychology)
McKibben, E.C. & Nan, J.K.M. (2017). Enhancing holistic identity through yoga: Investigating Body-Mind-Spirit interventions on mental illness stigma across culture - a case study. Open Journal of Nursing, 7, 7-14.
Nan, J.K.M. & Man, J.C.N. (2017). "It is a taboo to talk about it": Promoting expressive arts intervention for life-death education in Hong Kong. Social Dialogue, 16(5), 46-49. ISSN 2221-352X.
Nan, J.K.M., Li, J.W.C., Tang, C.C.S., Chow, K.M.K., So, L.Y., & & Man, J.C.N. (2017). Effect of expressive arts therapy for raising self-efficacy for adolescents with emotional disturbances in secondary school setting. New perspectives for outcome-based evaluation and research on family and children\'s services. 2017. Hong Kong: The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Ho, R. T., Lai, A. H., Lo, P. H., Nan, J. K.M. & Pon, A. K. (2016). A strength-based arts and play support program for young survivors in post-quake China: Effects on self-efficacy, peer support, and anxiety. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 1-20. (IF: 1.413; 20/43 in Family Studies; 43/69 in Developmental Psychology)
Brenner, M. J., Leung, P.P.Y., Sreevani, R. & Nan, J.K.M. Moving out of darkness: Application of the Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit approach in the treatment of depression. In Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work: An Empirically-Based Approach to Assessment and Treatment of Depression., Chan, CHY & Chan, CLW, Oxford University Press, (2016 / 2017)
Nan, J.K.M. (2016). The film roll of life - how to conduct life death education with the elderly via arts. Life death education for the elderly: A practice manual (Chinese). Lutheran Church Social Services, HK.
Nan, J.K.M., Pang K.S.Y., Lam K.K.F. & Szeto M.M.L. (2016). An expressive-arts-based life death education program for the elderly: A qualitative research. Life death education for the elderly: A practice manual (Chinese). Lutheran Church Social Services, HK.


Nan, J.K.M. (2015). Therapeutic effects of Clay Art Therapy for patients with depression (Doctoral dissertation). The University of Hong Kong.


Nan, J. K. M., & Ho, R. T. H. (2014). Affect regulation and treatment for depression and anxiety through art: theoretical ground and clinical issues. Annals of Depression and Anxiety, 1(2), 1-6.


Nan, J.K.M. & Hinz, L.D. (2012). Applying the Formal Elements Art Therapy Scale (FEATS) to Adults in an Asian Population Art Therapy. Journal of the American Art Therapy, 29(3), 127-132.
Ho, R. T., Fan, F., Lai, A. H., Lo, P. H., Potash, J. S., Kalmanowitz, D. L., Nan, J. K. M., Pon, K. L., Shi, Z. & Chan, C. L. (2012). An expressive arts-based and strength-focused experiential training program for enhancing the efficacy of teachers affected by earthquake in China. Creative Education, 3(01), 67.