Jennifer Ma


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Dr. Jennifer Ma is an Early Career Researcher who received her PhD training at the Centre for Mental Health Research, the Australian National University. She was a recipient of the ANU/NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide prevention scholarship in 2015, where her research aimed to promote suicide prevention through the better identification of suicide risk and protective factors using the Interpersonal Psychological Theory of Suicide (IPTS) as a framework. She hopes to utilise her research to aid in the development of future scales and intervention programs.  

Since 2019, she has held an honorary appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Education, and is involved in the development and research of several wellbeing education projects with A/Prof. Nielsen, which utilise and build upon his industry impact in schools and organisations. She is joint IP trademark owner of the Curriculum of Giving and SELF CARE AIMS with A/Prof. Nielsen.

Currently, Dr. Ma is a Research Fellow in the discipline of Psychology with UC’s Faculty of Health. She serves as primary project support for the NHMRC partnership grant ($1,116,891.60 over 5 years) UC holds with Lifeline Australia. She is also a Co-Investigator (CI) on the 2020 COVID-19 Medical Research Future Foundation (MRFF) grant (2020-2022, $218,139.85) that UC holds with the University of New South Wales, Federation University, and Monash University.

Her research areas of expertise and interest include:

  • Suicide prevention and mental health 
  • Exploring the role of social processes (e.g. connectedness and belonging) on mental health and wellbeing outcomes
  • Positive psychology and wellbeing education
  • Gender, sexuality, and popular culture
  • Theory development, testing, and refinement
  • Intervention and evaluation research
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methodology

For an overview of current published research, feel free to visit my profile on Researchgate:

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Australian National University


Award Date: 13 Dec 2018

Bachelor, Australian National University


Award Date: 19 Dec 2013

Bachelor, Australian National University


Award Date: 13 Dec 2012

External positions

Visiting Fellow - Centre for Mental Health Research, Australian National University

13 Dec 2018 → …


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