Dr Wendy Li is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean for Research in College of Healthcare Sciences at James Cook University, Australia. Dr Li is the Founding Convener of the AusAsian Mental Health Research Group (AMHRG). Dr Li has won external and internal grants worth more than $165,000 since she joined JCU in 2011. She also collaborates with researchers in China on research into Chinese mental health.

She was a recipient of New Zealand Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship. She was one of the five recipients of the JCU Rising Stars Early Career Researcher Leadership Program in 2012.  She was awarded a Research Performance Award by Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences in 2012 in recognition of her research excellence. Dr Li has served as Deputy Managing Editor of the JCU-owned Journal of Tropical Psychology and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology  and Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Social Work and Social Services.

Prior to her current appointment she was a Teaching Fellow in School of Psychology at the University of Waikato, a Counsellor at the Asian Services of the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand, and a Senior Lecturer at Guangdong Women’s Polytechnic College in China. Dr Li is currently a Research Fellow of The Cairns Institute, JCU; an Associate of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Education and Research Capacity Building; a research associate with School of Psychology at the University of Waikato, New Zealand; and a Senior Research Consultant for Verité (a US-owned NGO) of the China Office. Dr Li has an extensive research experience and led projects in Australia, New Zealand and China in areas of ageing, mental health, intergroup relations and discrimination, migration and refugee, and problem gambling and substance abuse.

Dr Li has been active in voluntary sectors for many years in Australia and New Zealand. She was the founding Chairperson of the Hamilton Chinese Golden Age Society of New Zealand. Dr Li is currently the President of the Townsville Chinese Club, a Committee Member of Townville Sisters Cities Program and a Member of the Inclusive Community Advisory Committee for the Townsville City Council.

  • PY2018: Intercultural Psychology and Cross Cultural Communication (Level 2; CNS, SIN & TSV)
  • PY3108: Personality Psychology: Decoding the Mysteries of Humans (Level 3; CNS, SIN & TSV)
  • Mental health and wellbeing (older people, medical professionals, migrants, refugees, international students)
  • Personality and applied social psychology (Big-five personality, cross-cultural indigenous psychology, intergroup relations, discrimination, social inclusion/exclusion, job satisfaction)
  • Quantitative research (systematic review, meta-analysis, mediation) and qualitative research (narrative, thematic analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis)
  • Mindful and healthy ageing (art in mindful ageing, palliative care education, healthy ageing and good death in China - 优老优逝)
  • 2019 to present - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2015 to 2018 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2011 to 2014 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2009 to 2011 - Researcher/Teaching Fellow, University of Waikato (New Zealand)
  • 2004 to 2007 - Counsellor/Researcher, Asian Services at the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand (New Zealand)
  • 1999 to 2002 - Senior Lecturer, Guangdong Women’s Polytechnic College (China)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2017 - James Cook University Inclusive Practice Award
  • 2017 - James Cook University Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2015 - Certificate of Appreciation from Townsville City Council for my contribution to the Townsville Sister City Program
  • 2013 - Appreciation Award for my service to the Townsville community by the Townsville Intercultural Centre
  • 2012 - James Cook University Rising Stars Early Career Researcher Leadership Program
  • 2012 - Research Performance Award by Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences, JCU
  • 2009 - Best paper at the Annual Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Conference, University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • 2008 - Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship by the New Zealand Tertiary Education Committee
  • 2007 - First Prize of the Social Research Post Graduate Poster Competition at the 3rd New Zealand Social Policy, Research and Evaluation (SPRE) conference
  • 2013 - Research Fellow of The Cairns Institute, JCU
  • 2018 - Associate Editor of the Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology
  • 2017 - Editorial Board of the Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology
  • 2017 - Treasurer of the Asian Association of Social Psychology
  • 2014 - Committee Member of the Inclusive Community Advisory Committee for Townsville City Council
  • 2014 - President of the Townsville Chinese Club
  • 2014 - Network Member of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford
  • 2014 - Committee Member of the Townsville Sister City Committee
  • 2013 - Committee Member of Townsville Intercultural Centre
  • 2013 - Associate Managing Editors of the Journal of Tropical Psychology
  • 2011 - Member of The Refugee Council of Australia
  • 2010 - Task Force on Indigenous Psychology (Division 32, Society of Humanistic Psychology, APA)
  • 2009 - International Society of Critical Health Psychology
  • 2008 to 2010 - Founding Chairperson of the Hamilton Chinese Golden Age Society of New Zealand
  • 2013 - Senior Research Consultant for Verité (a US-owned NGO), China Office, China

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 92+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Wendy Li from 1997 onwards.

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Asian Association of Social Psychology - Small Group Meetings

Serving the underserved in the tropics: Making a difference with positive psychology

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As the first AASP (mini) conference focusing on serving the underserved in the tropics, the proposed mini conference aims to address this gap to promote making a difference in tropical Asia with positive psychology. The themes of the mini conference include: * mental health and psychological wellbeing in the tropics; * projudice, discimination and structural inequality; * individual and community resilience.
Wendy Li, Kerry McBain and Smita Singh (College of Healthcare Sciences)
Tropics; underserved; Social Psychology; inclusiveness

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • A framework for improving orientation for international medical graduates - Doctors new to Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • An Investigation on the Impacts of Social Exclusion on the Health and Well-being of Niger Delta Communities in Nigeria (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Fathers' perinatal mental health and the associated risk and protective factors: A multiple method study. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Student dropouts and Mental Health: the challenges faced by Foreign University Students (Masters , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Diabetes Education in Townsville Primary and High Schools Raising Awareness for Prevention of Diabetes, Obesity and other Cardiovascular Risk Factors (Masters , Secondary Advisor)

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  • 5+ collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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