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 Chair of the AusAsian Mental Health Research Group (AMHRG) and founder of the Corss-Cultural Mindfulness & Mental Health Lab (CCMMH Lab). 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.

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.

  • PY1101: Exploring Psychology: from Brain to Practice (Level 1; TSV)
  • 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 (COVID-19 and mental health , mindfulness and mental health, ageing and mental health)
  • 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, moderation, structural equation modelling) and qualitative research (narrative, thematic analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis, grounded theory, case study approach)
  • Mindful and healthy ageing (art in mindful ageing, palliative care education, healthy ageing and good death)
  • 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)
  • 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 - Treasurer of the Asian Association of Social Psychology
  • 2014 - Network Member of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford
  • 2010 - Task Force on Indigenous Psychology (Division 32, Society of Humanistic Psychology, APA)
  • 2009 - International Society of Critical Health Psychology
  • 2014 to 2020 - President of the Townsville Chinese Club
  • 2014 to 2020 - Committee Member of the Townsville Sister City Committee
  • 2008 to 2010 - Founding Chairperson of the Hamilton Chinese Golden Age Society of New Zealand

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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)
  • The psychological determinants of high-profile persons in recontructing lives post-public disclosure of egregious acts : A Case Study Approach;;;; (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • 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)
  • The Effect of Attachment Style, Resilience and Self-esteem on the Relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Youth Offending (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Diabetes Education in Primary and High Schools: Stakeholders’ Perspectives (Masters , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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