Dr Wendy Li is an Associate Professor of Psychology in College of Healthcare Sciences at James Cook University, Australia. Dr Li is the Founding Convenor of the AusAsian Mental Health Research Group (AMHRG) and a Visiting Professor of Shanxi University and Taiyuan Psychiatric Hospital, China. Dr Li has won external and internal grants worth more than $165,000 since she joined JCU in 2011. She has also received grants of more than $50,000 offered by univesities and government departments in China to promote AMHRG research projects and collaborate with Chinese researchers in the field of 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, intergroup relations, discrimination, social inclusion/exclusion, job satisfaction)
  • Quantitative research (systematic review, meta-analysis, mediation) and qualitiative research (narrative, thematic analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis)
  • Healthy ageing (art in healthy ageing, paliaitve care education,)
  • 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 - Research Performance Award by Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences, JCU
  • 2012 - James Cook University Rising Stars Early Career Researcher Leadership Program
  • 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
  • 2017 - Editorial Board of the Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology
  • 2014 - Committee Member of the Inclusive Community Advisory Committee for Townsville City Council
  • 2014 - Editorial Board of the International Journal of Social Work and Social Services
  • 2014 - Committee Member of the Townsville Sister City Committee
  • 2014 - President of the Townsville Chinese Club
  • 2014 - Network Member of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford
  • 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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Asian Association of Social Psychology - Small Group Meetings

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

Indicative Funding
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

Health and Family Planning Bureau of Foshan City, China - Grant

Mental Health Among Medical Professionals in Foshan City, China

Indicative Funding
$11,000 (administered by Australia China Culture & Education Exchange Centre)
This project aims to investigate mental health among medical professionals in Foshan City, China. The mental health of physicians is now recognised as a serious issue in China after a number of high profile incidences in which doctors have been attacked by patients. Of course, being a high stress occupation, mental health issues caused by professional stress and burnout have always been present among medical professionals. This study seeks to use a mix-methods approach to explore such issues.
Wendy Li, Alan Clough, Edward Helmes, Beryl Buckby, G Xie, Xinyi Huang and Peng Li in collaboration with K Jackson (College of Healthcare Sciences, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, The Third Peoples Hospital of Foshan City, Guangdong Pharmaceutical University and Guangzhou University)
Mental Health; Anxiety; Stress; Depression; Job Satisfaction; China; Medical Professionals

Townsville City Council - T150 - Anniversary Grant Program

Your Stories, Our Histories: 150 Years of Mixed Marriages and War Brides in Townsville and their Contricution to the Success of Multiculturalism in Townsville

Indicative Funding
Using archival materials available at the National Archives of Australia, CityLibraries and interviewing of families involved in mixed marriages, a clear picture of the multicultural landscape in Townsville and north Queensland over the last 150 years will be recorded and examined. We search the past and map the present through an exhibition of photographs, documents and other artefacts, and public lectures on the rich multicultural history of Townsville. Using focus group discussions and interviews, as well as a survey of residents, we vision the future of our city. Another public lecture will be held on this, and a final copy of the report will be included in the CityLibraries Repository for future reference of the public at large.
Wendy Li and Amy Forbes in collaboration with Annette Burns (College of Healthcare Sciences, College of Arts, Society & Education and Townsville City Council)
Multiculturalism; Townsville; History; Mixed marriage; Migration

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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.

  • Pornography’s Influence on Men's Sexual Relationships and Attitudes Toward Women (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • A framework for improving orientation for international medical graduates - Doctors new to Australia (PhD , Secondary 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)

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