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Dr Wendy Wen Li

Lecturer,James Cook University, Australia


Lecturer,James Cook University, Australia


Department of Psychology
College of Healthcare Sciences
James Cook University
Townsville, QDL 4811

Telephone: +61 7 4781 6850


Dr Wendy Li is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, James Cook University and Research Associate of School of Psychology, the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Dr Li was a senior lecturer at Guangdong Women’s Polytechnic College in China before she moved to New Zealand in 2003. She worked as a counsellor at the Asian Services, Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand from 2004 to 2007.

Dr Li was a recipient of New Zealand Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship and a recipient of JCU Rising Stars Early Career Researcher Leadership award. Dr Li, as a China-born, China- and Western-trained academic, positions herself between the East and West, informing Western social sciences with Eastern knowledge and vice versa.

Dr Li has an extensive research experience in ageing and geriatric mental health, social policy and ageing, cultural diversity and discrimination, intergroup relations, migrant and refugee mental health, and problem gambling and addiction. 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 and is a Member of the Australian Council of Refugee, the Treasurer of the Townsville Intercultural Centre and the Secretary of the Townsville Chinese Club.

Key research/capacity building interests

 Research Interests

  • Ageing
  • Mental health
  • Migrants
  • Filial piety


  • Ageing
  • Mental health

Key methodological skills

  • Quantitative methods
  • Qualitative research (Narrative approach)

Current/planned research

  • Migrant ageing, health and wellbeing
  • Ageing well in Australia
  • Mental health among health practitioners in Australia and China

Current capacity building

  • Supervision of higher degree research students