Dr. Jennifer Ma (MSW, RSW, PhD) completed her Bachelors of Arts in psychology (specialized honours) at York University and both her Master of Social Work and doctorate degrees at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Ma is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She provides clinical and counselling services for children, youth, and adults. Her therapeutic model is holistic and her practice is structurally- and trauma-informed. She considers the contexts in which people live in and how they impact their overall well-being. She also incorporates Buddhist principles of interconnectedness, relationality, and meditation into her practice.
Dr. Ma is committed to social change related to human rights and equity. Her research and practice focuses on resisting systemic discrimination and cultivating resilience from anti-colonial, anti-racist, and critical feminist perspectives. She is currently an Assistant Professor at McMaster University and an Adjunct Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University.
She is passionate about plants, nature, and the environment. She is active in the community and has created a plant-based wellness blog and program, which uses research, critical thinking, and plants to promote well-being, and racial and environmental advocacy.