Dr. Jennifer Ma


Dr. Jennifer Ma MSW, RSW, PhD completed her Bachelors of Arts in psychology (specialized honours) at York University and her Masters of Social Work at the University of Toronto, where she specialized in children and families. During her academic career she has worked on several quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research projects. Dr. Ma recently completed her doctorate in social work at the University of Toronto. Her thesis was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Throughout her career Dr. Ma has used research to inform researchers, policy-makers and practitioners.


Dr. Ma is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She has provides counseling and therapeutic services for children, youth, and adults. Her therapeutic model is holistic and her clinical practice is structurally- and trauma-informed. Dr. Ma considers the contexts in which clients’ live in and how they impact their overall well-being. She incorporates Buddhist principles of interconnectedness, relationality, and meditation into her practice. Dr. Ma is also able to provide psychotherapy, in the form of cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy.

Overall, Dr. Ma is committed to social change related to human rights, equality, and equity. She is currently teaching courses at the University of British Columbia. Her research and practice focuses on advocating for social equality from anti-colonial, anti-racist, and critical feminist perspectives. Dr. Ma 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 environmental advocacy.