Department of Psychology

Dr. Pei-Wen Winnie Ma

Office:   Science East 2058; Cross-Cultural Research Team, Science 2011K
Phone:   973-720-3403
Office Hours:   MW 12:30-1:30pm & R 2:00pm-3:30pm

Department: Psychology
Position: Associate Professor
Area Specialization: Career and mental health issues affecting ethnic minority groups and Asian immigrant children, youth and families.

    Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Columbia University
    M.A.  Human Development, University of Maryland, College Park
    B.A.  Psychology, University of Washington

Licensed Psychologist in New York State

Research Projects:

  1. Asian American Career and Family Study
  2. Ethnic Minority and First-Generation College Student: Social support and Mental Health
  3. Parenting and Satellite Babies project  

Clinical Experience (Selected):

  • Psychologist (part-time)
    Hamilton-Madison House, Department of Psychological Services, New York, NY
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
    New York University, Counseling and Behavioral Health, New York, NY
  •  Predoctoral Psychology Internship
    Gouverneur Healthcare Services, Department of Behavioral Health, New York, NY

Beth Israel Medical Center, Multicultural Child and Adolescent Outpatient Unit, New York, NY

Fordham University, Counseling and Psychological Services, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Bellevue Hospital, Adult Psychiatric Unit, New York, NY


Yeh, C. J., Liao, H-Y., Ma, P-W., Okubo, Y., Shea, M-Y., Kim, A. B., & Atkins, M. (in press). Ecological risk and protective factors of depression and anxiety among low-income Chinese immigrant youth. Asian American Journal of Psychology.

Ma, P-W., Shea, M., & Yeh, C. J. (2013). Promoting mental health in Asian American
immigrants. In E. M. Vera (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Prevention in Counseling Psychology.
New York: Oxford University Press, Inc.  

Ma, P-W., & Desai, U. (2011). International migration and mental health. In P. Lundberg-Love, K. L. Nadal, & M. A. Paludi (Eds.), Women and Mental Disorders. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers.   

Ma, P-W. & Yeh, C. J. (2010). Individual and familial factors influencing the educational and
career plans of Chinese immigrant youths. Career Development Quarterly, 58, 230-245.

Shea, M., Ma, P-W., Yeh, C. J., Lee, S. & Pituc, S. T. (2009). Exploratory studies on the effects of a career exploration group for urban Chinese immigrant youth. Journal of Career Assessment, 17, 457-477.

Yeh, C. J., Okubo, Y., Ma, P-W., Shea, M., Kim, A. B., Ou, D., & Pituc, S. T. (2008). Chinese immigrant high school students’ cultural interactions, acculturation, family obligations, acculturation, language use, and social support, Adolescence, 43, 775-790.

Shea, M., Ma, P-W., Yeh, C. J. (2007). Development of a culturally specific career exploration group for urban Chinese immigrant youth. Career Development Quarterly, 56, 62-73.  

Ma, P-W., & Yeh, C. (2005). Factors influencing the career decision status of Chinese American youths. Career Development Quarterly, 53, 337-347.

Yeh, C. J., Ma, P-W., Madan, A., Hunter, C.D., Jung, S., Akiyata, K., Kim, A. & Sasaki, K.(2005). The cultural negotiations of Korean Immigrant youth. Journal of Counseling and Development, 83, 172-182.

Conference Presentations (selected):

Ma, P-W., Varon, S. K., Calka, A. M., Garcia, A-M., Koehler, M., Shea, M. (2012, August). First-Generation College Students: Understanding Their Social Support and Psychological Well-Being. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. Orlando, FL.

Ma, P-W., Desai, U., George, L., SanFilippo, A., & Varon, S. K. (2012, August). Coping with family conflict over career decisions: The experience of Asian Americans. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. Orlando, FL.

Hsu, P., Kaplan, D., Ma, P-W., & Lin, H. C. (2012, August). Training Future Psychologists in Serving the Asian American Population. Symposium presented at the Asian American Psychological Association annual convention. Orlando, FL.

Ma, P-W., Hsu, P., Desai, U., & Zehner, M. (2011, August). The Impact of early separation from parents: Adjustment and parenting concerns among Chinese immigrant families. In C. Yeh (chair) Parenting and the psychological well-being of Asian immigrant children: The role of acculturation and the immigration context. Symposium to be presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Ma, P-W., Shea, M., George, L., & Desai, U., Pena, E. (2011, August). The psychological well-being of Latino college students: Exploring the influence of social support and stress. Poster to be presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Yeh, C. J., Borrero, N., Ma, P-W., Shea, M., & Lin, J. (2011, April). Sequential Transformative Mixed-Methods Research for Social Justice. In P. Camangian (chair) Research for Social Justice: Youth, School, and Community Collaboration. Symposium presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

Ma, P-W, Shea, M., Caldwell, T., George, L., Chowdhury, T., Desai, U., & Pena, E.  (2010, August).
First generation college students: Predicting stress and career outcome expectation. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.

Ma, P-W (2009, April). (Chair) Ecological factors shaping the experience and psychological
outcomes of racism among Asian American and Pacific Islander youths. Symposium presented at the Society of Research in Child Development Biannual Conference, Denver, CO.

Chiang, L. and Ma, P-W. (2008, March). Clinical Perspectives: Addressing the Needs of
Chinese Adult Immigrants in Counseling. In Y. Okubo and P-W. Ma (Chairs) Cultural
competence in Asian immigrant research and practice. Symposium presented at the
International Counseling Psychology Conference, Chicago, IL.