Prof. Ma is Chairperson, Professor, and Director of the Family and Group Practice Research Center of Department of Social Work and former Associate Dean (Student Affairs) of Faculty of Social Science (2004-2008) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is a registered social worker, as well as Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Founder of the Shengang (深港) Family Treatment Center, Nanshan Hospital in Shenzhen.


Prof. Ma obtained her B.Soc.Sc., M.Soc.Sc. (distinction), and Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong in 1979, 1984, and 1995 respectively. She is the former Chairperson (elected) of the Social Worker Registration Board, Hong Kong and the former Chief Editor of the Hong Kong Journal of Social Work (January 2002 to January 2006), Hong Kong Social Workers Association. Her professional and research interests are on mental health with recent focus on eating disorders, family therapy and family therapy research. She has published 64 journal papers at venues with significant impact and visibility internationally, regionally and locally.


  • Ma, J. L. C. (2011).  Anorexia Nervosa and Family Therapy in a Chinese Context. Hong Kong, China, The Chinese University Press.

  • Ma, J. L. C. (2010). An exploratory study of the impact of an adolescent’s eating disorder on Chinese parents’ well-being, marital life and perceived family functioning in Shenzhen, China: Implications for social work practice. Child & Family Social Work, 1-10. (online publication) Doi:10.111/j.1365-2206.2010.00703.x.

  • Ma, J. L. C., Wong, M. C., Wan, S. F., & Wong, T. Y. (2011). An alternative way of helping Chinese parents with parenting difficulties: Learning from the participants’ feedback on multiple family groups in Hong Kong. Social Work with Groups, 34, 158-174. DOI: 10.1080/01609513.2010.543345.

  • Ma, J. L. C., Wong, K. Y. & Lau, Y. K. (2009). Sex differences in perceived family functioning and perceived family resources of Hong Kong families: Implications for social work practice. Asian Social Work and Policy Review, 3, 155-174.

  • Ma, J. L.C. & Lai, K. (2009).  Applicability of family therapy for Chinese children and adolescents suffering from anorexia nervosa in a Chinese context: A preliminary study. Social Work in Mental Health, 7(4), 402-423.

  • 馬麗莊教授著作《打開家鎖──中國家庭治療與厭食症的臨床研究 》,北京: 高等教育出版社

Joyce M.A., Ph.D.
Clinical Co-Director

Prof Joyce Ma, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, is Chair Professor at the Department of Social Work at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.