Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Ma, Joyce

  • Julia W. K. LoEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1101


Ma, Joyce


Since the 1990s, Professor Joyce Lai-Chong Ma has devoted her academic and professional life to researching, implementing, and nurturing family therapy to thrive in Hong Kong and in other Chinese societies. Professor Ma’s specialties and research interests lie in the areas of family therapy and family mental health, and she is notable for her expertise in treating eating disorders and with a later focus on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Her keen and determined passion in family therapy has enabled her to become one of the renowned family therapists in China.


Ma is a professor in the Department of Social Work of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the director of the Family and Group Practice Research Centre of the Department of Social Work, CUHK, and also the founder of the Family Treatment Center in Nanshan Hospital in Shenzhen.

Professor Ma is a registered social worker and she received her Ph.D. in social work at the...

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  1. Ma, J. L. C., Lai, K. Y. C., & Xia, L. L. (2017). Treatment efficacy of multiple family therapy for Chinese families of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Family Process, 57(2), 399–414.  https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12297.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  2. Ma, J. L. C. (2015). The father’s roles in the recovery of young Chinese suffering from eating disorders in two Chinese cities, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Journal of Family Therapy, 37(1), 61–78.  https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-6427.12037.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social WorkThe Chinese University of Hong KongHong KongChina

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Human Development and Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA