Ethel Ma

Psychology, CUHK



Ethel is currently studying psychology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Recognizing her responsibilities to society, she has been organizing student-led initiatives since secondary school. She served as the chairperson of her secondary school’s student union, facilitated anti-slavery activities and sessions in Sino-Japan youth conferences, and served as the Internal Relations Officer of the Hong Kong Outstanding Students’ Association for organizing Hong Kong-wide conferences to raise awareness of social minorities’ needs. 

Upon recognizing the inadequacy of public mental health services and understanding the National Health Service’s “Improving Access to Psychological Therapies”, she aspires to become a clinical psychologist who delivers affordable treatment. She also hopes to implement standardized psychological well-being practitioner training and low-intensity cognitive-behavioral-therapy in Hong Kong’s healthcare system to increase patients’ access to service.  

Determined to improve the mental well-being of others, she devoted herself to a mental health e-portal project at Public Mental Health Laboratory and a de-stigmatization project at the Hong Kong Outstanding Tertiary Students’ Services Association. Furthermore, she assists clinical psychologists in delivering mindfulness sessions to children and their parents. Recently, she co-founded Happily, a group aiming to develop a mental health mobile-application which provides evidence-based practice and information on guided self-help interventions.