Ting-Lan Ma


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Bullying and Victimization, Discrimination, Well-being, Coping, Adolescent and Child Development, Social-Emotional Development


Ph.D. in Educational Psychology
Human Development, Educational Psychology
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Minor: Prevention Science

Master of Science in Educational Psychology
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Bachelor of Counseling Psychology
National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan


Ting-Lan Ma received her PhD in Human Development, Educational Psychology, with a minor in Prevention Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ting-Lan’s research interests focus on social emotional development, well-being, and bullying/discrimination. She took the lens of social-cultural ecological system model and have assessed the protective and risk factors of well-being using culturally responsive approach.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

Ma, T. L., Zarrett, N., Yu. M., Puente. K, Liu, Y., Simpkins, S. D., & Vandell, D. (In Press). Profiles of youth social-emotional learning skills and its longitudinal associations with academic and social functioning. Journal of Early Adolescence.

Ma, T. L., Yu, M., Soto-Lara, S., & Simpkins, S. (2021). Latinx adolescents’ perceived peer leader discrimination in the after-school organized activities. Cultural diversity and ethnic minority journal.

Ma, T. L., Jiang, S., Simpkins, S. D., Vandell, D., & Zarrett, N. (2020). Brief Report: Patterns of Children’s Prosocial Behaviors in Middle Childhood Predicting Peer Relations During Early Adolescence. Journal of Adolescence, 78, 1-8.

Ma, T. L. & Chan, H. Y. (2020). The latent Profiles of Coping with Peer Victimization in Early Adolescence: Links to Psychosocial Maladjustment and the Role of Social Bonding. International Journal of Bullying Prevention.

Ma, T. L., Meter, D., Li, Y. & Chen, W. T. (2019). The socio-ecological predictors of defending behaviors in school bullying across childhood and adolescence: A meta-analytic review. Psychological Bulletin, 145(9), 891-928.

Ma, T. L., Simpkins, S., & Puente, K. (2019). Latinx and White adolescents’ reasons behind organized activity participation: The connections with cultural orientations, psychological engagement, and activity experiences. Applied Developmental Science, 1-15.

Ma, T. L. (2019). Adolescents’ willingness to help with peer victimization in Taiwan: The role of individual and situation-specific characteristics. International Journal of Psychology, 1-9.

Ma, T. L., Chow, C. M. & Chen, W. T (2018). Coping Strategies Moderate School-based Peer Victimization and Adolescent Depression and Loneliness: When Are Adaptive Coping Strategies Maladaptive? Journal of School Psychology, 70, 89-104.

aMa, T. L., Chen, W. T. (2017). The benefits of being defended: Perceived bystander participant roles and victim’s emotional and psychological adjustments. Journal of School Violence. 1-15.