Jeneva Ohan

Associate Professor, PhD Br.Col.

  • The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


Personal profile


I completed my MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada, and my internship at the University of Washington's Medical School in Seattle, USA.
I am an endorsed Clinical Psychologist in Australia.

Roles and responsibilities

My current and recent past roles include:

2019-current: Director of Clinical Psychology Programs (UWA)

2023: Deputy Director of Postgraduation Education Committee, School of Psychological Science (UWA)

2023: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Officer (UWA)

2020-current: Invited Member, Parenting & Family Research Alliance (PAFRA) 

2023-current: Invited Member, Australia & New Zealand Children's Haematology/Oncology Group (ANZCHOG)

2017-current: Consulting Editor for Stigma and Health (published by the American Psychological Association).

2021-2022: Cultural Responsiveness Working Party Member, Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC)

2020-2022: Director of Postgraduate Education, School of Psychological Science (UWA)

2017-2019: Honorary Research Associate, Telethon Kids Institute

Teaching overview

I am a dedicated and passionate teacher who delivers a socially and professional relevant curriculum.


My research is the result of local, national, and international collaborations, and uses a mix of experimental, observational, administrative linked data, and qualitative methods. My research has been referenced in public policy, policy advisory documents or working papers, government/public inquiry submissions, and government reports in Australia and abroad; for example

  • the Australian Government’s ‘Health of Children’ Report and Snapshot (released 23 July 2020; updated July 2022) Health of children - Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (
  • Centre for Policy Development, (2020). ‘Partners in Crime: The Relationship between Disadvantage and Australia’s criminal Justice Systems.’ (Report).
  • Roettger, Lockwood, & Dennison, (2019). ‘Indigenous People of Australia and New Zealand and the Intergenerational Effects of Incarceration.’ Research Brief 26, 2019; Written for the Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse.
  • Organization for Economic and Co-operative Development (OECD) (2021). ‘Measuring What Matters for Child Well-being and Policies.’ OECD Publishing, Paris, France.
  • Persson P., Qiu, X., & Rossin-Slater, M. (2021). Family Spillover Effects of Marginal Diagnoses: The Case of ADHD. NBER Working Paper Series, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Working Paper28334, DOI3386/w28334
  • Carneiro, Pedro; Galasso, Emanuela; Lopez Garcia, Italo; Bedregal, Paula; Cordero, Miguel. 2019. Parental Beliefs, Investments, and Child Development; Parental Beliefs, Investments, and Child Development: Evidence from a Large-Scale Experiment: Evidence from a Large-Scale Experiment. Policy Research Working Paper; No. 8743. © World Bank, Washington, DC.
  • Strukturer och indikatorer för uppföljning av föräldraskapsstöd / Structures and indicators for monitoring parenting support, June 2022, Sveringes Forskningsinstitut / Swedish Research Institute.


Research interests

My research focuses on understanding when and how to best provide children with access to prevention and intervention (treatment) services to better their mental health and wellbeing. As they grow, children face a range of emotional and social challenges, and we have effective therapies to help children who need support. However, whether or not these are useful depends on the child getting to the service that can provide them with what they need. Unfortunately, only a fraction of children in need get these services. Understanding why some children do – and do not – receive services will help us to better engage children, youth, and families in therapy in the future and improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Within this broad scope, I am especially interested in:

  • the role that stigma plays in deterring children and families from accessing services, and how stigma impacts on their daily lives.
  • the appropriateness of the interventions (treatments) and services that we provide for children and families. This includes the cultural responsiveness of the services and interventions, especially for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, University of British Columbia

Industry keywords

  • Children and Young People
  • Social and Welfare Issues

Research expertise keywords

  • Child mental health
  • Child behaviour problems
  • Stigma, sterotypes, prejudice and discrimination
  • Parenting
  • Social skills
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Help-seeking
  • Engagement


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