Jian Zhao

International Student Ambassador

Home Country – China

Institution – University of Western Australia

Course – PhD student in Education

I moved to Perth and commenced my PhD study in March 2019. After studying and working in universities for more than 10 years, I have seen many university students, especially international students around me, experiencing challenges, some of which may potentially lead to poor mental health. However, a lot of them did not realize that they were experiencing mental health issues until things were getting serious. So, I decided to do something to help improve this situation, specifically by developing brief, easily administered, reliable and valid instruments to assess university students’ mental health very quickly or to monitor their mental health status in the long-term. After completing my degree, I want to continue dedicating myself to the research on the mental health and well-being of students in higher education.

I enjoy going for a swim where possible and attending Zumba classes in my free time!