Jaimee Stuart

Jaimee Stuart

Senior Researcher

PhD, Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington
MSc, Cross-cultural Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington
BA (Hons), Psychology, University of Canterbury
UNU Macau

A Senior Researcher and Team Lead at United Nations University Institute in Macau (UNU Macau), Jaimee Stuart is an applied cultural and developmental psychologist who specialises in digital health and wellbeing.

With a focus on computer-human interaction, Jaimee’s recent research projects have examined a broad range of issues related to social justice, peace, and development, such as gendered influences on cybersecurity and AI, cyberbullying, social media literacies, digital competencies, parenting and technology, online disinhibition and the impact of emerging technologies on mental health. Her work aims to support the creation of safe, secure, and empowering online spaces for everyone. 

Jaimee’s expertise has a specific focus on empowerment for those who are minorities (cultural, religious, gender and sexual orientation) as well as those who experience inflated risk factors (e.g., exposure to violence, low socio-economic status, displacement). 

Her past work has explored the relationships between social-ecological systems (e.g., family, peers, community, geography, and wider social systems) and health, wellbeing, and identity for youth. She has expertise in acculturation studies and participatory community research, having worked with Indigenous, migrant, and refugee communities in settler societies.  

Before joining UNU Macau, Jaimee worked as the Research and Evidence Lead at Pathways in Place, Griffith University, Australia, where her work focused on co-creating solutions with the community to address place-based disadvantage. She has also worked as an academic at Griffith University and Victoria University of Wellington in their respective Schools of Psychology, where she taught into developmental, cultural, and methods courses as well as supervised Doctoral, Masters, and Honours students. Prior to this, Jaimee was a Senior Evaluator for the Ministry of Defence (NZ) focusing on equity and engagement, and a Research Fellow in the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland. 

Research Interests

  • Cyberpsychology and youth development

  • Digital Health and Wellbeing

  • Digital Youth Participation

  • Inclusion

  • Resilience and empowerment for marginalised and/or vulnerable populations