Dr Judith Johnson

Dr Judith Johnson


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Judith Johnson is a Clinical Psychologist who is based at both the School of Psychology, University of Leeds, and the Bradford Institute for Health Research. She graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc(Hons) in Psychology in 2007. She was awarded a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Manchester in 2010, and a ClinPsyD (Clinical Psychology Doctorate) from the University of Birmingham in 2013. 

Judith’s research aims to understand and support the development of wellbeing and resilience. She is particularly interested in investigating these topics in healthcare staff. Some of her recent work suggests that when healthcare staff wellbeing is low, and burnout is elevated, the quality and safety of patient care suffers. Her current research explores these issues in a range of healthcare staff groups and aims to develop interventions which can enhance resilience and reduce burnout. She is also currently researching the role of communication in healthcare settings in order to understand how healthcare staff can be better supported and trained in this aspect of their roles.

Judith's work on resilience has been featured in the Guardian newspaper and her resilience framework has informed the World Health Organization's approach to resilience to suicide. She has provided consultancy services to private and third sector organizations. She has produced a range of videos for teaching clinical psychology and cognitive behavioural therapy which are available on YouTube. These are used by universities internationally. She has spoken at conferences in the UK, USA, Italy and Sweden. To find out more about Judith's work and read blog posts about her research, see judithjohnsonphd.com.

Judith encourages enquiries from prospective students interested in PhD study in these areas. Students would have the opportunity to engage with both the University of Leeds and the Bradford Institute for Health Research, and to be part of a dynamic research group investigating patient safety and quality.