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Judith Johnson, PhD

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Dr Judith Johnson is a clinical psychologist based at both the School of Psychology at the 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 is an expert in psychological resilience. Her work has identified personality factors which help some individuals to cope better with stressors than others, and she is now developing a training intervention to equip healthcare staff to cope better with adverse events in practice.

A key focus of Judith’s work is the healthcare workforce. Her research suggests that when healthcare staff burnout is high, patient care suffers. Judith is now working to identify interventions which can reduce healthcare staff burnout and improve patient care.

One stream of Judith’s work investigates the experiences of staff and expectant parents when there are unexpected findings on ultrasound scans. Judith’s research suggests there is a need to improve communication skills and patient care at this time. Her studies also indicate that training staff in breaking bad news can both improve their skills in this area and enhance their confidence and burnout levels.

Judith’s work on resilience has been featured in the Guardian 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 organisations.

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, US, Italy, and Sweden. To find out more about Judith’s work and read blogposts about her research, visit her website. You can connect with her on Twitter @DrJTJohnson  




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