Dean, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.
Katherine Johnson has extensive academic leadership experience in Australia and the UK, including as Dean of School, Head of Department, Research Centre Director and Associate Dean, Research and Innovation. She is motivated by delivering an engaging student experience, maximising research impact, and promoting a culture where staff and students flourish.
Her academic background is in interdisciplinary social sciences, particularly the intersection of community psychology, psychosocial and sexuality studies. She is a leading researcher in LGBTQ+ suicide prevention, transgender health, and early mental health interventions for LGBTQ+ youth, with international collaborations in the UK, Europe, and Mexico that focus on transforming policy, practice and lives.
She has held Visiting Fellowships in Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney, Australia (2007), in social psychology and psychosocial interventions at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2009-2012), in participatory action research and LGBT health inequalities at the Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Brazil (2016), in social sciences at the Universidad de Colima, Mexico (2016), and at the Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender, University of Brighton, UK (2018-2022). She is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
- Executive Dean of School
- Irish Research Council HASS Panel Member
- Editorial Board, Feminism & Psychology and Feminist Encounters: Studies in Culture & Politics
- Routledge Book Series Editor, Transforming LGBTQ+ Lives (with Professor Kath Browne, UCD)
- BSC (Hons) Psychology (University College London, 1997)
- PhD, Being Transsexual: self, identity and embodied subjectivity (Middlesex University, 2001)
- PG Cert, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, (University of Brighton, 2003).
- Dearn, E.,Ramcharan, P.,Weller, P.,Brophy, L.,Johnson, K. (2023). Supported residential services as a type of “total institution”: Implications for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) In: Australian Journal of Social Issues, 58, 279 - 295
- Johnson, K.,Hill, N.,Lee, V.,Bernasochi, A.,McGrath, M. (2023). Understanding LGBTQA+SB suicidal behaviour and improving support: insight from intersectional lived experience. In: Suicide Prevention Australia Melbourne, Australia
- Timmins, L.,Pitman, A.,King, M.,Gao, W.,Johnson, K., et al, . (2023). Does the impact of bereavement vary between same and different gender partnerships? A representative national, cross-sectional study In: Psychological Medicine, 53, 3849 - 3857
- Zoli, A.,Johnson, K.,Cingolani, G.,Pulcini, G. (2022). Towards action research with trans women sex workers: Policy, space and social challenges In: Journal of Community Psychology, 50, 161 - 175
- Johnson, K. (2022). Designing Qualitative Research for Working with Visual Data: Insights from Psychology In: The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Design, SAGE Publications, London, United Kingdom
- Hill, N.,Johnson, K. (2022). Inclusive Research with LGBTIQA+ Groups In: Handbook of Social Inclusion. Research and Practices in Health and Social Sciences, Springer, Switzerland
- Braybrook, D.,Bristowe, K.,Timmins, L.,Roach, A.,Johnson, K., et al, . (2022). Communication about sexual orientation and gender between clinicians, LGBT+ people facing serious illness and their significant others: A qualitative interview study of experiences, preferences and recommendations In: BMJ Quality and Safety, 32, 109 - 120
- Eli, C.,Radix, A.,Bouman, W.,Johnson, K., et al, . (2022). Standards of Care for the Health of Transgender and Gender Diverse People, Version 8 In: International Journal of Transgender Health, 23, 1 - 259
- Bristowe, K.,Timmins, L.,Braybrook, D.,Johnson, K., et al., . (2022). LGBT+ partner bereavement and appraisal of the Acceptance-Disclosure Model of LGBT+ bereavement: A qualitative interview study In: Palliative Medicine, 37, 221 - 234
- Pattinson, E.,McDermott, E.,Eastham, R.,Hughes, E.,Johnson, K.,Davis, S.,Pryjmachuk, S.,Jenzen, O.,Mateus, C. (2021). Tackling LGBTQ+ youth mental health inequality: Mapping mental health support across the UK In: The British Student Doctor Journal, 5, 20 - 29
2 PhD Completions5 PhD Current Supervisions
- Youth, religion and sexuality: digital media, school cultures, exemptions. Funded by: ARC-Discovery Projects from (2023 to 2026)
- Urban Commons: co-creating place with young people through creative play. Funded by: Victorian Health Promotion Foundation - JumpStart! Grant from (2023 to 2024)
- Re-imagining Environments for Connection and Engagement: Testing Actions for Social Prescribing in Natural Spaces (RECETAS). Funded by: NHMRC European Union (2020 onwards) from (2021 to 2026)
- (RECETAS) (EU) Re-imagining Environments for Connection and Engagement: Testing Actions for Social Prescribing in Natural Spaces (Administered by: FUNDACION PRIVADA INSTITUTO DE SALUD GLOBAL BARCELONA (ISGLOBAL). Funded by: Horizon Europe 2021 onwards Research and Innovation Actions from (2021 to 2026)
- Improving support for LGBTIQ suicidal behaviour: insight from lived experience. Funded by: Innovation Grant Suicide Prevention Australia from (2020 to 2023)