Joanna Hudson

Joanna Hudson


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    Biographical details

    I completed a BSc in psychology and cognitive neuroscience at the University of Nottingham. I chose to continue my studies at the University of Nottingham where I completed a Masters in Health Psychology.

    After my Masters, I wanted to work in a clinical setting. I trained as a psychological wellbeing practitioner. I worked for Nottingham City Primary Care Trust as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative. In this role, I wanted to explore further how we can tailor psychological interventions to manage emotional distress in the context of long-term conditions. This led me to complete a NIHR funded PhD exploring these issues in people with Type 2 diabetes at the Centre for Primary Care, University of Manchester.

    I moved to King's in 2013, I continue to develop and evaluate psychological interventions which meet the needs of people experiencing distress in the context of their long-term condition(s). I am interested in the potential for digital health to improve access to care. My passion for this means that I was awarded a place on the Digital Pionner Fellowship Programme 19/20 cohort. This programme is ran by Digital Health London.  

    I also co-ordinate the IAPT Long-Term Conditions and Persistent Physical Symptoms Training to support the translation of research into practice.  



    Research interests

    • Development and evaluation of psychological interventions to manage distress and promote adjustment in people with physical long-term conditions
    • Health service delivery frameworks to support the implementation of integrated care for people with multimorbid health conditions
    • Use of online self-help resources to promote access to psychological treatments

    Methodological knowledge:

    • Narrative, meta-analytic, & meta-regression reviews
    • Factor analysis, path analysis, structural equation modelling, & statistical analysis of longitudinal data
    • Psychological intervention development according to medical research council (MRC) guidelines
    • Qualitative interviews and thematic analysis

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctor of Philosophy, Do diabetes cognitions and poor emotional health predict adherence to diabetes self-care? A longitudinal test of the Common Sense Model using Structural Equation Modelling, University of Manchester

    Award Date: 1 Jan 2013

    Master of Science, Does an intervention to increase knowledge of the consequences of sexually transmitted infections increase intentions to use a condom?, University of Nottingham

    Award Date: 1 Jan 2008

    Bachelor of Science, Does priming illness representation schemas for hay fever result in attentional bias to hay fever specific words on the Stroop task?, University of Nottingham

    Award Date: 1 Jan 2007


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