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Dr Sally Johnson

PositionSenior Lecturer in Psychology
LocationRichmond Building, E10
DepartmentPsychology
Feedback HoursTuesdays 9.30 - 10.30 and 15:00 - 16:00
Telephone+44 (0)1274 23 4756
Emails.e.johnson2@bradford.ac.uk

Research Interests (key words only)

Women's reproductive health, specifically breastfeeding and bodily changes as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. Motherhood and advice to mothers about their children's health. The female body and ageing Lifespan transitions. Qualitative research methods, particularly feminist approaches

PhD Supervision

Three PhD Students (Principal Supervisor to two and Assistant Supervisor to one).

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

My teaching interests and expertise in the areas of health psychology, lifespan development and qualitative research methods.

Postgraduate

  • PGDip/MSc Psychology - Developmental Psychology (Contributor)
  • MSc Psychology - Dissertation (Supervisor and Personal Tutor)

Undergraduate

  • Level 3 The Psychology of Health and Eating (Module Tutor)
  • Level 3 Research Project in Psychology (Supervisor and Personal Tutor)
  • Level 2 Developmental Psychology (Module Tutor)
  • Level 2 Methodological Issues and Qualitative Research (Contributor)
  • Level 1 Critical and Philosophical Issues in Psychology (Module Tutor)
  • Level 1 Professional Applications of Psychology (Contributor)
  • Level 1 & 2 Personal Tutor

Administrative Responsibilities

Biography

I have been involved in psychological research and teaching psychology since 1992. I joined the Division of Psychology at the University of Bradford in September 2007 and took on the role Head of the Division of Psychology between June 2013 and December 2014. Prior to that, I worked as a lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University, the University of Northampton and the University of Huddersfield. I was employed as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Psychology Department at Hull University between 1997 and 1999 and completed my PhD at the University of Huddersfield in 1997.

I am a Health Psychologist (registered with the Health and Care Professions Council) and Chartered Psychologist (C.Psychol). Current research aims to investigate longer-term experiences of bodily changes resulting from pregnancy and childbirth as well as media representations of expressing breast milk. Previous research involved advice to mothers on childhood immunisation. Prior to that I secured a grant from the British Academy in 2004 (with colleagues at De Montfort University and the University of Huddersfield) to carry out research on women's early experiences of breastfeeding. Other previous research projects include pregnancy and body image, girls' accounts of menstruation and the experience of motherhood. Postdoctorally I worked on a project, in conjunction with Hull Royal Infirmary, that examined the HRT decisions of women who had been identified at risk for osteoporosis. My PhD research focused on the experiences of mature women students on health and social work courses.

I co-edited the book ‘Advances in Health Psychology: Critical Approaches’ with Prof Christine Horrocks.

Study History

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, University College Northampton (2003)
  • PhD in Psychology, University of Huddersfield (1997)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Social Research, University of Huddersfield (1993)
  • BSc (Hons) Behavioural Sciences, University of Huddersfield (1992)

Professional History

  • Member of Executive Committee of the Psychology of Women Section of the BPS between 2000-03 and 2009-12
  • Editor of The Psychology of Women Section Review 2009-12
  • Member of the organising committee of the Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference, 2003
  • Chair of the organising committee for 'The 8th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology' held at the University of Bradford in July 2013
  • Previous member and Co-chair of the Yorkshire Health Psychology Network

Professional Activities

  • Full member of the Division of Health Psychology of the  BPS
  • Member of the Psychology of Women Section of the BPS

Research Collaborations

Research grants/funding awarded:

  • ‘‘Mother knows best?’ Exploring mothers’ engagement with science-based advice on MMR immunisation’. Open University Centre for Citizenship, Identity and Governance (with Dr Rose Capdevila), 2011-12
  • ‘Is Breast experienced as best? Piloting audio diaries to explore women's lived experiences of breastfeeding’. British Academy Large Grant (with Dr S. Lyttle and Dr I. Williamson and Dr D. Leeming), 2004 - 2006
  • Evaluating the use of a follow-up clinical/counselling service for people who have undergone intensive care in Milton Keynes Hospital. Milton Keynes Intensive Therapy Programme Grant (with Prof D. Delanoy and Dr G. Penny), 2002 - 2004
  • Body image and weight concerns during the transition to motherhood. University College Northampton 2001 – 2002

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Hussain, I., Johnson, S. & Alam, Y. (2017) Young British Pakistani Muslim women’s involvement in higher education. Feminism and Psychology. Published online
  • Williamson, I., Leeming, D.,Johnson, S.& Lyttle, S.(2015) Evaluating the audio-diary method in qualitative research. Qualitative Research Journal, 15(1), 20-34
  • Johnson, S. & Capdevila, R. (2014) ‘That’s just what’s expected of you… so you do it’: Mothers discussions around choice and the MMR vaccination. Psychology and Health, 29(8), 861-876.
  • Horrocks, C. & Johnson, S. (2014) A socially situated approach to inform ways to improve health and wellbeing. Sociology of Health and Illness, 36(2), 175-186
  • Leeming, D., Williamson, I., Johnson, S. & Lyttle, S. (2013) Making use of expertise: A qualitative analysis of the experience of breastfeeding support for first time mothers, Maternal and Child Nutrition. Available in early view at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mcn.12033/full
  • Johnson, S., Leeming, D., Williamson, I. & Lyttle, S. (2013) Maintaining the ‘good maternal body’: expressing milk as a way of negotiating the demands and dilemmas of early infant feeding. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69(3), 590-599
  • Leeming, D., Williamson, I., Lyttle, S. & Johnson, S. (2013) Socially sensitive lactation: Exploring the social context of breastfeeding, Psychology and Health, 28(4) 450-468
  • Williamson, I., Leeming, D., Lyttle, S. & Johnson, S. (2012) 'It should be the most natural thing in the world':  Exploring first-time mothers' breastfeeding difficulties in the UK using audio-diaries and interviews. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 8(4), 434-447
  • Johnson, S. (2010). Discursive constructions of the pregnant body: Conforming to or resisting body ideals? Feminism & Psychology, 20(2), 249-254
  • Day, K., Johnson, S., Milnes, K. & Rickett, B. (2010). Exploring women’s agency and resistance in health-related contexts; Contributors’ introduction. Feminism & Psychology, 20(2), 238-241
  • Johnson, S., Williamson, I., Lyttle, S. & Leeming, D. (2009). Expressing yourself: A feminist analysis of talk around expressing breast milk. Social Science and Medicine, 69, 900-907
  • Shelton, N. & Johnson, S. (2006). ‘I think motherhood for me was a bit like a double-edged sword’: The narratives of older mothers. Journal
    of Community and Applied Social Psychology
    , 16, 316-330.
  • Burrows, A. & Johnson, S. (2005). Girls’ experiences of menarche and menstruation. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 23(3), 235-249
  • Jordan, K., Capdevila, R. & Johnson, S. (2005). Baby or beauty: A Q study into post pregnancy body image. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 23(1), 19-31
  • Johnson, S., Burrows, A. & Williamson, I. (2004). Does my bump look big in this? The meaning of bodily changes for first time mothers-to-be. Journal of Health Psychology, 9(3), 361-374
  • Johnson, S. (2003). Constructing womanhood across the lifespan: The example of the transition to higher education. Psychology of Women Section Review, 5(2), 52-64
  • Johnson, S. (1999). The ‘horrors’ of scientific research. The Psychologist, 12(4), 186-189
  • Johnson, S. & Robson, C. (1999). Threatened identities: The experiences of women in transition to programmes of professional higher
    education. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 9, 273-288

Books

  • Horrocks, C. & Johnson, S. (eds) (2012). Advances in health psychology: Critical approaches. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

  • Johnson, S., Leeming, D., Lyttle, S. & Williamson, I. (2012) Empowerment or regulation? Exploring the implications of women's perspectives on expressing milk. In P. Hall Smith, B. L. Hausman, and M. Labbok (eds) Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breastfeeding Constraints and Realities. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • Johnson, S. (2012) Working with the tensions between critique and action in critical health psychology. In C. Horrocks & S. Johnson (eds). Advances in health psychology: Critical approaches. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Horrocks, C. & Johnson, S. (2012) Introduction: How can we advance health  psychology? In C. Horrocks & S. Johnson (eds). Advances in health psychology: Critical approaches. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Johnson. S. (2002). Narratives of the pregnant body: The stories of women in the latter stages of pregnancy. In C. Horrocks, K. Milnes, B. Roberts and D. Robinson (eds.). Narrative, memory and life transitions. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield.

Other Publications

  • Johnson, S. & Horrocks, C. (2011) Feminist action to improve women’s lives and health: Working together in a global context. Psychology of Women Section Review, 13(2), 34.
  • Johnson, S. (2010). Feminisms and professions: A summary of the roundtable discussion at the Psychology of Women Section Conference 2009. Psychology of Women Section Review, 12(1), 42-45.
  • Delanoy, D., Penny, G. & Johnson, S. (2004). Milton Keynes ITU follow-up clinic study: Analysis of the qualitative data. Report for Milton Keynes Intensive Therapy Programme.
  • Johnson, S., Lyttle, S., Tolley, M. & Williamson, I. (2004). Students’ early experiences of psychology in higher education. Internal report, University College Northampton.
  • Johnson, S. (1994). Women in transition: Towards a framework for understanding the experiences of women entering higher education. The British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section Newsletter, 13, 13-20.

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Selected Conference Presentations 2008 onwards:

Johnson, S.(2016) ‘I see my section scar as like a battle scar’: Women’s longer-term accounts of bodily changes resulting from pregnancy, childbirth and early mothering. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference, July, Windsor.

Hussain, I., Johnson, S. & Alam, Y. (2014) ‘I don’t just want to be known as someone’s wife or as someone’s mother. I didn’t come to university for that’: A narrative exploration of British Pakistani Muslim women’s engagement with higher education. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference, July, Windsor.

Capdevila, R. & Johnson, S. (2014) ‘That’s just what’s expected of you’: Exploring mothers’ engagement with science-based advice on MMR immunisation, part of  the symposium, Advice, policy and the negotiation of ‘good parenting’ presented on behalf of the Social Psychology Section at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, May, Birmingham.

Capdevila, R. & Johnson, S. (2013) Our children, ourselves: Negotiating agency and ‘choice’ around childhood immunisation, Critical Social Psychology: Discourse, Materiality and Politics Conference, February, Barcelona.

Capdevila, R. & Johnson, S. (2012) ‘Mother knows best?’ Exploring mothers’ engagement with science-based advice on MMR immunisation. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference, July, Windsor.

Johnson, S., Yoda, J., Capdevila, R., & Gavey, N. (2012) Publishing Challenges and the Strategies to Overcome Them Workshop presented at the British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference, July, Windsor.

Leeming, D., Williamson, I., Johnson, S. & Lyttle, S. (2011) Becoming a breastfeeding mother: An interactionist perspective. Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood International Conference, June, Grange over Sands, Cumbria.

Johnson, S., Leeming, D.,  Lyttle, S. & Williamson, I. (2011) Being a ‘good’ mother: Expressing breast milk as a way of negotiating the moral imperative that ‘breast is best’. Paper presented at the 7th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology, April, Adelaide, Australia.

Johnson, S., Leeming, D.,  Lyttle, S. & Williamson, I. (2010) Empowerment or regulation? Exploring the implications of women's perspectives on pumping and expressing breast milk. Paper presented at the ‘Feminism and Breastfeeding Symposium 2010: Informing Public Health Approaches’, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 19-20 March.

Leeming, D., Williamson, I., Johnson, S. & Lyttle, S. (2009). ‘This is a natural thing, why can I not do this?’:The impact of early breastfeeding difficulties on first-time mothers. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 27(3), 314. Poster presented at the Annual conference of the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology, September 2009, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Johnson, S. (2009). Convened the symposium ‘How can critical health psychology make a difference? Critique and action’ and presented the paper ‘Working with the tensions between critique and action in critical health psychology’ at the Sixth Biennial Conference of the International Society for Critical Health Psychology, Lausanne, Switzerland, 8-11 July.

Williamson, I., Lyttle, S., Johnson, S. & Leeming, D. (2008). The benefits and drawbacks of using audio-diaries to capture lived experience: Participants’ and researchers’ views. Poster presented at the British Psychological Society Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section Inaugural Conference, University of Leeds.

Johnson, S. (2008). Resisting or conforming to the ‘good maternal body?’. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference, July, Windsor.

Johnson, S. (2008). Feminism and health: Researching and conceptualising the psychology of women's health. Paper presented as part of the Psychology of Women’s Section Invited Symposium at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, April, Dublin.

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