Joanna Semlyen


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Dr Joanna Semlyen is a British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist and a Health Care Professions Council Health Psychologist. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and has full membership of the Division of Health Psychology in the British Psychological Society

She is a Public Health Specialist in Hertfordshire.

Joanna completed her PhD at City University London where she previously completed her MSc in Health Psychology. Her first degree was a BSc in Psychology.

Joanna's interdisciplinary research focuses on health inequalities and health disparities in sexual and gender minority populations (LGBTQ+) and ethnic minorities. She uses mixed methods, drawing on phenomenological qualitative approaches in addition to epidemiological pooled meta-analytic techniques. Her particular research expertise is in mental health.

She is East of England Lead for Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Orcid profile: ORCID: 0000-0001-5372-1344

Researchgate profile: RESEARCHGATE

Administrative Posts

Norwich Medical School Lead for Diversity and Inclusion

Norwich Medical School BAME Working Group: Chair

Academic Lead: Psychology

Module Lead: Further Qualitative Research Methods


Key Research Interests and Expertise


Available for (PhD, MRes) research opportunities for psychology, social work, medicine, allied health in the following: 

  • Inequalities in health for sexual, gender and ethnic minority groups
  • Medical Education and diversity
  • Measurement of sexual orientation and gender identity in national surveys
  • Cancer care experiences of LGBT patients
  • Psycho-social interventions for LGBT patients 
  • Understanding barriers to cervical screening uptake in transgender men
  • LGBT Mental Health
  • Efficacy of neurorehabilitation in severe head injury
  • Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
  • Mixed methods in health research
Details on Researchgate


External Activities

Public Health Specialist, Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

East of England Lead, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Special Interest Group

British Psychological Society, Research Board

Teaching Interests

Qualitative Research Methods

Health Psychology

Health Inequalities

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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

Master of Science

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

External positions

Public Health Specialist, Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

East of England Lead, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis


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