Joanna Semlyen


  • 0.17 Medical School

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

LGBT Health EDI in Education EDI in Research Methods/Design/Development/Governance Gender Equality Anti racist interventions Bystander Intervention Training

Personal profile


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 Council.

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.


British Psychological Society: Psychology of women and equalities section

She is East of England Lead for Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

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

Researchgate profile: RESEARCHGATE

Google Scholar profile: Google Scholar

Administrative Posts

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Associate Dean

Athena SWAN Chair

Norwich Medical School Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Norwich Medical School BAME Working Group: Chair

Academic Lead: Psychology

Module Lead: Further Qualitative Research Methods


Key Research Interests


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
  • Anti racist interventions
  • Measurement of sexual orientation and gender identity in national surveys
  • Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis/ Thematic Analysis
  • Active Bystander Intervention Training
Details on Researchgate


Teaching Interests

Qualitative Research Methods

Health Psychology

Health Inequalities

Areas of Expertise

LGBTQI+ Health

EDI Research

EDI in Education

Bystander Intervention Training

Administrative Posts

EDI Director, Norwich Medical School

Athena Swan Lead, Norwich Medical School

Further Qualitative Research Methods, Module Lead, Norwich Medical School

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
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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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