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Josie Henley   FHEA CPsychol

Dr Josie Henley FHEA CPsychol


School of Social Sciences

+44 29208 75332
Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA
Welsh speaking
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a lecturer and qualitative researcher in Social Sciences, with a PhD in Psychology. I have worked in Healthcare Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Medical School. I have also worked in the third sector in mental health services and in research and policy roles.

Research interests: autism, mental health, social care, and equalities.

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I have a longstanding interest in mental health and wellbeing.

I currently work in Cardiff University School of Social Sciences. Most recently I worked in the Centre for Clinical Trials (CTR). Previous CTR projects include: PEACH: Procalcitonin: Evaluation of Antibiotic use in COVID-19 Hospitalised patients; and the RESPECT study: a realist evaluation of social prescribing with time credits.

I was part of the GW4 Crucible in 2022 and developed a project in collaboration with colleagues in Bath, Bristol and Cardiff to explore Autistic people’s feelings and thoughts around the key theories on the origins of autism.

Other projects include researching quality of life in older adults (part of IDEAL: Improving the Experience of Dementia and Enhancing Active Life); the REACT project (an investigation of the active components of a specialist home treatment intervention to prevent hospital admission of people with dementia in crisis in the community); and the Nurse decision-making study (Nurse decision-making about the delivery of skin care to patients with advanced cancer at the end of life).

I was a key member of the UK WHELM study research team (Work, Health and Emotional Lives of Midwives (WHELM) study for the United Kingdom (UK)).

My PhD in cognitive neuroscience examined the relationship between sleep, dreaming and memory. I found support for the theory that dreams have a memory consolidation function.

More recently I have worked on research projects with patients with significant memory loss, e.g. the IDEAL and REACT studies.

I work mainly in qualitative methods. I conduct qualitative interviews and am developing ways to work with creative methods.


I am a lecturer in Social Psychology in the School of Social Sciences. I currently teach on SI0800 Introduction to Psychology for the Human and Social Sciences and SI0271 Psychological Investigations.

Prior to this role, I have worked in a number of FE and HE institutions, including Open University, Swansea University, and Bangor University.


I have been working in Cardiff University since 2016, after completing my PhD in Swansea University.

I currently work as a lecturer in Social Psychology in the School of Social Sciences. Prior to this role, I was a Research Associate in the Centre for Trials Research (CTR) as part of the qualitative team, working on medical and social care projects.

In 2019 I worked at the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) where my primary focus was working with participants in CFAS-Wales (Cognitive Function and Ageing Study) to understand more about their experiences and any changes they might notice in memory, thinking or ability to manage everyday life as they grow older. We contributed to the IDEAL programme: Improving the Experience of Dementia and Enhancing Active Life.

I studied Psychology and Linguistics as an undergraduate at Bangor University, graduating in 1992. I decided to continue in academia and worked as a research assistant and tutor in the Psychology department.

I learned Welsh in North Wales. Dw i'n siarad gyda acen y Gog.

I worked in industry and the third sector for some years before returning to academia to study for my PhD in Swansea University Psychology Department, 2008-2014. My PhD in cognitive neuroscience examined the relationship between sleep, dreaming and memory. I found support for the theory that dreams have a memory consolidation function.

Honours and awards

GW4 Crucible Seed Funding, 2022-2023, ‘How neurobiological narratives shape the identity of autistic adults’. Lead applicant.

GW4 Crucible, 2022, "Building Back Better: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Mental Health and Wellbeing Research"

Travel Award, School of Social Sciences, 2019, Glasgow BSA conference travel.

Equality and Human Rights Commission, 2018, “Monitoring of listed bodies’ performance against the Public Sector Equality Duty, EHRC 1819-02 Specification.”

NHS Centre for Equality and Human Rights in Wales in collaboration with Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee: “Appraisal of LGBTQ needs and inclusivity in online NHS resources.” 2017

Professional memberships

  • British Psychological Society (BPS), Chartered Membership
  • Society of Authors, Full Membership

Academic positions

  • 2023-present: Lecturer in Social Psychology, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
  • 2021-2023: Associate Lecturer in Psychology, Open University in Wales
  • 2019-2023: Research Associate at the Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University
  • 2018-2019: Research Associate at WISERD, Cardiff University
  • 2016-2018: Research Assistant in the School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University
  • 2008-2014: Teaching Studentship, Swansea University

Committees and reviewing


Journal reviewer

Frontiers in Psychology
Ageing and Society
Journal of Advanced Nursing
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH)


  • Cardiff University Centre for Trials Research Equality and Diversity committee (2019-2023).
  • Cardiff University Research Staff Association (CURSA) representative (2019-2023).
  • Cardiff University School of Social Sciences Equality and Diversity committee (2018-2019).


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Autism and Autistic identity
  • Diagnosis journeys
  • Carers and mutual care/mutual aid
  • Social care
  • Equalities