Academic staff profile

Dr Katherine Johnson BSc (Hons), PhD

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Telephone: +441273643854

Email: K.E.Johnson@brighton.ac.uk

Profile

Katherine joined SASS in 2002 and has played a central role in the development of the undergraduate and postgraduate psychology curriculum within the school. She is Director of Postgraduate Taught Degrees and teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate programme. She coordinates the following modules:

  • Personal and Social Transformations (M level)
  • Doing Qualitative Research (M level)
  • Dissertation (M level)

Prior to this Katherine was a Research Fellow at UCL (2000-2002) working on a national study of LGB mental health, and taught social psychology for the Open University and gender studies at Birkbeck College, London. She completed a PhD 'Being Transsexual: self, identity and embodied subjectivity' in 2001 at Middlesex University and graduated from UCL in 1997 with BSc (Hons) Psychology. Her research maintains this focus on the relationship between psychology, gender and sexuality studies and critical theory.

Since 2005 Katherine has established a productive link with local LGBT community organisations. In 2007 a research report on LGBT suicidal distress (with MindOut and Allsorts) was produced which has informed the local LGBT suicide prevention strategy. In 2008 she developed a photographic exhibition with MindOut (Focusing the Mind) that was displayed during the annual Pride Festival aimed at raising awareness and fostering connection for those with mental health problems. This was re-displayed in the Jubilee Library as part of LGBT history month in 2011.

Research interests

  • Critical and Community Psychology – the clinical management of gender and sexuality, global mental health, participatory-action research and issues of marginalisation and social inclusion, practices for personal and social transformation.
  • Identity and embodiment – Theorising and researching embodied experience in relation to memory, mental health, gender, sexuality, selfhood and identity politics.
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies – Gender non-conformity, transgender, LGBT mental health; shame, subjectivity and sexuality; suicidal risk and the repathologization of queer lives; affective activism.
  • Qualitative Methods – e.g. discourse analysis, memory work, visual methods.

Additional roles

PhD supervision

Katherine is interested in supervising students working in the areas of critical and/or community psychology, LGBT lives, or those interested in methodological innovations.

Current and completed students

Amanda Holt, PhD (f/t) Disciplining Parents in a Youth Justice Context: Negotiating Dilemmas of Responsibility, Blame and Identity (with Paula Wilcox). Completed January 2009.

Paul Hanna, PhD (f/t) Consuming Sustainable Tourism: Ethics, Identity, Practice (with Matt Adams). Completed September 2011.

Eduardo Moreno, MPhil/PhD (f/t) Emotional dynamics and organ donation (with Matt Adams and Paul Stenner). Due to complete January 2013.

Stella Fremi, PhD (p/t ) Interactions and emotionality in discussions of gender transition (with Jayne Raisborough). Due to complete September 2013.

Forthcoming publications

Johnson, K. and Martinez, A. (under review) Participatory Action-Research and Social Transformation: Reflections from LGBT and Trans-Collective projects, Journal of Applied Social & Community Psychology.

Johnson, K. (forthcoming) "How very dare you!" Shame, insult and contemporary representations of queer subjectivity. Subjectivity

Johnson, K. (2012, forthcoming) Global Mental Health, cultural specificity and the risk of neo-colonialism: Challenges for critical community psychology. In C. Walker, K. Johnson & L. Cunningham (eds) Community psychology and the socio-economics of mental distress: International perspectives. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Johnson, K. (2012, forthcoming) After Identity? Affective activism in an LGBT community mental health photographic project. In I. Serrano-Garcia, M. Figueroa Rodriguez, D. Perez Jimenez & J. Resto Olivo (Eds) International Community Psychology: Community Approaches to Contemporary Social Problems Vol. II

Johnson, K. (2012, forthcoming) 'Psychology'. In J. Marchbank and G. Letherby (eds) Introduction to Gender: Social Science Perspectives. 2nd Ed. Pearson Education.

Recent publications

Number of items: 50.

Johnson, Katherine (2014) Sexuality: a psychosocial manifesto Polity Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780745641317

Johnson, Katherine (2014) Gender and Sexuality Issues in Health Psychology: Challenges from Feminist and Queer Perspectives In: Murray, M., ed. Critical Health Psychology. Palgrave Macmillan, UK, pp. 108-124. ISBN 9781137282651

Martínez-Guzmán, Antar and Johnson, Katherine (2014) Transgender, overview In: Teo, Thomas, ed. Encylopedia of Critical Psychology. Springer, New York, pp. 1996-2001. ISBN 9781461455820

Johnson, Katherine (2014) Transsexualism, overview In: Teo, Thomas, ed. Encylopedia of Critical Psychology. Springer, New York, pp. 2019-2022. ISBN 9781461455820

Hanna, Paul, Johnson, Katherine, Stenner, Paul and Adams, Matthew (2014) Foucault, sustainable tourism, and relationships with the environment (human and nonhuman) Geo Journal, 80 (2). pp. 301-314. ISSN 0343-2521

Johnson, Katherine (2012) “How very dare you!” Shame, insult and contemporary representations of queer subjectivities Subjectivity, 5 (4). pp. 416-437. ISSN 1755-6341

Johnson, Katherine and Browne, Katherine (2012) Trans and intersex issues in health and care Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 9 (4). pp. 235-237. ISSN 2049-5471

Johnson, Katherine and Guzmán, A.M. (2012) Rethinking concepts in Participatory Action Research and their potential for social transformation: post-structuralist Informed methodological reflections from LGBT and Trans-collective projects Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 23 (5). pp. 405-419. ISSN 1052-9284

Johnson, Katherine (2012) Global mental health, cultural specificity and the risk of neocolonialism: challenges for critical community psychology In: Walker, Carl, Johnson, K. and Cunningham, Liz, eds. Community psychology and the socio-economics of mental distress: international perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, pp. 269-283. ISBN 9780230275409

Walker, Carl, Johnson, Katherine and Cunningham, Elizabeth (2012) Introduction to community psychology and the socio-ecomomics of mental distress: international perspectives In: Walker, Carl, Johnson, K. and Cunningham, Liz, eds. Community psychology and the socio-economics of mental distress: international perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, pp. 1-10. ISBN 9780230275409

Walker, Carl, Johnson, Katherine and Cunningham, Elizabeth (2012) Community psychology and the socio-economics of mental distress: international perspectives [Edited Collections]

Johnson, Katherine (2012) Psychology, ideology and modes of intervention In: Walker, C., Johnson, K. and Cunningham, L., eds. Community psychology and the socio-economics of mental distress: international perspectives. Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke, pp. 91-95. ISBN 9780230275409

Johnson, Katherine (2012) After identity politics? Affective activism in a LGBT community photography project In: Invited seminar speaker, Department of Psychology, 29 February 2012, Keele University.

Johnson, Katherine (2012) LGBT suicidal 'risk' and the risk of repathologisation In: BPS, Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference, 11-13 July 2012, Windsor, UK.

Johnson, Katherine (2012) Suicidal 'risk' and the repathologisation of LGBT mental health In: 4th International Conference of Community Psychology, 20-24 June 2012, Barcelona, Spain.

Johnson, Katherine (2012) Symposium: Community psychology and the socio-economics of mental distress: international perspectives In: 4th International Conference of Community Psychology, 20-24 June 2012, Barcelona, Spain.

Johnson, Katherine (2012) Transgender, transsexualism, and the queering of gender identities: debates for feminist research In: Hesse-Biber, Sharlene Nagy, ed. Handbook of Feminist Research Theory and Praxis. Sage Publications, Los Angeles, pp. 606-626. ISBN 9781412980593

Reavey, Paula and Johnson, Katherine (2012) Visual approaches: using and interpreting images In: Hughes, Jason, ed. The Sage library of research methods: Sage visual methods. Sage, London, UK. ISBN 9781446241028

Johnson, Katherine (2011) Affective activism: reflections on the transformative possibilities of participatory visual methods In: Affect, subjectivity and social order/disorder: the fourth conference of the psychosocial studies network, 10-11 June, 2011, University of Brighton, Falmer, UK.

Johnson, Katherine (2011) Gay shame and suicidal distress In: Brighton and Sussex Sexuality Network column, November 2011, In GScene (local LGBT scene publication).

Johnson, Katherine (2011) LGBT mental health and suicidal 'risk' In: Pride and Prejudice? ESRC Social Science Festival, 31 October, Watershed, Bristol.

Johnson, Katherine (2011) LGBT mental health, suicidal 'risk' and the repathologisation of queer lives? In: 40 years on: where are LGBT rights, 19-20 May, LSE.

Johnson, Katherine (2011) Public engagement event: What differences have civil partnerships made? Discussing same-sex issues - from partners to parenting In: Sussex Salon Series, 15th June 2011, Pavilion Theatre, Brighton.

Brown, Steven D., Cromby, John, Harper, David J., Johnson, Katherine and Reavey, Paula (2011) Researching "experience": embodiment, methodology, process Theory & Psychology, 21 (4). pp. 493-515. ISSN 0959-3543

Johnson, Katherine (2011) Visualising mental health with an LGBT community group: method, process, theory In: Reavey, Paula, ed. Visual methods in psychology: using and interpreting images in qualitative research. Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis Group jointly with Routledge, Hove, pp. 173-189. ISBN 9780415483483

Johnson, Katherine and Martinez, A. (2010) Participatory action-research and social transformation: reflections from LGBT trans-collective projects In: Transforming LGBT lives: activism and research for gender and sexuality liberation (BSSN) annual conference, 15 September, 2010, Brighton, UK.

Johnson, Katherine (2010) Photography and participatory action-research: theory, research, praxis In: Studying the psychosocial, 3 December, 2010, Open University, Milton Keynes.

Johnson, Katherine (2010) Seeing affectively In: The social life of methods , 1-3 September, 2010, CRESC, University of Oxford.

Johnson, Katherine (2010) Visualising LGBT mental health: findings from a commuinity mental health project In: 3rd International Conference on Community Psychology: community agendas for contemporary social problems, 3-5 June, Puebla, Mexico.

Johnson, Katherine (2010) Witnessing, wit(h)nessing and social activism: some theoretical reflections on the transformation possibilities of participatory visual methodologies In: The social life of methods , 1-3 September, CRESC, University of Oxford.

Johnson, Katherine, Jones, Helen and Walker, Carl (2010) A community psychology approach to suicide research in Brighton In: British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 14-16 April 2010, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Brown, Steven D., Reavey, Paula, Cromby, John, Harper, David and Johnson, Katherine (2009) On psychology and embodiment: some methodological experiments In: Latimer, Joanna Elizabeth and Schillmeier, Michael W.J., eds. Un/knowing Bodies. Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 199-215. ISBN 9781405190831

Johnson, Katherine (2009) Reading Bracha Ettinger's 'the matrixial borderspace: feminist and queer responses In: Theeories: advanced seminars for queer research, 18-19 April, 2009, University College, Dublin.

Johnson, Katherine (2009) Visualising LGBT mental health In: Launch of East London NHS mental health network, 12 March, 2009, East London, UK.

Johnson, Katherine (2009) Visualising queer mental health: an LGBT photography project In: Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies, 6 May, 2009, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

Johnson, Katherine (2008) The transgender phenomenon Feminism & Psychology, 18 (2). pp. 283-285. ISSN 0959-3535

Reavey, P. and Johnson, Katherine (2008) Visual approaches: using and interpreting images In: Willig, Carla and Stainton-Rogers, Wendy, eds. The Sage Library of Research Methods: Sage Visual Methods. Sage, London, pp. 296-314. ISBN 9781446241028

Johnson, Katherine (2008) Queer phenomenology In: Th(e)orie advanced seminars for queer research, sexuality and phenomenology, 21-22 May, 2008, University College Dublin.

Johnson, Katherine (2007) Changing sex, changing self: theorizing transitions in embodied subjectivity Men and Masculinities, 10 (1). pp. 54-70. ISSN 1097-184X

Johnson, Katherine, Faulkner, P., Jones, H. and Welsh, E. (2007) Understanding suicide and promoting survival in LGBT communities HSPRC, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK.

Johnson, Katherine (2007) Fragmented identities, frustrated politics: Transexuals, lesbians and 'queer' In: Giffney, N. and O'Donnell, K., eds. Twenty-First Century Lesbian Studies. Harrington Park Press. ISBN 9781560236511

Johnson, Katherine (2007) Psychology In: Marchbank, J. and Letherby, G., eds. Introduction to gender: social science perspectives. Longman. ISBN 9781405858441

Johnson, Katherine (2007) Researching suicidal distress with LGBT communities in the UK: methodological and ethical reflections on a community-university knowledge exchange project Australian Community Psychologist, 19 (1). pp. 112-123.

Johnson, Katherine (2007) Transsexualism: diagnostic dilemmas, transgender politics and the future of transgender care In: Clarke, V. and Peel, E., eds. Out in psychology: lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans perspectives. Wiley Press. ISBN 9780470012871

Gillies, V., Harden, A., Johnson, Katherine, Reavey, P., Strange, V. and Willig, C. (2005) Painting pictures of embodied experience: the use of nonverbal data production for the study of embodiment Qualitative Research in Psychology, 2 (3). pp. 199-212. ISSN 1478-0887

Johnson, Katherine (2005) From gender to transgender: thirty years of feminist debates Social Alternatives, 24 (2). pp. 36-39. ISSN 0155-0306

Warner, James, McKeown, Eamonn, Griffin, Mark, Johnson, Katherine, Ramsay, Angus, Cort, Clive and King, Michael (2004) Rates and predictors of mental illness in gay men, lesbians and bisexual men and women: results from a survey based in England and Wales British Journal of Psychiatry, 185. pp. 479-485. ISSN 0007-1250

Gillies, V., Harden, A., Johnson, Katherine, Reavey, P., Strange, V. and Willig, C. (2004) Women's collective constructions of embodied practices through memory work: Cartesian dualism in memories of sweating and pain British Journal of Social Psychology, 43 (1). pp. 99-112. ISSN 0144-6665

King, M., McKeown, E., Warner, J., Ramsay, A., Johnson, Katherine, Cort, C., Wright, L., Blizard, R. and Davidson, O. (2003) Mental health and quality of life of gay men and lesbians in England and Wales: controlled, cross-sectional study The British Journal of Psychiatry, 183 (6). pp. 552-558. ISSN 0007-1250

Johnson, Katherine (2001) Studying transexual identity: a discursive approach In: Haynes, F. and McKenna, T., eds. Unseen genders: beyond the binaries. Eruptions (12). Peter Lang Pub Inc, New York, USA. ISBN 0820450243

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Indicative invited talks, conference papers and public engagement activities

Johnson, K (2011) LGBT mental health and suicidal 'risk'. Invited panellist, Pride after Prejudice? ESRC Social Science Festival, Watershed, Bristol (31 October)

Johnson, K (November, 2011) 'Gay shame and suicidal distress'. Brighton and Sussex Sexuality Network column in GScene (local LGBT scene publication)

Sussex Salon Series (2011): What differences have civil partnerships made? Discussing same-sex issues – from partners to parenting – is a panel including: gay rights activist, campaigner and writer Peter Tatchell; campaigner, writer and broadcaster Simon Fanshawe; Dr Katherine Johnson (Psychology, University of Brighton); Dr Craig Lind (Law, University of Sussex) and Dr Ben Fincham (Sociology, University of Sussex), Wed 15 June, 8pm, Pavilion Theatre.

Johnson, K. (2011) Affective Activism: reflections on the transformative possibilities of participatory visual methods. Affect, subjectivity and social order/disorder: The fourth conference of the Psychosocial Studies Network. University of Brighton, (10 - 11 June)

Johnson, K. (2011) LGBT mental health, suicidal 'risk' and the repathologisation of queer lives?. "40 years on: where are LGBT rights" Invited Panel Speaker. (The 40th anniversary of the foundation of Gay Liberation Front (GLF) 19-20 May, 2011, LSE)

Johnson, K. and Martinez, A. (2010) Participatory Action-Research and Social Transformation: Reflections from LGBT and Trans-Collective projects, Transforming LGBT Lives: Activism and Research for Gender and Sexuality Liberation (BSSN Annual Conference), Brighton (15 September)

Johnson, K (2010) Seeing Affectively. Symposium convener The Social Life of Methods CRESC, University of Oxford (1-3 Sept)

Johnson, K. (2010) Witnessing, Wit(h)nessing and Social Activism: Some theoretical reflections on the transformative possibilities of participatory visual methodologies. In Johnson, K. Seeing Affectively, The Social Life of Methods, CRESC, University of Oxford (1-3 Sept).

Johnson, K. (2010) Visualising LGBT mental health: findings from a community mental health project, 3rd International Conference on Community Psychology: Community agendas for contemporary social problems, Puebla, Mexico (3-5 June)

Johnson, K. (2009) Visualising Queer Mental Health: an LGBT photography project, Invited Speaker, Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies, University of Sussex (6 May)

Johnson, K. (2009) Invited Chair and Facilitator 'Reading Bracha Ettinger's The Matrixial Borderspace: Feminist and Queer Responses', Theeories: Advanced Seminars for Queer Research, University College Dublin (18-19 April)

Johnson, K. (2009) 'Promoting psychological research and its implications for clinical practice in diverse settings' Psychology of Women Symposium Convener, BPS Annual Conference, Brighton (1-3 April).

Johnson, K. (2009) Community psychology research as an alternative to 'clinical practice': a case analysis of Focusing the Mind an LGBT community photographic exhibition, in K. Johnson 'Promoting psychological research and its implications for clinical practice in diverse settings' Psychology of Women Symposium Convener, BPS Annual Conference, Brighton (1-3 April).

Johnson, K. and Reid, P. (2009) Focusing the Mind: A LGBT community mental health project, Community University Partnership Project, University of Brighton (2-3 April)

Johnson, K. (2009) Visualising LGBT mental health, Invited keynote address at launch of East London NHS LGBT mental health network (12 March)

Fincham, B. and Johnson, K. (2008) Between the dead and the living: contingency and affect. Ethnographies of Suicide, Brunel University (2-3 July).

Johnson, K and Fincham, B. (2008) Between the dead and the living: communication and suicidal behaviours, Social Suffering Symposium, Subjectivities Conference, University of Cardiff (27-29 June)

Johnson, K. (2008) Invited Respondent to Sara Ahmed (2006) Queer Phenomenology, Th(e)ories: Advanced Seminars for Queer Research, Sexuality and Phenomenology, University College Dublin (21-22 May)

Johnson, K., Jones, H., Reid, P. and Kip, B. (2008) Community Psychology & LGBT Suicide Prevention, Invited Workshop at NHS LGBT Mental Health Conference, Nottingham (28 May)

Johnson, K. (2008) Refining ethical concepts and principles in knowledge-exchange research: Lessons from a qualitative study of LGBT suicidal distress. Invited paper for a Qualitative Research & Ethics symposium convened by Zadie Todd, BPS Annual Conference, Dublin (2-4 April)