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Dr Jessica Johansson

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Senior Research Fellow

ORCID 0000-0003-3622-9598

Jess is a qualitative researcher with a background in Psychology. She has a wealth of experience in using a range of qualitative methods over the past 15 years including thematic analysis, grounded theory, framework analysis, discourse analysis and interpretative phenomenological analysis. Jess is interested in the psychological adjustment to illness and long term conditions from the perspectives of patients and their families. Jess also has an interest in working with staff to understand how best to implement complex interventions within complex NHS systems.

Jess completed her degree in Psychology in 2011 at Leeds Metropolitan University. She then went on and studied a Master of Science degree (MSc) at the University of Leeds in ‘Psychological Approaches to Health’; where she graduated in 2012. After graduating from her MSc, Jess gained clinical and research experience in the Learning Disabilities Directorate within the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation trust where she undertook her role as a clinical support worker in an acute learning disabilities unit and completed a voluntary Clinical Psychology internship programme.

Jess joined the Academic Unit for Ageing and Stroke Research (ASR) as a Research Fellow in September 2013 on the LoTS 2 care project. This research involved developing and testing a longer-term integrated stroke care strategy focused on improving the quality of life of stroke survivors and their carers. In 2014, Jess was awarded a 110 Anniversary Scholarship at the University of Leeds to undertake her PhD research which was awarded in 2018. The work focused on designing an intervention to support carers of stroke survivors using an Intervention Mapping approach. Jess received an award at the UK Stroke Forum conference for her PPI work with carers and staff as part of the intervention development work with her PhD studies.

Since the completion of her doctoral studies, Jess has worked on an NIHR funded research programme which aims to develop and evaluate a complex intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour after stroke (RECREATE). During this programme, Jess has conducted and published various systematic reviews and been involved in the process of developing and evaluating a complex intervention. Since 2020 Jess has been a Senior Research Fellow, and process evaluation lead on RECREATE. This role has enhanced Jess’s expertise in developing and evaluating complex interventions and has led to her keen interest in the implementation of interventions.

Jess has spent most of her 10 years at ASR working in stroke research, but recently she has been involved in grant and research activity focused on different aspects of ageing research including older women’s experiences, osteoporosis, and digital exclusion. In addition to her main role on RECREATE Jess has recently undertaken additional activities including: supporting NIHR interns and clinical doctorate students, being a clinical doctorate transfer viva panellist, and presenting at conferences and seminars within and external to the ASR. In April 2023, Jess starts her new role as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. The role provides exciting opportunities for applying for grant funding and building upon current skills and expertise.

Recent Funding Awarded

Heaven A, Kime N, Johansson J, Teale E, Sharp C, Connor J. A qualitative exploration of older women and healthcare professional experiences to guide improvements in osteoporosis care – comms approval. NIHR RfPB £153,268.00

Graham L, Forster A, Iliff A, Inglis J, Clegg A, Humphrey S, Johansson J, Best K, Foster M. Development of methods to identify digitally excluded older people, and tailoring of interventions to meet their digital needs. Dunhill Medical Trust £412,252.54; 01/10/2023-31/07/2025.

Recent Publications

Johansson JF, Shannon R, Mossabir R, Airlie J, Ozer S, Moreau LA, Farris A, Mead G, English C, Fitzsimons CF, Clarke DJ, Forster A, on behalf of the RECREATE Programme Management Group. Intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour and improve outcomes after stroke (Get Set Go): a study protocol for the process evaluation of a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial (RECREATE)BMJ Open 2023;13:e075363.

Airlie J, Burton L, Copsey B, English C, Farrin A, Fitzsimons CF, Holloway I, Horrocks J, Johansson JF, Mead G, Moreau LA, Ozer S, Patel A, Yaziji N, Forster A, on behalf of the RECREATE Programme Management Group. RECREATE: a study protocol for a multicentre pilot cluster randomised controlled trial (cRCT) in UK stroke services evaluating an intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour in stroke survivors (Get Set Go) with embedded process and economic evaluations. BMJ Open 2023;13:e074607.

Johansson, J.F., Lam, N., Ozer, S., Hall, J., Morton, S., English, C., Fitzsimons, C.F., Lawton, R., Forster, A. and Clarke, D., 2022. Systematic review of process evaluations of interventions in trials investigating sedentary behaviour in adults. BMJ open12(1), p.e053945.

Morton, S., Hall, J., Fitzsimons, C., Hall, J., English, C., Forster, A., Lawton, R., Patel, A., Mead, G. and Clarke, D.J., 2022. A qualitative study of sedentary behaviours in stroke survivors: non-participant observations and interviews with stroke service staff in stroke units and community services. Disability and rehabilitation44(20), pp.5964-5973.

Hall, J.F., Corepal, R., Crocker, T.F., Lam, N., Burton, L.J., Birch, K., Carter, G., Clarke, D.J., English, C., Farrin, A.J. and Fitzsimons, C., 2021. A systematic review and meta-analysis of non-workplace interventions to reduce time spent sedentary in adults. medRxiv, pp.2021-05.

Forster, A., Ozer, S., Crocker, T.F., House, A., Hewison, J., Roberts, E., Dickerson, J., Carter, G., Hulme, C., Fay, M. and Richardson, G., 2021 et al. Longer-term health and social care strategies for stroke survivors and their carers: the LoTS2Care research programme including cluster feasibility RCT.

Hall, J., Morton, S., Hall, J., Clarke, D.J., Fitzsimons, C.F., English, C., Forster, A., Mead, G.E. and Lawton, R., 2020. A co-production approach guided by the behaviour change wheel to develop an intervention for reducing sedentary behaviour after stroke. Pilot and Feasibility Studies6(1), pp.1-13.

Hall, J., Morton, S., Fitzsimons, C.F., Hall, J.F., Corepal, R., English, C., Forster, A., Lawton, R., Patel, A., Mead, G. and Clarke, D.J., 2020. Factors influencing sedentary behaviours after stroke: findings from qualitative observations and interviews with stroke survivors and their caregivers. BMC Public Health20, pp.1-15.

Hall, J.F., Crocker, T.F., Clarke, D.J. and Forster, A., 2019. Supporting carers of stroke survivors to reduce carer burden: development of the Preparing is Caring intervention using Intervention Mapping. BMC Public Health19(1), pp.1-16.

Corepal, R., Hall, J.F., English, C., Farrin, A., Fitzsimons, C.F., Forster, A., Lawton, R., Mead, G. and Clarke, D., 2019. A protocol for a systematic review of process evaluations of interventions investigating sedentary behaviour in adults. BMJ open9(9), p.e031291.

Crocker, T.F., Ozer, S., Brown, L., Hall, J. and Forster, A., 2019. Non‐pharmacological interventions for longer‐term stroke survivors or their carers: an overview of Cochrane Reviews. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews2019(4).

Hall, J.F., 2017. The development of an intervention for carers of stroke survivors using an Intervention Mapping approach (Doctoral dissertation, University of Leeds).