Biography

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+). 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

All Publications

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Semlyen, J., Ali, A., Flowers, P.

(2017)

Intersectional identities and dilemmas in interactions with health care professionals: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of British gay Muslim men,

in Culture, Health & Sexuality

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Shahab, L., Brown, J., Hagger-Johnson, G., Michie, S., Semlyen, J., West, R., Meads, C.

(2017)

Sexual orientation identity and tobacco and hazardous alcohol use: findings from a cross-sectional English population survey,

in BMJ Open

7

article no. e015058

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Semlyen, J., Hagger-Johnson, G.

(2017)

Sampling frame for sexual minorities in public health research,

in Journal of Public Health

39

(3)

pp. 644

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(Comment/debate)

(Published)


Semlyen, J.

(2017)

Recording sexual orientation in the UK: Pooling data for statistical power,

in American Journal of Public Health

107

(8)

pp. 1215-1217

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Hulbert-Williams, N., Plumpton, C., Flowers, P., McHugh, R., Neal, R., Semlyen, J., Storey, L.

(2017)

The cancer care experiences of gay, lesbian and bisexual patients: A secondary analysis of data from the UK Cancer Patient Experience Survey,

in European Journal of Cancer Care

26

(4)

article no. e12670

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Brooke, J., Semlyen, J.

(2017)

Exploring the impact of dementia friendly ward environments on the provision of care: A qualitative thematic analysis,

in Dementia

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Jowett, A., Semlyen, J.

(2016)

An introduction to the field of LGBTQ Psychology and the BPS Psychology of Sexualities Section,

in Psypag Quarterly

(101)

pp. 4-6

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Semlyen, J., Couzens, J.

(2016)

The Psychology of Sexualities Section (PoS) of The British Psychological Society: Psychology of Sexualities Research,

in Psypag Quarterly

(101)

pp. 7-13

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Semlyen, J., Kunasegaran, K.

(2016)

Understanding barriers to cervical screening uptake in trans men: an exploratory qualitative analysis,

in The Lancet

388

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article no. S104

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Semlyen, J., King, M., Varney, J., Hagger-Johnson, G.

(2016)

Sexual orientation and symptoms of common mental disorder or low wellbeing: combined meta-analysis of 12 UK population health surveys,

in BMC Psychiatry

16

(1)

article no. 67

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Semlyen, J.

(2015)

Health psychology,

in The Palgrave Handbook of the Psychology of Sexuality and Gender.

Palgrave Macmillan

pp. 300-315

ISBN 978-1-349-46671-9, 978-1-137-34588-2

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Hulbert-Williams, N., Plumpton, C., McHugh, R., Semlyen, J., Flowers, P., Storey, L., Rearn, E., Neal, R.

(2015)

What are the experiences of cancer care in gay,lesbian and bisexual patients, and how do these differfrom heterosexual cancer patients?,

in Psycho-Oncology

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Semlyen, J., Hulbert-Williams, N.

(2013)

Representation in Psycho-Oncology: Exploring the Cancer Continuum for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Populations,

in Psycho-Oncology

22

(s3)

article no. M3

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Hagger-Johnson, G., Taibjee, R., Semlyen, J., Fitchie, I., Fish, J., Meads, C., Varney, J.

(2013)

Sexual orientation identity in relation to smoking history and alcohol use at age 18/19: Cross-sectional associations from the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE),

in BMJ Open

3

(8)

article no. e002810

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King, M., Semlyen, J., Tai, S. S., Killaspy, H., Osborn, D., Popelyuk, D., Nazareth, I.

(2008)

A systematic review of mental disorder, suicide, and deliberate self harm in lesbian, gay and bisexual people,

in BMC Psychiatry

8

article no. 70

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King, M., Semlyen, J., Killaspy, H., Nazareth, I., Osborn, D.

(2007)

A systematic review of research on counselling and psychotherapy for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender people,

BACP

ISBN 9781905114214

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Barnes, M. P., Kent, R. M., Semlyen, J. K., McMullen, K. M.

(2003)

Spasticity in multiple sclerosis,

in Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair

17

(1)

pp. 66-70

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Makepeace, R. W., Barnes, M. P., Semlyen, J. K., Stevenson, J.

(2001)

The establishment of a community multiple sclerosis team,

in International Journal of Rehabilitation Research

24

(2)

pp. 137-141

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Whitaker, J., Butler, A., Semlyen, J. K., Barnes, M. P.

(2001)

Botulinum toxin for people with dystonia treated by an outreach nurse practitioner: A comparative study between a home and a clinic treatment service,

in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

82

(4)

pp. 480-484

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Semlyen, J. K., Summers, S. J., Barnes, M. P.

(1998)

Traumatic brain injury: Efficacy of multidisciplinary rehabilitation,

in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

79

(6)

pp. 678-683

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Key Research Interests

 

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

  • Inequalities in health for sexual and gender minority groups
  • 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
  • Mixed methods in health research
 
Details on Researchgate

 

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

Public Health Specialist, Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

East of England Lead, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Special Interest Group

Board Director,  Bisi Alimi Foundation

External Examiner, Regents University 

External Examiner, University of Cumbria

External Examiner, University of Bradford

External Examiner, De Montford University (2019-