Dr Joanna Goldthorpe PhD, CPsychol, PG cert, BSc (Hons)

Research Fellow

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My research is primarily based around developing and evaluating complex interventions to improve health for children and families, with a particular focus on oral and public health and health service research. I am a Chartered Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society.

Primarily I am co-investigator and project manager for the Polar Bear study, an NIHR finded research study that aims to equip dental practitioners with the behaviour change skills to help parents and carers help their children to develop habits that support good oral health. 

I am qualitative lead for the SPARCS study, which is an antenatal and parenting programme based in Salford that utilises the Sollihull approach to supporting parents. 

I volunteer with the Change Exchange, a University of Manchester based organisation that works alongside other UK organisations and health services in sub-saharan Africa to offer consultation on ways in which health psychology can enhance and improve behaviour change initiatives. Alongside UOM colleagues, I have worked with a Pharmacy team from Glasgow to deliver training in appropriate prescribing of Antibiotics in the Keta Hospital and the Accra Police Hospital in Ghana. I hope to return in February 2020 for some follow-up work. 

I supervise a number of BSc, Msc, MRes and Phd student projects and am a Manchester Access Programme (MAP) tutor. I deliver lectures and workshops on behavioural science and communication for the BSc Oral Health Science and BDS Dentistry programmes and teach on the MSc Clinical and Health Psychology course.

 I also have a role at Lancaster University working for the ARC North West Coast Equitable Place Based Theme.



I am a chartered psychologist and researcher based at the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology (MCHP). I have worked in the area of social and health services research since 2003, having held previous roles at Birkbeck College, University of London and the Centre for Public Health Research at the University of Chester. I gained my PhD in Dental and Commmunity Public Health in 2012 and continue to work closely with the Division of Dentistry, securing funding from NIHR for The Polar Bear Study, a collborative project between MCHP and the Dental Health Unit which started early January 2020. 



BSc Psychology and Human Resource Management, University of Keele (1997)

Post Graduate Certificate in Research Methods, University of Chester (2008)

PhD Dental public health and community dentistry, University of Manchester (2012)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Chartered Psychologist: Membership of the British Psychological Society, affilitated to the Division of Health Psychology and Qualitative Methods in Psychology.

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology - Behavioural Science, Qualitative methods, Health Services Research

Research Networks and Beacons

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

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