Dr Catherine Johnson

Research Fellow

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Bedford Park (354)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

My research focuses on wellbeing education programs in industry partnerships with schools. We provide a bridge between busy schools and universities to navigate the dizzying array of wellbeing programs on offer in a structured and effective way.

Targeting key protective factors for mental health, we

  • source or develop programs that fit a school's context, building on what already works where possible
  • reinforce key ideas over multiple years
  • scaffold application to age-relevant issues
  • develop consistent language across the school community and
  • collect local school data to inform choice and measure outcomes

PhD, B Psych Sc (Hons), B App Sc (Physiotherapy), M App Sc (Physiotherapy)

Member, Flinders Institute of Mental Health and Wellbeing

Honours, awards and grants

Australian Postgraduate Award, 2014-2017

Fraser Mustard Centre PhD Scholarship, 2014 – 2017

Flinders University Medal, 2013

Flinders University Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation 2012, 2013

Flinders University, Gery Beswick Memorial Prize (Psychology), 2012

Teaching interests

Development of emotion regulation



Topic lecturer
PSYC1107 The Psychology of Weird and Wonderful Ideas
PSYC3012 Interviewing and Counselling
  • Mental health programs in schools
  • Mindfulness
Further information

Member, Flinders Institute for Mental Health and Wellbeing (FIMHWell)