Dr Catherine Johnson

Research Fellow

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Health Sciences (354)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I work as a Research Fellow in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work.

Prior to studying psychology I was a physiotherapist in private practice. I also hold qualifications as an adult and adolescent mindfulness teacher. My PhD developed a new measure of mindfulness for early adolescents, and found that 8-week mindfulness programs are not robust in this population. Currently I work across a range of projects (mental health programmes in schools, eating disorder research and community mental health trials) under the broad banner of research translation into real world contexts.

I have a particular focus on increasing the effectiveness of wellbeing education programs in schools, and sustaining their successful implementation. This work targets shared risk factors for depression, anxiety and eating disorders in sequenced programs across the school journey, matched to developmental age.

I enjoy working in industry partnerships with schools to collect local school data, understand local culture and traditions, and navigate the dizzying array of wellbeing programs on offer in a structured, evidence-based and effective way.


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

Member, Flinders Institute of Mental Health and Wellbeing; Blackbird Initiative

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 coordinator
PSYC1108 The Psychology of Surviving and Thriving
Topic lecturer
PSYC1107 The Psychology of Weird and Wonderful Ideas
PSYC3012 Interviewing and Counselling
  • Mindfulness
  • Wellbeing Education in Schools