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Dr Josie Henley

Dr Josie Henley

Research Associate

Welsh speaking


I am a qualitative researcher with a PhD in Psychology, who has worked in Healthcare Sciences, Social Sciences and the Medical School. I have also worked in the third sector in mental health services and in research and policy roles.

Research interests: the psychology and sociology of health and illness, dementia, ageing and end of life care, sleep, dreams, memory, mental health, social care and equalities.

Pronouns: they/them


I currently work as a Research Associate in the Centre for Trials Research (CTR) as part of the qualitative team.

Prior to joining the CTR in 2019 I worked in the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) where my primary focus was working with participants in CFAS-Wales (Cognitive Function and Ageing Study) to understand more about their experiences and any changes they might notice in memory, thinking or ability to manage everyday life as they grow older. We contributed to the IDEAL programme: Improving the experience of dementia and enhancing active life.

I studied Psychology and Linguistics as an undergraduate in Bangor University, graduating in 1992. I decided to continue in academia and worked as a research assistant and tutor in the Psychology department.

I learned Welsh in North Wales. Dw i'n siarad gyda acen y Gog.

I worked in industry and the third sector for some years before returning to academia to study for my PhD in Swansea University Psychology Department, 2008-2014. My PhD in cognitive neuroscience examined the relationship between sleep, dreaming and memory. I found support for the theory that dreams have a memory consolidation function.

Honours and awards

GW4 Crucible, 2022, "Building Back Better: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Mental Health and Wellbeing Research"

Travel Award, School of Social Sciences, 2019, Glasgow BSA conference travel.

Equality and Human Rights Commission, 2018, “Monitoring of listed bodies’ performance against the Public Sector Equality Duty, EHRC 1819-02 Specification.”

NHS Centre for Equality and Human Rights in Wales in collaboration with Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee: “Appraisal of LGBTQ needs and inclusivity in online NHS resources.” 2017

Professional memberships

  • British Psychological Society (BPS), Chartered Membership
  • Society of Authors, Full Membership

Academic positions

  • 2021-present: Associate Lecturer in Psychology, Open University in Wales
  • 2019-present: Research Associate at the Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University
  • 2018-2019: Research Associate at WISERD, Cardiff University
  • 2016-2018: Research Assistant in the School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University
  • 2008-2014: Teaching Studentship, Swansea University

Speaking engagements

Invited Talks

Henley, J. (2019). ‘Midwives intending to stay or intending to stray - The WHELM Study.’ All Ireland Annual Midwifery Conference (Royal College of Midwives NI / Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation), 17 October, 2019. Armagh, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Henley, J. (2019). ‘Living well with dementia: the Improving the experience of Dementia and Enhancing Active Life (IDEAL) study.’ Alzheimer's Society Annual Conference 2019, 7 March, 2019, Cardiff.

Conference Papers

Henley, J., Hillman, A., Jones, I. R. & Clare, L. (2019). ‘Risking vulnerability: The precariousness of living with and caring for those with dementia.’ WISERD Annual Conference 2019, 3-4 July, 2019, Medrus Conference Centre, Aberystwyth University.

Henley, J., Hillman, A. & Jones, I. R. (2019). ‘Inequalities in dementia diagnosis in the UK. A narrative literature review of factors contributing to variations in timing of diagnosis.’ BSA Annual Conference 2019 - Challenging Social Hierarchies and Inequalities, 24–26 April, 2019, Glasgow Caledonian University.

Henley, J. (2017). ‘How can health and social care providers engage with stigmatised patient groups to meet information needs? Focus on trans community.’ Cyber Network Conference, 11-12 September, 2017, Swansea University, Swansea.

Henley, J. (2017). ‘The Unicorn in the Room: the impact of gendered expectations in clothing in Healthcare/HE environments.’ LGBTQ Inclusivity in Higher Education Conference: Facing the Dragon, 5-6 September, 2017, Swansea University, Swansea.

England, E. & Henley, J. (2017). ‘“Nothing about us, without us”: Can the internet improve LGBT health?’ In: E. Moriarty (Chair), ‘Ups and Downs’. Pride and Prejudice: A Symposium of LGBT*+ History, Literature and Politics, 15 February, 2017, Swansea University, Swansea.

Henley-Einion, J. (2011). ‘Assessing the Day-Residue Effect Using Ratings from Independent Judges.’ 28th Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, 24-28 June, 2011, Kerkrade, The Netherlands.

Henley-Einion, J. (2010). ‘Dreaming and Reading Questionnaire analysis 2010.’ Human Nature Arts and Humanities Conference, June, 2010, Swansea University, Swansea.

Henley-Einion, J. (2009). ‘Human Dreams versus the Dreams in Nineteenth-Century Fiction.’ ‘Criticism & Creativity’ Postgraduate Conference, April, 2009, Gregynog, Wales.

Internal Seminars

Henley, J. (2020). ‘Midwives intending to stay or intending to stray - The UK WHELM Study update.’ CTR Qualitative Group seminar series, 27 February, 2020, Heath Campus, Cardiff University.

Henley, J. (2019). ‘Inequalities in dementia in the UK and living with undiagnosed dementia: psycho-social barriers to seeking a dementia diagnosis.’ WISERD lunchtime seminar series, 12 March, 2019, WISERD, Cardiff. 

Henley, J. (2018). ‘Perspectives of people living with undiagnosed dementia, part of the IDEAL 2 study.’ WISERD Away Day, 20-21 November, Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells, Wales.

Public Engagement Events

Henley, J. (2018). ‘Could community fitness help combat Dementia?’ ESRC Festival of Social Sciences: Everyday Fitness for All event, 10 November, 2018, Llanishen Leisure Centre, Cardiff.

Henley, J. (2018). Your Government Your Wellbeing launch event, 27 June, 2018, Diverse Cymru, Cardiff.

Henley, J. & England, E. (2017). ‘LGBT People and Dementia: State of the Research.’ Dementia and Us, 3 October, 2017, hosted by Iris Prize Festival, Cardiff.

Henley, J. (2017, May). “LGBT People and Dementia” In: England, E. & Henley, J. ‘Remembering Who I Am: Dementia Experiences of Marginalised Groups.’ Tinted Lens: A Festival of the Mind, Memory & Ageing, 17 May, 2017, Cardiff University, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.

Committees and reviewing


Journal reviewer

Frontiers in Psychology
Ageing and Society
Journal of Advanced Nursing


  • Cardiff University Centre for Trials Research Equality and Diversity committee (2019-current).
  • Cardiff University Research Staff Association (CURSA) representative (2019-current).
  • Cardiff University School of Social Sciences Equality and Diversity committee (2018-2019).












I have worked as a lecturer and tutor at FE and HE level in a variety of establishments.

My current contract with Cardiff University is research only, however I am an Associate Lecturer for Open University on two modules teaching Psychology undergraduates.

My PhD was a teaching studentship, during which I taught on four modules: Introduction and Advanced Biological Bases of Psychology; Introduction and Advanced Cognitive Psychology to Swansea University undergraduates. I also facilitated research methods and statistics sessions, marked essays and exam papers and invigilated exams.

I have taught Psychology and IT courses at FE level in colleges in North Wales and South Wales.

I have a longstanding interest in mental health and wellbeing.

I currently work in Cardiff University Centre for Clinical Trials (CTR). Current and previous projects include: PEACH: Procalcitonin: Evaluation of Antibiotic use in COVID-19 Hospitalised patients; The Plan-it Study: the acceptability and feasibility of a planned pre-pregnancy weight loss intervention; and the RESPECT study: a realist evaluation of social prescribing with time credits.

Other projects include researching quality of life in older adults (part of IDEAL: Improving the Experience of Dementia and Enhancing Active Life); the REACT project (an investigation of the active components of a specialist home treatment intervention to prevent hospital admission of people with dementia in crisis in the community); and the Nurse decision-making study (Nurse decision-making about the delivery of skin care to patients with advanced cancer at the end of life).

I was a key member of the UK WHELM study research team (Work, Health and Emotional Lives of Midwives (WHELM) study for the United Kingdom (UK)).

My PhD in cognitive neuroscience examined the relationship between sleep, dreaming and memory. I found support for the theory that dreams have a memory consolidation function.

More recently I have worked on research projects with patients with significant memory loss, e.g. the IDEAL and REACT studies.

I work mainly in qualitative methods. I conduct qualitative interviews and am developing ways to ethically interview people with fluctuating capacity.


Past projects