Julie Ji

Dr, Postdoctoral Fellow, PhD Cantab., MSc LSE., BA Syd.

  • The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr Julie Ji is an experimental psychologist whose research aims to drive clinical treatment innovation by illuminating modifiable cognitive mechanisms that underpin emotional, motivational and behavioural dysregulation in depression, anxiety, and self-harm. Her research has attracted more than $1 million in funding as principal investigator since completing her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2018. Her work has been published in top ranking journals, such as Behaviour Research and Therapy, and has received coverage in the Australian Financial Review, the West Australian, ABC News and Channel 9 News. Passionate about public engagement, Dr Ji regularly contributes to science communication and community knowledge sharing. She delivers frequent public talks, participates as invited panellist and author with the UWA Public Policy Institute.  

Prior to joining UWA's School of Psychological Science as a Forrest Research Fellow, Dr Ji held a postdoctoral research position in Professor Bethany Teachman's lab at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, USA.


DPhil | University of Cambridge, MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit
Honours | School of Psychological Science, University of Western Australia
MSc (Social Psychology) | Department of Psychological & Behavioural Science, London School of Economics & Political Science
BA (Media & Communication) | University of Sydney

Funding overview

2021-2024: WA Healthway Intervention Research Grant - $417,657 [Role: chief principal investigator] 
Resilience in a pandemic world - an online intervention for young people.” 

2021-23: Raine Medical Research Foundation Priming Grant - $227,542 [Role: chief principal investigator]
"Predicting self-injurious behaviour in young people: a novel cognitive science approach." 

2019-20: Raine Medical Research Foundation Cockell Collaboration Award - $16,456
"Investigating "flashforward" mental imagery of self-injury as a proximal risk barometer and modifiable treatment target" with Prof Emily Holmes, Uppsala University, Sweden

2018-21: Forrest Postdoctoral Fellowship - $450,000
2018-21: UWA Fellowship Support Fund, $30,000
"Investigating the role of future mental imagery in reward-seeking motivation and behaviour in depression"

2013-16: Cambridge Australia Poynton Doctoral Scholarship, $216,000
"Emotional mental imagery - investigating dysphoria-linked bias"

2016: University of Cambridge Philosophical Society Research Studentship, $1,800
2016: University of Cambridge Lundgren Fund Research Award, $2,500
2016: Medical Research Council Doctoral Research Stipend, $5,400

Previous positions

Postdoctoral Research Associate,
Program for Anxiety, Cognition, and Treatment (PACT) Lab,
Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, VA, USA

Teaching overview


PSYC 1102 - Behaviour in Context
2021: Abnormal Psychology
2020: Abnormal Psychology
2019: Physical, cognitive, social and emotional development
2018: Physical, cognitive, social and emotional development


PSYC3303 - Psychological Science in the Modern World
2021: Unit co-coordinator


2019-21: PhD research supervision - Kenneth Sim
2021: Honours research primary supervisor - Christy Tran 
2020: Honours research primary supervisor - Stephanie Lu, Alanna Curtis
2019: Honours research primary supervisor - Michelle Teo, Dylan Geiles
2018: Honours research principrimary le supervisor - Kenneth Sim, Dylan Desai Rogers 


My research focuses on identifying cognitive distortions that drive emotional and behavioural dysregulation in mood and anxiety disorders. Specifically, I am investigating the presence and consequences of biases in sensory-perceptual mental representations (imagination-based cognition) of anticipated future emotional events, and how the modification of such biases can promote healthier emotions and behaviours that improve well-being.



Roles and responsibilities

Engagement & Impact Committee Member - Social Media Twitter Manager
UWA School of Psychological Science


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