Julie Ji

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

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

    6009 Perth


  • 69 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
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Personal profile


I obtained my PhD in 2017 at the Medical Research Council Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit (MRC-CBU), University of Cambridge, working with Professor Emily Holmes and Dr Fionnuala Murphy. Prior to joining UWA as a Forrest Fellow, I worked with Dr. Bethany Teachman as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, USA.

BA University of Sydney (USyd)
MSc (Social Psychology) London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)
Honours (Psychology) University of Western Australia.

Funding overview

2018-2020: Forrest Postdoctoral Fellowship, $344,000
2018-2020: UWA Fellowship Support Scheme, $30,000
2013-2016: Cambridge Australia Poynton Doctoral Scholarship, $216,000
2016: University of Cambridge Philosophical Society Research Studentship, $1,800
2016: University of Cambridge Lundgren Fund Research Award, $2,500
2016: Medical Research Council 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

2018 Psychology Honours supervision


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 emotional events in the past and future, and how the modification of such biases can promote healthier emotions and behaviours that improve well-being.



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Research Output 2016 2019

  • 69 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 6 Article
  • 2 Review article
5 Citations (Scopus)

Mental imagery as a “motivational amplifier” to promote activities

Renner, F., Murphy, F. C., Ji, J. L., Manly, T. & Holmes, E. A., 1 Mar 2019, In : Behaviour Research and Therapy. 114, p. 51-59 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Imagery (Psychotherapy)
2 Citations (Scopus)

Mental imagery in psychiatry: Conceptual & clinical implications

Ji, J. L., Kavanagh, D. J., Holmes, E. A., Macleod, C. & Di Simplicio, M., Feb 2019, In : CNS Spectrums. 24, 1, p. 114-126 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Imagery (Psychotherapy)
Mental Disorders
2 Citations (Scopus)

Spontaneous cognition in dysphoria: reduced positive bias in imagining the future

Ji, J. L., Holmes, E. A., MacLeod, C. & Murphy, F. C., Jun 2019, In : Psychological Research. 83, 4, p. 817-831 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Imagery (Psychotherapy)

The essential role of mental imagery in cognitive behaviour therapy: What is old is new again

Saulsman, L. M., Ji, J. L. & McEvoy, P. M., Aug 2019, In : Australian Psychologist. 54, 4, p. 237-244

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Imagery (Psychotherapy)
Cognitive Therapy
Mental Imagery
14 Citations (Scopus)

Effects of Engaging in Repeated Mental Imagery of Future Positive Events on Behavioural Activation in Individuals with Major Depressive Disorder

Renner, F., Ji, J. L., Pictet, A., Holmes, E. A. & Blackwell, S. E., 1 Jun 2017, In : Cognitive Therapy and Research. 41, 3, p. 369-380 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Imagery (Psychotherapy)
Major Depressive Disorder
Psychological Adaptation

Projects 2018 2021