Julie Ji

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

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

    6009 Perth


  • 89 Citations
  • 4 h-Index

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Personal profile


I obtained my PhD in 2018 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 Professor 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

2019-2020: Raine Medical Research Foundation Cockell Collaboration Award, $26,780
2018-2020: Forrest Postdoctoral Fellowship, $345,000
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

LECTURING - 2018-2020: 

PSYC 1102: Behaviour in Context
Physical, cognitive, social and emotional development


Honours thesis supervision:
Kenneth Sim, Dylan Desai Rogers, Michelle Teo, Dylan Geiles, Stephanie Lu, Alanna Curtis
PhD supervision:
Kenneth Sim


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.



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Research Output

  • 89 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 7 Article
  • 2 Review article

Facilitating Episodic Simulation in Anxiety: Role of Sensory Scaffolding and Scenario Modality

Ji, J., Meyer, M. J. & Teachman, B. A., 26 Mar 2020, In : International Journal of Cognitive Therapy. 13, p. 83-111

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 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
  • 9 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
  • 3 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
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    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

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)