Julie Ji

Dr, Adjunct Lecturer (PhD Cantab., MSc LSE., BA Syd).

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Julie Ji is a Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia's School of Psychological Science. She conducts laboratory and real world research that aims to drive clinical treatment innovation through illuminating novel modifiable cognitive mechanisms that underpin emotional, motivational and behavioural dysregulation, in the context of depression, anxiety, and self-harm.

Since completing her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2018, Julie has already attracted more than $1.2 million in funding as principal investigator, from the Forrest Research Foundation, the Raine Medical Foundation, WA Department of Health (WA Healthway and the WA Child Research Fund). Julie's research has been published in peer-reviewed papers in top ranking journals and has received coverage in the Australian Financial Review, ABC News and Channel 9 News.

A passionate science communicator, Julie regularly contributes her knowledge through public science talk and panel discussions. Julie is also a Fellow of the Public Policy Institute of the University of Western Australia.

Funding overview

2022-23: WA Child Research Fund - $150,211 [Role: chief principal investigator] 
Investigating the role of visual mental imagery in maternal vaccination hesitancy

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 investigates how distortions in future thinking contributes to emotional, motivational dysregulation and maladaptive decision-making and behaviour, in mood and anxiety disorders, self-harm, and vaccine hesitancy.  I have a particular interest in imagination-based mental simulations of future events, commonly experience as mental pictures/movie clips "seen" through the "mind's eye".   



Roles and responsibilities

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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