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 currently a Lecturer at the School of Psychology, University of Plymouth, UK. Julie was an inaugural Forrest Postdoctoral Fellow at the UWA School of Psychological Science, where she remains Adjunct Lecturer.
An experimental psychologist conducting mechanism-focused research that aims to drive treatment innovation, Julie’s work integrates cognitive, affective, and decision science to identify modifiable cognitive targets that drive emotional and behavioural dysregulation in mental and physical health, including mood and anxiety disorders, self-harm, and vaccine hesitancy.
Dr Ji’s research has received extensive media coverage, including the Australian Financial Review and ABC News.

Funding overview

2021-22: WA Child Research Fund 
Investigating the role of visual mental imagery in maternal vaccination hesitancy

2021-22: Raine Medical Research Foundation Priming Grant 
"Predicting self-injurious behaviour in young people: a novel cognitive science approach." 

2019-20: Raine Medical Research Foundation Cockell Collaboration Award "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 
Investigating the role of future mental imagery in reward-seeking motivation and behaviour in depression"

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

2016: University of Cambridge Philosophical Society Research Studentship
2016: University of Cambridge Lundgren Fund Research Award
2016: Medical Research Council Doctoral Research Stipend

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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