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Dr Johnston carried out her medical undergraduate training at the University of Aberdeen. She also studied for an intercalated BSc degree concentrating on drug misuse in pregnant women. After graduating in 2008 she spent her first two years of medical training in Glasgow and Stirling. She returned to Aberdeen in 2010 to commence Public Health training at NHS Grampian. She studied for a MSc in Health Services Research and passed with distinction (2011). She is a Member of the Faculty of Public Health (2012).
In 2013 she successfully applied for a clinical academic fellowship from the Chief Scientist Office (Scotland). She commenced this in October 2013 at the University of Aberdeen and studied multimorbidity and resilience to multimorbidity. She is a member of the University of Aberdeen Chronic Disease Research Group and the Aberdeen Centre for Health Data Science. In November 2014 she spent three weeks at the Department of Primary care at the University of Melbourne conducting an analysis of multimorbidity's effect on self-rated health.
Since 2018, Dr Johnston has been a Public Health Research Fellow. Her focus is upon ageing, with research into renal impairment and cognitive decline, as well as qualitative work with the Aberdeen Children of the 1950s cohort members regarding views on healthy ageing. She has developed collaborations with the University of Edinburgh, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Ageing and Life Course in order to study resilient ageing. Her research interests are health inequalities, resilient ageing, chronic disease (multimorbidity), and health informatics. She has a particular interest in maximising the potential of health data science in public health research.
She enjoys hillwalking, travelling, politics and cooking.