Professor Marie Johnston

Professor Marie Johnston
Professor Marie Johnston
Professor Marie Johnston

PhD (Hull University); Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society); Chartered Clinical Psychologist (British Psychological Society); Chartered Health Psychologist (British Psychological Society); Registered Clinical Psychologist (Health Profess

Emeritus Professor

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Aberdeen Health Psychology Group
Institute of Applied Health Sciences
2nd floor, Health Sciences Building
AB25 2ZD

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition


Marie Johnston is a Registered Health and Clinical Psychologist, and Professor Emeritus of Health Psychology at the University of Aberdeen.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society, European Health Psychology Society and the Health Psychology and Public Health Network.

She conducts research on behaviour change in health and healthcare contexts and on disability (theory, measurement and intervention).

In 1986, she became the first chair of the Health Psychology section of the BPS and in 1992, the second president of the European Health Psychology Society. She has served on numerous BPS committees and in 1994 gained the BPS President's Award.

Her previous posts were at the University of St Andrews, London University (Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine) and Oxford University, having completed her BSc at the University of Aberdeen and PhD at the University of Hull.


Current Research

2016-2017 CSO. Supporting health snack choices in Scottish hospitals. A feasibility study. Allan, J., Johnston, M., Webb, S., McKenzie, F. £24,327.

2016-2019 CRUK. Achieving Self-directed Integrated Cancer Aftercare (ASICA) in melanoma:A randomized patient focused trial of delivering the ASICA intervention as a means to earlier detection of recurrent and second primary melanoma. Murchie, P., Masthoff, J., Walter, F., Nicolson, M., Allan, J., Burrows, N., Norrie, J., Proby, C., Lee, A., Johnston, M. £287,355.80

2016-2020 Wellcome Trust. The Human Behaviour-Change Project: Building the science of behaviour change for complex intervention development. Michie, S., Johnston, M., Shawe-Taylor, J., Thomas, J., Kelly, M. £3,677,000.00

2016-2017 Global Health Exchange. The Change Exchange project. Byrne-Davis, L., Hart, J., Johnston, M.

2016-2018 Swedish Research Council Forte. Evaluation of a counseling intervention aimed at promoting labor market integration and mental health amongst young school drop-outs. A randomized controlled trial in Sweden. Rasmussen, F., Hasson, H., Lappalainen, R., Ghaderi, A. 3.33 SEK. £260,400

2015-2020 NIH Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) Resource and Coordinating Center. Davidson, K.W., Burg, M.M., Alcantara, C., Cheung, Y.K.K., Edmondson, D.E., Kronish, I.M., Shaffer, J., Schwartz, J.E., Summer, J.A., Brondolo, E., Falzon, A.L., Medina, V.M., Navarrete, S., Michie, S., Johnston, M., West, T., Bonanno, G.A. $ £

2014 - 2017 CRUK. Making results of smoking cessation trials more useful to policy and practice: Identifying the effective behavioural components of smoking cessation support provided to intervention and control groups by applying innovative methods for evidence syntheses. De Bruin, M., Johnston, M., Hartmann-Boyce, J., West, R., Michie, S., Bull, E., Viechtbauer, W. £498,882

2014-2015 HTA. Home-based health promotion for vulnerable older people. K Walters et al.£442,668.

2014 – 2015CSO Effect of outpatient pharmacists' non-dispensing roles on patient outcomes and healthcare professionals’ prescribing patterns. A Cochrane Review update and application of the Behaviour Change Technique Taxonomy. Watson, M., Johnston, M., de Bruin, M., Matheson, C., Bond, C., Bero,L., Nkansah, N. £143,606

2014-2016 MRC Developing methodology for designing and evaluating theory-based complex interventions: an ontology for linking behaviour change techniques to theory. Michie, S., Johnston, M. £585,772.

2014-2016 CSO. Development of interventions to reduce patient delay with symptoms of Acute Coronary Syndrome: identifying optimal content and mode of delivery. Farquharson, B., Williams, B., Smith, K., Dougall, N. Dombrowski, S., McGhee, J., Treweek, S., Jones, C., Rowland, C., Pringle, S., Johnston, M. £221,668

2012-2015 DiABETES UK. Overcoming barriers to high quality care in diabetes through professional behaviour change. Eccles, M., Presseau, J., Hawthorne, G., Sniehotta, F.,
Hunter, G.W., Steen, I.N., Deverill, M., Kaner, E., Francis, J., Johnston, M., Marko, E., Grimshaw, J. £381,506

Funding and Grants

2010-2010 CSO Nursing Stress and patient care: Real-time investigation of the effect of nursingtasks and demands onpsychological and physiological stress andjob performance. Johnston, M, Johnston, D, Jones, Ricketts, Allan, Schofield £212,185.

2010-2011 CSO Repeat breast cancer surgery and risk of chronic post-surgical pain. Bruce, Heys, Thompson, Johnston, chambers, Scott, Wells. £61,337

2010-2012 NIHR HTA Selective Decontamination of the Digestive tract in critically ill patients treated in the Intensive Care Unit (The SuDDICU study). Project ref. 09/01/13.Francis JJ, Bellingan G (Co-PI), Campbell MK, Cuthbertson B, Eccles MP, Johnston M, MacLennan G, Ramsay CR, Rose L, Rowan K, Shulman R, Wilson P. £213,907

2009-2012ARC How do demographic, social, psychological and clinical factors affect a) the validity of health outcome measures and b) the relationships between constructs within the ICF model? An analysis in a community cohort of people with osteoarthritis. Johnston, M., Pollard, B., Dixon, D. £122,422

2010-2013 MRC Methods for strengthening evaluation and implementation: specifying components of behaviour change interventions. Michie, Abraham, Eccles, Francis, Hardeman, Johnston. £614,009.

2010-2013 CSO Improving Adherence to Medication in Stroke Survivors (IAMSS): pilot study. O'Carroll, Dennis, Johnston, Sudlow £224,878

2006-2012 CSO Research TrainingFellowship, Julia Allan.

2010-2012 Stroke Association. Research TrainingFellowship PhD student. Sarah Carroll

2007-2012 CSO Implementation of National Dentistry Guidance: Outcomes Study. Clarkson, Ramsay, Bonetti, Eccles, Eldridge, Francis, Grimshaw, Johnston, McKee, Michie, Norrie, Pitts, Rennie, Vale. £300,000.

2009 – 2011 CSO Research into the prevalence and causes of prescribing errors made by junior doctors. Bond, Ross, Lee, McLay, MacLeod, Johnston, Francis, Davey, Ker, Maxwell, Webb, McKay. £216,843

2009 – 2010 CSO Using pedometers to promote physical activity in patients after stroke: a pilot study. Mead, McMurdo, Greig, Johnston, Johnston, Sniehotta, Lewis. £58,274

2009-2011 Cancer Research UK "Prospective Cohort Study to Identify Risk Factors for Chronic Pain after Breast Cancer Surgery". Bruce, Heys, Johnston, chambers, Scott. £67,215

2008-2011 CSO Feasibility Study for a randomised controlled trial of a complex behavioural intervention to reduce weight in obese adults with additional risk factors for chronic disease. Sniehotta,Dombrowski, Johnston, Avenell, Ramsay, Araujo-Soares, Brown, Broom, Kulkarni. £62,744

2008-2010 Canada Prime Plus Selecting individual and organisational theories for interventions to change clinical practice. Grimshaw, Brouwers, Driedger, Eccles, Francis, Godin, Hanna, Hux, Johnston, Legare, Lemyre, Pomey, Sales, Zwarenstein.

2007-2010 Cancer Research UK Prospective cohort study to identify risk factors for the development of chronic pain after breast cancer surgery. Bruce, Heys, Chambers, Thompson, Scott. £188,572.

2007-2010 Cancer Research UK Reducing time to presentation with symptoms of lung cancer: phase II complex intervention study. Campbell, Smith, Wyke, Powell, Devereux, Johnston, Lee, Macleod, Nicolson, Ritchie, Murchie. £105,249

2007-2010 Diabetes UK Improving the delivery of care for patients with diabetes through understanding optimised team work and organisation in primary care. Eccles, Hawthorne, Johnston, Hunter, Steen, Francis, Eliovanio, Grimshaw. £553,367


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  • Psychological effects of false positive results in prenatal screening for fetal abnormality.

    Marteau, T. M., Cook, R., Kidd, J., Michie, S., Johnston, M., Slack, J., Shaw, R. W.
    Prenatal Diagnosis, vol. 12, pp. 205-214
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Psychological models in predicting uptake of prenatal screening.

    Marteau, T. M., Johnston, M., Kidd, J., Michie, S., Cook, R., Slack, J., Shaw, R. W.
    Psychology & Health, vol. 6, pp. 13-22
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • European Health Psychology: Proceedings of the 4th Annual Conference of The European Health Psychology Society in association with the Health Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society

    Johnston, M., Herbert, M., Marteau, T.
    British Psychological Society, Leicester, United Kingdom
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Length of nurses' working shift: stress and information processing

    Johnston, M., Pollard, B. S.
    Nuova Editrice Spada (NES), Rome, Italy. 5 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Perceived risk not actual risk predicts uptake of amniocentesis

    Marteau, T. M., Kidd, J., Cook, R., Michie, S., Johnston, M., Slack, J., Shaw, R. W.
    British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 98, pp. 282-286
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The Health of Anxiety

    Johnston, M.
    Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 257-258
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
  • Stress and Medical Procedures

    Johnston, M., Wallace, L. M.
    Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom. 200 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Health professionals: a source of variance in health outcomes.

    Marteau, T. M., Johnston, M.
    Psychology & Health, vol. 5, pp. 47-58
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Misperceptions of comprehension difficulties of stroke patients by doctors, nurses and relatives.

    McClenahan, R., Johnston, M., Densham, Y.
    Journal of Neurology, Neuropsychiatry and Psychiatry, vol. 53, pp. 700-701
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Applications in Health Psychology

    Johnston, M., Marteau, T. M.
    Transaction Press, Rutgers, New Jersey
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Psychological Problems in General Practice

    Markus, A., Parkes, C. M., Tomson, P., Johnston, M.
    Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom. 424 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Cognitive factors in the explanation of the mismatch between confidence and competence in performing basic life support

    Marteau, T. M., Johnston, M., Wynne, G., Evans, T. R.
    Psychology & Health, vol. 3, pp. 173-182
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Counselling needs, emotional and relationship problems in couples awaiting IVF.

    Shaw, P., Johnston, M.
    Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, vol. 9, pp. 171-180
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Despair felt by the patient and the professional carer: a case study of the use of cognitive behavioural methods.

    Jones, K., Johnston, M., Speck, P.
    Palliative Medicine, vol. 3, pp. 39-46
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Factors influencing the uptake of screening for open neural-tube defects and amniocentesis to test for Down's syndrome.

    Marteau, T. M., Johnston, M., Shaw, R. W., Slack, J.
    British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 96, pp. 739-741
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Perceived control and recovery from stroke.

    Partridge, C. J., Johnston, M.
    British Journal of Clinical Psychology, vol. 28, pp. 53-60
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Preventive Medicine for Total Health

    Gray, M., Johnston, M., Michie, S., Bradley, A.
    Pilot Productions, London, United Kingdom
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Screening for Down's syndrome.

    Marteau, T. M., Kidd, J., Cook, R., Johnston, M., Michie, S., Shaw, R. W., Slack, J.
    British Medical Journal, vol. 297, pp. 1469
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Testing for Down's syndrome: its impact upon maternal anxiety.

    Marteau, T. M., Kidd, J., Cook, R., Johnston, M., Shaw, R. W., Slack, J.
    Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, vol. 10, no. Supp 10, pp. 18
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The impact of prenatal screening and diagnostic testing upon the cognitions, emotions and behaviours of pregnant women.

    Marteau, T. M., Johnston, M., Shaw, R. W., Michie, S., Kidd, J., New, M.
    Journal of Psychosomatic Research, vol. 33, pp. 7-16
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Unrealistic optimism and attitudes towards mental health

    Mahatane, J., Johnston, M.
    British Journal of Clinical Psychology, vol. 28, pp. 181-182
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Development of a self-administered questionnaire to measure women's knowledge of prenatal screening and diagnostic tests

    Marteau, T. M., Johnston, M., Plenicar, M., Shaw, R. W., Slack, J.
    Journal of Psychosomatic Research, vol. 32, pp. 403-408
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Cognitive impairment, emotional disorder and length of stay of elderly patients in a district general hospital

    Johnston, M., Wakeling, A., Graham, N., Stokes, F.
    British Journal of Medical Psychology, vol. 60, no. 2, pp. 133-139
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • "Test-tube baby" procedures: stress and judgements under uncertainty.

    Johnston, M., Shaw, R. W., Bird, D.
    Psychology & Health, vol. 1, pp. 25-38
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Behavioural assessments of physically disabled patients: agreement between rehabilitation therapists and nurses

    Johnston, M., Bromley, I., Boothroyd-Brooks, M., Dobbs, W., Ilson, A., Ridout, K.
    International journal of Research in Rehabilitation, vol. 10, no. Supplement 5, pp. 205-213
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Emotional and cognitive aspects of anxiety in surgical patients

    Johnston, M.
    Communication and Cognition, vol. 20, pp. 261-276
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Goals of treatment in diabetes: a comparison of doctors and parents of children with diabetes.

    Marteau, T. M., Johnston, M., Baum, J. D., Bloch, S.
    Journal of behavioural medicine, vol. 40, pp. 33-48
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Health Psychology: the danger of neglecting psychological models

    Marteau, T. M., Johnston, M.
    Bulletin of the British Psychological Society, vol. 40, pp. 81-84
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Recovery from physical disability after stroke: normal patterns as a basis for evaluation

    Partridge, C. J., Johnston, M., Edwards, S.
    The Lancet, vol. 1, pp. 373-375
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The inability of trained nurses to perform basic life support

    Wynne, G., Marteau, T. M., Johnston, M., Whiteley, C. A., Evans, T.
    British Medical Journal, vol. 294, pp. 1198-1199
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Use of a medical ‘schema’ in facilitating access to understanding in psychology

    Clarke, A., Johnston, M.
    Medical Education, vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 410-416
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Determinants of beliefs about illness: a study of parents of children with diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, and no chronic illness

    Marteau, T. M., Johnston, M.
    Journal of Psychosomatic Research, vol. 30, pp. 673-683
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Doctors taking blood from children: a suitable case for treatment

    Marteau, T. M., Johnston, M.
    British Journal of Clinical Psychology, vol. 25, pp. 159-160
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Facilitating comprehension of discharge medication in elderly patients

    Johnston, M., Clarke, A., Mundy, A., Cromarty, E., Ridout, K.
    Age and Ageing, pp. 304-306
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Pre-Operative Emotional States and Post-Operative Recovery

    Johnston, M.
    Advances in Psychosomatic Medicine, vol. 15, pp. 1-22
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Cumulative scales for the measurement of agoraphobia

    Johnston, M., Johnston, D. W., Wilkes, H., Burns, L. E., Thorpe, G. L., Johnston, D.
    British Journal of Clinical Psychology, vol. 23 ( Pt 2), pp. 133-43
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Dimensions of recovery from surgery

    Johnston, M.
    International review of Applied Psychology, vol. 33, pp. 505-520
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Recognition of patients, worries by nurses and by other patients.

    Johnston, M.
    British Journal of Clinical Psychology, pp. 255-261
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Anxiety in surgical patients

    Johnston, M.
    Psychological Medicine, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 145-152
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Relationship between preoperative anxiety and postoperative state

    Johnston, M., Carpenter, L.
    Psychological Medicine, pp. 361-367
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The work of a clinical psychologist in primary care

    Johnston, M.
    Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners, vol. 28, pp. 661-667
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The treatment of agoraphobics in general practice

    Johnston, M.
    Behavioural Psychotherapy, vol. 5, pp. 103-109
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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