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Assistant Professor

Job Title
Assistant Professor (Research Focussed)
Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research
Research Interests

Joanna's main area of research interest is the emotional wellbeing of parents of children with learning or developmental disabilities. She is currently working on the Positive Family Connections online programme which was co-produced with family carers. This programme aims to enhance family relationships in families with a child with a developmental disability aged between 8-13. The programme is delivered by family carers, for family carers.


Dr Joanna Griffin is an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR) and a parent carer. As well as research, Joanna is a Counselling Psychologist and runs a clinical practice, mainly supervising other counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists. She created the website to signpost to emotional support for family carers and provides webinars and consultancy on parent carer wellbeing. Joanna established a network of professionals with an interest in wellbeing in this client group. She is the author of a book, Day by Day: Emotional Wellbeing in Parents of Disabled Children, which is based on her personal and professional experience, including her doctoral research on the topic.

Title Funder Award start Award end
A digital parent skills training programme for parents of children with intellectual disabilities - NIHR HTA Application Acceleration Award ? adaptation and assessment of digital technologies for social care commissioning brief National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 Jan 2024 31 Dec 2024
'Online psychological wellbeing interventions for family carers of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A systematic review' - Cerebra Stream 2 Application Cerebra 01 Sep 2022 29 Feb 2024