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As a practising GP and medical educationalist, my research utilises education as a means to bring about social change. Using explorations of language, my work makes visible unseen power dynamics within healthcare and healthcare education.

Working within sociocultural and critical frameworks, I have wide experience of qualitative methodologies. Current favourites include critical discourse analysis (after Gee) and institutional ethnography. I draw on theorists including Paolo Freire, Antonio Gramsci, Dorothy Holland and Dorothy Smith.

Leading a dynamic young research group with international success, I extend a warm welcome to anyone from any background interested in undertaking healthcare education research with a social justice agenda in mind.


Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME): Best Research Paper of the Year Award, Winner 2016

Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME): Best Research Paper of the Year Award, Runner-up 2016

Queen's University Belfast School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science Award for Excellence in Medical Education Research, 2013

Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) New Researcher Award Runner-up Prize, 2010


I bring my experience as a clinician to bear on my teaching, using a primary care perspective and generalist skills, to work with students towards a nuanced understanding of care paradigms and health inequalities. My teaching and research work are dialogic, employing social learning theories and critical pedagogy in the construction and delivery of teaching programmes.


British Journal of General Practice (BJGP) editorial committee (2015-present). 

ASME Educational Research Group (2014-15)

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Research Paper of the Year Panel (2011-12)

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Research Output 2010 2020

  • 24 Article
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

How to … be reflexive when conducting qualitative research

Barrett, A., Anu, K. & Johnston, J., 23 Jan 2020, In : The Clinical Teacher. 17, 1, p. 9-12 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Qualitative Research
Research Personnel
social medicine
search engine
4 Citations (Scopus)

Lost in translation? Paradigm conflict at the primary-secondary care interface

Johnston, J. L. & Bennett, D., 01 Jan 2019, In : Medical Education. 53, 1, p. 56-63 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

medical practice
educational practice
educational policy
82 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
research project


Advance HE Aurora Leadership Programme

Jenny Johnston (Recipient), 17 Sep 2019

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Annual Celebration of Excellence 2013

Jenny Johnston (Recipient), 03 May 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

educational research

Best research project with students

Mairead Corrigan (Recipient), Jenny Johnston (Recipient), Kieran McGlade (Recipient) & Clare Thomson (Recipient), 17 Jul 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2011 2019

Advice NI: menopause

Jenny Johnston (Advisor), Helen Reid (Advisor)
Jan 2019

Activity: Consultancy typesCPD delivery/organisation of courses for externals (in kind)

1919 Flu Pandemic Seminar, Áras an Uachtaráin

Jenny Johnston (Participant)
31 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Researching Medical Education (textbook) (Event)

Jenny Johnston (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) Annual Conference (Niagara, Canada)

Helen Reid (Presenter), Jenny Johnston (Contributor), Tim Dornan (Contributor), Mairead Corrigan (Contributor), Gerard Gormley (Contributor), Peter Cantillon (Contributor)
13 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

DEMEC (Manchester, England)

Grainne Kearney (Speaker), Jenny Johnston (Contributor), Helen Reid (Contributor), Gerard Gormley (Contributor)
02 Dec 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference