Joanna works three days a week for the College. The rest of the week she works as Oxford Diocesan Advisor for Spiritual Care for Older People. She studied experimental psychology and theology at Oxford University, and clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. She is a chartered clinical psychologist and specialist neuropsychologist, registered as a practitioner with the Health Professions Council. After many years working in the health service, Joanna moved into the field of psychology of religion and was director of the MA programme in psychology of religion at Heythrop College, University of London until 2010 when she joined the staff at Cuddesdon.
Her interests are wide ranging, reflected in publications on cognitive behaviour therapy, brain and behaviour, natural theology, psychological approaches to the Bible, psychological trauma, the spirituality of children and people with special needs, and medical ethics. She currently has two books in press: one on psychology and spiritual formation (SCM), and one edited volume on neurology and religion (CUP). She has been a trustee of Godly Play UK, and Chair of the British Association of Christians in Psychology. Joanna is an associate priest in a west Oxfordshire parish.