Dr Joanne Lusher

Senior lecturer, Course leader for the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology

Dr Joanne Lusher  

Dr Joanne Lusher is a HCPC Registered and BPS Chartered Psychologist, and also a Chartered Scientist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Dr Lusher's research interests include bio-psycho-behavioural influences on addictive behaviour.

Subject Specialism

  • Health Psychology
  • Addiction
  • Pedagogy

Professional Activity

  • HCPC Registered Health Psychologist
  • BPS Chartered Psychologist
  • Chartered Scientist
  • Associate Fellow of the BPS
  • Fellow of the HEA
  • External Examiner at University of Bedfordshire


  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology
  • MSc Applied Psychology
  • Prof Doc Health Psychology (Course leader)


Research interests

Funded Research Projects

Dr Lusher has carried out research with Dr Chris Chandler and Dr David Ball examining vulnerability factors to substance dependence. A series of studies were conducted to examine how genetic variants, personality traits and responsiveness to substance-related stimuli influence an individual’s propensity to a severe dependency on drugs. This work was partly funded by the Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA). The findings support the view that certain genes predispose individuals toward a particular personality type, which in turn acts as a vulnerability factor to addictive behaviour and these particular genes also appear to influence the extent to which an individual becomes sensitised to drugs and related environmental stimuli.

Dr Lusher has also enjoyed working in the area of pain management issues in sickle cell disease with Professor James Elander. This research was funded by REMEDI and looked at how pain-related and non-pain-related symptoms of substance dependence are associated with pain coping strategies and treatment for painful episodes in hospital. They conducted systematic assessments of concern-raising behaviours and associations with other factors, including symptoms of substance dependence. This research has considered the treatment of analgesic addiction among patients with painful chronic illnesses and the staff-patient interactions that give rise to pseudo-addiction.

Another area of Dr Lusher's research looks at issues surrounding teaching and learning in higher education, which ultimately aims to support students to improve their academic performance. Dr Lusher has contributed to various internal and external pedagogical research projects and these have included the Assessment Plus Project, the CLaSS Project, the CETL Write Now Project and the Authorship project.

Doctoral Supervision

Dr Lusher has lead-supervised 4 students to completion: 

  • Joanne Brooke ‘The exploration of self-regulation and transfer anxiety within stroke patients transferred from a hyper acute stroke unit to a ward.’
  • Jessica Twyford ‘Determinants of exercise intention and behaviour in individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia using a revised version of the Theory of Planned Behaviour.
  • Tilean Clarke ‘A New Gateway to Addiction? A Survey Capturing Adolescents Views on the Electronic Cigarette: A UK based study.’
  • Natasha Anastasi ‘Analysis of NHS Stop Smoking advisors’ smoking history, level of training and impact on self-reported advisor quit rate.’

Dr Lusher is currently lead-supervising a further 6 DProf students.

Publications in the last 5 years

  • Banbury, S, and Lusher, J, (2015). The therapeutic implications of smoke-able DMT as an adjunct to CBT for poly-substance drug users, Psychedelic Press UK Journal, In Press.
  • Deane, J, and Lusher, J, (2015) Mindfulness as a tool for weight loss in overweight and obese populations. Health Psychology Update, In Press.
  • Clarke, T, and Lusher, J (2015) Transitioning patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) from adolescent to adult services: A systematic review of the literature. Frontline Gastroenterology, In Press.
  • Gavriloff, D, and Lusher, J (2015) Social anxiety and mindfulness in online gamers. The Computer Games Journal, 4 (1) 123-132.
  • Banbury, S, and Lusher, J, (2015) Developing intercultural competency and integration amongst students: Encouraging a positive learning experience. London Met Teaching and Learning Conference, London, 7 July.
  • Clarke, T, and Lusher, J (2015) The e-cigarette: A new gateway to addiction? Paper presented at the Smoking Science Summit, London, 19-21 May.
  • Brooke, J, Lusher, J, and Semlyen, J, (2015) Exploration of hope within the hyper acute phase of stroke: a phenomenological analysis. Paper presented at the European Stroke Conference, Vienna, 13-15 May.
  • Brooke, J, and Lusher, J (2015) Rebuilding and restructuring the world following hyper acute assessment and treatment for an acute stroke. Paper presented at the RCN Annual International Nursing Research Conference, Nottingham, 20-22 April.
  • Clarke, T, and Lusher, J (2015) Awareness and contact routes to the electronic cigarette in UK adolescents. Poster presented at the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH), Abu Dhabi, UAE, 17-21 March.
  • Boguslawska, B and Lusher, J (2014) Motivation and perceived barriers of blood donation: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Health Psychology Update, 23, (2), 3-10.
  • Brooke, J M and Lusher, J (2014) Exploration of transfer anxiety of patients transferred from a hype acute stroke unit to a stroke ward: A pilot study of participants following the London Stroke Care Pathway. Cerebrovascular Disease 37, 1, 315.
  • Brooke, J and Lusher, J (2012) The components of the common sense model of self-regulation revisited: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Scientific Conference on Nursing and Health Research Proceedings, 5, 91-99.
  • Elander, J, Pittam, G., Lusher, J, Fox, P, and Payne, N, (2010). Evaluation of an intervention to help students avoid unintentional plagiarism by improving their authorial identity. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 35 (2), 157-171.

Books and book chapters

  • Lusher, J, (2010). Vulnerability to Substance Dependence. Germany: VDM Verlag.
  • Lusher, J, Chandler, C, and Ball, D, (2007). A contemporary investigation into vulnerability factors of alcoholism: A distinct substance of abuse. In R. Yoshida (Ed.), Trends in Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Research., New York: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Harrington, K, Norton, L, Elander, J, Lusher, J, Aiyegbayo, O, Pitt, E, Robinson, H, and Reddy, P, (2006). Using core assessment criteria to improve essay writing. In C. Bryan and K. Clegg (Eds), Innovative Assessment in Higher Education. London: Taylor and Francis Group.
  • Norton, L, Harrington, K, Elander, J, Sinfield, S, Lusher, J, Reddy, P, Aiyegbayo, O, and Pitt, E, (2005). Supporting students to improve their essay writing through assessment criteria focused workshops. In C. Rust (Ed.), Improving Student Learning 12. Diversity and Inclusivity (pp 159-174). Oxford: OCSLD.

Work in Progress

  • Twyford, J, and Lusher, J (2016) Determinants of exercise behaviour and intention in individuals’ diagnosed with schizophrenia.
  • Clarke, T, and Lusher, J (2016) UK Adolescents’ willingness to try electronic cigarettes.
  • Cowell, K, Lusher, J, and Banbury, S., (2016) Predicting risk of postpartum depressive symptomology by postpartum support in expatriate women, Submitted.
  • Peters, M, Lusher, J, and Banbury, S, (2016). Relationships between co-sleeping, breastfeeding and somatic complaints among pre-school children. Submitted.
  • Vore, D, Banbury, S, and Lusher, J, (2016) Vulnerabilities towards Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in relation to cognition and stress amongst British, Iranian, and Lithuanian adolescents. Submitted.
  • Collinson, D, Banbury, S, and Lusher, J, (2016) Relationships between age, self-esteem, and attitudes towards alcohol use amongst university students. Submitted.
  • Kamara, A, Banbury, S, and Lusher, J, (2016) Stress and eating behaviour amongst Native and British Black African university students.
  • Banbury, S, and Lusher, J, (2016). Development of a multivalent module or short course in Sexology. Submitted.
  • Banbury, S, and Lusher, J, (2016) Intercultural competency and integration amongst students: Encouraging a positive learning experience. Submitted.
  • Banbury, S, Lusher, J, and Athanasiadou-Lewis, C, (2016) The use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy on two case reports of paraphilic infantilism, substance misuse and childhood abuse, Submitted.
  • Banbury, S, and Lusher, J, and Morgan, W, (2016). The impact of drugs on prison sexual assault. Submitted.
  • Banbury, S, Lusher, J, and Morgan, W, (2016) Male sexual aggressors in the British Prison service: An exploratory study. Submitted.




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