Wendy Johnson


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Research Interests

Antecedents of later life health and psychological well-being outcomes , psychological chnages associated with age, contributions of cognitive ability to later-life outcomes, structures of intelligence and personality, antecedents of and sex differences in academic achievement, statistical techniques for understanding development and gene-environment correlation and interaction, longitudinal data analysis and the twin method of assessing genetic and envirnmental influences. 

Research Groups


1989 - Fellow of the United States’ Casualty Actuarial Society.

1999 -Master of Arts, Developmental Psychology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA USA

May 2005 - Doctor of Philosophy, Behavior Genetics and Individual Differences with Statistics Department minor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN USA


I teach sections in Introductory Psychology, Third-Year Differential, Third-Year Methodology, MSc Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, MSc Current Topics in Psychology, and MSc Statistics, Third-Year Literature Review Tutorials, Fourth-Year Tutorials, and a Fourth-Year/MSc course in Human Cognitive Abilities. I am the course organiser for Third-Year Methodology and Fourth-Year Tutorials.

Administrative Roles

Member of Scientific Advisory Board, TWIN LIFE: A genetically informative, longitudinal study of the life course and individual development. A project funded by the German Research Federation (€4.5 million) [2013-2016]

Search Committee Member University of Edinburgh [Aug 2013]

Convenor, University of Edinburgh Department of Psychology Ethics Committee [Jan-Jun 2013]

Convenor, University of Edinburgh Department of Psychology Athena Swan Team [2012-]

Search Committee Member, University of Edinburgh [Sept 2011]

Department of Psychology Research Ethics Committee [2009 -2013]

 Treasurer and Executive Board Member, International Society for Intelligence Research [2007-2012]


Visiting and Research Positions

2010-present - Reader, Department of Psychology and Centre for Cognitive aging and Cognitive Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Minnesota

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005


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