Dr Jonathan Totman


Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology


Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Applied, Social and Health Psychology

Jonathan trained as a clinical psychologist and brings his experience working in mental health services to his teaching at Anglia Ruskin.



Jonathan trained as a clinical psychologist at University College London. He has worked in various services within the NHS, most recently a community mental health team for older people. He joined Anglia Ruskin as a lecturer in August 2015.

Research interests

Jonathan’s research focuses on staff and service users’ experiences of providing/receiving psychological support, in particular:

  • Caregivers’ experiences of giving and receiving support
  • Morale and well-being among mental health staff
  • Identifying and addressing barriers to effective support provision

Jonathan is a member of our Emotion and Well-Being Research Area and our Health Psychology Research Area. Both form part of our Applied, Social and Health Psychology Research Group.

Find out more about our Psychology PhD.


Abnormal and Clinical Psychology BSc (Hons)

Psychology BSc (Hons)

Psychology and Criminology BSc (Hons)


DClinPsy (UCL)

BA Psychology and Philosophy (University of Oxford)

Memberships, editorial boards

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Selected recent publications

Totman, J., Pistrang, N., Smith, S., Hennessey, S., & Martin, J. (2015) ‘You only have one chance to get it right’: A qualitative study of relatives’ experiences of caring at home for a family member with terminal cancer. Palliative Medicine, 29 (6). p. 496-507. Available from: http://pmj.sagepub.com/content/29/6/496.short

Totman, J., Hundt, G. L., Wearn, E., Paul, M., & Johnson, S. (2011) Factors affecting staff morale on inpatient mental health wards in England: a qualitative investigation. BMC psychiatry, 11 (68).

Johnson, S., Totman, J., Hobbs, L. (2011) Crisis and emergency services. In Thornicroft, G., Szmukler, G.,  Mueser, K.T., & Drake, R.E. (eds.). Oxford Textbook of Community Mental Health. New York, USA: Oxford University Press.

Totman, J., Mann, F., & Johnson, S. (2010). Is locating acute wards in the general hospital an essential element in psychiatric reform? The UK experience. Epidemiologia e Psichiatria Sociale, 19 (04). p. 282-286.