Dr Katherine Joekes joined St. George’s in 2007 as Lecturer in Clinical Communication.
Between April 2012 and 2014 she was a scholar on the International Medical Educators Exchange (IMEX) programme. She became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2009. In 2004 she was awarded her PhD in Health Psychology from Leiden University in the Netherlands for her thesis 'Quality of Life and Self-Regulation in Cardiac Patients: a Dyadic Approach'.
Dr Joekes is a Chartered Health Psychologist and a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
She grew up and attended school at The Hague in the Netherlands, and moved to the UK in 1985.
Dr Joekes teaches across the curriculum on clinical communication skills, and has contributed to the development of the Clinical Communication Curriculum and OSCE assessments for undergraduate medical students.
At postgraduate level she has taken part in training courses for senior clinicians at St George’s and UCL Medical School, and more recently for Health Education England. She has facilitated faculty staff to develop their teaching skills, both locally and internationally (at the University of the Free State, South Africa).
Her areas of interest focus on helping students and clinicians develop their skills in communicating risk, uncertainty and in effective bad news consultations.
- Perkins-Porras L, Joekes K, Bhalla N, Sutherland C, Pollard M, (in press). Reporting of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Cardiac Misconceptions following Cardiac Rehabilitation. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention.
- Sedgwick P and Joekes K (2014). Randomised controlled trails: Evaluating and communicating treatment effects. BMJ 348:g1905.
- Han P, Joekes K, Elwyn G, Mazor K, Thomson R, Sedwick P, Ibison J, Wong J (2014). Development and evaluation of a risk communication curriculum for medical students. Patient Education & Counseling, 94, 43-49.
- Sedgwick P and Joekes K (2013). Kaplan-Meier survival curves: interpretation and communication of risk. BMJ 347:f7118.
- Sedgwick P and Joekes K (2011). Survival (time to event) data: Median survival times. BMJ 343:d4890.
- Joekes K, Noble LM, Kubacki AM, Potts HWW, Lloyd M (2011). Does the inclusion of 'professional development' teaching improve medical students' communication skills? BMC Medical Education 11:41.
- Joekes K, Sedgwick P, and Hall A (2009). Assessment of risk communication by objective structured clinical examination. Medical Education, 43, 47.
- Joekes K (2007). Breaking Bad News. In S Ayers, A Baum, C McManus, S Newman, K Wallston, J Weinman, and R West (Eds). Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine, 2nd edition. Cambridge University Press.
- Joekes K, Maes S, and Warrens M (2007). Predicting quality of life and self-management from dyadic support and overprotection after myocardial infarction. British Journal of Health Psychology, 12, 473-489.
Dr Linda Perkins-Porras (St George's, University of London); co-supervision of student research project on PTSD and cardiac misconceptions after a cardiac event.
Dr Paul Han (Maine Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine, USA); implementation and evaluation of a risk communication curriculum for undergraduate medical students.
Dr Joekes has presented at internal, national and international conferences both in the field of medical education and health psychology.
She is a member of the UK Council for Clinical Communication in Undergraduate Medical Education, the European Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH), the American Academy for Communication in Healthcare (AACH), and the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM).
Currently Dr Joekes's research efforts are focused on evaluation of teaching in the field of clinical communication.