PhD, MBBS, Grad Cert (Grief and Loss), FASPM, FRACGP

Dr Johanna Lynch is an Australian general practitioner (family doctor) who has spent the last 15 years working as a psychotherapist with adult survivors of childhood trauma and neglect. She founded a transdisciplinary trauma-informed clinic in Brisbane named Integrate Place which operated from 2009-2013 offering psychology, social work, trauma-informed yoga, art therapy and mental health nurse support. In 2012 Dr Lynch wrote a paper urging GPs to look beyond symptoms to the whole person, influencing training of Australian GPs in mental health, mental health policy, and leading to invitations to contribute internationally.

In 2019 she completed a PhD, in whole person approaches to distress, championing the sophisticated craft of generalist approaches to distress – integrating social science and biomedicine. This PhD, entitled Sense of Safety: a whole person approach to distress in primary care sought to integrate trauma-informed care into primary care. This thesis has received international acclaim from primary care researchers and has been seen as a paradigm change in approaches to people in distress. It integrated lived experience and Indigenous wisdom with transdisciplinary scientific insights from trauma, attachment, social determinants of health, neurobiology, psychophysiology and psychoneuroimmunology.

Dr Johanna Lynch works as a Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland, teaching medical students about trauma-informed whole person care. She is an advisor to BlueKnot foundation, trains rural GPs as a Fellow of the Australian Society for Psychological Medicine and The Royal College of General Practitioners, and offers online professional coaching of GPs and mental health clinicians. She has also undertaken training in dissociation through the ISSTD (International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation).

Dr Johanna Lynch came to Australia as a refugee from Idi Amin’s Uganda. She spent her primary years in Uganda, Australia, and Kenya, and her high school years in Indonesia. She completed her undergraduate medical training in Queensland, and undertook further training in India and London. As an adult she has remained fascinated by the ways that humans connect to themselves, their community, and their environment, to create meaning and belonging through kindness.