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I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences. My background is in botany, plant physiology and herbal medicine. I have over 30 years experience as a practitioner of western herbal medicine in the community, including consultancy for the health charity Wellwomen Information.

I coordinated a clinical trial investigating herbal treatment of the menopause in collaboration with the University of Central Lancashire and local health authority, and advised the longitudinal study ALSPAC about complementary health research. I act as expert external adviser to the data monitoring and ethics committee of a clinical trial.

Since joining the University of Westminster in 2011, I have been course leader for the MSc Herbal Medicine, module leader for level 5 core pathophysiology, supervised undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students, and taught across a range of modules from level 3-7.


I have been teaching in Higher Education since 2005. I developed and taught on the University of Plymouth's foundation degree in Complementary Health Therapies. I am course leader for MSc Herbal Medicine.

MSc Herbal Medicine 

I am module leader for Pathophysiology. and Pathology and Clinical Medicine. I teach across a range of health science, herbal medicine and research modules, supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research and am an academic tutor. I am director of studies for a PhD scholar. I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have a PGCE and PGCHE.

I am currently/ have been External Examiner for 3 professional courses, and acted as external expert in course review.


Current research interests

  • Herbal medicine, herbal practice
  • Women's health, menopause
  • Self-management and chronic conditions
  • Patient experience
  • Developing research strategies in complementary health

Research Projects

How women experience herbs and herbal practice for distress: Implications for self management. Funded by Make My Day Better charity. Green, J., Ridge, D., Whitehouse, J. 2011-2015

(Director of studies for A.J Yates, MMDB Research Scholar)


£95,554 for How women experience herbs and herbal practice for distress: Implications for self management. Funded by the Make My Day Better Charity. Green, J., Ridge, D., Whitehouse, J. 2011-2015

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Fellow National Institute of Medical Herbalists
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy


For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.