Judith Whatley


Job Title:            Senior Lecturer in Complementary Healthcare
Room No:          D1.12
Email Address:   jwhatley@cardiffmet.ac.uk



Introduction to research skills (Level 4) – Module Leader

Research Methods (Level 5) – Module Leader

Reflexology professional Training Course (Levels 4 & 5)

Final year Dissertation – Module Leader

Employability and Entrepreneurship – Module leader

MRes Developing skills for a Career in research – Module Leader


Her research interests include the influence of reflexology techniques on the movement of blood and lymph, and the influence of placebo on health outcomes when using complementary therapies.  


Whatley, J., Street, R. and Kay, S. ( 2018) ‘Experiences of breast cancer related lymphoedema and the use of reflexology for managing swelling: A qualitative study’, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 32, pp.123-129.

Whatley, J., Street, R., Kay, S. and Harris, P. (2016) 'Use of reflexology in managing secondary lymphoedema for patients affected by treatments for breast cancer: a feasibility study ', Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 23, pp. 1-8.

Whatley, J. A. (2020) 'Using thermal imaging to measure changes in breast cancer-related lymphoedema during reflexology', British Journal of Community Nursing, 25, pp. S6-S11.

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Judith Whatley is a senior lecturer, and module leader for reflexology. She is a Psychology graduate who holds a Masters in research methods in social science. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

She is committed to building an evidence base for the application of reflexology in healthcare. She has a particular interest in research into clinical applications of reflexology and has published three papers on the use of reflexology in breast cancer related lymphoedema.

 She has been published in a variety of professional publications, such as Reflexions (The AoR - Association of Reflexologists' professional magazine) and International Therapist (the professional magazine for the Federation of Holistic Therapists).

 In 2014 she was awarded the Association of Reflexologists Tutor of the year.

In 2018 she was awarded the Association of Reflexologists 'Excellence in Research award'.

She has lectured widely in the UK and in 2019 presented at the British Lymphoedema Society and also presented at the National Lymphoedema network  conference in Boston, Mass. USA.

She is currently investigating the use of thermal imaging as a measurement tool for blood flow changes in the lower limb after reflexology.