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Stuart J. Johnstone

Professor

  • Brain & Behaviour Research Institute
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • School of Psychology
  • Early Start Research

Top Publications


Research Overview


Available as Research Supervisor

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • We have developed a non-drug treatment for children with ADHD (Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and made it available around the world.  Our treatment is in the form of computer software which provides a fun "wizard in training" themed environment to help children train to improve important abilities such as memory, impulse control, and attention control. The training software was available commercially from 2013 to 2016 and has been available free-of-charge since January 2017.  <br /><br />To date, many thousands of children have used the treatment and experienced benefits such as better control of their behaviour, better concentration in the classroom, and more effective completion of schoolwork.  Parents and teachers have reported significant reductions in the typical symptoms of ADHD such as inattentive, impulsive, and hyperactive behaviours. Crucially, we have provided a non-drug treatment alternative to parents, and we have a substantial amount of research evidence that supports the benefits of the treatment.

Available as Research Supervisor

Teaching Activities


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Early Cognitive Control in the Context of Atypical Development Varcoe, Stephanie
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Neurocognitive training for adults with traumatic brain injury. Hickey, Melinda

Outreach Overview


  • Community:

    • My research has often been publicized in local and national media (see overview).
    • Developed and lead commercialization of training product for non-drug symptom reduction for children with AD/HD.  Many thousands of users world-wide. 

    Professional:

     

    • President of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology (ASP) from 2007 to 2010.  ASP is the primary professional organisation for researchers in psychophysiology in the Australasian region. 
    • Oz Reader for Australian Research Council since 2006, providing assessment of submitted Discovery and Linkage grants.  This role reflects strongly on my research reputation, as Oz Readers are chosen based on research performance, evidence of good assessor performance, relevant disciplinary expertise/standing, and evidence of an ability to support the research of others. 
    • Regularly review research articles for leading international journals in my area: e.g. Clinical Neurophysiology, International Journal of Psychophysiology, Brain and Cognition, Psychophysiology, Brain Research, Biological Psychology, Neuropsychologia, Acta Neuropsychiatrica, Biological Psychiatry.  
    • Invited Participant and Invited Chair of symposia at international conferences, and have been on the Organising Committee and Scientific Committee for several national and internatonal conferences.

     

Teaching Overview


  • I have been teaching (lecturer and tutor) in the areas of Biological Psychology and Psychophysiology since July 1999.

Keywords


  • Electroencephalogram, EEG, event-related potentials, ERPs, ADHD, neurofeedback, cognitive training

Full Name


  • Stuart J Johnstone

Mailing Address


  • School of Psychology

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Located In Facility


Top Publications


Research Overview


Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • We have developed a non-drug treatment for children with ADHD (Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and made it available around the world.  Our treatment is in the form of computer software which provides a fun "wizard in training" themed environment to help children train to improve important abilities such as memory, impulse control, and attention control. The training software was available commercially from 2013 to 2016 and has been available free-of-charge since January 2017.  <br /><br />To date, many thousands of children have used the treatment and experienced benefits such as better control of their behaviour, better concentration in the classroom, and more effective completion of schoolwork.  Parents and teachers have reported significant reductions in the typical symptoms of ADHD such as inattentive, impulsive, and hyperactive behaviours. Crucially, we have provided a non-drug treatment alternative to parents, and we have a substantial amount of research evidence that supports the benefits of the treatment.

Teaching Activities


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Early Cognitive Control in the Context of Atypical Development Varcoe, Stephanie
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Neurocognitive training for adults with traumatic brain injury. Hickey, Melinda

Outreach Overview


  • Community:

    • My research has often been publicized in local and national media (see overview).
    • Developed and lead commercialization of training product for non-drug symptom reduction for children with AD/HD.  Many thousands of users world-wide. 

    Professional:

     

    • President of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology (ASP) from 2007 to 2010.  ASP is the primary professional organisation for researchers in psychophysiology in the Australasian region. 
    • Oz Reader for Australian Research Council since 2006, providing assessment of submitted Discovery and Linkage grants.  This role reflects strongly on my research reputation, as Oz Readers are chosen based on research performance, evidence of good assessor performance, relevant disciplinary expertise/standing, and evidence of an ability to support the research of others. 
    • Regularly review research articles for leading international journals in my area: e.g. Clinical Neurophysiology, International Journal of Psychophysiology, Brain and Cognition, Psychophysiology, Brain Research, Biological Psychology, Neuropsychologia, Acta Neuropsychiatrica, Biological Psychiatry.  
    • Invited Participant and Invited Chair of symposia at international conferences, and have been on the Organising Committee and Scientific Committee for several national and internatonal conferences.

     

Teaching Overview


  • I have been teaching (lecturer and tutor) in the areas of Biological Psychology and Psychophysiology since July 1999.

Keywords


  • Electroencephalogram, EEG, event-related potentials, ERPs, ADHD, neurofeedback, cognitive training

Full Name


  • Stuart J Johnstone

Mailing Address


  • School of Psychology

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Located In Facility


Research Areas

Geographic Focus