Ms Deborah Johnston
Deborah joined the Rehabilitation Studies Unit in 2012 as Project Coordinator and Research Officer. She is currently overseeing a large scale intervention study across sites in New South Wales (Royal Ryde Rehabilitation Centre Sydney, Royal North Shore Hospital, and Prince of Wales Hospital), Western Australia and South Australia. The study ‘Evaluation of In-Voc (Early Access to Vocational Rehabilitation Services Pilot Program)’, evaluates an early access model of vocational rehabilitation for people with recent spinal cord injury.
Deborah specialises in experimental design and research coordination. Her research interests include mood and anxiety disorders, the psycho-physiological correlates of mood and emotion, and research ethics. Deborah has coordinated several pioneering research projects in these areas including the use of brain imaging techniques to detect the neurophysiological correlates of emotion, the development of new brain-computer interfaces, and the exploration of Separation Anxiety Disorder, hormones and depression in perinatal populations.
Deborah has completed two Bachelor Degrees at the University of New South Wales where she specialised in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Social Research and Policy. She is currently undertaking a Master of Brain and Mind Sciences at the Brain and Mind Research Institute in Sydney.