Prof Tom Johnstone joined the NIF network as the Node Director at the Swinburne University of Technology in August 2018.
Following a BSc in physics at the University of Western Australia, Tom completed postgraduate research in cognitive science and psychology jointly at the University of Western Australia and the University of Geneva, before postdoctoral research in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the last 11 years, Tom has been at the University of Reading in the UK, where he headed the brain imaging facility.
Tom’s research focusses on the neural basis of cognition and emotion, in particular the role of cognitive and attentional processes in regulating emotion, and the interactions between the brain and the body that underlie emotional processes. His research includes studies of emotion regulation in healthy populations as well as in psychopathology, pain disorders and addiction.
Tom’s methodological focus is on developing data acquisition and analysis methods to integrate functional MRI, EEG and peripheral psychophysiology with behavioural measures. Tom is an enthusiastic supporter of interdisciplinary, open and collaborative science.