A/PROF Katherine Johnson

A/PROF Katherine Johnson


  • ADHD (Attention control)
  • Attention control (Childhood attention control; Longitudinal research)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (Attention control)
  • Benefits of urban greenery (Attention control in the workplace)



  • My research is in the area of developmental cognitive neuroscience. I am interested in executive control of behaviour, with a special focus on attention control in infants, children, and young adults. I research sustained attention and attention orienting. Sustained attention is the ability to maintain attention to a task, especially when the task is non-arousing, and effort is required to keep concentrating. Attention orienting is the ability to flexibly direct attentional resources to a stimulus at a moment in time or location in space. I research children and adults with developmental disorders, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and typically developing people.   


Member of

  • Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Ordinary member 2019 -
  • International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD). Ordinary member 2018 -
  • International Society for Integrative Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (FLUX). General member 2016 -
  • Australian Society for Autism Research. Ordinary member 2014 -
  • Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society. Ordinary member 2013 -
  • Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Ordinary member 2008 -
  • Australian Society for Medical Research. Convener of Victorian committee (2014), Treasurer (2015, 2016) 2012 - 2016


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Collier Charitable Fund – 2014. “Are there measurable benefits of schools employing a Perceptual Motor Program for prep children from disadvantaged backgrounds?” Royal Society International Exchanges Scheme – 2014 with Dr Charlotte Tye, King's College London Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne - 2014 “City green roof views boost attention” with Professor Leisa Sargent, Associate Professor Kathryn Williams, Associate Professor Nicholas Williams, Dr. Kate Lee Irish Health Research Board Project Grant - 2011 H01421 “Clinical and biological outcome of adults with childhood diagnosis of ADHD” with Dr Skokauskas, Dr Aisling Mulligan, Professor Michael Gill, Professor Thomas Frodl Eurocores European Collaborative Research Projects (ECRP) in the Social Sciences Project Grant - 2007 with Professor Ian Robertson, Professor Claus Bundesen, Dr Soren Kyllingsbaek and Dr Thomas Habekost Irish Health Research Board Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship - 2006 (personal fellowship)   


Education and training

  • PGCHET, Queen's University Belfast 2010
  • PhD, Monash University 2002
  • BSc (Hons), Monash University 1997
  • BA, Monash University 1996

Awards and honors

  • European Psychiatric Association, 2009
  • Dartmouth College Travel Grant, 2005
  • Monash University School of Psychology, 2002
  • Monash Postgraduate Award, 1996


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am interested in how infants, children, and adults can sustain and orient their attention to a task, how these skills develop, and how various factors impact on these cognitive functions.