Shepherd Center Welcomes New Brain Injury Research Director
Shepherd Center is happy to announce that George “Brick” Johnstone, Ph.D., ABPP, has been named director of brain injury research. Johnstone joined Shepherd Center in February 2020. As director of brain injury research at Shepherd Center, Johnstone will lead research and clinical trials to advance the understanding of brain injury.
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Johnstone,” said Mike Jones, Ph.D., FACRM, vice president of research and technology at Shepherd Center. “He is an innovative, creative leader and shares our commitment to improving the care Shepherd provides to survivors of acquired brain injury.”
Prior to this role, Johnstone served as senior scientific director of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He previously held multiple positions at the University of Missouri from 1990 to 2017, including professor and chair of the Department of Health Psychology and associate professor and director of neuropsychology in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Johnstone earned an M.S. in clinical psychology and a doctorate in child clinical psychology from the University of Georgia, after which he completed a neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University.
Shepherd Center provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. An elite center recognized as both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.