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, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 935 inpatients, 541 day program patients and more than 7,300 outpatients each year.