Dr Joanna Brooks

Research Fellow
Researcher - Healthy ageing
Room 1.14, Building 62A
+61 2 612 58772

Profile

Biography

Joanna joined CRAHW as a Dementia Collaborative Research Centre Research Fellow in May 2014. Joanna’s current research includes exploring the perception and assessment of Alzheimer’s disease across the full adult lifespan and the psycholinguistic properties of frontotemporal dementia. Joanna has a PhD in Human Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh (UK), a Master of Research in Psychophysics from the University of St Andrews (UK), a Master of Science in Psychology from the University of York (UK), and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Wales Cardiff (UK). Joanna is also an Associate Investigator for the ARC Centre for Excellence in Population Ageing.

Participants required

Joanna has two research projects that are currently recruiting participants of different ages:

  1. Alzheimer’s disease risk study conducted by the Australian National University (online study)
  2. Daily Activities Study in collaboration with the University of Adelaide, the University of Edinburgh and ACH Group (postal study)

If you are interested in taking part in either of these research studies please do not hesitate to contact Joanna via telephone + 61 2 6125 8772 or email Joanna.Brooks@anu.edu.au for a participant information pack. Joanna’s projects have been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at the ANU.

Qualifications

  • PhD Human Cognitive Neuroscience - University of Edinburgh, UK
  • MRes Psychophysics - University of St Andrews, UK
  • MSc Psychology - University of York, UK
  • BSc (Honours) - University of Wales Cardiff, UK
  • CELTA - University of Cambridge, UK

Awards & Achievements

  • STS Young Leaders' Program (Kyoto, October 2014) - Nomination.
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh - Young Innovator Award 2011
  • Wellcome Trust - Science Communicator Award 2010

Research Funding

  • Dementia Collaborative Research Fellowship, Australia, 2014, AUD120000
  • Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research Australian National University, Australia, 2014, AUD2200
  • Guarantors of Brain, UK, 2014, GBP600
  • Experimental Psychology Society, UK, 2014, GBP500
  • European Union Research Grant, EU, 2008-2011, EUR 50,000
  • University of Edinburgh, UK, 2011, GBP 7,000
  • Guarantors of Brain, UK, 2011, GBP 600
  • Economic and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK, 2005-2006, GPB 15,000
  • Experimental Psychology Society, UK, 2006-2011, GBP 1,500

Publications

  • 20. Brooks, J., and Anstey, K. (2014). The perceived versus assessed risk of Alzheimer’s disease in young, mid-age, and older adults: a method to explore and enhance awareness. Australian Journal of Dementia Care [in press].
  • 19. Brooks, J., Darling, S. Malvaso, C. and Della Sala, S. (2014). Adult developmental trajectories of pseudoneglect in the tactile, visual and auditory modalities. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience [in press, Abstract, August].
  • 18. Brooks, J. (2014). The tendency to focus on the left side of space: pseudoneglect. The Psychologist [in press]. 
  • 17. Brooks, J., Della Sala, S. and Darling, S. (2014). Representational Pseudoneglect: A Review. Neuropsychology Review, 24 (2), 148-165.
  • 16. Brooks, J. and Brandimonte, M. (2014). Left-ear driven representational pseudoneglect for mentally represented real world scenes driven by aural-verbal description. Cognitive Processing, 15 (2), 201-207.
  • 15. Brooks, J., Fuller, J., Dunbar, J. and Ford, D. (2013). The enablers and barriers for the uptake, utilisation, sustainability and spread of Primary Health Care Collaboratives in Australia. Primary Health Care Research Conference. Sydney.
  • 14. Brooks, J., Fuller, J., Dunbar, J., and Ford, D. (2013). The perceived enablers and barriers for the uptake, utilisation, sustainability and spread of Primary Health Care Collaboratives in Australia. Landstingent Plushttp://plus.lj.se/microsystemfestival
  • 13. McIntosh, R. and Brooks, J. (2011). Current tests and trends in single-case neuropsychology. Cortex, 47(10):1151-9.
  • 12. Brooks, J., Della Sala., S. and Logie, R. (2011). Tactile rod bisection in the absence of vision in children, middle and older adults. Neuropsychologia, 49 (12), 3392-8.
  • 11. Brooks, J., Logie, R., McIntosh, R. and Della Sala, S. (2011). Representational pseudoneglect in an auditory-driven spatial working memory task. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64(11), 2168-80.
  • 10. Brooks, J., Della Sala., S. and Logie, R. (2011). Tactile rod bisection across lifespan. European Workshop of Cognitive Neuropsychology. Italy.
  • 9. Brooks, J., Della Sala, S. and Logie, R. (2010). Representational pseudoneglect in an auditory-driven spatial memory task. Experimental Psychology Society. Spain.
  • 8. Brooks, J. and Della Sala, S. (2010). Are special issue papers more cited? Cortex, 46 (8), 1060-1064.
  • 7. Brooks, J., Logie, McIntosh, R. and Della Sala, S. (2009). Representational pseudoneglect in an auditory-driven spatial memory task. XVIth European Society of Cognitive Psychology, Krakow.
  • 6. Brooks, J. and Della Sala, S. (2009). Re-addressing the gender balance in Cortex publications. Cortex. 45, 1126-1137.
  • 5. Mattys, S., Brooks, J. and Cooke, M. (2009). Recognizing speech under a processing load: Dissociating energetic from informational factors. Cognitive Psychology, 38, 465-494.
  • 4. Mattys, S., Brooks, J. and Cooke, M. (2008). The effect of semantic and acoustic processing loads on the segmentation of speech. Experimental Psychology Society, London.
  • 3. Della Sala, S. and Brooks, J. (2008). Multiauthors' self-citations: A further impact factor bias? Cortex, 44(9),1139-1145.
  • 2. Harris, J., Hibbard, P., Brooks, J. and Anderson, A. (2007). Biases in relative depth perception linked to configuration in the scene. Journal of Vision, 7 (9), 822.
  • 1. Ellis, A., Brooks, J. and Lavidor, M. (2005). Evaluating a split fovea model of visual word recognition: Effects of case alternation in the two visual fields and in the left and right halves of words presented at the fovea. Neuropsychologia, 43(8),1128-1137.

Articles

  • Brooks, J. and Conway. E. (2014). 2014 Older Person's Assembly Canberra: But you're too Young! Australian National University Reporter [in-press].
  • Brooks, J. (2010). Neurophysics: A glimpse at the future (Special Feature: Neuroimaging). Edinburgh University Science Magazine, 7, 21.
  • Brooks, J. (2011). A day in the life of a primatologist. Edinburgh University Science Magazine, 4, 28-29.

Professional Interests

Presentations

  • Brooks, J. 2014 - Medical Education Workshop, Adelaide
    Title: Researching clinical Encounters in general practice.
  • Brooks, J. 2014 - General Practice Education, Melbourne
    Title: Remote team supervision in general practice.
  • Brooks, J. 2014 - School of Psychology, University of Adelaide
    Title: Leftward biases in younger and older age. 
  • Brooks, J. 2012 - Psychology Seminar - University of South Australia
    Title: Attention across lifespan.
  • Brooks, J. 2011 - Edinburgh Neuroscience Day 
    Tactile rod bisection in the absence of vision in children, middle and older adults. Poster.
  • Brooks, J. 2011 - Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology - Edinburgh 
    Title: Tactile rod bisection in the absence of vision in children, middle and older adults. Oral presentation.
  • Brooks, J. 2010 - University of Edinburgh
    Title: How mental mapping affects spatial working memory. Oral presentation.
  • Brooks, J. 2009 - Edinburgh Neuroscience Day - Edinburgh 
    Title: The over-representation of the left side of space (poster).
  • Brooks, J. 2008 - University of Edinburgh - Scotland 
    Title: The effect of semantic and acoustic processing loads on the segmentation of speech. Oral presentation.
  • Brooks, J. 2007 - Young Neuroscientist Conference - Bristol
    Title: The effect of semantic and acoustic processing loads on the segmentation of speech. Poster.
  • Brooks, J.2007 - University of Bristol
    Title: Evaluating a split fovea model of visual word recognition: Effects of letter case alternation in the two visual fields and in the left and right halves of words presented at the fovea. Oral presentation.
  • Brooks, J. 2006 - Scottish Vision Group - Scotland
    Title: Biases in relative depth perception linked to configuration in the scene. Oral presentation.
  • Brooks, J. 2005 - University of St Andrews
    Title: Biases in relative depth perception linked to configuration in the scene. Oral presentation.

Community engagement

  • Contributor Closer Magazine Healthy Ageing: How to avoid dementia. (US 2014)
  • Contributor Good Health Magazine How to age healthily. (Australia 2014)
  • Contributor Breakfast show (Radio Adelaide) The Youthful Brain. (Australia 2014)
  • Contributor Afternoons with Sonya Feldhoff (ABC Adelaide) The Youthful Brain. (Australia 2014)
  • Contributor Life Matters (Radio National) Never too old to learn. (Australia 2012)
  • Creator/Coordinator Cafe Scientifique in Positive Psychology Positive Psychology at the School of Psychology, University of Adelaide, is a branch of psychology that researches the positive aspects of our lives - work, families, relationships, communities and societies. (Australia 2013)
  • Creator/Coordinator Doctors Robots and the Outback Competition with AOGP and Dr Robyn Williams (Radio National). Competition inviting people to submit innovative solutions to the following problems: 1) How can we encourage more doctors and health professionals to train and work in the outback? 2) Is there an alternative to the human doctor or human health professional? (Australia 2013)
  • Contributing Presenter National Science Show with Dr Robyn Williams (Radio National). Medical and surgical information coverage of news stories on Nursing and Midwifery. (Australia 2012)
  • Producer Make Me A Scientist! Reality TV-style science competition with a live audience, expert panel of judges, and school children. (Australia 2011)
  • Producer Radio Show ‘Embryonic stem cells for spinal cord injury' (UK 2011)
  • Creator and Presenter ‘Brainology Tour' UK-wide Tour, funded by the Wellcome Trust, involved travelling to schools across the UK and disseminating scientific research in the form of hands-on workshops covering all aspects of the brain. (UK 2010) 
  • Creator and Presenter ‘Meet the Experts' exhibition. An interactive 3D exhibit of an fMRI machine at this two-day event at Glasgow Science Museum. (UK 2010)
  • Presenter ‘Glow!' One of two presenters chosen to communicate scientific facts about the brain during a live video conference with several schools around Scotland - an initiative funded by the Scottish Government. (UK 2010)
  • Creator and Presenter ‘KickStart!' workshops Psychology and Neuropsychology - a collaborative project with the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Queen Margaret University and the Scottish Agricultural College). (UK 2010) 
  • Winner of ‘I'm A Scientist Get Me Out of Here!' Brain Zone UK-wide event to communicate science to school students in the style of X Factor/ I'm a Celebrity - funded by The Wellcome Trust. (UK 2010)
  • Organiser and Presenter Edinburgh International Science Festival. In 2009, a spatial awareness task to illustrate how people can sometimes be biased towards one side of space. In 2010, an interactive 3D exhibit of an fMRI machine which introduced fMRI and brain imagining to a general audience in a fun and palatable way. (UK 2009-2010) 

Committees

  • Committee: Sciences Information Technology Committee, Australian National University
    Position: Chair
    From: September 2014
  • Committee: Human Research Ethics Committee, Australian National University
    Position: Reviewer
    From: September 2014
  • Committee: Australian Association of Gerontology
    Position: Member
    From: September 2014

Membership

  • British Psychological Society - eligible for membership of the Australian Psychological Society (current, 2014)
  • Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (current, 2014)
  • Australian Association of Gerontology (current, 2014)
  • Experimental Psychology Society (current, 2014)

Updated:  18 September 2014/Responsible Officer:  Director/Page Contact:  Business Manager