Researcher biography

Julie is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland, and is also an Affiliate Professor at The Queensland Brain Institute as well as The Mater Research Institute. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and of the Association for Psychological Science.

Julie leads a group that particularly focuses on how social cognition and prospection are disrupted by normal adult ageing and clinical illness. Social cognition broadly refers to the processing of social information, such as the ability to recognise facial emotions, and to appropriately attend to eye gaze cues. Prospection refers to future-oriented cognitions and behaviours, such as prospective memory and episodic foresight. Her work has provided important insights into when and why these critical cognitive abilities break down, and the types of interventions that should be used when they do. Julie has published more than 200 peer‑reviewed papers which appear in prestigious outlets that include Cognition, Psychological Bulletin, Cortex, Developmental Science, Psychology and Aging, Emotion, Brain, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, and Nature Reviews Neurology. Her work has been cited > 15,000 times in Scopus and > 28,000 in Google Scholar.

Julie has also received continuous prestigious and highly competitive research funding, which includes two ARC Fellowships. Between 2011 and 2017, Julie was Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Clinical Psychology. She is also currently an Associate Editor for Gerontology, and serves on a number of editorial boards. In 2016 Julie was the recipient of the UQ Research Higher Degree Supervision Award from the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences: competitive across the Faculty's six schools and three research centres. This was in recognition of the excellent outcomes her PhD students have achieved. This includes postdoctoral positions at Harvard Medical School (three recent graduates) and The University of Cambridge.

Julie is Director of The Queensland Multidisciplinary Initiative for Neurocognitive Disorders (The QLD MIND Project).