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Director, Games Research Lab (QUT), Queensland University of Technology

Dr. Daniel Johnson is the director of the Games Research and Interaction Design Lab at QUT. Daniel has completed Bachelors and Honours degrees in Psychology, a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and a doctorate on the psychology of human-computer interactions and videogames. His research interests are motivations for videogame play and the impact of videogames on wellbeing. He has also worked in the games industry for companies such as NextGenVideos and The Binary Mill. He recently completed a year as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge Well-being Institute where he remains an affiliate.


  • 2006–present
    Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology


  • 2006 
    University of Queensland, PhD


  • 2014
    Creating Good Lives through Videogames, Interventions and Policies to Enhance Wellbeing
  • 2012
    Active versus Passive Screen Time for Young Children, Australasian Journal of Early Childhood
  • 2010
    A controlled trial of mindfulness training in schools: the importance of practice for an impact on well-being, Journal of Positive Psychology
  • 2004
    Experience as a Moderator of the Media Equation: The Impact of Flattery and Praise, International Journal of Human Computer Studies

Research Areas

  • Computer Human Interaction (080602)