Samantha-Kaye Johnston is a Reading and Learning Scientist working at the intersection of reading development, psychology, and technology. She is a University Associate and Teaching Academic at Curtin University, where she sits on the undergraduate psychology teaching team. As Founder of Reading for Humanity, she seeks to use this platform to elevate the science of reading, the science of learning, and the science of technology within early reading instruction. Her work is informed by her experience as an advocate and researcher in Jamaica, England, and Australia, primarily within the K-12 sector, as well as within non-governmental, private, and community organisations, and UN bodies. She is currently a member of the United Nations Education Reference Group (Western Australia).
Samantha holds a Ph.D. in Psychology (reading development) from Curtin University, which was awarded the Chancellor's Commendation for Outstanding Doctoral Research. She also holds a MA in Education from the Liverpool Hope University in England and a B.Sc. in Psychology from The University of the West Indies in Jamaica.
Her current research focus is on internet governance within the context of reading instruction. She is particularly interested in ensuring that the rights of students are protected while they interact within the digital space, including elevating the voices of students in decision-making processes.