Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Nevada Reno, 2019
  • M.A., Psychology, University of Nevada Reno, 2015
  • B.S., Psychology, Texas State University, 2011
Academic Appointments
  • Instructor – Physiological Psychology; Statistical Methods, Psychology Department, University of Nevada, Reno, 2014-2018
Professional Honors
  • ARVO 2021 MIT Outstanding Poster Award (2021)
  • Solso Outstanding Achievement Award (2018)
  • Gardner Graduate Psychology Award (2018)

Dr. John Erik Vanston is a human factors scientist with a strong background in visual neuroscience. Dr. Vanston has worked extensively with virtual and augmented reality hardware, leveraging his expertise in experimental psychology to help clients gain insight into how people use their products to interface with the world around them. He is experienced in a variety of quantitative techniques including psychophysics, electroencephalography (EEG), function magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (AOSLO), which he has utilized to investigate the relationship between visual physiology and perception. For several years he served as manager and lead researcher for a color vision assessment clinic, evaluating normal and abnormal color perception and communicating the results to laypersons. During this time Dr. Vanston helped develop a novel computer-based test for color vision deficiency, using his quantitative and qualitative skills to advance the field of clinical vision research.