Dr. Johnson is a clinical psychologist whose initial research examined therapeutic relationships in group psychotherapy. Her current interests include interpersonal and gendered aspects of major depression and substance use disorder and their treatment, therapeutic relationship, group treatments, and implementation of evidence-based treatments and principles in low-resource settings such as prisons. Currently, she is focusing her interest in group psychotherapy and interpersonal issues on developing, evaluating, and implementing interpersonal group treatments for high-risk women, including women prisoners, perinatal women, and women with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
Dr. Johnson earned a B.S. in physics in 1995 and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2004 from Brigham Young University (BYU), attending the Palo Alto VA for her predoctoral internship. Dr. Johnson came to Brown as a postdoctoral fellow in treatment research. She completed a NIDA K23 award at Brown, conducting a randomized clinical trial of group interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT)for women prisoners with co-occurring substance use and depressive disorders. She continues to conduct NIH-funded clinical trials of behavioral interventions for high-risk women.
JENNIFER JOHNSON, Ph.D.
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