State of Michigan Psychologist License #6301002667
Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology: University of Detroit
Master’s Degree in School Psychology: University of Detroit
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: Northwestern University

Doctoral level clinical psychologists receive comprehensive education and rigorous training in the biological, social, and behavioral aspects of human functioning. My doctoral level internships were done at Hawthorn Center, a state psychiatric hospital in Northville, MI. and at Detroit Psychiatric Institute. I completed practicums at Children’s Center and Children’s Hospital of Michigan. I also fulfilled two years of supervised practice prior to receiving my full license.



American Psychological Association

Board of Convention Affairs- Chair (2018) 2015-2018

Board of Directors- Member at Large 2012-2014

Council of Representatives

Past Chair Membership Board

Past Chair of the Association of Practicing Psychologists Caucus

Past Member of the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice

Past Chair of the Committee of State Leaders

Member of the Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology

Chair of the Task Force on the Implementation of the Multicultural Guidelines


Division 31: State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs

Division 42: Psychologists in Independent Practice

Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Affairs

Division 35: Society for the Psychology of Women

APA Books Reviewer

Professional Psychology: Research and Practice Consulting Editor

American Insurance Trust

Trustee 2015-2017; 2018-2020; 2021-2023

Michigan Psychological Association

Federal Advocacy Coordinator (2006-Present)

President -1999



Association of Black Psychologists

Metro Detroit Area Association of Black Psychologists

Leadership Detroit Class XXIX 2007-2008



American Psychological Association

Presidential Citation (2021)

Michigan Psychological Association

Beth Clark Service Award (2018)

American Psychological Association

State Leadership Award (2017)

Division 42: Psychologists in Independent Practice

Public Service Award (2016)

APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists

Certificate of Appreciation (2015)

APA Committee of State Leaders Diversity Delegates

Recognition Award (2013)

Michigan Psychological Association

Distinguished Psychologist of the Year (2009)

Farmington-Farmington Hills Multicultural Multiracial Council

Distinguished Community Service Award (2002)

Pepperdine University

Distinguished Service Award (1998)



Vasquez, M. J. T., & Johnson, J. D. (2022). Multicultural therapy: A practice imperative. American Psychological Association.

Behrman, L, Giamatti, E., Johnson, J., Martin, J. “When Professionals Face Illness and Death: Our Colleagues, Our Patients, Ourselves”,

Vasquez, M; Johnson, J. “Psychotherapy” Chapter in Encyclopedia of Mental Health, Friedman, Howard G. (Ed). San Diego, CA, US Academic Press (publication pending)

Gallardo, M., Johnson, J., Parham, T., & Carter, J., “Ethics and Multiculturalism: Advancing Cultural and Clinical Responsiveness,” Professional Psychology: Research and Practice (2009), 40, 5, 425-435.

Burney, P., Celeste, B., Johnson, J., Klein, N., Nordal, K., Portnoy, S., “Mentoring Professional Psychologists: Program for Career Development, Advocacy, and Diversity”, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice (2009), 40, 3, 292-298.

“Study Finds Link Between Day Care & School Behavior Problems in Grade-Schoolers,” JET magazine (2007), Vol. 111, No. 15, 12-13.

“Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology,” American Psychologist (2006), May-Jun Vol. 61(4), 271-285.

“How to Clean Up Your Child’s Potty Mouth,” JET magazine (2006), Vol. 109, No. 17, 24-25.



2022     Multicultural Therapy- A Practice Imperative

Guidance Center | Southgate, MI

2021       Stages of Change

Guidance Center | Southgate, MI

2021       Setting Therapeutic Boundaries

               Guidance Center | Southgate, MI

2021       Self-Care for the CMH Clinician

               Guidance Center | Southgate, MI

2021       Self-care: Put Your Mask on First                                                                                                                                 Rochester University | Rochester, MI                  

2018       Women of Color on the APA Board of Directors

               Opening Your Private Practice: ECPs Share Their Experiences

               American Psychological Association Convention | San Francisco, CA

2017       Students Transitioning from School to Clinical Practice                                                                                    Metro Detroit Association of Black Psychologists Midwest Regional Conference | Detroit

2016     Facing Illness and Death with Courage: Our Clients, Ourselves

              American Psychological Association Convention | Denver, CO

2015       Developmental Issues in Psychotherapy

               Guidance Center | Southgate, MI

2015       Understanding Depression                                                                                                                                             Helping Hearts Committee- Wyoming Ave. Church of Christ

2014     Living Well on Dialysis

              One Ford Center | Detroit, MI

2014       Advocacy for Professional Involvement

                University of Detroit-Mercy | Detroit, MI

2013       Secondary Traumatization and Self-Care

                Judson Center | Howell, Ann Arbor, Southfield, MI |  Guidance Center | Southgate, MI

2012     Cultural Competence in Independent Practice                                                                                                        American Psychological Association Convention | Washington, D.C.

2011       Integrating Diversity into Advocacy on the National Level                                                                                 APAPO State Leadership Conference | Washington, D.C.

2011       Advocacy Retention, Burnout Prevention, and Succession                                                                                 APAPO State Leadership Conference | Washington, D.C.

2010       When Women Psychologists Have Cancer                                                                                                               American Psychological Association Convention | San Diego, California