Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Department of Psychology
Dr. Johnson’s research focuses broadly on factors that increase risk for developing mood and anxiety disorders, including health behaviors, cognitive factors and neurobiological correlates. For example, she and her colleagues are currently collecting data on sleep quality and its relation to emotional regulation and risk for internalizing disorders, and a study of brain function in neonates exposed to maternal depressive symptoms prenatally was just completed.
Dr. Johnson serves as the Associate Director of Residency Research. Funded by a training grant from NIMH, the residency program offers a specialized research track, along with enhanced research opportunities and training for all residents.
Serving as the psychologist for the Emory Transplant Center, Dr. Johnson conducts clinical assessments and consultations with pre- and post-transplant patients. She offers short-term, empirically-supported interventions to improve psychological functioning and manage the stressors associated with an intense medical regimen.
Dr. Johnson earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Emory University, after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Emory School of Medicine, and then worked as a pediatric psychologist for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.