Faculty Profile: Jennifer Johnson, Ph.D.

Jennifer Johnson
Jennifer Johnson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (Research)
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Work: +1 401-444-1916
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.

Biography

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.

Dr. Johnson is PI on current NIH-funded clinical trials examining:
(1) Effectiveness and implementation of group IPT for major depressive disorder in prisons
(2) Effectiveness of an AA linkage intervention for alcohol-abusing women leaving jail
(3) IPT-based group treatment for women experiencing major depression after a perinatal loss
(4) Transitional interventions to reduce HIV sex risk behavior among women with interpersonal violence as they leave prison and return to the community
(5) IPT/sober network treatment for perinatal women with substance use and major depressive disorder (MDD).
(6) Sober Network IPT delivered via phone for depressed, substance-using women prisoners re-entering the community

Research Description

Dr. Johnson is a behavioral treatment researcher. Specific current research interests include:

*Group psychotherapy and group treatments
*Substance use treatment research
*Depression treatment research
*Interpersonal treatments (e.g., IPT) and treatment mechanisms (e.g., social support, therapeutic relationship)
*Women prisoners and issues affecting them (e.g., HIV prevention, parenting, partner violence)
*Perinatal depression

Grants and Awards

Society for Psychotherapy Research Outstanding Early Career Achievement Award, June 2012

National Institutes of Health, Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OSSBR) - Fellow, Ninth Annual Summer Institute on Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions, July 2009

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Women's Special Interest Group, New Investigator Award, November 2008

National Institute on Drug Abuse Women and Gender Junior Investigator Travel Award, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, June 2007

National Institutes of Health, Loan Repayment Program Award, July 2005 ÃÆ'Ã'¢Ã¢ââ'¬Å¡Ã'¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ June 2008

American Psychological Association, Division 49 Dissertation Award Finalist, 2004

Yvonnne Agazarian Research Scholarship, 2003

Alonso Award for Excellence, Group Psychotherapy Foundation, 2003

Durkin-Glatzer Scholarship, American Group Psychotherapy Association, 2002

Sant Graduate Fellowship for Family-Related Research, 2001

Affiliations

American Psychological Association (APA)

American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA)

Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR)

International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy (ISIPT)

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

Marce Society

Funded Research

CURRENT:

R01 MH095230 (Johnson) 7/1/11 ÃÆ'Ã'¢Ã¢ââ'¬Å¡Ã'¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ 6/30/14 Role: PI
NIH/NIMH $360,587 (DC Yr1)
Effectiveness of IPT for men and women prisoners with major depression
To conduct the first fully-powered effectiveness study of major depressive disorder in an incarcerated population, along with cost and pilot implementation data

R34 MH086682 (Johnson) 6/1/10 ÃÆ'Ã'¢Ã¢ââ'¬Å¡Ã'¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ 2/28/13 Role: PI
NIH/NIMH $163,732 (DC Yr1)
Group IPT for major depression following perinatal loss
To adapt group IPT to treat major depressive disorder that occurs following perinatal loss (including miscarriage, stillbirth, and early neonatal death), and to test its feasibility, acceptability, and initial efficacy relative to a standard depression treatment in a sample of 60 women.

R34 MH094188 (Johnson and Zlotnick) 4/15/11 - 2/28/14 Role:PI
NIH/NIMH $176,437 (DC Yr1)
HIV/STI risk reduction for incarcerated women with interpersonal violence
To integrate strategies for affect management and increased social support/access to community resources into the empirically supported Women's Coop HIV prevention intervention and tailor the integrated intervention for incarcerated women with lifetime interpersonal violence

R34DA030428 (Johnson and Zlotnick) 7/1/11ÃÆ'Ã'¢Ã¢ââ'¬Å¡Ã'¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“6/30/14 Role:PI
NIH/NIDA $150,000 (DC Yr1)
Sober Network IPT for perinatal women with comorbid substance use and depression
To adapt IPT for perinatal depression into Sober Network IPT to treat co-occurring substance use disorder and major depressive disorder among pregnant and post-partum women, and to test its feasibility, acceptability, and initial efficacy in a community setting relative to a community treatment as usual in a sample of 50 women


PAST:

1 K23 DA021159-01 (Johnson) 4/23/06-4/22/11 Role: PI NIH/NIDA
Group IPT for Women Prisoners with Comorbid Substance Use and Depression
To develop Dr. Johnson's career as a clinical researcher with a programmatic line of research on interpersonal group treatments for high-risk women with substance use and co-occurring disorders.

Johnson, J. E. (2005). Group Treatment for Depression as an Adjunct to Substance Use Treatment in Incarcerated Women with Co-Occurring Depressive and Substance Use Disorders. Group Psychotherapy Foundation.

Johnson, J. E. (2005). Group Treatment for Depression as an Adjunct to Substance Use Treatment in Incarcerated Women with Co-Occurring Depressive and Substance Use Disorders. National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program award.

Johnson, J. E. (2007). Group IPT for Women Prisoners with Comorbid Substance Use and Depression. National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program award (renewed in 2008, 2009, and 2010).

Selected Publications

  • Johnson, J. E. (in press). Effectiveness and cost effectiveness of group versus individual motivational enhancement for substance use. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy. (IN PRESS)
  • Johnson, J. E., Connolly Gibbons, M. B., & Crits-Christoph, P. (in press). Gender, race, and group behavior in group drug treatment. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. NIHMS301034. (IN PRESS)
  • Crits-Christoph, P., Johnson, J. E., Gallop, R, Connolly Gibbons, M.B., Ring-Kurtz, S, Tu, X (in press). A generalizability theory analysis of group process ratings in the treatment of cocaine dependence. Psychotherapy Research. (IN PRESS)
  • Martin, R. A., MacKinnon, S. V., Johnson, J. E., Myers, M. G., Cook, T. A. R., & Rohsenow, D. J. (in press). The Alcohol Relapse Situation Appraisal Questionnaire: Development and validation. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. (IN PRESS)
  • Johnson, J. E., Esposito-Smythers, C., Miranda, R., Justus, A. N., Rizzo, C., and Clum, G. (in press). Gender, social support, and distress in criminal justice involved adolescents. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. (IN PRESS)
  • Johnson, J. E., O'Leary, C. C., Striley, C. W., Ben Abdallah, A., Bradford, S., Cottler, L. B. (2011). Effects of major depression on crack use and arrests among women in drug court. Addiction, 106(7), 1279-1286. (2011)
  • Johnson, J. E., Friedmann, P. D., Green, T. C., Harrington, M. & Taxman, F. (2011). Gender and treatment response in substance-use treatment mandated parolees. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 40, 313-321. NIHMSID #269322. (2011)
  • Martin, R. A., MacKinnon, S., Johnson, J. E., & Rohsenow, D. J. (2011). Purpose in life predicts treatment outcome among adult cocaine abusers in treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 40(2), 183-188. (2011)
  • Strauss, B., & Johnson, J. E. (2010). Tratamientos grupales e institucionales de los trastornos de personalididad: evidencias de eficacia (Group treatment of personality disorders: Evidence of efficacy). In A. B. Fuster and H. Fernandez-Alvarez (Eds.), Tratado de trastornos de la personalidid (Treatment of personality disorders; pp. 375-387). Madrid: Editorial Sintesis, S. A. (2010)
  • Berge, J.M., Law., D.D., Johnson, J. & Wells, M.G. (2010). Effectiveness of a psychoeducational parenting group on child, parent and family behavior: A pilot study in a family practice clinic with an underserved population. Families, Systems and Health, 28(3), 224-235. (2010)
  • Johnson, J.E. (2010). Group cohesion in cognitive-behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders and major depression. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 60(1), 153-158. (2010)
  • Johnson, J. E. (2009). Efficacy of group treatments for major depressive disorder. Gruppenpsychotherapie und Gruppendynamik, 45, 181-207. (2009)
  • Perez Benitez, C. I., Vicente, B., Zlotnick, C., Kohn, R., Johnson, J., Rioseco, P., & Saldivia, S. (2009). Epidemiology of trauma, PTSD and other psychiatric disorders in a representative population of Chile. Salud Mental, 32(2), 145-153. (2009)
  • Zlotnick, C., Johnson, J., & Najavits, L. (2009). Randomized controlled pilot study of incarcerated women with substance use disorder and PTSD. Behavior Therapy, 40(4), 325-336. (2009)
  • Johnson, J. & Bormann, B. (2009). Gruppenpsychotherapeutische Behandlung der Borderline-Persönlichkeitsstörung: Ein Überblick (Group Treatment for Personality Disorder: An Overview). Persönlichkeitsstörungen. Theorie und Therapie, 13. (2009)
  • Johnson, J. E. (2009). Efficacy of group treatments for personality disorder. Gruppenpsychotherapie und Gruppendynamik, 45, 32-61. (2009)
  • Zwyiak, W. H., Neighbors, C. J., Martin, R. A., Johnson, J. E., Eaton, C. A., & Rohsenow, D. J. (2009). The Important People Drug and Alcohol Interview: Psychometric properties, predictive validity, and implications for treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 36, 321-330. (2009)
  • Yen, S., Johnson, J. E., & Costello, E. (2009). A 5-day dialectical behavior therapy partial hospital program for women with borderline personality disorder: Predictors of outcome from a 3-month follow-up study. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 15(3), 173-182. (2009)
  • Johnson, J. E. (2008). Using research supported group treatments. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, 64, 1206-1224. (2008)
  • Burlingame, G., Strauss, B, & Johnson, J. (2008). Are there general change mechanisms in group treatments? An introduction to a conceptual model. Gruppenpsychotherapie und Gruppendynamik, 44, 177-214. (2008)
  • Johnson, J. E., & Zlotnick, C. (2008). A pilot study of group interpersonal psychotherapy for depression in substance abusing women prisoners. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 34, 371-377. (2008)
  • Davies, D. R., Burlingame, G. M., Johnson, J. E., Barlow, S. H. & Gleave, R. L. (2008). The effects of a feedback intervention on group process and outcome. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 12(2), 141-154. (2008)
  • Zlotnick, C., Johnson, J., Kohn, R., Vicente, B., Rioseco, P., & Saldivia, S. (2008). Childhood trauma, trauma in adulthood and psychiatric diagnoses: Results from a community sample. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 49, 163-169. (2008)
  • Johnson, J. E., Burlingame, G. M., Strauss, B., Bormann, B. (2008). The therapeutic relationship in group psychotherapy. Gruppenpsychotherapie und Gruppendynamik, 44, 52-89. (2008)
  • Burlingame, G. M., Krogel, J., & Johnson, J. (2008). The Group Questionnaire. Copyright: OQ Measures LLC. (2008)
  • Ellsworth, J. R., Lambert, M., & Johnson, J. E. (2006). A comparison of the Outcome Questionnaire-45 and Outcome Questionnaire-30 in classification and prediction of treatment outcome. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 13, 380-391. (2006)
  • Zlotnick, C., Johnson, D. M., Stout, R. L., Zywiak, W. H., Johnson, J. E., & Schneider, R. J. (2006). Childhood abuse and intake severity in alcohol disorder patients. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 19, 949-959. (2006)
  • Zlotnick, C., Johnson, J., Kohn, R., Vicente, B., Rioseco, P., & Saldivia, S. (2006). Epidemiology of trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and comorbid disorders in Chile. Psychological Medicine, 36, 1523-1534. (2006)
  • Johnson, J. E., Finney, J., & Moos, R. (2006). Proximal outcomes in CBT and 12-step substance use treatment programs: Do they differ and do they predict one-year outcomes?" Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 31, 41-50. (2006)
  • Johnson, J. E., Pulsipher, D., Ferrin, S. L., Burlingame, G. M., Davies, D. R., & Gleave, R. (2006). Measuring group processes: A comparison of the GCQ and CCI. Group Dynamics, 10, 136-145. (2006)
  • Burlingame, G. M., Seaman, S., Johnson, J. E., Whipple, J., Chen, S., Earnshaw, D., & Lehman, A. (2006). Sensitivity to change of the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale--Extended (BPRS-E): An item and subscale analysis. Psychological Services, 3, 77-87. (2006)
  • Johnson, J. E., Finney, J., & Moos, R. (2005). Predictors of 5-year mortality following inpatient/residential group treatment for substance use disorders. Addictive Behaviors, 30(7), 1300-1316. (2005)
  • Johnson, J. E., Burlingame, G. M., Olsen, J., Davies, D. R., & Gleave, R. L. (2005). Group climate, cohesion, alliance, and empathy in group psychotherapy: Multilevel structural equation models. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 52(3), 310-321. (2005)
  • Burlingame, G. M., Fuhriman, A., & Johnson, J. E. (2004). Current status and future directions of group therapy research. In J. DeLucia-Waack, D. Gerrity, C. Kalodner & M. Riva (Eds.), Handbook of group counseling and psychotherapy (pp. 651-660). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (2004)
  • Burlingame, G. M., Fuhriman, A., & Johnson, J. E. (2004). Process and outcome in group psychotherapy: A perspective. In J. DeLucia-Waack, D. Gerrity, C. Kalodner & M. Riva (Eds.), Handbook of group counseling and psychotherapy (pp. 49-62). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (2004)
  • Burlingame, G. M., Fuhriman, A., & Johnson, J. E. (2002). Cohesion in group psychotherapy. In J. C. Norcross (Ed.), A guide to psychotherapy relationships that work: Therapist contributions and responsiveness to patients (pp. 71-88). Oxford: Oxford University Press. (2002)
  • Wells, M.G., Law, D., & Johnson, J. E. (2001). Love, limits, and latitude: A thousand small moments of parenting: Group leaders' manual. Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press. (2001)
  • Wells, M. G., Law, D., & Johnson, J. E. (2001). Love, limits, and latitude: A thousand small moments of parenting: A parent's guide. Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press. (2001)
  • Burlingame, G. M., Fuhriman, A., & Johnson, J. E. (2001). Cohesion in group psychotherapy. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 38, 373-379. (2001)