Matthew Barry
Phone number
862 216 4235
Room number
10.63.09 NB

Ph.D., Adelphi University -  (1984, Clinical Psychology)
M.A., Adephhi University - (1982, General Psychology)
M.A., Montclair State College - (1980, Educational Psychology)
B.A., Rutgers University, NCAS - (1976, American Studies)


Matthew Barry Johnson’s general interest involves how psychology informs due process. Dr. Johnson’s scholarship and research have focused on the areas of interrogation and confession, wrongful conviction, and parental rights termination in family court. He developed an ‘Interrogations Expectations' instrument to assess an aspect of the Miranda comprehension and waiver process that has been neglected in the interrogation literature. Professor Johnson's work in this area demonstrates that suspects may understand their Miranda rights but doubt police will honor those rights when asserted.

Professor Johnson is author of Wrongful Conviction in Sexual Assault: Stranger Rape, Acquaintance Rape, and Intra-familial Child Sexual Assault (Oxford University Press, 2021).  This work reveals sexual assault as the most common offense associated with confirmed wrongful convictions in the US. Professor Johnson elaborates the unique wrongful conviction risks in different types of sexual assaults. In Chapter 3, titled “Race and Rape Prosecution in US History,” Professor Johnson presents the current and historical role of race bias in the prosecution of sexual assault. In Chapter 4 Professor Johnson identifies and elaborates the role of serial rapists and criminal investigative error in the wrongful conviction of innocents. Wrongful Conviction in Sexual Assault was named a ‘Choice’ Outstanding Academic Title for 2021 by the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Professor Johnson currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice and the Wrongful Conviction Law Review. He also is on the Advisory Board of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.  His publications and testimony have been cited favorably in New Jersey Supreme Court decisions. Dr. Johnson previously served on the Executive Committee of New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (, the lead organization in the successful campaign that abolished the New Jersey death penalty in 2007.  He has also served as a member of the American Bar Association - Task Force on Mental Disability and the Death Penalty. While a member of the National Board of the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi), Professor Johnson authored the organization's Death Penalty Abolition Resolution (2012) and an ABPsi public policy paper on the death penalty (2013). 

Dr. Johnson is engaged in the instruction and mentoring of psychology students at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. 

JJC Affiliations
Psychology Department; Clinical Psychology @CUNY Graduate Center
Courses Taught

Carrent courses

Previous courses

  • Psychology and Law
  • Interrogation and Confession
  • Wrongful Conviction
  • Family Conflict and Family Court
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Family Violence & Disputes


Professional Memberships
  • American Psychology-Law Society
  • Association of Black Psychologists
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
Scholarly Work
  • Johnson, M.B. (2022) Thirty-Five Years a Forensic Psychologist: A Retrospective. American Journal of Forensic Psychology, 40, 4, 69-81.
  • Johnson, M.B. (2021) Wrongful Conviction on Sexual Assault: Stranger Rape, Acquaintance Rape, and Intra-familial Child Sexual Assaults. Oxford University Press: New York, NY.
  • Johnson, M.B., Baker, C., Prempeh, B. & Lewis, S. (2020) Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma: Wrongful Conviction Risks, Mis-information Effects, and Psychological Consultation.  Journal of Forensic Psychology Research and Practice, DOI: 10.1080/24732850.2020.1726165
  •  Johnson, M.B., Citron-Lippmann, K., Massey, C., Raghavan, C. & Kavanagh, A. (2015)   ‘Interrogation Expectations’: Individual and race/ethnic group variation among an adult sample.  Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice 13, 1, 16-29. 
Honors and Awards

In 2020, Professor Johnson received the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award in recognition of  inspirational mentoring of his former student Jeffrey Deskovic, the founder of the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation. The National Association of Black Psychologists recognized Dr. Johnson with the Bobby Wright Community Service Award in 2019. In 2007, Professor Johnson was named the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Outstanding Teacher. In 2003, Professor Johnson was the recipient of the Frantz Fanon Memorial Award presented by the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus of the Post Graduate Center.