Veronica Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
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524 West 59th Street, 10.65.19 NB

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Teachers College Columbia University (2017)

Pre-doctoral Internship, Psychology, Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, NY (2017)

B. S., Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2011)


Dr. Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Psychology who serves as an instructor at the undergraduate and graduate levels at John Jay. Specifically, Dr. Johnson regularly teaches Abnormal Psychology for undergraduate students and Introduction to Forensic Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Instruction for masters students in the Forensic Mental Health Counseling MA program. Dr. Johnson is also a member of the faculty for the CUNY Forensic Clinical Psychology Ph.D program. Dr. Johnson’s research focuses on the developing strengths-based approaches to mental health service delivery for client populations of color. She is interested in enhancing engagement in and quality of mental health treatment for racial/ethnic minority (REM) clients by isolating cultural values that promote psychosocial being, developing culturally competent interventions that increase feelings of safety in therapy for REM clients, and increasing knowledge of the impact of racism and racial trauma on the psychological functioning of REM populations. Dr. Johnson is also interested in documenting the impact of workplace racial discrimination on psychological functioning. Outside of her role at John Jay, Dr. Johnson serves as a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant - facilitaing discussions on enhancing multicultural competence in various organizations, including workspaces. Before joining the faculty at John Jay College, Dr. Johnson completed her doctoral training in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University and a pre-doctoral internship at Jacobi Medical Center. 

JJC Affiliations
Courses Taught

Undergraduate level:

PSY 242 Abnormal Psychology

Masters Level:

PSY 755 Introduction to Forensic Mental Health Counseling

PSY 758 Clinical Instruction

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association (APA)

Division 17: Society of Counseling Psychology

Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race

Division 35: Section on Psychology of Black Women

Scholarly Work

Johnson, V.E., Nadal, K.L., Sissoko, D.R., & King, R. (in press). “It’s not in your head”: Gaslighting,  ‘splaining, victim-blaming, and other harmful reactions to microaggressions. Perspectives on  Psychological Science.

Johnson, V. E., & Carter, R. T. (2020). Black cultural strengths and psychosocial well-being: An empirical analysis with Black American adults. Journal of Black Psychology, 46(1), 55-89.

Carter, R. T., Kirkinis, K*., & Johnson, V. E. (2020). Relationships between trauma symptoms and race- based traumatic stress. Traumatology, 26(1), 11–18.

Carter, R. T., Roberson, K., & Johnson, V. E. (2020). Race-based stress in White adults: Exploring the role of White racial identity status attitudes and type of racial events. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 48(2), 95-107.

Carter, R. T., Johnson, V. E., Kirkinis, K*., Roberson, K*., Muchow, C.*, & Galgay, C. (2019). A meta analytic review of racial discrimination: Relationships to health and culture. Race and Social Problems, 11(1), 15-32.

Carter, R. T., & Johnson, V. E. (2019). Racial identity statuses: Applications to practice. Practice Innovations, 4(10), 42.-58.

Carter, R. T., Lau, M., Johnson, V. E., Kirkinis, K. (2017). Racial discrimination and health outcomes among racial-ethnic minorities: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 45(4), 232-259.

Carter, R. T., Johnson, V. E., Roberson, K., & Sant Barket, S. (2017). Race-based traumatic stress symptoms, people of Color racial identity status attitudes and psychological functioning: An exploratory investigation. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 48(1), 30-37.

Carter, R. T., Johnson, V. E., Muchow, C., Lyons, J., Forquer, E., & Galgay, C. (2016). Development of classes   of racism measures for frequency and stress reactions: Relationships to race-based traumatic symptoms. Traumatology, 22(1), 63 -74. 

Gushue, G. V., Mejia, B., Fisher L., Chen M., Cogger A., Matthews, M., Johnson, V. E., Lee, Y., Mancusi, L., McCullough, R. Connell, M. & Weng, W. (2013). Differentiation of self and racial identity, Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 26(3-4), 343-361.



Honors and Awards

Summa Cum Laude, B.S. in Psychology, University of Florida (2011)

Minority Scholarship, Teachers College, Columbia University (2011 – 2014)

Fellow - University of Pennsylvania ELEVATE Program for Minority Serving Institutions (2019)

Fellow - American Psychological Association Psychology Summer Institute (PSI) (2020)