Debra Johnson, Ph.D.
Dr. Johnson is a Licensed Psychologist with over 25 years of experience. She joined Responsive Centers in 2005. She specializes in behavioral treatment of insomnia and other sleep-related problems and disorders. Dr. Johnson also works with adults regarding relationship issues, divorce, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma, care-giver fatigue, or stress. She works with any age regarding sleeping issues, but also sees parents regarding management of home or school-related behavior problems in children or adolescents. She has had formal training in behavioral, cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic therapeutic approaches.
Dr. Johnson is a native of Kansas who completed her undergraduate work at the University of Kansas. She obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology through DePaul University in Chicago. She moved from Chicago to North Carolina in 1982 to do an internship at Duke University Medical Center, with a specialization in pediatric psychology. She subsequently worked in several inpatient and outpatient child and adolescent treatment centers and served as a program director on an adolescent psychiatric unit for four years. Since 1987, Dr. Johnson has also maintained a part-time private practice in which she treated children, adolescents, and adults. She held an assistant professor appointment through the University of North Carolina for her role in the training of psychology interns, social work students, and child psychiatry fellows, until her move back to Kansas in 1995. Since that time, she has worked in private practice in Overland Park.
Dr. Johnson is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Kansas Psychological Association, The Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine, and the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association. She is married and has two children.
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