ABOUT DR. JOHNSON
Educational Psychologist | Abuse Prevention Researcher | Deaf Education Specialist
I'm an educational psychologist with a PhD specializing in emotional/behavioral disorders, a child safety expert, a former special educator, and a survivor of childhood abuse myself. I started my career in K-12 schools, working as an interpreter, deaf education teacher, and special education instructional specialist for 10 years. Since then I have worked as a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas and as an Adjunct Professor at Texas Woman's University. When I graduated with my PhD, I decided I wanted to make a difference in schools and non-profits through providing direct services. I enjoy research and will always be involved in furthering the research base, but my focus is on helping practitioners make social emotional learning accessible, safe, and fun.
I founded The Child Safety Collaborative to equip grown-ups as they promote child safety and positive behavior in their own home and organization. Through my research and work with leading safety organizations, such as Kidpower International, I have learned that the development of social, emotional, and physical safety must be taught and practiced. All of my workshops and consulting focus on practical steps adults can take to help children develop and practice skills.
I know creating a safer world for my child, and every child, involves taking intentional action, and I'm here to help you learn to do just that.
Here are links to some of my published works and contributions related to child safety: