Michal “Missy” Johnson is a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University and has a M.A. in Arts, Master of Education, and her Ph.D. in School Psychology. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University, before moving to Boston, Massachusetts for two years where she worked for Wediko Children’s Services. There she worked in the Boston Public School system and Wediko’s short term residential treatment programs working with youth with severe behavioral and emotional disorders. Following this delightful time in Beantown, she moved to New York City to pursue her doctorate degree.
During her time in graduate school she had extensive experience working in clinical, school, and foster care settings. Some highlights include working for Montefiore Medical center helping children with learning disabilities, working in Westchester school districts with children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and ADHD, and working for NYU Child Study Center focusing on work with children with anxiety and depression. She developed a love for working with children of all ages, but has always been partial to middle and high school age children. She is passionate about supporting children in the school setting both academically and emotionally. She feels strongly about the importance of a well-rounded education including emotional health and development which is critical for future success in her eyes. She has had additional research experience and training in diagnostic testing for autism, treatment of Tourette’s, and wrote her dissertation on parental self-care for mothers of children with autism.
Dr. Johnson loves supporting and getting to know others and figuring out how to better serve the needs of all students. She is passionate about many things in her life, although two primary ones include Broadway shows and travel. When she was living in New York City she saw over 100 Broadway shows and has continued to love supporting theater and the arts. She also loves to travel and explore new countries, places and people.