Dawn M. Johnson, Ph.D.

Dawn M. Johnson, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Dept/Program: Counseling Psychology
Office: CAS 356
Phone: 330-972-2505
Email: johnsod@uakron.edu
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Dr. Johnson received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2001.
Afterwards, she completed a 2-year NIMH funded postdoctoral research fellowship focusing on clinical
trials for PTSD at the Brown University School of Medicine in 2003. She then served as Clinic Coordinator
and core faculty at the Summa-Kent State Center for the Treatment and Study of Traumatic Stress for
five years. She joined the department of psychology at the University of Akron in 2008. Her research
interests include intimate partner violence, PTSD, trauma and abuse, and treatment outcome research.
Her research has focused on developing and evaluating HOPE, a CBT and empowerment-based
treatment program targeting PTSD in residents of domestic violence shelters. Dr. Johnson has
completed several NIH funded research projects with residents of domestic violence shelters. Other
research interests include IPV prevention in college students and mindfulness-based interventions
including yoga.


Fedele, K., Johnson, N.L., Shetenburg, Y., Caldwell, J., Sayre, S., Holmes, S. & Johnson, D.M. (2016). The impact of comorbid diagnoses on the course of PTSD symptoms in residents of battered women’s shelters (in press). Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

Holmes, S., C., & Johnson, D.M. (in press). Can Objectification Theory Explain the Relationship between Sexual Abuse and Disordered Eating? The Counseling Psychologist.

Johnson, N. L., & Johnson, D. M. (2017). An empirical exploration into the measurement of rape culture? Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Article first published online: September 16, 2017 https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260517732347.

Johnson, D. M., Johnson, N. L., Beckwith, C.G., Palmieri, P.A., & Zlotnick, C. (2017). Rapid human immunodeficiency virus testing and risk prevention in residents of battered women’s shelters. Women’s Health Issues, 27, 36-42. doi:10.1016/j.whi.2016.10.007

Johnson, D. M., Zlotnick, C., Perez, S, P. Johnson, N. L., & Palmieri, P. (2016). Comparison of adding treatment of PTSD during and after shelter stay to standard care in residents of battered women’s shelters: Results of a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 29, 365-373. doi: 10.1002/jts.22117

Holmes, S.C., Johnson, N.L., Rojas-Ashe, E.E., Ceroni, T.L., Fedele, K.M., Johnson, D.M. (2016). Prevalence and predictors of bidirectional violence in survivors of intimate partner violence residing in shelter. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260516670183.

Johnson, N. L., Holmes, S. C. & Johnson, D. M. (2016). It is and it is not: The importance of context when exploring gender differences in perpetration of physical partner violence. Journal of Family Violence, 31, 999-1003.  doi:10.1007/s10896-016-9858-3

Zapor, H., C., Wolford-Clevenger, & Johnson, D. M. (2015). The Association between Social Support and Stages of Change in Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260515614282. Available online jiv.sagepub.com.

Kramer, N., Johnson, N.L., & Johnson, D. M. (2015). Is John Henryism a resilience factor in women experiencing intimate partner violence? Anxiety, Stress, and Coping: An International Journal, 28, 601-616.

Druacker, C. B., Johnson, D. M., Johnson, N. L., Kadeba, M. T., Mazurczyk, J., & Zlotnick, C. (2015). Rapid HIV testing and counseling for residents in domestic violence shelters. Women & Health, 55(3),334-352.