Faculty Profile: Zonya Johnson

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Zonya Johnson

Zonya Johnson received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University.
Dr. Johnson is a licensed clinical psychologist whose primary focus is psychodynamic clinical theory and psychotherapeutic technique. Other research interests include socio-cultural values, and health psychology, including fertility issues, cancer treatment, and the interaction between socio-cultural issues and health.

Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Presentations and Public Addresses

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

  • B.A., Psychology, University of Michigan, 1969
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Boston University, 1971
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Boston University, 1974

Current Projects and Professional Activities

 My academic interests continue to be in the areas of humanistically based psychodynamic and relational psychotherapies, health psychology, ethnocultural issues in psychology and the intersection of these three areas. A recent activity involves the Tabono Project, a joint program of the APA and CDC to provide expert social and behavioral science consultation to community agencies involved with AIDs prevention in the African American Community. My psychotherapy practice of 30 plus years with adults, older adolescents and couples reflects these interests and informs the research projects of the students who work with me. These clinical and research interests include sociocultural diversity and its effect upon the therapeutic process, multicultural families, biracial individuals, chronic illness, the impact of reproductive technology, the effect of culture upon health care delivery, and more generally the issue of authenticity and presence in working with clients.

Important Conference Presentations

Research Interests

My research interests are focused in the areas of diversity, culture, privilege, underserved populations, community mental health, health psychology broadly defined, including chronic illness, the impact of culture upon the effective delivery of health care services, developmental issues in multicultural families and bicultural individuals, and the relationship between psychotherapeutic intervention and culture across the diagnostic range.

Research Expertise

I have worked with students using a variety of methods including case study, psychobiography, narrative, grounded theory, and survey/questionnaire. I also work with students interested in combined qualitative/quantitative methodologies.

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students

As Director of Clinical Training, I am available to help students plan their clinical training while at Saybrook. This would include discussion of the student’s eventual professional goals and the most appropriate practicum and internship training sites to facilitate reaching their goals. For students who decide to approach an agency without a preexisting training program and construct a program, we can discuss the desired components such a program and career implications of the various choices.

Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research
Interview Research
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Grounded Theory
Heuristic Research

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling