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About Me

Born in Florida but now a resident of New York City for 10 years, Dr. Veronica Johnson has been working in the areas of cultural competence, race and culture sensitivity training, culturally-integrative approaches to research and practice for 10 years. After attaining BS in Psychology at the University of Florida, she received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City.

Dr. Johnson is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.There, she teaches courses at the undergraduates, masters, and doctoral level integrating her research on race and culture into class discussions, course learning objectives, and training of future clinicians. 


Dr. Johnson has published numerous academic papers, including one article in the Journal of Black Psychology, that investigates a strengths-based approach to conducting psychotherapy with Black American adults. In addition, Dr. Johnson regularly publishes papers on race-based traumatic stress, racial identity development, and culturally competent therapeutic techniques. 

In 2018, Dr. Johnson received a contract to write a book on strengths-based approaches to working with Black American adults in therapy. The book is co-authored by Dr. Robert T. Carter and set to be published in 2021. 

Dr. Johnson has also been recognized for her work in cultural competence by receiving both the 2019 ELEVATE fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Minority Serving Institutions (now located at Rutgers University) and the 2020 American Psychological Associations Psychology Summer Institute Fellowship. 


Dr Johnson has made media appearances on, and her work has been published in 

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Racial Trauma

    • Racial & Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy

    • Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations

    • Starting and Maintaining Racial Dialogues

    • Race & Grief

    • Psychodynamic Thought & Race

    • Black Cultural Values

    • Workplace Racial Disrimination

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