Chad v. johnson



Associate Professor

(918) 660-3377        

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Professional Information

Courses Taught

Graduate Courses:

Undergraduate Courses:   

  • Social Justice Counseling Counseling Skills Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • Group Counseling Counseling Approaches
  • Theoretical Foundations in Human Relations
  • Diagnosis in Human Relations Counseling
  • Problems of Professional Helpers
  • Spirituality and Counseling Advanced Counseling Practicum Personality Assessment Cognitive Assessment
  • Gender Justice     
  • Foundations of Chemical Dependency
  • Counseling Foundations of Guidance and Counseling   
  • White Racial Identity and White Privilege



Friedman, H., Krippner, S., Riebel, L., & Johnson, C.V. (2010). Transpersonal and other models of spiritual development. International Journal for Transpersonal Psychology, 29(1), 79-94.

Johnson, C.V., Bartgis, J., Worley, J.A., Hellman, C.M., & Burkhart, R. (2010). Urban Indian Voices: A Community Based Participatory Research Project. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research: The Journal of the National Center, 17(1), 49-70.

Hellman, C.M., Johnson, C.V., & Dobson, T. (2010). Taking action to stop violence: A study on readiness to change among male batterers. Journal of Family Violence, 25(4), 431-438.

Johnson, C.V. (2009). Reflections on a silent meditation retreat: A beginner’s perspective. International Journal for Transpersonal Psychology, 28, 134-138.

Johnson, C.V. (2009). A process-oriented group model for university students: A semi-structured approach. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 59, 511-528.

Johnson, C.V., & Friedman, H. (2008). Enlightened or delusional? Differentiating religious, spiritual, and transpersonal experiences from psychopathology. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 48, 505-527.

Wade, N.G., Johnson, C.V., & Meyer, J.E. (2008). Understanding concerns about interventions to promote forgiveness: A review of the literature. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 45, 88-102.

Johnson, C.V., Hayes, J.A., & Wade, N.G. (2007). Psychotherapy with troubled spirits: A qualitative investigation. Psychotherapy Research, 17, 450-460.

Johnson, C.V., & Hayes, J.A. (2003). Troubled spirits: Prevalence and predictors of religious and spiritual concerns among university students and counseling center clients. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 50, 409-419.

Johnson, C.V., Riester, A.E., Corbett, C., Buehler, A., Huffaker, L., Pena, E. & Levich, K. (1998). Group activities for children and adolescents: An activity group therapy approach. Journal of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy, 8(2), 71-88.

BOOK CHAPTERS (* = Peer reviewed for acceptance)

Friedman, H., Krippner, S., Riebel, L., & Johnson, C.V. (in press). Models of spiritual development. In L. Miller’s (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Spirituality. New York: Oxford University Press.

Johnson, C.V. (2010). Faith in crisis: Awakening to social justice through religious conflict. In Trotter-Mathison, M., Koch, J. M., Sanger, S. & Skovholt, T. M. (Eds.), Voices From the Field: Defining Moments in Counselor and Therapist Development (pp. 139-142). New York: Routledge.*

Krippner, S., Friedman, H., & Johnson, C.V. (2010). Indigenous spirituality and psychological healing. In J.H. Ellens (Ed.), The Healing Power of Spirituality (Vol. 1) (pp. 122-143). Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

Johnson, C.V. (2008). Awakening social consciousness. In S.S. Fehr (Ed.), 101 Interventions in Group Therapy (pp. 375-379). Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.*


Johnson, C.V. (2008). Psychotherapy with troubled spirits: A study on treatment for religious and spiritual problems. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Publishing House, Ltd.


Jones-Saumty, D., Johnson, C.V., & Bartgis, J. (2007). Circles of Care: “Strengthening Our Children” Needs Assessment American Indian Communities (SAMHSA-CMHS Grant No. 1-HS5 SM56770-02). Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Jones-Saumty, D., Johnson, C.V., & Bartgis, J. (2007). Circles of Care: “Strengthening Our Children” Service System Description Indian Health Care Resource Center (SAMHSA-CMHS Grant No. 1-HS5 SM56770-02). Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

TECHNICAL REPORTS (* = student author)

Johnson, C.V. (2009). Tulsa Reaches Out—Youth Committee: LGBTQ Youth Survey. (Report No. ARC-001-01-10). Tulsa, OK: University of Oklahoma.

Johnson, C.V. (2009). Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice: The Different and the Same Program Evaluation. (Report No. ARC-002-01-10). Tulsa, OK: University of Oklahoma.

Johnson, C.V., Reyes, B., Franklin, L., Coser, Jr., P. (2008) Oklahomans for Equality Study: LGBT Programming Needs Assessment. (Report No. ARC-054). Tulsa, OK: University of Oklahoma.

Johnson, C.V., Jacobs, L., & Reyes, B.* (2008). Domestic Violence Intervention Services: Mind/Body Education Component. (Tech. Rep. No. ARC-053). Tulsa, OK: University of Oklahoma.

Johnson, C.V., & Peck, S.* (2008). American Indian Adults: Community Health Needs Assessment. (Report No. ARC-050). Tulsa, OK: University of Oklahoma.

Johnson, C.V., & Peck, S.* (2008). American Indian Youth: Community Health Needs Assessment. (Report No. ARC-049). Tulsa, OK: University of Oklahoma.

Johnson, C.V., Peck, S.*, & Davis, S.* (2007). Native American Community Health Survey: Youth. (Report No. ARC-047). Tulsa, OK: University of Oklahoma.

Johnson, C.V., Peck, S.*, Davis, S.* (2007). Native American Community Health Survey: Adult. (Report No. ARC-046). Tulsa, OK: University of Oklahoma.

Johnson, C.V., Peck, S.,* & Davis, S.* (2007). IHCRC Patient Survey: A Needs Assessment. (Report No. ARC-043). Tulsa, OK: University of Oklahoma.
Hellman, C.M., Johnson, C.V., Dobson, T. (2007). Predicting Readiness to Change Among Batterers in a Treatment Setting. (Report No. ARC-045). Tulsa, OK. University of Oklahoma.

Johnson, C. V. (1998). Using Qualitative Observations on the NEPSY to Identify Children with ADHD. A quantitative validation study of the NEPSY. (Report No. 02). San Antonio, TX: Trinity University and The Psychological Corporation.

Johnson, C.V., & Riester, A. E. (1997). PEACE program evaluation: 1996-1997: Evaluation study of intervention program targeting emotionally and behaviorally disordered adolescents (Report No. 01). San Antonio, TX: Trinity University.

Additional Information

Dr. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Human Relations and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma-Schusterman Center, where he has worked since 2006. He also serves as a Project Director in the Center of Applied Research for Nonprofit Organizations and conducts research for and with nonprofit organizations that promote social justice. 

Dr. Johnson invesitigates and publishes in spirituality and psychology, social justice (LGBTQ issues, racial justice), group psychotherapy, and Humanistic-Existential-Transpersonal psychology and is also a Licensed Psychologist (Health Service Provider) and have a small private practice in Tulsa, OK.  His scholarship and clinical interests include the interface of spirituality and psychology (particularly the interface of sexual orientation and religion and mindfulness meditation), social justice (e.g., sexual orientation, racism and privilege, oppression, and addressing disparities in health and well-being), group psychotherapy, and Humanistic/Existential/Transpersonal studies.

Current Projects:

1) Invesitgation into lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered reconciliation processes with conflicting religious and sexual identities.

2) Examining the experience of conversion therapy for "successful" and "unsuccessful" cases.

Also involved in:

  • applications of community based participatory research (CBPR) to address social injustices and facilitate social change
  • CBPR projects with several organizations and community groups such as Indian Health Care Resource Center, Oklahomans for Equality, YWCA, and the Johns Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation. 

Other interests:

  • applications of mindfulness meditation and body-oriented psychotherapy approaches for emotional self-regulation and preventing/intervening with trauma and compassion fatigue/vicarious trauma.
  • visual research methodologies and rsearch integration of photography

About Dr. Johnson's Psychotherapy Practice

Dr. Johnson works with a wide-range of concerns and people. His approach to psychotherapy consists of helping clients imaginatively explore their lives and concerns more deeply in the context of a warm, supportive, collaborative relationship. Through this process discovering themes, myths, and ideas that deepen their self-understanding and increase awareness; hopefully, leading to increased meaning, aliveness, and engagement with one’s community. 

He seeks to develop an intimate, genuine therapy relationship through which clients may deeply explore their way of being in the world and worldview as it is currently conceived.

A personal message from Dr. Johnson:

"If a person is merely looking for symptom-relief or quick-fixes, I may not be the person. I help a person look closely at their lives and explore the deeper patterns running through them--symptom relief may or may not be an outcome. I see symptoms themselves as important messages from a person's being to be listened to, appreciated, honored, and explored--not necessarily eliminated. That often comes of its own accord when the symptom's message has been received and is no longer needed. If this sounds intriguing to you, then consider making an appointment. My practice days are Mondays and Wednesdays."

Office: 1927 S. Boston Ave.,  Suite #204, Tulsa, OK 74119
Phone: 918-406-6763

Personal Life

I enjoy hiking and traveling. I have traveled to Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Japan, China, Inner Mongolia, England, Guam, Portugal, the Azores, and across the US including Alaska. I read classical literature (Dostoyevsky, Steinbeck, Joyce, Dickens, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard) as well as contemporary fiction (e.g., Milan Kundera, Toni Morrison, Cormac McCarthy). I love studying religious and philosophical thought. These days I am interested in social justice, critical theory, Buddhism, Vipassana meditation, Taoism, and neuroscience.

Lately, I have become interested in motorcycles particularly Triumphs and BMWs. I currently ride a Kawasaki KLR65o Dual Sport. I am starting to pick up flyfishing as well. I also enjoy target shooting, golf, and eating out. I love pubs and experiencing new food and new restaurants. I love single malt whisky’s and have a growing collection.

I have a remarkable partner and two lovely children who keep me constantly entertained and connected to the here-and-now. I also have a beautiful Siberian Husky, Kody, and an obnoxious but likable cat, Gus.