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Robert Johnson, PhD

Robert received his Bachelor of Science degree from Black Hills State University in 1996 and his Master of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 2006.  Prior to coming to UNL he worked as a clinician and clinical researcher. Robert was a National Institute of Health Predoctoral Research Fellow and a Clinical Psychology Intern at the Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta, Maine.

Robert’s interests in serious mental illness focus broadly on mental health service systems and social policy. More specifically his interests include the concept and process of recovery, integrated biopsychosocial rehabilitation, community mental health, assertive community treatment, Evidenced-Based Practice in Psychology (EBPP), http://www.apa.org/practice/ebp.html, and the use of program evaluation technology to improve treatment and clinical outcomes.

Robert was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) to support his research.  Robert’s clinical research focuses on the continued development of his instrument, the Comprehensive Inventory of Mental Health and Recovery and Rehabilitation Services (CIMHRRS), which assesses programs that provide integrated services to people with a serious mental illness.  Project collaborators include the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Mental Health and the New Hampshire - Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, and Dartmouth Evidence-Based Practices Center.  The CIMHRRS (pronounced “simmers”), is envisioned as a theory driven instrument in which to assess the fidelity of programs to particular service models, and to quantitatively and qualitatively characterize programmatic differences in service settings and outcomes. This is expected to serve the purposes of both services research (e.g. research on characteristics of effective service programs) and program evaluation (assessing the performance of specific programs in the real world).

Robert completed a post-doc at the Durham, NC VA and is now directing development of psychiatric rehabilitation in the Tennessee VA system.  

Email Robert: rwjohnson01@gmail.com or Robert.Johnson1e3e6c@va.gov

Appointments and Committees

Registered Observer / Ad hoc Committee Member - American Psychological Association's Task Force on Serious Mental Illness and Serious Emotional Disturbance

Selected Academic and Professional Honors

2008 Ruth L. Kirschstein, National Research Service Award (Individual) ($46,340), National Institute of Mental Health.

2007 Outstanding Student Research Award, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Schizophrenia & Other Serious Mental Illness Special Interest Group ($50)

2001 RESPECT Award (co–recipient), Mental Health Consumers of Alabama

Publications

Spaulding, W.D., Johnson, R.W., Nolting, J. R., Collins, A. (2008). Treatment resistant schizophrenia. In D. Castle, D. Copolov, T. Wykes, & K. T. Mueser (Eds.), Pharmacological & Psychosocial Treatments in Schizophrenia 2nd Edition. (pp. 221-235). Milton Park, Oxfordshire, UK: Informa Healthcare.

Johnson, R.W., Liu, N. H., Wynne, A., & Spaulding, W. D. (2008). Schizophrenia. In H. Tinsley & E. Lease (Eds.) Encyclopedia of counseling. (pp, 403-407).Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Invited contribution.

Vogler, J.E., Spaulding, W.D., Kleinlein, P., & Johnson, R.W. (in press). Chapter 14: Schizophrenia. In D.W. Nangle, D.J. Hansen, & C.A. Erdley (Eds.), Practitioner's guide to empirically based measures of social skills. Manuscript submitted. Invited contribution currently under editorial review. New York, NY: Springer, Inc.

Anagnopoulos C., Johnson, R., & Allison L. (1996). Word retrieval failure in advanced age: Effects of recency of usage. South Dakota Psychologist, 5(3).

Unpublished Manuscripts

Johnson, R.W., (2008) Comprehensive Inventory of Mental Health & Recovery and Rehabilitation Services: Structural & Process Analysis of the Community Transition Program at the Heather. Unpublished manuscript, Community Mental Health Center of Lancaster County, Lincoln, NE.

Covolik , S.D. , Johnson, R.W., (March 2006). Integration of Dual Disorder Treatment: An examination of co-occurring disorder services for people with serious mental illness at the Community Transition Program. Unpublished manuscript, Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services, Lincoln Regional Center – Community Transition Program. Lincoln, NE.

Invited Presentations

Johnson, R.W. (2008, August) Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders. Invited guest lecturer for Psychology 380 (Abnormal Psychology). Department of Psychology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Johnson, R.W. (2008, June) Community Psychology. Invited guest lecturer for Psychology 486 (Clinical Psychology). Department of Psychology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Johnson, R.W., (2008, May) Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery: Implications for Mental Health System Transformation. Invited presentation to the Community Mental Health Center of Lancaster County. Lincoln, NE.

Johnson, R.W., (2007, October). The Comprehensive Inventory of Mental Heath and Recovery and Rehabilitation Services (CIMHRRS). Invited presentation given to the Decision Science in Rehabilitation project. University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Johnson, R.W., (2006, March). The University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Serious Mental Illness Research Group. Invited presentation given at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Psi Chi Honor Society, Lincoln, NE.

Johnson, R.W., (2006, February & March). Contingency management implementation & program process monitoring. Oral presentations given at the Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services, Lincoln Regional Center – Community Transition Program. Lincoln, NE.

Johnson, R.W., (2003, February). Lakota Spirituality. Invited presentation given at the opening ceremonies of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Educations Racial Ethnic Multicultural Network Conference, Birmingham, AL.

Presentations, Posters, Panel Discussions, and Workshops

Cook, E. A., Johnson, R. W., Wynne, A., Tarasenko, M., & Spaulding, W. D. (2009, November). The Comprehensive Inventory of Mental Health and Recovery and Rehabilitation Services (CIMHRRS): A One Year Case Study. Poster presented at the 43rd Annual Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. New York City, NY.

Johnson, R. W., Cook, E. A., Choi, K., Nolting, J., & Spaulding, W. (2009, November). The Comprehensive Inventory of Mental Health and Recovery and Rehabilitation Services (CIMHRRS): Profiling Organizational Landscapes. Poster presented at the 43rd Annual Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. New York City, NY.

Rollins, A., Monroe-Devita, M., Mueser, K., & Brekke, J. (2008, November). In A. Wynne & R.W. Johnson (Mods.), Beyond the ‘hospital without walls’: Discussions and adaptations to current evidence-based community services for people with SMI. Panel discussion presented at the 42nd ABCT Annual Convention, Orlando, FL.

Liberman, R.P., Spaulding, W.D., Johnson, R.W.. , Nolting, J.R., (2007, November) Competence-based Workshop for Psychosocial Rehabilitation . Workshop presented at the 41st ABCT Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Johnson, R.W., Wynne, A., Tarasenko, M., Choi, K. H., & Spaulding, W. D., (2007, November). The CIMHRRS : Evaluating the Development of the Comprehensive Inventory of Mental Health and Recovery and Rehabilitation Services. Poster presented at the 41st ABCT Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Liberman, R., Spaulding, W. D., Silverstein, S., & Davidson, L. (2007, November). In R.W. Johnson & A. Collins (Mods.), Making the Promise a Reality : A Scientific Agenda for the Concept of Recovery as it Applies to Understanding and Treating Schizophrenia. Panel Discussion presented at the 41st ABCT Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Coffman, J., Johnson, J. R., Spaulding, W. D., & Sullivan, M. E. (2006, November). In J.R. Nolting & R.W. Johnson (Mods.), Recovery and Rehabilitation: Integrating Clinical Practice, Best Available Research, and Person Characteristics in a State Hospital Inpatient Unit for Persons with Serious Mental Illness. Panel discussion conducted at 40th ABCT Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

Johnson, R. , Liu, N.H., Spaulding, W.D., & Sullivan, M.E. (2005, November). Effects of staff training and administrative interventions on a contingency management intervention for serious mental illness. Poster presented at the 39th ABCT Annual Convention, Washington, DC.

Johnson, R.W. (2004, January). Exploring Psychosis: Developing Empathy through Virtual Hallucinations. University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Community Psychiatry. Birmingham, Alabama

Johnson, R.W., (2003, June), Co-Occurring Disorders – A Primer. Oral presentation given at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Community Psychiatry, Birmingham, AL.

Savage, R.M., Findley, H., Johnson, R.W.., McMahan, A., Mackey, A. (2001, August). REACT: The UAB Assertive Community Treatment Project. Oral presentation given at The Alabama Council of Community Mental Health Boards 27 th Annual Conference, Birmingham, AL.

Savage, R.M., Findley, H., Johnson, R.W., McMahan, A., Mackey, A. (2001, May). “The UAB REACT Team” Oral presentation given at Alabama Department of Mental Health & Mental Retardation’s, Alabama Recovery Conference, Shocco Springs, AL.

Johnson, R.W., (1996, May) Tip-of-the-tongue phenomena in older adults. Oral presentation given at Black Hills State University’s Research & Scholarly Symposium, Spearfish, SD.

Johnson, R.W., (1996, April) Word Retrieval Failure in Advanced Age: Effects of Recency of Usage. Oral presentation given at the University of North Dakota’s Red River Psychology Conference, Fargo, ND.