David J. Johnson, PhD


  • BS, Psychology, Weber State University
  • MS, Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • PhD, Couple, Marriage, & Family Therapy, Texas Tech University
  • Fellowship, Behavioral Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Research Interest

Dr. Johnson’s research interests are focused on the intersections of technology use and relationships as well as technology use and clinical practice. Specifically, he is interested in: how couples and families use technology in their relationships in ways that are helpful and how healthcare professionals can incorporate technology use into clinical service delivery in ways that improve outcomes for both patients and clinicians.

Selected Publications

  • Watanabe-Galloway, S., Emerson, M. R., Doyle, M., Harsh-Caspari, J., Johnson, D., & Qiu, F. (Accepted). How to effectively transition patients back from psychiatric care to PC: Access Initiative protocol development. Integrated Care Column.
  • Watanabe-Galloway, S., Emerson, M., Dinkel, D., Caspari-Harsh, J., Kabayundo, J., Fok, L., & Johnson, D. (2021). 14820 Mental Health Mobile App Use in Integrated Primary Care Settings: Considerations for Serving Underserved Patients. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, 5(S1), 50-51. doi:10.1017/cts.2021.534
  • Dinkel, D. M., Caspari, J. H., Fok, L., Notice, M., Johnson, D. J., Watanabe-Galloway, S., & Emerson, M. (2021). A qualitative exploration of the feasibility of incorporating depression health apps into integrated primary care clinics. Translational Behavioral Medicine, ibab075, https://doi.org/10.1093/tbm/ibab075.
  • Cravens Pickens, J., Morris, N., & Johnson, D. J. (2020). The Digital Divide: Couple and Family Therapy Programs’ integration of teletherapy training and education. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. 46(2), 186-200. Doi: 10.1111/jmft.12417
  • Johnson, D. J., Levings-Gregory, M. L., Cravens Pickens, J., & Andrews, L. E. (2020). Using Social Media to Change the Narrative Around Chronic Illness. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 41, 67-79. Doi: 10.1002/anzf.1400
  • Johnson, D. J., & Hertlein, K. M. (2019). Parents’ Perception of Smartphone Use and Parenting Practices. The Qualitative Report, 24(6), 1423-1441.
  • Johnson, D. J., Holyoak, D., & Cravens Pickens, J. (2019). Using Narrative Therapy in the Treatment of Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse in the Context of Couple Therapy. The American Journal of Family Therapy. 47(4), 216-231. Doi: 1031080/01926187.2019.1624224
  • Johnson, D. J., Stewart, C. M., & Farrow, B. (2019). Female Rape Fantasy: Conceptualizing Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives to Inform Practice. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. 16(2), 175-187. Doi: 10.1080/15332691.2019.1687383
  • Holyoak, D., Garcia, M., Johnson, W., & Johnson, D. J. (2019). I see you: Addressing diversity in clinical practice through therapist’s way-of-being. Contemporary Family Therapy. Doi: 10.1007/s10591-019-09519-4
  • Johnson, D. J., & Twist, M. L. C. (2019). Review of “Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure,” Journal of Feminist Family Therapy. Doi: 10.1080/08952833.201931685154

Professional Involvement

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Collaborative Family Healthcare Association
  • National Council on Family Relations

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