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Don F. Johnson, M.Div., Ph.D.

Department Chair of Psychology, Criminal Justice, & Law Enforcement
Professor of Psychology

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., Early Childhood Development, University of California, Santa Barbara
M.Div., Christian Education, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary
B.A. Philosophy & Religious Studies, California State University

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Nazareth Hall, N3145
3003 Snelling Ave. N
St Paul, MN 55113


Don Johnson came to Northwestern in 1990 to teach in the psychology department. Previously, he served as the Early Childhood Pastor at Lake Avenue Congregational Church in Pasadena, California, Chair of the Christian Education Department at Arizona College of the Bible, and a therapist at Grand Canyon Counseling Center, Phoenix, Arizona.

While at Northwestern, he has served as the Chair of Psychology, Director of FOCUS (now Adult Undergraduate), Dean and Vice President of Graduate & Continuing Education (now CGOAL), a therapist with the Northwestern Counseling services and independent therapist providing services for Northwestern students, staff, and faculty.

In addition to teaching psychology courses, Dr. Johnson teaches women’s safety and self-defense and supervises the directed research program for the psychology department. His research interests include spiritual doubt, the phenomenology of spiritual experiences, and Mormon studies.

Dr. Johnson is married, his daughter graduated from Northwestern’s Criminal Justice program and he especially enjoys spending time with his two grandchildren.

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