The Michigan School is pleased to welcome Dr. Kevin Johnson (’18) as a Core Faculty member this fall. Dr. Johnson was kind enough to answer the following questions.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Port Huron, a small town located in the Thumb of Michigan.
What or who influenced you to study psychology?
I was originally influenced by one of my best friends, Dr. George Armitage, to take a psychology course while I was still attending Central Michigan University. After taking a few courses, I realized that psychology was something that I enjoyed.
What appealed to you most about teaching here at MSP?
After being a student for many years, I wanted to have the opportunity to give back to incoming and current students in a meaningful way. The welcoming environment of MSP along with the amazing faculty and staff made it an easy choice.
Please share a moment when you felt proud to be a teacher.
Some of the most rewarding experiences as a teacher come from seeing students’ reactions from the front of the classroom. It is hard to explain the expression that comes across an individual’s face when I am explaining something and it finally clicks for them.
What are your research and/or clinical interests? What are you most passionate about in your professional life?
My research interests include video games, aggression, and immersion in individuals along with assessment-type research. Clinical interests include working with adolescents and young adults specifically in group psychotherapy.
Overall, in my professional life I enjoy exploring psychological assessment and how it intertwines with working with patients.
What is your favorite non-academic book and why?
A recent favorite of mine is Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker. I would recommend it to anyone.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I am a huge Star Wars fan, amassing a collection of memorabilia including six-inch action figures.
What advice would you like to share with incoming or current students?
Attempt to get close to your classmates and cohorts. They will be your rock during your time at MSP and your closest support system. Get together often and stay in touch after your program.