Norine G. Johnson

Norine G. Johnson (December 3, 1935 – November 19, 2011) was an American psychologist and a past president of the American Psychological Association.

Norine G. Johnson
Born(1935-12-03)December 3, 1935
DiedNovember 19, 2011(2011-11-19) (aged 75)
Known forPast president, American Psychological Association
Scientific career
FieldsPediatric psychology


Johnson completed a bachelor's degree at DePauw University.[1] She earned a PhD in clinical psychology from Wayne State University in 1972.[2] Johnson served on the APA Council of Representatives and convinced the organization to sell Psychology Today; the APA owned the publication at the time but it was costing the organization millions of dollars.[3] She assumed the APA presidency in 2001.[4]

Johnson was the director of psychology for a children's hospital, ran a private practice and was on the faculty of Boston University School of Medicine.[2] She wrote a historical novel titled An American Family Myth.[5] She died of cancer on November 19, 2011.[6] The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29 of the APA) awards the Norine Johnson, PhD, Psychotherapy Research Grant.[7]


  1. Florence Denmark; Michele Antoinette Paludi (2008). Psychology of Women: A Handbook of Issues and Theories. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-275-99162-3.
  2. "Norine G. Johnson Clinical Psychology Scholarship". Wayne State University. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  3. DeAngelis, T. (2007). "Women Leaders: Norine G. Johnson, PhD". Monitor on Psychology. 38 (7): 86. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  4. "Former APA presidents". American Psychological Association. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  5. Lawrence, J. M. (December 1, 2011). "Norine Johnson; child psychologist studied strong women". The Boston Globe. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  6. Cantor, Dorothy; Goodheart, Carol (April 2012). "Norine G. Johnson (1935-2011)". American Psychologist. 67 (3): 244–245. doi:10.1037/a0027713. PMID 22468786.
  7. "Norine Johnson, PhD, Psychotherapy Research Grant". American Psychological Association. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
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