The Psychology Newsletter for Spring 2013 (.PDF, 690 KB) covers updates for the Science IV and V Buildings, profiles some of our faculty and alumni (both Graduate & Undergraduate), and highlights our Honors students and awards winners from 2012.
Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Internship: Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Long Beach, California
Area: Clinical Psychology
Office: Clearview Hall, Room 46
Curriculum vitae (.pdf, 48.1kb)
Currently, the director of the Marriage and Family Studies Laboratory and formerly the deputy to the president of Binghamton University (July 2006 to Aug. 2009) and interim director of Clinical Training (June 2006 to Dec. 2006). Ad hoc reviewer: Assessment, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, Journal of Family Psychology, Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Personal Relationships, Psychological Assessment. Membership in Professional Societies: Association for Psychological Science (APS), Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Co-President of ABCT Special Interest Group: Couples Research and Therapy (2001-2003), International Association of Relationship Researchers (IARR), National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Licensed psychologist: New York (#014850).
Changes in marriages and family functioning.
I investigate the developmental course of marital distress and dissolution. As a science, psychology knows far more about the impact of divorce than its etiology. To better understand the antecedents of marital discord, I examine the behaviors, cognitions and emotions of young couples. I am currently expanding on this research by determining if it applies to the poor and people of color. I am also working on a collaborative project comparing two prevention programs with different points of the intervention.
Graduate students in my lab are expected to collaborate on large longitudinal studies of marriage. The lab is operated as a team with each graduate student answering specific questions as part of a larger project. Graduate students will be involved in interviewing couples, data management, data analysis, undergraduate supervision, and writing. It is expected that students publish their Masters Thesis and Dissertation. Students should be comfortable in a team setting and a scientist-practitioner training model.
Rogge, R. D., Cobb, R. J., Lawrence, E., Johnson, M. D., & Bradbury, T. N. (in press). Is skills training necessary for the primary prevention of marital distress and dissolution? A 3-year experimental study of three interventions. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
Mattson, R. E., Rogge, R. D., Johnson, M. D., Davidson, E. K. B., & Fincham, F. D. (2013). The positive and negative semantic dimensions of relationship satisfaction. Personal Relationships, 20, 328-355. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2012.01412.x
Johnson, M. D. (2013). Optimistic or quixotic? More data on marriage and relationship education programs for lower income couples. American Psychologist, 68, 111-112. doi: 10.1037/a0031793
Johnson, M. D. (2012). Healthy marriage initiatives: On the need for empiricism in policy implementation. American Psychologist, 67, 296-308. doi: 10.1037/a0027743
Osterhout, R. E., Frame, L. E., & Johnson, M. D. (2011). Maladaptive attributions and dyadic behavior are associated in engaged couples. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 30, 787-818.
Last Updated: 8/30/13