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Matthew D Johnson May 2016


 Chair & Professor of Psychology


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Internship: Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Long Beach, California
Area: Clinical Psychology
Phone: 607-777-2370 
Office: Old Johnson Hall, Room 222

Curriculum vitae (pdf, 67.7 kb)


Professional Activities:

Currently, the chair of the Department of Psychology and director of the Marriage and Family Studies Laboratory. Formerly, the deputy to the president of Binghamton University (Jul 2006 to Aug 2009), interim director of Clinical Training (Jun 2006 to Dec 2006), and APA Executive Branch Science Fellow with the U.S. Department of Justice & White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (Sep 2015 to Aug 2016). Membership in Professional Societies: American Psychological Association (APA), 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).

Research Interests:

Changes in marriage and family functioning.

Research Description:

I investigate the developmental course of marital distress and dissolution from a scientific perspective. To better understand the antecedents of marital discord, I examine the behaviors, cognitions and emotions of couples. I am currently expanding on this research by determining whether the current body of empirical literature about the predictors of relationship discord applies to low-income couples and people of color. I am also interested in outcome research on programs designed to prevent marital distress and dissolution.

Philosophy of Graduate Training:

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 will publish their theses and dissertations. Students should be comfortable in a team setting and a scientist training model.

Selected Publications:

Johnson, M.D. (2016). Great myths of intimate relationships: Dating, sex, and marriage. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Johnson, M. D. & Bradbury, T. N. (2015). Contributions of social learning theory to the promotion of healthy relationships: Asset or liability? Journal of Family Theory & Review, 7, 13-27. doi: 10.1111/jftr.12057

McShall, J. R. & Johnson, M. D. (2015). The association between relationship distress and psychopathology is consistent across racial and ethnic groups. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124, 226-231. doi: 10.1037/a0038267.

McShall, J. R., & Johnson, M. D. (2015). The association between relationship quality and physical health across racial and ethnic groups. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 46, 789-804. doi: 10.1177/0022022115587026

Williamson, H. C., Rogge, R. D., Cobb, R. J., Johnson, M. D., Lawrence, E., & Bradbury, T. N. (2015). Risk moderates the outcome of relationship education: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83, 617-629. doi: 10.1037/a0038621

Last Updated: 1/24/18