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Matthew D. Johnson

Chair and Professor



Johnson investigates the developmental course of marital distress and dissolution from a scientific perspective. To better understand the antecedents of marital discord, he examines the behaviors, cognitions and emotions of couples. He is 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. He is also interested in outcome research on programs designed to prevent marital distress and dissolution.


  • PhD, MA, University of California at Los Angeles
  • BA, University of Denver

Research Interests

  • Changes in marriages and family functioning

Clinical Interests

  • Private practice
  • Clinical supervisor

Teaching Interests

  • Intimate Relationships
  • Marital & Family Development
  • Research & Theory
  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Statistics and Research Design
  • Teaching of Psychology
  • The Science of Romantic Relationships


  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2012-2013)

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae