Kamau Johnson

Associate professor

Adjustment to Chronic Medical Illness.




  • Ph.D. Clinical Health Psychology, University of Florida, 1991.
  • M.S. Clinical Health Psychology, University of Florida, 1989.


Dr. Kamau Johnson is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, Northern Virginia. Formerly, he was the Pain Management Coordinator at Kaiser Permanente in Washington D.C. and Maryland. He also served on the faculty at Howard University’s Psychology Department for several years. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Florida in Clinical Health Psychology. In addition, he was a Post Doctorate Fellow in Pediatric Behavioral Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Johnson’s clinical interests include adjustment to chronic illness, pain management in medical populations, and ethnocultural factors in health and illness. His research is concerned with perceived control and health behaviors; learned helplessness in arthritis and chronic pain; and cultural issues in chronic illness. He has served on the board of the D.C. Psychological Association as Secretary, and as Chair of the Scientific and Academic Affairs Committee. Dr. Johnson is a licensed clinical psychologist in both the District of Columbia and Maryland.


  • Adjustment to Chronic Medical Illness.
  • Pain management.
  • Culturally competent health care.


  • American Psychological Association.
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Selected Publications

  • Willis, A.S., Wallston, K., & Johnson, K. (2001). Tobacco and alcohol use among young adults: Exploring religious faith, locus of control, and coping strategies as predictors. In T.P. Plante & A. Sherman (Eds.), Faith & health: Psychological perspectives (pp. 213-239). New York: Guilford.
  • Williams, C.D., Lewis-Jack, O., Johnson, K., & Adams-Campbell, L. (2001). Environmental influences, employment status, and religious activity predict current cigarette smoking in the elderly. Addictive Behavior, 26(2), 297-301.
  • Johnson, K.R. (1998). Ethnocultural influences in cancer. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 5(3), 357-364.
  • Mason, K.I., Campbell, A., Hawkins, P., Madhere, S., Johnson, K., & Takushi, R. (1998). Neuropsychological functioning in HIV seropositive African American women with a history of drug use. Journal of the National Medical Association, 90(10), 1-10.

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