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Kaprea F. Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Counseling and Special EducationKaprea F. Johnson, Ph.D. [View Image]


  • Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.Ed. in school counseling, Howard University
  • B.A. in psychology, Norfolk State University

Research interests

Health disparities among vulnerable and minority populations, antiracist pedagogy and practice, urban school counseling, social justice and multicultural issues, school-mental health collaboration, interprofessional education, interprofessional collaboration and integrated behavioral healthcare. Also interested in curriculum and assessment development.

Career highlights

  • President of VCU SOE Faculty Organization (2020-2021), President-elect of VCU SOE Faculty Organization (2019-2020)
  • VCU SOE Distinguished Scholarship Award (2020)
  • AMCD Writers Consortium Co-Chair (2020-2021)
  • Director and creator – Equity Research Lab
  • Appointed to the President's Task Force for Inclusive Excellence (2016, 2017)
  • Selected for University of Kitakyushu Faculty Summer Exchange Program, southern island of Kyushu, Japan - award amount: ¥178,000 (Japanese Yen) = $1,776, plus airfare (2016)
  • The Coalition of Black Faculty and Adminiatrators Professional Development Award ($800), Old Dominion University (2016)
  • Selected for Who’s Who in Health Sciences Higher Education (2015)
  • Shining Star Teaching Award (nominated by a student), Old Dominion University (2015)
  • Nominated and selected for Most Collaborative Grant Award, College of Education, Old Dominion University (2015)
  • Nominated and selected for Champion of Diversity Award, College of Education, Old Dominion University (2013)
  • Selected for honorary membership, Golden Key International Honor Society (2013)
  • Awarded 2013 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Emerging Leaders Fellow at the ACES National Conference in Denver, October 16, 2013

Recent peer-reviewed publications

  • Johnson, K.F., Brookover, D.L., & Borden, N.J. (Accepted). General health and depression outcomes related to cumulative indicators of unmet social determinant of health needs for college students. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 35. (IF=.96)
  • Johnson, K.F. & Davey, T. (In press). Faculty Club: Innovation in improving collegiality, climate, and collaboration at a research university. The Journal of Higher Education Management, 35(2).
  • Johnson, K.F. & Mahan, L.B. (In press) Interrogating systems that cause disparities: Testing the social ecological model in low versus high density African American communities. Journal of Social, Behavioral & Health Sciences,15.
  • Johnson, K.F., Brookover, D.L., Borden, N.J., Worth, A.K., Temple, P. & Mahan, L.B. What YouTube narratives reveal about online support, counseling entrance, and how Black Americans manage depression symptomatology. Informatics for Health and Social Care, 46. (IF=1.38)
  • Johnson, K.F. & Mahan, L.B. (2020). Interprofessional collaboration and telehealth: Useful strategies for family counselors in rural and underserved areas. The Family Journal, 28(3), 215-224. https://doi.org/10.1177/1066480720934378 (IF=0.39; H index = 28)
  • Johnson, K.F. (2020). Counselor trainees perceptions of abilities to perform career related interprofessional task after a career intervention. Journal of Employment Counseling, 57(4), December 2020 (IF=.357/ RG IF=1.38)
  • Johnson, K.F. & Rehfuss, M. (2020). Telehealth Interprofessional Education: Benefits, desires, and concerns of counselor trainees. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/15401383.2020.1751766
  • Johnson, K.F., Brookover, D.L., & Bradbrook, K. (2020) Social health needs and promotive health factors scale for college students: Scale development and initial validation. Journal of American College Health, 68, 1-10. (IF=1.65) https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2020.1725021
  • Johnson, K.F. & Brookover, D.L. (2020). Counselors’ role in decreasing suicide in mental health professional shortage areas in the United States. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 42(2),170-186. https://doi.org/10.17744/mehc.42.2.06
  • Johnson, K.F., Belcher, T.W., Zimmerman, B., & Franklin, J. (2020). Interprofessional partnerships involving school counselors for children with special needs: A broad based systematic review using the PRISMA framework. Support For Learning, 35(1), 43-67. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9604.12285 (IF= RG .13)
  • Kemer, G., Moe, J., Johnson, K.F., Goodman-Scott, E., Zahide, S. & Chi, L. (2019) Further validation of the consultation skills scale (CSS): Relationships between consultation skills, supervisory working alliance, and interprofessional collaboration. The Professional Counselor, 9, 226-237. https://doi:10.15241/gk.9.3.226
  • Johnson, K.F. (2019). Preparing 21st century counselors and healthcare professionals: Examining technology competency and interprofessional education comfort. Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 12(4), 1-33. https://repository.wcsu.edu/jcps/vol12/iss4/7
  • Johnson, K.F. & Mahan, L. (2019) A Qualitative investigation into behavioral health providers attitudes toward interprofessional clinical collaboration. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 47, 1-12. https://doi: 10.1007/s11414-019-09661-9 (IF= 1.769)
  • Johnson, K.F., Worth, A., & Brookover, D. (2019). Families facing the opioid crisis: Frame and content analysis of YouTube videos. The Family Journal, 27(2), 209-220. https://doi: 1066480719832507 (IF= 0.39)
  • Clemons, K. & Johnson, K.F. (2019). African American pastors and their perceptions of professional school counseling. Journal of Negro Education, 88(4), 467-478. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7709/jnegroeducation.88.4.0467

Grant projects

Past and current grant projects total $4,490,477. Dr. Johnson is experienced in managing grant teams and developing successful grant projects.

Johnson, K.F. (principal investigator), Moe, J., Fowler, C. Kemer, G., Diawara,N., Gupta, A., & Adams-Tufts, K. Improving Integrated Behavioral Health Care Training across the lifespan for Masters Level Counselors and Clinical Supervisors. Sponsored by Bureau of Health Professions of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Funded ~$1,920,000, from 9/30/17 - 8/1/21.

  • Support 30 masters’ students with $10k stipends yearly starting in January 2018. Train pre-professional school and mental health counselors in integrated behavioral health settings (i.e., schools, acute care settings, psychiatric rehab facilities, other community-based placements). Develop two integrated health counseling courses, free continuing education for community clinicians, free training for supervisors, support doctoral student with GRA, develop a website for integrated behavioral health education and research information, and collaborate with stakeholders in the region.

Moe, J. (principal investigator), Johnson, K.F. (co-principal investigator), Krahwinkel, J., Goodman-Scott, E., Kemar, G., Adams-Tuft, K. Experiential Training for Master’s-Level Counselors and Clinical Supervisors in Integrated Behavioral Care Settings with Children, Adolescence, and Transitional Aged Youth. Sponsored by Bureau of Health Professions of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Funded ~$364,000. (HRSA grant, from 9/15/16 - 9/30/17)

  • Support 20 masters’ students with $10k stipends for spring and summer of 2017. Train pre-professional school and mental health counselors in integrated behavioral health settings (i.e., schools, acute care settings, psychiatric rehab facilities, other community-based placements).

See Dr. Johnson's most recent CV here

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