The psychology program welcomes Dr. Mike Johnson, who will be giving a talk focusing on what it is like to be a sports psychologist. He will be participating in the Lunches with Leaders series at 12 pm on November 15th.
Dr. Michael Johnson joined the University of Arkansas as the Athletic Department’s Director of Clinical and Sport Psychology in the Fall of 2013. Dr. Johnson is a licensed psychologist who specializes in sport psychology. Additionally, he has extensive experience working with college student-athletes.
Dr. Johnson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brown University, where he was a 4-year letter winner in swimming. His master’s degree (Educational Psychology, with a minor in Measurement and Statistics), is from Florida State University, as is his PhD in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Johnson has been an assistant professor at universities in Texas, Georgia, and Tennessee as he gained experience in working with college student-athletes in areas related to their emotional health and performance enhancement (i.e., mental skills training). This experience led to him being appointed the sport psychologist at Kansas State University almost a year ago. He was hired by the University of Arkansas Athletic Department to implement the department’s Clinical and Sport Psychology program.
Dr. Johnson has published scientific articles that address: (a) the relationship between athletic performance and emotions, (b) the development of expert athletic performance, (c) multi-cultural adaptations to the college environment, and (d) doping in sport. Related to his scientific work addressing doping Dr. Johnson also regularly consults with the World Anti-Doping Agency. His applied counseling and sport psychology work has involved college student-athletes in swimming, football, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, gymnastics, water polo, equestrian, volleyball, track & field (multi sports, throwers, runners, jumpers), basketball, soccer, and crew.
Dr. Johnson resides in Fayetteville with his two dogs (Blue Heelers: Nolie and Bruno).