Join us on this week’s Black Doctors Talk Podcast which features our guest, Dr. Leona Johnson. Dr. Johnson has extensive experience working with corporate companies such as IBM, Loral, and Lockheed Martin in various positions including Senior Program Management. She began her teaching career as an Adjunct Professor at Howard University. Dr. Johnson has served as an Associate Professor, Department Chair of Psychology, and Assistant Dean in the School of Liberal Arts at Hampton University. Dr. Johnson most recently joined the Department of Psychology at Florida A & M University in 2019.
During the podcast, Dr. Johnson discusses her journey to the doctorate, which included working while being committed to completing her studies. Dr. Johnson had long expressed a passion for psychology and made a conscious decision to take her expertise to HBCUs and its students. Understanding that many students she serves are first generation college students, Dr. Johnson prioritizes the importance of a quality education and how higher education can change the trajectory of success for HBCU students. Dr. Johnson also shares how educational psychology is important to engage students and deepen teacher capacity. Awareness and professional development in educational psychology is important to increase student motivation and learning outcomes, especially due to the increased use of technology due to the nation’s COVID pandemic. With opportunities to continue to conduct research, Dr. Johnson is overjoyed by being able to grant undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in research and strengthen their experiences and practical knowledge.
Dr. Johnson earned a M.S. and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Howard University, with a sub-specialty in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Strayer University. She also earned a BS in Modern Foreign Languages from Jackson State University. Dr. Johnson has mentored junior faculty and mentored many students academically and in research. Dr. Johnson is actively engaged in research and grant writing. She has authored various peer review journal articles, a book, and a book chapter. Dr. Johnson’s research interests include: classroom dynamics and the classroom learning environment (primarily from the student’s voice); factors which influence the classroom learning environment and classroom dynamics such as culture and learning; online, hybrid, and face-to-face learning, student learning preferences, and innovative teaching strategies.
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