Ann Johnson portrait

Ann Johnson

Professor, Director of Faculty Development
Office
AQU 327
Phone
(651) 962-6021

Dr. Ann Johnson is professor of psychology and has taught in the psychology department since 1988.  Currently, she is serving as Director of the Center for Faculty Development at St. Thomas.  She teaches one section of the capstone course, History and Systems of Psychology, each year.

Dr. Johnson’s research interests are in the history of women in American psychology, particularly mid-twentieth century women.  She collaborates with Dr. Elizabeth Johnston from Sarah Lawrence College and they have published and presented on the topic of second generation women in American psychology.

Representative publications/presentations:

Johnson, A. & Johnston, E. (2013, June). Up the years with the Bettersons: Gender and parent education in pre-WW2 America. Paper presented at the annual meeting of Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Dallas, Dallas TX.

Johnson, A. (2013, March). Reconsidering 'women's work' in the history of psychology. Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Johnson, A. (2012). Florence L. Goodenough 1886 – 1959: Developmental pioneer, innovator, and mentor.  In W. Pickren & D. Dewsbury (Eds.) Portraits of Pioneers in Developmental Psychology.   London: Taylor and Francis Publishers.

Johnson, A, & Johnston, E. (2010).  Unfamiliar feminisms: Revisiting the National Council of Women Psychologists.  Psychology of Women Quarterly, 34, 311-327.

Johnston, E., & Johnson, A. (2008).  Searching for the second generation of American women psychologists.  History of Psychology, 11(1), 40 – 72. (This article was selected as best History of Psychology article in 2008, awarded by APA Division 26, Society for the History of Psychology)

Johnston, E. & Johnson, A. (2011, June). The suppression of feeling: ‘Women’s work’ on emotion in early to mid-twentieth century psychology.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Johnson, A. (2010, August). Florence Goodenough, 1886 - 1959: Developmental pioneer, innovator, mentor.  Paper session presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.

Johnson, A. & Johnston, E. (2009, June). Great expectations and double standards: Memory and feminist framing in women psychologists' oral history interviews.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.

Johnson, A. (2009, May). Women in the history of Psychology: The “classic history” and what we can learn from it.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of The Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA. (Invited)

Johnson, A. (2008, June).  “She’s a nun, a psychologist and a feminist”: The volatile career of Sr. Annette Walters.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

Johnson, A. (2007, August). Second-generation women psychologists at the university of Minnesota.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of The American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA. (Invited)

Johnson, A. (2006, June). “I have occupied an ambiguous position”:  Second Generation Women Psychologists at the University of Minnesota.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY.

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
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PSYC 422 - 02 History of Psych in Context - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 JRC LL01
CRN: 20348 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Ann Johnson This course explores psychology's past with a special focus on events representing the discipline's sustained interest in applying science to enhance human welfare. From its early days, U.S. psychologists have applied our discipline's knowledge to solve social problems. This course examines psychology's complicity, in its early years, with questionable cultural practices and unjust social norms (e.g. the eugenics movement, racial bias). We also study the social/historical context surrounding psychology's early applications. The goal is to promote reflection on the place of psychology in the broader culture and raise awareness of the complexities inherent in using science to solve social problems, in the service of preparing students to be "morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good."

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