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Midshipmen Development Center

LT Matthew C. Johnson, PhD

Medical Service Corps
United States Navy

LT Johnson currently serves as a Staff Psychologist in the Midshipmen Development Center at the United States Naval Academy. He graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in Psychology (minor in Philosophy and English), the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis with a M.A. in Psychoanalysis, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. He successfully completed his internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Before accepting his commission with the Navy in 2014, LT Johnson worked in a myriad of professional settings including inpatient hospitals, outpatient treatment centers, hospice care, community health centers, correctional facilities, substance abuse treatment centers, and college counseling centers. Between degree programs, LT Johnson was also trained and worked as an in-home, Eco-Systemic Structural-Family therapist. His approach to clinical work can be described as an integrative combination of interpersonal/psychodynamic therapy and family-systems therapy.

In addition to his clinical work, LT Johnson enjoys teaching undergraduate, graduate, and professional students about psychology. Most recently, LT Johnson taught classes at Harlem Hospital and Brooklyn College. His research interests include military psychology, transference, countertransference, phase of life issues, the creative process, and the healing process as it pertains to psychological trauma.    

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