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Dr. Oliver Johnson

Dr. Oliver Johnson

Dr. Oliver Johnson 
Associate Professor of Social Work

Office:  Lauretta Taylor Building, Room 202
Phone: 910-672-2214
Fax:     910-672-1755



Oliver J. Johnson, Ph.D., LCSW, LCAS, CCS, is an Associate Professor, as well as the Certificate in Substance Abuse Studies Coordinator in the Department of Social Work at Fayetteville State University. Dr. Johnson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Welfare at California State University, Chico. He obtained his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Social Work from the Whitney M. Young School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University.

Dr. Johnson has been a clinical social work practitioner for twenty-eight years, having served most recently as the Director for Harper University Hospital’s Canfield Health Services, a comprehensive out-patient mental health and substance abuse counseling clinic designed specifically for persons living with HIV/AIDS disease in the metropolitan Detroit area, and as Clinical Supervisor with Holy Cross. Dr. Johnson has conducted workshops nationally, regionally, and locally in a wide variety of forums on issues uniquely pivotal to the promotion of health and wellness among African American families. He is a licensed clinical social worker, a Diplomat in Clinical Social Work and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

Dr. Johnson has served as an adjunct lecturer at The University of Michigan School of Social Work, Ashland Theological Seminary/Pastoral Counseling Program, and in the Family Life Education Program at Spring Arbor University.

Dr. Johnson’s research interests continues to center around the development and utilization of evidence-based modalities for use with severely traumatized African American adolescents and families, as well as the development of empirically-grounded approaches for capturing the essence of spirituality as a primary coping paradigm among particularly vulnerable families of color. He is also interested in the process by which African American families become adversely affected by addictive behavioral disorders.

Teaching Courses

SWRK 330 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment
SWRK 540 - Social Work Intervention with Individuals and Families
SWRK 630 - Assessment of Mental Disorders
SWRK 625 - Chemical Dependent Families


Johnson, O., & Johnson, Imani Nia. (2013). Special Issue: Social Behavioral Health in the Military: Responding to the Needs of Soldiers and their Families in the Post 9/11 Environment. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment Vol. 23; No. 6

Johnson, O., Whitfield, J., & Grohe, B. (2011). Improving Social Work Student's Information Literacy Skills: A Faculty Librarian Collaboration. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching Vol. 22; No.3

Johnson, O., Bowie, S., & Hall, J. C. (2011). Intergrating Diversity into Graduate Social Work Education: A 30 Year Retrospective View by MSW Level African American Social Workers. (In Press) Journal of Black Studies.

Johnson, O. and  Allen, V. (2010). African American Male Stress: Best Practices for Asssessment and Intervention Based on a Qualitative Analysis of Selected Survey Responses. Journal of Best Practices, Vol. 3, No. 1.

Johnson, O., Harvey, A. R., McCollough Chavis, A., & Carter Woods, T. (2010). Evidence-Based Practice. Handbook of African American Health. Guilford Press, New York, NY, pp. 121-139.

Johnson, O. (2010). Risk, Resiliency, & Protective Factors Among Cocaine Dependent African American Males: Implications for Social Work Practice. Linus Press, New York, NY.

Harvey, A. R., Johnson, O. J., McCullough-Chavis, A., & Carter, T. M. (2010). Evidence Based Practice. R. L. Thompson, T. P. Gullotta, & R. L. Crowel (Eds.), Handbook of African American Health (pp. 121-159). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

Brown, T. M., Dilday, C., Johnson, O., Jackson, D., & Brown, D. (2008). Students' mentoring relationships in social work education. Sociation, 6(2).

Johnson, O. J. (1992). Breaking The Chains of Cocaine: Black Male Addiction and Recovery. African American Images, Chicago, IL. 


Morehouse College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Cork Institute, "Maximizing HBCU Interest in Professional Substance Abuse Treatment," (2011).

Fayetteville State University/Center for Defense and Homeland Security, "Traumatic Grief Among African American Soldiers Exposed to Combat: Implications for Social Work Education" (2011).

Fayetteville State University, Office of the Dean, Summer Research Grant for Faculty, "Grief and Loss Among Military Families: Implications for MSW Graduate Students," (2011).


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