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Debra M. Johnson

Debra Johnson

Adjunct Lecturer

Debra M. Johnson, LCSW, is a well-respected clinician, educator and clinical supervisor who serves full time as the Ft. Bragg, team coordinator for an innovative program designed by the Department of Defense to increase access and minimize stigma for Military families and veterans who need non-medical mental health services. Mrs. Johnson concurrently owns and operates a private mental health practice that has served over 600 clients from age 4 to 74. She has served as Adjunct Faculty in the School of Social Work since 2012 teaching courses to both undergraduate and graduate social work student scholars. She is known to be highly competent yet approachable, authentically engaging and passionate about social work as a profession. She has a natural entrepreneurial mind and is a systems based thinker, and a self-starter who strives daily both professionally and personally to be the change she aims to see. It's been said that Debra Johnson has a way of making each person she meets feel individually special.  


  • MSW, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • BA, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • SWRK 220 Introduction to Human Services
  • SWRK 230 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
  • SWRK 375 Military Social Work Practice
  • SWRK 400 Interviewing Skills
  • SWRK 425 Social Work with Families
  • SWRK 540: Social Work Intervention with Individuals and Families
  • SWRK 580: Social Work Field Instruction I
  • SWRK 585: Social Work Field Instruction II
  • SWRK 605-1 Special Topic, Geriatric Social Work
  • SWRK 605-3 Special Topic, Social Work with Groups
  • SWRK 621- Social Work Practice with Military Families
  • SWRK 628-Crisis Intervention, Suicide Assessment and Treatment
  • SWRK 650-Social Work Field Instruction & Seminar III
  • SWRK 655-Social Work Field Instruction & Seminar IV
  • SWRK 656-Social Work Field Instruction & Seminar III- Advanced Year
  • SWRK 675 Social Work Field Instruction & Seminar IV-Advanced Year

Research Interests

The complexities of Military Culture. Resilience across the lifespan. Suicidality and suicide prevention.  

  • Guest Presenter (June & July 2018) Compassion Fatigue & Vicarious Trauma; FRGC, Ft. Bragg, NC
  • Guest Presenter (May 2018) Life in Balance, Womack Health Service Center), Ft. Bragg, NC
  • Guest Presenter (April 2018) Military Family Life Program; Womack Health Service Center (WHSC), Ft. Bragg NC
  • Guest Presenter (November 2017) Emotional IQ; Syracuse University's Vet2Work Program @ Ft. Bragg, NC
  • Guest Presenter (April 2016) Matri-Money; Family Readiness Group Center (FRGC), Ft. Bragg NC
  • Guest Presenter (December 2013) Bullying Prevention. Child & Youth Services (CYS) Parenting presentation at Spangdahlem Air Base, Spangdahlem Germany
  • Guest Presenter (December 2012) Effective Communication; Eagle CDC, Pope Army Airfield, Ft. Bragg NC

Professional Memberships
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc
  • Military Child Education Coalition
  • American Psychological Association
  • Psychology Today
  • Tele-behavioral Health Institute

Grants, Honors, and Awards
  • Advanced Opportunity Fellowship 18,000.00 (2001-2002)
  • Nu Phi Alpha Honor Society (2002)
  • Awarded Contracts with Humana Behavioral Health, Value Options, Beacon Health Options, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, Aetna, and Palmetto GBA (Medicare)