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Dr. Oliver Johnson

Dr. Oliver Johnson


Dr. Oliver J. Johnson holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from Clark/Atlanta University and has lectured nationally, regionally and locally in a variety of forums on issues pivotal to the promotion of health and wellness among traumatized and substance dependent African American families. He affirms the centrality of university, community, and professional engagement in my scholarship and teaching agenda.


  • Ph.D., Whitney M. School of Social Work, Clark Atlanta University
  • MSW, School of Social Work, Atlanta University
  • BA, California State University, Chico
  • SWRK 520: Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • SWRK 625: Social Work Practice with Chemically Dependent Families
  • SWRK 630: Assessment of Mental Disorders
  • SWRK 230: Introduction to Social Work
  • SWRK 574: Multi-Cultural Practice with Diverse Populations
  • SWRK 635: Management of Human Service Organizations
  • SWRK 606: Social Work Practice Seminar
  • SWRK 640: Professional Writing for Social Work
  • SWRK 632: ATOD: Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations
  • SWRK 631: ATOD: Bio-Medical Basis of Addiction
  • SWRK 540: Social Work Interventions with Individuals and Families
  • SWRK 608: Statistics and Research Seminar
  • SWRK 516: Social Work Practice with Black Families
  • SWRK 626: Substance Abuse Interventions
  • SWRK 650: Field Instruction III
  • SWRK 220: Introduction to Human Services
  • SWRK 609: Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups
  • SWRK 620: Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents
  • SWRK 606: Social Work Practice Seminar
Research Interests

Through my commitment to evidence-based professional social work practice and grounded theory, my research and scholarship consistently demonstrates sufficient degrees of sophistication, originality, and breath in the design of practical studies intent on improving the lives of African American individuals, families, and communities. I am particularly interested in the seemingly culture-bound ways that African American families navigate through, and ultimately heal from situations and circumstances, (individual, family, and community) conducive to the emergence of trauma responses. I am also interested in how cultural proficiency in research constitutes a developing domain within professional social work practice, e.g., the demonstration of distinctions between the overarching concept of evidence-based clinical practice from the provision of empirically supported interventions.

  • Johnson, O. (2017). Reducing Prostate Cancer Rates Among African American Men in Cumberland   County, North Carolina: An Exploratory Study. International Journal of Education and Human Development, 3:5., 1-6.
  •  Johnson, O. (2014). Treatment for Trauma Affected African American Veterans. Journal of TraumaTreatment, 3: 206-216.
  • Johnson, O. (2014). Risk, Resiliency, and Protective Factors Among Cocaine Dependent African American Men: Implications for Social Work Practice. 2nd. Ed. New York: Linus Publications. 
  • Johnson, O. & Johnson, I, N. (2013). Traumatic Grief Among African American Combat Veterans:  Implications for Social Work Education. Journalof Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 23:6, 726-736.
  • Johnson, O., W. J., Grohe, B. (2011). Improving Social Work Student's Information Literacy Skills: A Faculty and Librarian Collaboration. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 22(3).
  • B. S., H. C. J., Johnson, O. (2011). Integrating Diversity into Graduate Social Work Education: A 30-Year Retrospective View by MSW-Level African American Social Workers. Journal of Black Studies, 1-26.
  • Allen, V., Johnson, O. (2010). African American Male Stress: Best Practices for Assessment and Intervention Based on a Qualitative Analysis of Selected Survey Responses. Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity: Research, Education and Policy, 3(1), 1-19.
  • Johnson, O. J. 49th Annual Program Conference, "Suicide Prevention Among Young Black Males," National Association of Black Social Workers", Washington, DC. (April 12, 2017).
  • Johnson, O. J. 2nd Annual Conference, "Historical Trauma," National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Fayetteville, NC. (February 15, 2017).
  • Johnson, O. J. "Family Engagement: Breaking Barriers Colloquium, "Promoting Parental Involvement," School of Education, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC. (November 20, 2015).
  • Johnson, O., BPD, "Ensuring Social Justice with Adolescent African American Males," BPD, Kansas City, Kansas. (March 2015).
  • Johnson, O., Council on Social Work Education, "Trauma Treatment with African American Combat Veterans," CSWE, Tampa, Florida. (October 2014). 
  • Johnson, O., North Carolina Addictions Professionals Conference, "Treatment of Cocaine Dependent African American Men," ACNA, Wilmington, NC. (October 2014).
Grants, Honors, Awards
  • LCSW, 2007 State of North Carolina
  • LCAS, 2012 State of North Carolina
  • CSS, 2014, State of North Carolina
  • DCSW, 1988, NASW Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
  • ACSW, 1983, NASW, Academy of Certified Social Workers
  • CEAP, 1994, Certified Employee Assistance Professional