Deborah Johnson, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC

Associate Clinical Professor


Current research interests include exploring the effect of strength-based approaches to psychiatric treatment of severe mental illness. After evaluating the patient's internal and external assets, clinicians may utilize the information to identify resources that support recovery. Do patients have untapped resources that may strengthen their recovery when included in the treatment plan? Does spirituality have a place in recovery from serious mental illness? Are personal and community resources utilized adequately in the treatment of severe mental illness?

Honors and Awards

Educational Stipend Program- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), 2015-2018
Educational Stipend Program, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Award, University of California San Francisco, 2009
Academic Scholarship, California Eastern Star Foundation, 2008
Public School Administration Scholarship, California Scottish RIte Foundation, 2008
Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Prevention of Childhood Obesity, Sacramento County Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, 2008
LEAF (Linking Education, Activity and Food) grant, California Department of Education, 2003-2004


De Lisser, R. & Johnson, D.. G. Collins-Bride, J. M. Saxe, R. Kaplan, and K. Duderstadt (Eds.). Clinical Guidelines for Advanced Practice Nursing, An Interprofessional Approach. Intimate Partner Violence. 2016.
De Lisser, R. & Johnson, D. . Sarah E. Boslaugh (Ed.) The Sage Encyclopedia of Pharmacology and Society. Prescriptive Authority. 2015.
Johnson, D. & Walsh, E. . Andrew Scull (Ed.) Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness. Nursing. 2014; 2:592-596.
Johnson, D.. Social and Spiritual Support and Spiritual Problem Solving: Protective Mechanisms Negotiating the Risks of Eating Disorders. 2003.
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