Melissa Johnson, PhD
Melissa J. Johnson, PhD, licensed psychologist, is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Girl’s Development in Pasadena, CA. An expert in child and teen development, Dr, Johnson holds a master's degree in Education and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 30 years. At the Institute. Dr. Johnson and her team deliver strength-based therapy, inspiring education programs and consultation with schools and districts to help create positive school climates. Dr. Johnson's approach to raising...
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Dr. Johnson was recognized by the State of California with an Outstanding Women in Business award winner in 2011. Dr. Johnson is a former Interim Chair of the Maters Programs in counseling at the University of La Verne and has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of La Verve and the University of Southern California. Dr. Jonson is a welcomed local and national speaker. Her peer-reviewed publications have appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her numerous articles about raising strong girls have appeared in community online blogs and newsletters.
- Respect – A Girl’s Guide to Getting Respect & Dealing When Your Line is Crossed by Courtney Macavinta & Andrea Vander Pluym
- Everyday Blessings – The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn
- Cinderella Ate My Daughter – Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein
- Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmon