Research Interests: Mindfulness meditation; metta (Lovingkindness) meditation; structural equation modeling; psychometrics; the application of technology (telemedicine, interactive voice response, and telephone/Internet assessment) to investigations of sexual risk-taking, health, and general well-being.
Dr. Christopher Johnson is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Utah State University. Dr. Johnson came to USU in the fall of 2008 from Ohio University's College of Osteopathic Medicine. His primary research agenda involves: (a) examining the mechanisms of action through which mindfulness meditation improves individuals' well-being and incites positive change and (b) teaching and implementing mindfulness meditation skills via a broad range of mediums/technologies. His studies of mindfulness have ranged from investigating measurement and cross-cultural issues to complex statistical modeling of current theories of mindfulness meditation and metta (lovingkindness) meditation. He and his students have examined mindfulness, well-being, and health outcomes in under served and rural populations across the country. Broadly speaking, his secondary line of research has applied technology-dependent methodology to investigate various psychosocial factors influencing health in HIV/AIDS patients. His recent work has been published in the journals AIDS Care and The Archives of Sexual Behavior. He holds B.S. degrees from the University of Utah where he studied psychology and sociology. He earned an M.A. in experimental psychology and his Ph.D. in health psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Dr. Johnson is affiliated with Utah State University's Regional Campus system and frequently travels to various locations to meet with students and to conduct research. This unique position allows him to interact with both graduate students and undergraduate students on the main campus in Logan, as well as all regional campuses and centers in the State. Dr. Johnson is strongly invested in his opportunity to work with USU's traditional and distance students.
Dr. Johnson mentors undergraduate and graduate students with experimental and/or applied research aspirations. If you are interested in working with Dr. Johnson, please contact him to discuss whether your scholarly ambitions overlap.