Professor Johnson accepted an appointment to serve as Alumni Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia beginning on September 1, 2004. He also is a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and a Professor in the Department of Medicine.
Professor Johnson graduated in Medicine from Glasgow University in 1982 and trained in Psychiatry at the Royal London and Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals.
Additional to his medical degree, he trained in research at the Institute of Psychiatry (University of London) and conducted studies in neuropsychopharmacology for his doctoral thesis (degree from Glasgow University) on the Medical Research Council unit at Oxford University.
More recently, in 2004, Professor Johnson earned his Doctor of Science degree in Medicine from Glasgow University—the highest degree that can be granted in science by a British university.
His primary area of research expertise is the psychopharmacology of medications for treating addictions. He is the Principal Investigator on National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research studies utilizing neuroimaging, neuropharmacology, and molecular genetics techniques. Professor Johnson’s clinical expertise is in the fields of addiction, biological, and forensic psychiatry. Honors include service on numerous NIH review and other committees including special panels.
Professor Johnson has received numerous awards including the Dan Anderson Research Award in 2001 for his “distinguished contribution as a researcher who has advanced the scientific knowledge of addiction recovery”.
He has over 200 publications (h-index = 50; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-index). Professor Johnson also has edited three books: Drug Addiction and Its Treatment: Nexus of Neuroscience and Behavior, Handbook of Clinical Alcoholism Treatment, and Addiction Medicine: Science and Practice.