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Emily M. Johnson, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Biography

Publications

Presentations

Grants

Biography

Biography: Dr. Johnson is a third-year Psychology Fellow with the Center for Integrated Healthcare (CIH) based at the Syracuse VA Medical Center (VAMC). She completed her MS and PhD in clinical psychology at Binghamton University-State University of New York. She completed her American Psychological Association accredited clinical psychology internship at the Syracuse VAMC.

Research Interests: Dr. Johnson’s research interests are focused on decreasing mental health treatment barriers and improving mental health treatment utilization within a primary care setting. She is particularly interested in facilitating recovery in Veterans with PTSD by increasing Veteran participation and engagement in PACT tools and services. Previous work has explored disparities in anxiety and OCD treatment.

Publications

Recent Publications:

Possemato, K., Johnson, E., Wray, L.O., Webster, B., & Stecker, T. (2017). The implementation and testing of a referral management system to address barriers to treatment seeking among primary care veterans with PTSD. Psychological Services, Epub ahead of print.

Beehler, G. P., Lilienthal, K. R., Possemato, K. P., Johnson, E. M., King, P. R., Shepardson, R. L., Vair, C. L., Reyner, J., Funderburk, J. S., Maisto, S. A., & Wray, L. O. (2017). Narrative review of provider behavior in Primary Care Behavioral Health: How process data can inform quality improvement. Families, Systems, and Health, Epub ahead of print.

Johnson, E.M., Possemato, K., Barrie, K.A., Webster, B., Wade, M., & Stecker, T. (2017). Veterans' thoughts about PTSD treatment and subsequent treatment utilization. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 10, 138-160.

Possemato, K., Maisto, S.A., Wade, M., Barrie, K., Johnson, E.M., & Ouimette, P.C. (2017). Natural course of co-occurring PTSD and alcohol use disorder among recent combat veterans. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 30, 279-287.

Johnson, E.M., Barrie, K.A., Possemato, K., Wade, M., Eaker, A., & Ouimette, P.C. (2016). Predictors of mental healthcare utilization in Veterans with PTSD symptoms and hazardous drinking. Military Medicine, 181, 1200-1206.

Possemato, K., Kuhn, E., Johnson, E.M., Hoffman, J.E., & Brooks, E. (2016). Development and refinement of a clinician intervention to facilitate primary care patient use of the PTSD Coach app. Translational Behavioral Medicine, online first publication, 1-11.

Possemato, K., Kuhn, E., Johnson, E.M., Hoffman, J.E., DeStefano, L., & Brooks, E. (2016). Using PTSD Coach in primary care with and without clinician support: A pilot randomized clinical trial. General Hospital Psychiatry, 38, 94-98.

Laborda, M.A., Schofield, C.A., Johnson, E.M., Schubert, J.R., George-Denn, D., Coles, M.E., Miller, R.R. (2016). The extinction and return of fear of public speaking. Behavior Modification, 40, 901-921.

Johnson, E.M. & Coles, M.E. (2013). Failure and delay in treatment-seeking across anxiety disorders. Community Mental Health Journal, 49, 668-674.

Coles, M.E., Johnson, E.M., & Schubert, J. (2011). Retrospective reports of the development of obsessive compulsive disorder: Extending knowledge of the protracted symptom phase. Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 39, 579-589.

Presentations

Recent Presentations:

Possemato, K., Johnson, E.M., Emery, J.B., Maisto,S.A. (March, 2017). Combining peer support and web-based treatment to boost engagement in primary care-mental health services. Symposium presented at the 2017 Society of Behavioral Medicine 38th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Johnson, E.M., Possemato, K., Webster, B., Beehler, G.P., & Wray, L.O. (2016, November). Veteran perspectives on primary care treatment services for PTSD. Poster presented at the 2016 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 32nd Annual meeting, Dallas, TX.

Possemato, K., Webster, B., Steiger, S., Johnson, E.M., Distelmann, J. (2016, November). A program evaluation of who receives evidence-based psychotherapy for PTSD. Poster presented at the 2016 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 32nd Annual meeting, Dallas, TX.

Possemato, K., Johnson, E.M., Emery, J.B., Maisto, S.A. (November, 2016). Can adding peer support boost the effectiveness of a web-based treatment for PTSD and alcohol use? Symposium presented at the 2016 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 32nd Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX.

Possemato, K., Johnson, E., Wray, L.O., & Stecker, T. (2015, July). A Hybrid Effectiveness- Implementation Study of a Referral Management System to Address Barriers to Treatment Seeking among Veterans with PTSD. Oral presentation presented at the 2015 HSR&D/ QUERI Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Johnson, E.M., Webster, B., Barrie, K.A., & Possemato, K. (2015, November). Analysis of treatment seeking beliefs among veterans with PTSD: Is belief content related to patient clinical outcomes? Poster presented at the 2015 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 31st Annual meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Possemato, K., Johnson, E.M., Wray, L.O., & Stecker, T. (2015, November). The implementation of a referral management system for veterans with PTSD in VA primary care. Symposium presented at the 2015 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 31st Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Possemato, K., Kuhn, E., & Johnson, E. (2015, November). Clinician-Supported PTSD Coach: Pilot Results on Changes in PTSD Symptoms and Treatment Seeking. Symposium presented at the 2015 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 31th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Johnson, E.M., Coles, M.E., Schubert, J., George-Denn, D., Heimberg, R.G., & Weiss, B.D. (2012, April). Obsessive compulsive disorder: Mental health literacy and treatment seeking behavior. Individual oral presentation presented at the annual meeting of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Arlington, VA.

Johnson, E.M. & Coles, M.E. (2011, March). Incompleteness, not just right experiences, and perfectionism in OCD. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, New Orleans, LA.

George-Denn, D., Schubert, S., Johnson, E.M., Hayward, L., & Coles, M.E. (2011, March). Obesity, overweight & symptom severity in a group of hoarders. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, New Orleans, LA.

Johnson, E.M., Cory, J.Y., & Coles, M.E. (2011, November). Quality of Internet information on obsessive compulsive disorder. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, ON.

Coles, M.E. & Johnson, E.M. (2011, November). Why does appearance matter?  Beliefs about appearance and symptoms of BDD, social phobia and OCD. In Cassidy Gutner (Chair), Diagnostic Considerations in the Classification of Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Symptoms Across Anxiety Disorders.  Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Canada.

Johnson, E.M. & Coles, M.E. (2010, November) Shared and unique childhood experiences for OCD, social phobia, and BDD. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Francisco, CA.

Coles, M.E. & Cumming, E.M. (2010, March). Stopping a tortoise versus a train: How the gradual onset of OCD may facilitate prevention. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Baltimore, MD.

Clerkin, E.M., Cumming, E.M., Siodmok, S.L., & Teachman, B.A. (2009, February). Modifying implicit associations impacts subsequent emotional vulnerability to a social stressor. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Tampa, FL.

Cumming, E.M. & Coles, M.E. (2009, November). Delineating barriers to treatment-seeking in anxiety disorders.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Ritterband, L. M., Magee, J., Cumming, E., Saylor, D., & Thorndike, F.  (2008, March).  Examining technical barriers in Internet interventions.  In Deborah Tate (Chair), E-health Interventions in Behavioral Medicine:  Barriers, Adherence & Outcome.  Symposium conducted at the Society of Behavioral Medicine's 29th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, San Diego, CA.

Cumming, E.M., Ritterband, L., Magee, J., & Thorndike, F.P. (2007, October). Evaluating contacts exchanged during a trial of an Internet intervention for encopresis. Poster presented at the meeting of the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII), Charlottesville, VA.             

Clerkin, E.M., Cumming, E.M., Jankowski, K.F., Skliris, C.A., & Teachman, B.A. (2007, November). Relationships among automatic and strategic measures of body dysmorphic disorder. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Grants

Recent Grants:

Co-Investigator. (2016). Veterans’ Priorities for Assessment and Treatment in VHA Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) Services. CIH Pilot Research Grant (King PI), $18,447.

Co-Investigator. (2016). Exploring Stakeholder Ideas for Incorporating Peer Support into PC-MHI. CIH Pilot Research Grant (Shepardson PI), $10,781.

Investigator. (2015).
Evaluation of Barriers and Facilitators to Mental Health Treatment Utilization Among Primary Care Veterans. CIH Mentored Research Pilot Grant, $5,650.

Co-Investigator. (2015). Peer Supported Web-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for OEF/OIF Veterans with PTSD and Hazardous Substance Use. CIH Pilot Research Grant (Possemato PI), $48,000.

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