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Rick Johnson, Ph.D.


I have been a Professor in the Department of Counselor Education at Portland State University since 2003, nine of the years as Department Chair. Previously, I was an Assistant/Associate Professor at Montana State University. My research and scholarly agenda focus on the effects of family experiences (e.g., divorce, alcoholism) on psychosocial development, the integration of psychological and spiritual health, and leadership development. My research has led to over 20 published articles in professional journals and two books. See the Books tab for information about my books.   

Clinical Focus

Research Agenda

I was the Chair of the Counselor Education Department at Portland State University for nine years and have taught graduate courses in organizational consultation since 1998. I have provided leadership coaching and organizational consultation to individuals and groups in a variety of settings, including academic/educational, non-profit, business, and political. My focus has been on teaching and supporting differentiated leadership, which is based on my own research and experience as well as various models of leadership and organizational health (e.g., Patrick Lencioni's Five Dysfunctions of a Team). See the Consultation tab for more information about my consultation services.

​​Empowering individuals, coup​les, and organizations. 

Organizational Consultation

I have a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from New Mexico State University as well as masters and post-masters training in marriage and family therapy from the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. As a licensed psychologist since 2003 and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy since 1991, my clinical expertise includes relational issues, divorce, affairs, trauma, couple/family addiction issues, depression, anxiety, midlife issues, and spirituality as well as clinical supervision and leadership development.


My theoretical orientation is an integration of family systems, relational psychodynamic, humanistic/existential, and internal family systems (IFS). When working with couples, I integrate several models: differentiation-based, experiential (emotion-focused therapy and IFS), and Gottman.  


To schedule an appointment, please call: +1.5033135186.