Matthew Johnson


 Professor of Psychology


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Internship: Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Long Beach, California
Area: Clinical Psychology
Phone: 607-777-6315
Office: Clearview Hall, Room 46

Curriculum vitae (pdf, 58.6 kb)


Professional Activities:

Currently, the director of the Marriage and Family Studies Laboratory and formerly the deputy to the president of Binghamton University (July 2006 to Aug. 2009) and interim director of Clinical Training (June 2006 to Dec. 2006). Ad hoc reviewer: Assessment, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, Journal of Family Psychology, Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Personal Relationships, Psychological Assessment. Membership in Professional Societies: Association for Psychological Science (APS), Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Co-President of ABCT Special Interest Group: Couples Research and Therapy (2001-2003), International Association of Relationship Researchers (IARR), National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).  Licensed psychologist: New York (#014850).

Research Interests:

Changes in marriage and family functioning.

Research Description:

I investigate the developmental course of marital distress and dissolution from a scientific perspective. To better understand the antecedents of marital discord, I examine the behaviors, cognitions and emotions of couples. I am currently expanding on this research by determining whether the current body of empirical literature about the predictors of relationship discord applies to low-income couples and people of color. I am also interested in outcome research on programs designed to prevent marital distress and dissolution.

Philosophy of Graduate Training:

Graduate students in my lab are expected to collaborate on large longitudinal studies of marriage. The lab is operated as a team with each graduate student answering specific questions as part of a larger project. Graduate students will be involved in interviewing couples, data management, data analysis, undergraduate supervision, and writing. It is expected that students will publish their theses and dissertations. Students should be comfortable in a team setting and a scientist-practitioner training model.

Selected Publications:

McShall, J. R. & Johnson, M. D. (2015). The association between relationship distress and psychopathology is consistent across racial and ethnic groups. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124, 226-231. doi: 10.1037/a0038267.

Johnson, M. D. & Bradbury, T. N. (2015). Contributions of social learning theory to the promotion of healthy relationships: Asset or liability? Journal of Family Theory & Review, 7, 13-27. doi: 10.1111/jftr.12057

Rogge, R. D., Cobb, R. J., Lawrence, E., Johnson, M. D., & Bradbury, T. N. (2013). Is skills training necessary for the primary prevention of marital distress and dissolution? A 3-year experimental study of three interventions. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 949–961. doi: 10.1037/a0034209.

Johnson, M. D. (2012). Healthy marriage initiatives: On the need for empiricism in policy implementation. American Psychologist, 67, 296-308. doi: 10.1037/a0027743

Osterhout, R. E., Frame, L. E., & Johnson, M. D. (2011). Maladaptive attributions and dyadic behavior are associated in engaged couples. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 30, 787-818. doi: 10.1521/jscp.2011.30.8.787

Last Updated: 3/5/15