College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Mita M Johnson has a BA in biology, a MA in professional counseling, and a Ed.D in counselor education and supervision. Over her 28 years of practice, Dr. Johnson earned numerous licenses and certifications including Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Addiction Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, Substance Abuse Professional and two supervisory credentials. Dr. Johnson is a Core Faculty member of Walden University’s School of Counseling M.S .in Counseling program, and teaches, trains and speaks on the pharmacology of drugs of addiction and treatment of addictions all over the United States. She became interested in addictions when she realized that most of her clients were dealing directly or indirectly with co-occurring mental health and substance misuse or other behavioral addiction disorders. Dr. Johnson is passionate about understanding how licit and illicit medications and drugs influence the brain. Effective and sustained treatment and recovery work depends on the brain's ability to stabilize and compensate for the dysregulation and damage created by drug abuse and addictive behaviors. Dr. Johnson strives to offer information to clinicians and clients that is relevant, timely, and understandable. She is active with the National Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC: Executive Committee & Ethics Chair) and the Colorado Association of Addiction Professionals (CAAP: Executive Committee). She serves on regulatory committees and has acted as a consultant for certifications and licensure requirements for the past 10 years. She sits on the Curriculum and Trainer Review Committee for the Office of Behavioral Health and has been involved in rule changes and educational requirements related to addiction certification and licensure. Dr. Johnson has been enlightening clinicians and consumers about drugs of addiction for many years, with a special emphasis on drug actions on a person’s physiological as well as psychological systems.