Chandra Johnson

Core Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
School of Counseling
Ph.D. Counseling Education & Supervision

Dr. Chandra F. Johnson joined Walden University in April 2019 as a Contributing Faculty Member in the School of Counseling. In July 2019 she transitioned to a Core Faculty position in the Counselor Education and Supervision program. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia, and a certified grief educator. Prior to joining Walden, she was an associate professor of counseling at Argosy University, Atlanta where she served for over 8 years. Her early counseling experience involved working with at-risk youth and their families in court services, community/agency, and school settings. She has over 12 years of experience in research and program evaluation, primarily managing and directing research and evaluation studies on education programs and school reform initiatives. Her clinical interests include grief, depression, anxiety, and couples counseling. Her research interests focus on grief and depression in Black males, the overall psychosocial health of Black males, and thanatology, particularly the cultural, psychological, and social aspects of death and dying.

Dr. Johnson is a member of several professional counseling organizations. Over the years she has presented at international, national, regional, and state professional counseling conferences. In September 2018 her presentation, The Convergence of Race, Gender, and Grief: Caring for the Black Man’s Grieving Heart, was shared with mental health professionals from around the globe at the 2018 International Association of Counselling Conference in Rome, Italy.

Dr. Johnson owns and operates a small private practice in metro Atlanta, GA where she offers individual counseling services. When she is not seeing clients, or teaching counselors-in-training, she enjoys listening to live music, trying new recipes, collecting stamps in her passport, and white water rafting with her amazing friends.

She earned her M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance from Howard University and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from University of Arkansas.


PhD, University of Arkansas

MEd, Howard University

BS, San Jose State University

Public Service

Hospice Atlanta, Volunteer - Atlanta

Project for Victims of Family Violence, Board of Directors - Fayetteville

Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil, Other - Fayetteville

Habitat for Humanity Family Selection Committee, Committee Member - Fayetteville

Awards / Honors

Outstanding Teaching Award, Argosy University Atlanta, 2013

Research Grant Award, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 2013

Graduate Fellow, Chi Sigma Iota Counseling & Professional Honor Society, 2001

Emerging Leader, Southern Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors, 2000

Holmes Scholar, The Holmes Partnership, 1998


Johnson, C. (2003). African American males in school and society: Practices and policies for effective education [Book review]. The Journal of Men’s Studies


Johnson, C. (2018). Black boys and grief: What counselors and educators need to know.

Johnson, C. (2018). Caring for the Black man’s grieving heart: What counselors need to know.

Johnson, C. (2018). Convergence of race, gender, and grief: Caring for the Black man’s grieving heart.

Johnson, C. (2018). Black males and grief: What counselors don’t know and need to know.

Mason, I., Johnson, C., Dickerson, A. (2018). Depression and self-esteem of Black males in college.

Reese, M., Johnson, C., Barnes, N. (2017). The doctoral internship in counselor education & supervision: From student to educator/supervisor.

Jones, S. G., Johnson, C., Spargo, A. (2016). Care for the caregivers: Self-care through mindfulness training.

Johnson, C., Chopeitia, E., Cutts, Q. (2016). Traumatic experiences of health care interpreters: The implications for counselors.

Johnson, C., Holloway, T. (2014). African Americans and mental health/primary care collaboration.

Johnson, C., Chopeitia, E., Cutts, Q. (2014). Phenomenologically speaking! Experiences of healthcare interpreters in traumatic encounters.

Johnson, C., Chopeitia, E. (2013). Healthcare interpreters: The invisible victims of vicarious trauma.