Tanisha Johnson

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Tanisha Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor who specializes in trauma-informed treatment. To that end, Dr. Johnson is also a Certified Complex Trauma Professional. She has worked in the counseling field since 2012. Dr. Johnson current works in private practice servicing adolescents and individuals with mental health issues ranging from anxiety and depression to work and school burnout and stress. Dr. Johnson also specializes in working with marginalized women who have experienced trauma. Dr. Johnson became interested in teaching while in her doctoral program and has identified as a counselor educator since 2014. She has taught various classes through the clinical mental health counseling curriculum, but especially enjoys teaching ethics, research, and foundations of clinical mental health counseling courses.

Dr. Johnson has been a contributing faculty member since 2021. She engages in teaching various master’s level and doctoral level courses. Her research focus is on professional identity development and counselor leadership. She also has a research focus related to trauma experiences of African American women.

Dr. Johnson has worked in various counseling settings including a detention center, community-based in-home work, partial hospitalization substance use program, and private practice. She has also worked as a clinical assessor and is affiliated with a number of non-profit organizations that advocate for community resources and change for marginalized populations. Dr. Johnson is also very active in the professional community as a member of the American Counseling Association, The Association for Counselor Educators and Supervision, Chi Sigma Iota International, and the state Licensed Professional Counselor Association.

Dr. Johnson’s affiliations have allowed her to be awarded the honor of becoming a Chi Sigma Iota Leadership Fellow in 2017. She also won the Chi Sigma Iota Essay Contest and Grant for her writing on Professional Counselor Leadership and professional excellence in 2016. She has contributed to the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs professional advocacy project speaking about excellence in leadership. She has also presented at National Conferences presenting on topics ranging from professional identity and leadership, teaching and case formulation, and trauma.


EdD, Argosy University Atlanta

MA, Argosy University, Atlanta

Public Service

Golfing for Cancer Awareness, Inc, Board Member - Stone Mountain

Melaninated Voices, Other - Snellville

Awards / Honors

Chi Sigma Iota Leadership Fellow, Chi Sigma Iota, 2017

• 2015-2016 CSI & CACREP Leadership Essay Contest Winner. First Place, Doctoral Students, Professional Counselors and Counselor Educators Category, Chi Sigma Iota, 2015

Outstanding Doctoral Student Award , Chi Sigma Iota-Alpha Upsilon Alpha Chapter, 2016


Spargo, A., Johnson, T. N., DeLucia, J. (2017). Instructor’s manual for mindfulness groups: A demonstration with Allison Spargo, PH.D. and Shane Blasko, PH.D as group leaders.

Johnson, T. N. (2016). CSI Exemplar. CSI Exemplar

Johnson, T. N. (2017). Logic F. Alessia Cara & Khalid [Song review].


Johnson, A. N. (2015). Developing a Culture of Leadership: The Future of Counseling Education Programs. ACES

Grad, R., Brooks, N., Jones, J., Pfohl, W., Whisenhunt, J., Yun, L., Johnson, T. N., Shannonhouse, L. (2018). CSI Chapter Collaboration through Counselor Community Engagement: University of Botswana Book Drive. ACA

Spargo, A., Johnson, T. N. (2018). Teaching case formulation: Strategies and stressors. SACES

Johnson, T. N. (2018). The Relationship between Professional Identity and Professional Counselor Leadership. ACA

Johnson, T. N., Brooks, N. D. (2019). I believe you: Validating the sexual trauma of African American women abused by family members. ACA