Kelli Johnson



Kelli Johnson

Department Chair

  • Campus:
  • New Orleans, LA
Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Address Map of 1 Drexel Dr New Orleans LA 70125
1 Drexel Dr
New Orleans, LA 70125
Office Phone
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Dr. Kelli Johnson earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami in 2002. She completed both her internship and post-doctoral residency at the University Counseling Center at Florida State University, and has maintained licensure in good standing since 2003. Dr. Johnson has been licensed as a psychologist in Florida, is currently licensed in Illinois, and is in the process of obtaining licensure in Louisiana. Post-licensure, Dr. Johnson provided both clinical services and clinical supervision for practicum students and for interns completing APA-accredited internships at Florida State University, followed by the University of Illinois-Chicago where Dr. Johnson served as Assistant Training Director, before serving in the role of Training Director. Dr. Johnson then transitioned to academia in the position of Director of Clinical Training at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology-Schaumburg, where she was responsible for oversight of all practicum- and internship-related activities, for the APA-accredited Clinical Psychology PsyD program in Illinois for 6.5 years. She also maintained a small private practice in downtown Chicago. Dr. Johnson joined the faculty of TCSPP-XULA in the position of Department Chair in March 2018. Her choice to join the program was motivated by the clear value that faculty and students at TCSPP-XULA actively place on diversity, community engagement, social justice, and advocacy for marginalized and oppressed populations.

In addition to her clinical and academic activity, Dr. Johnson has served in multiple roles in the professional community. She completed a 3-year term as President-Elect, President, and Past President for the Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training (ACEPT), in addition to a term on the Guidelines Committee. Both roles involved leadership for the organization in the development and execution of policies to guide the practicum application, interview, and match process for PsyD programs, practicum sites, and students in the Chicagoland area. Dr. Johnson also served for three years as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) in her role as Chair of the organization's Ethnic Racial Diversity Committee (ERDC). In this role, Dr. Johnson's focus, consistent with the Council's and ERDC's goals, was promoting the integration of issues of ethnic/racial diversity throughout the organization's programs and activities, as well as facilitating community discussion towards the development of ethnic/racial diversity in the curricula of member schools. Dr. Johnson has been an active accreditation site visitor for the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS), since 2007, and more recently, a site visitor for the American Psychological Association (APA)

Education History
Degree Institution Year
Ph.D. University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 2002
B.A. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL 1994
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member, Accreditation Site Visitor American Psychological Association (APA)
Member Louisiana Psychological Association (LPA)
Accreditation Site Visitor International Association of Counseling Services (IACS)
Member Division 2: Society for the Teaching of Psychology
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Volunteer City Year New Orleans
President-Elect/President/Past President (2014-2017) Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training (ACEPT)
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Stress/Coping
Diversity Diversity Issues
Ethnic Identity Development
Multicultural Training
Social Justice and Advocacy
Title Location Date
Melton, M.L., Johnson, K., Shrader, G., Lomay, V., & Wiggins, F. (2018, September). Re-envisioning Ethics Through a Multicultural Lens. Panel Discussion, Arizona Psychological Association Annual Convention Tucson, AZ 2018
Melton, M. L. & Johnson, K. (2018, January). Ally, Activist, Advocate: Addressing Role Complexities for the Multiculturally Competent Psychologist. Symposium presented at the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, 2018 Mid-Winter Conference Las Vegas, NV 2018
Baca, L. & Johnson, K. (2017, January). A conversation about passion, career path, and community engagement. Plenary session presented at the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, 2017 Mid-Winter Conference Long Beach, CA 2017
Johnson, K. (2016, November). Navigating difficult dialogues around issues of difference. Workshop at Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL 2016
Satiani, A. & Johnson, K. (2016, May). Navigating cross-cultural dialogues in clinical supervision. Continuing Education Presentation for Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital Hines, IL 2016
Johnson, K., Smith, M., & Slobig, A. (2016, January). Making the Invisible Visible: Mentoring Students in Navigating Microaggressions Across the Cultural Divide in Academia. Symposium presented at the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, 2016 Mid-Winter Conference Atlanta, GA 2016
Satiani, A., Johnson, K., Brown, D., Blackmon, S. (2009, October). Promoting Social Justice or Injustice in Supervision: Critical Perspectives on Racial Identity. Workshop presented at the annual Diversity Challenge at the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture Boston, MA 2009