Judy J. Johnson is Professor Emerita, Psychology Department, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta. Her M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses, and her postdoc fellowship at the Ellis Institute in NYC, explored the biological, social, and psychological forces that insidiously shape thirteen characteristics of dogmatism’s rigid, unique profile. Her nonfiction book, What’s So Wrong With Being Right: The Dangerous Nature of Dogmatic Belief, (Prometheus Books, Amherst, New York), and her novel, Thief of Reason (Iguana Books, Toronto), focus on dogmatism.
Following her experience as a therapist and supervisor of therapy, Johnson taught clinical psychology courses—The Theory and Practice of Psychotherapy, Personality Theory, and Abnormal Behaviour—for twenty-two years to Mount Royal University students, inmates in two of Alberta’s correctional institutions, and indigenous women on the Sarcee Reserve. In the summers of 1990 and 1991, she also taught students in Gaza, Israel, during the intifadah.
Johnson has given numerous presentations on dogmatism to academics at Canadian and international universities, including Cambridge, U.K., and psychology conferences, including the Canadian Psychological Association (Toronto). She has also provided lively, interactive sessions for business organizations and nongovernmental agencies in the general public.
She is a recipient of Mount Royal University’s Distinguished Teaching Award.