M. Deanee’ Johnson, Ph.D., began her career as a mentor for adolescent sexual assault survivors. She is a child developmentalist with over 20 years of experience in the crime victim field. She is known internationally as an expert on adverse childhood experiences and child exploitation. Dr. Johnson is a trained child forensic interviewer and assisted in establishing the first forensic interview program in Wichita Falls, TX.
Dr. Johnson completed a three-year fellowship with the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, where she created the Child Exploitation and Polyvictimization Working Group. This group worked in conjunction with the U.S. Office of the Deputy Attorney General to identify the range of child sexual exploitation programs available nationwide, illuminating best practices. She was on the National Children’s Alliance’s Working with Federal Partners workgroup and assisted Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board to establish policies protecting children and youth. She was on the National Advisory Board for Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth, Federal Interagency Workgroup on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the Maryland State Child Fatality Review Board.
Dr. Johnson enjoys hiking through the woods somewhere gathering plants or roughing it in her Jeep and snuggling her mini-ausidoodle, Roosevelt, and bangle cat, Vincent while reading books on the Revolutionary War. She is a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and enjoys researching her Welsh Romani ancestry.
B.A. Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University
M.A. Counseling, Midwestern State University
Ph.D. Child Development, Texas Woman’s University