Christine Johnson


Faculty Profile

Assistant Professor - Clinical




Occupational Therapy

Degrees and Certifications


  • Baccalaureate: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 12/2010
  • Graduate: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 12/2011
  • Postgraduate (Ph.D.): Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, expected graduation date: 08/2019


  • State of MI OT License: 03/2012 – Present
  • State of SC OT License: 08/2017 – Present
  • State of NC OT License: 12/2016 – Present


  • Certified Passenger Safety Technician (CPST), Special Needs Certified, 11/2012 
  • First Aid and CPR Certified, 9/2010 – Present

Positions and Employment


  • Wayne State University, Assistant Professor (Clinical), 10/2018 – Present
  • Lenoir Rhyne University, Assistant Professor, 08/2017 – 10/2018
  • Ithaca College, Assistant Professor, 08/2015 – 08/2017
  • American International College, Instructor & Fieldwork Coordinator, 08/2014 – 08/2015

Clinical practice

  • Beaumont Health Systems, Occupational Therapist, 3/2012 – Present 
  • Macomb Intermediate School District, Occupational Therapist, 3/2012 – 1/2013

Awards and Honors

  • Phi Kappa Phi, 01/2018 – Present  
  • Schlomer Endowed Scholarship, 4/2011
  • Pi Theta Epsilon, Eta Chapter, 1/2010 – 12/2011
  • President of WSU Occupation Therapy Class, 9/2009 – 12/2011
  • Dean’s List, 9/2006 – 12/2011

Professional Memberships

  • South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association (SCOTA), Special Interest Section Chair: Education and Research, 02/2018 – Present
  • Pi Kappa Phi, 01/2018 – Present
  • Animal Assisted Intervention International (AAII), 09/2014 – Present 
  • Michigan Occupational Therapy Association, 09/2011 – Present
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, 09/2010 – Present
  • Pi Theta Epsilon, Eta Chapter, 01/2010

Primary Research Interest

  • Dissertation: Effects of Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) on College Graduate Students: An Occupational Therapy Perspective

Recent Publications

  1. Johnson, C. & Heffron, J. (in press). I feel empowered: Providing opportunities for self-determination through participation in IEP conferences. In occupational therapy and school mental health: Group activities for promotion, prevention, and intervention. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Inc.
  2. Heffron, J. & Johnson, C. (in press). Spreading our wings, seeing our strengths: Creating and using learning journals. In occupational therapy and school mental health: Group activities for promotion, prevention, and intervention. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Inc.
  3. Johnson, C., Maher, S., & DiZazzo-Miller, R. (2016). Sensation, range of motion, strength, and coordination. In R. DiZazzo-Miller & F. D. Pociask (Eds.), Preparing for the occupational therapy national board exam, (pp. 51-64). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
  • 2018 American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Conference: Developing a Distance Cohort: Lessons Learned 
  • 2016 Occupational Therapy Student Conclave: Animal Assisted Therapy: A Practical Demonstration
  • 2015 Society for the Study of Occupation (SSO) Conference: The occupational benefits associated with persons caring for a pet 
  • 2011 Michigan Occupational Therapy Association (MiOTA) Conference: Caregiver training for patients with Alzheimer’s  

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Christine Johnson is studying animal assisted interventions (AAI) with the help of her Leonberger, Stella. Her current focus is the affects of AAI on mental health and learning outcomes in the graduate student population.