Dr. David Johnson
Office: McComsey 230
Dr. David Johnson, a/k/a “Mudcat,” is an Associate Professor at Millersville University. A native of Kingsport, Tennessee and a Longhorn, he is a licensed social worker in Pennsylvania where he landed in 2009 after completing his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Johnson teaches primarily in the policy sequences of the BSW program at Millersville University and in the macro practice and HBSE sequences of the joint Millersville-Shippensburg MSW program. He is a mediator certified to practice before the Texas courts and has developed electives in mediation at both the undergraduate and graduate level at Millersville. He is also responsible for developing the economics boot camp and the government boot camp for the MSW program, as well as developing the Social Welfare Policy and Economics class for the BSW program.
Dr. Johnson is the coauthor with Diana M. DiNitto of Essentials of Social Welfare: Politics and Public Policy (Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, 2013) and the forthcoming Social Welfare: Politics and Public Policy, 8th Edition (Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, 2016). He has also authored or co-authored a number of instructor resources for Pearson in the policy area over the past several years. He has presented at numerous national and regional conferences. He was previously affiliated with the Health Behavior Research and Training Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to that, Dr. Johnson served as Executive Director of AIDS Services Coalition of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He has served on numerous boards of directors in several states and currently serves on the Lancaster County Medical Foundation Board of Directors.
Dr. Johnson’s dissertation research involved a historical policy analysis comparing President Lyndon Johnson’s successful passage of Medicare and Medicaid to President Bill Clinton’s failure to pass national health care reform. Dr. Johnson has published primarily on topics in the health policy and addictions arenas. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery where he has served as a guest editor for two issues of the journal and is the Book Review Editor. He is also a peer reviewer for that journal and for Contemporary Rural Social Work. Dr. Johnson is a member of the Council on Social Work Education, Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society, and the Texas Exes. Hook ‘em Horns!
Recent Scholarship, Publications and Presentations
Johnson, D.H. & DiNitto, D.M. (2013). Social Welfare States. Encyclopedia of Race
and Racism (2nd Edition), Volume 4, 77-80. Farmington Hills, MI: The Gale
Johnson, D.H. (2013). Book Review of “Clinicians in Court: A Guide to Subpoenas,
Depositions, Testifying, & Everything Else You Need to Know, Second
Edition” by Allan E. Barsky, The Guilford Press, New York. The New Social
Worker (20), 1, pp. 28-29.
Johnson, D. H. & Cicchetti, A. (2013). Review of “Narcotics Anonymous
Chronology, Vol. 1, 1892-1976” by C.K. Budnick, H.B. Pickard, & W.L. White
and “Narcotics Anonymous: Its History and Culture, Selected Papers of
William L. White, by White, W., Budnick, C., and Pickard, B.” Journal of
Groups in Addiction & Recovery,8(4), pp. 329-332.
Johnson, D.H. (2012). Book Review of “Social Work with HIV & AIDS: A Case-Based
Guide” by Diana Rowan and contributors, Lyceum Books, Chicago, IL. The
New Social Worker (19), 4, p. 29.
DiNitto, D.M. & Johnson, D.H. (2012). Essentials of Social Welfare: Politics and
Public Policy (1st Edition). Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon.
Balliro, M. & Johnson, D.H. (2012). Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank for DiNitto
and Johnson: Essentials of Social Welfare: Politics and Public Policy. Boston:
Pearson/Allyn & Bacon.
Johnson, D.H. (2011). Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank for DiNitto: Social
Welfare: Politics and Public Policy, 7th ed. Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon.
Johnson, D.H. (2011). PowerPoints for DiNitto: Social Welfare: Politics and Public
Policy, 7th ed. Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon.
DiNitto, D.M. & Johnson, D.H. (2011). Politics and the History of Social Welfare
Policy. In DiNitto, D.M. Social Welfare: Politics and Public Policy (7th
Edition). Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon.
Johnson, D.H. & DiNitto, D.M. (2011). Financing Healthcare: Can All Americans be
Insured?. In DiNitto, D.M. Social Welfare: Politics and Public Policy (7th
Edition). Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon.
Cicchetti, A. & Johnson, D.H. (2011). Review of “Selected Papers of William L.
White” Website. Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery, 6(1-2), pp. 197-
Johnson, D.H. (2010). Book Review of “Understanding Addiction as Self-
Medication: Finding Hope Behind the Pain” by Edward J. Khantzian & Mark
J. Albanese. Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery (5), pp. 1-4.
Velasquez, M.M., von Sternberg, K., Johnson, D.H., Green, C., Carbonari, J.P., &
Parsons, J.T. (2009). Reducing sexual risk behaviors and alcohol use among
HIV-positive men who have sex with men: A randomized clinical trial.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77(4), pp. 657-667.
Johnson, D.H. (2008). Book Review of Laurence J. Kotlikoff’s The Healthcare Fix: Universal Insurance for All Americans. Michigan Journal of Public Affairs (5),
Kindle, P.A. & Johnson, D.H. (2013). Teaching critical thinking in policy class. 59th
Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting: Global Social
Work: The World is Here. Dallas, TX, October 31- November 3, 2013.
Johnson, D.H. (2012). EPAS Competency 2.1.8: Incorporating Policy Practice in
Field Instruction. 29th Annual Meeting of the Association of Baccalaureate
Social Work Program Directors: Sustaining Quality BSW Education in
Difficult Times, Portland, OR, March 14-18, 2012.
Girvin, H., Rice, K., & Johnson, D.H. (2011). Writing across the social work
curriculum: Facing challenges, assessing need, planning strategies. 57th
Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting: Increasing
Access: Confronting Disparity and Inequality. Atlanta, GA, October 27-30,