Cinda Johnson of the College of Education was a featured speaker at the fourth-annual Peace of Mind Storytellers Day. Held at Rhode Island College’s Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, the gathering drew more than 400 attendees to raise awareness of mental-health issues through the power of narrative.
Johnson, associate professor in the Special Education program, is a national spokesperson, advocate and instructor in supporting children, adolescents and young people with mental health conditions to assure that they are provided the best opportunity for success after leaving high school.
She is principal investigator of the Center for Change in Transition Services (CCTS), which informs national practice and policies in research in secondary special education and the post-school outcomes of young people with disabilities. In 2012, she coauthored with her daughter Perfect Chaos: A Daughter’s Journey with Bipolar, A Mother’s Struggle to Save Her (St. Martin’s Press).
Johnson also wrote a piece that recently appeared in The Seattle Times.