Cinda Johnson, EdD
EdD, Special Education, University of Washington
MA, Curriculum and Instruction & Administration, Gonzaga University
BS, Special Education and Elementary Education, University of Idaho
Chair, Teaching, Learning and Social Justice Department (EDAD, ENES, TEED, SPED, SPSY)
Program Director, Associate Professor, Special Education (SPED)
Principal Investigator, Center for Change in Transition Services (CCTS)
Phone: (206) 296-5888
Building/Room: Loyola 308
Cinda Johnson, EdD, is an associate professor and coordinator of the graduate Special Education program at Seattle University. Dr. Johnson is the principal investigator for the Center for Change in Transition Services. She is a national leader in the area of transition from high school to post-high for young people with disabilities. She has a particular interest and passion for supporting children, adolescents and young people with mental health conditions to assure that they are provided the best opportunity to be successful after leaving high school. She is the co-author of Perfect Chaos: A Daughter’s Journey with Bipolar, A Mother’s Struggle to Save Her (St. Martin’s Press, 2012).
Recent Grants and Awards
Dr. Johnson has received a total of over $3,000,000.00 in funding since moving CCTS from the University of Washington to Seattle University in 2004. Her research in secondary transition services and her post-school outcome data inform Washington's State Performance Plan (SPP) which is submitted annually to the federal Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services. She participates in national advisory and work teams to improve transition practices for youth with disabilities.
In her work in the field of mental health Dr. Johnson has been an invited speaker across the nation with national organizations including the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the Adversity to Advocacy Alliance and many others. Dr. Johnson has participated in advocacy efforts with national leaders in the field including Patrick Kennedy, Glenn Close, Sonjay Gupta and others.
Johnson, C. & Johnson, L. (2012). Perfect chaos: A daughter’s journey to survive bipolar, a mother’s struggle to save her. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press.
Johnson, C., Eva, A., Walker, B. & Johnson, L. (2011). Please don’t turn away: Empowering teachers to recognize and support students with depression and other emergent mental health conditions. The Clearing House, 84: 9-14.
Johnson, C. (2010). A holistic approach for supporting the transitions of high school students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Focal Point: Youth, Young Adults, & Mental Health. Summer 2010, 24(1)
Johnson, C., & Rabren, K. (2010). Post-school outcome data collection programs: Examples from two states. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 33 (1) 52-63.
Johnson, C. (2008). Post-school outcomes for students in the state of Washington, USA, receiving special education services. Journal of the International Association of Special Education, 9(1) 78-88.
Johnson, C. & Bohanon, H. (2010). Positive behavior support and transition outcomes for students in secondary settings. In Cheney, D. (Ed.), Transition of secondary students with emotional or behavioral disorders: Current approaches for positive outcomes (2nd ed.). Champaign, IL: Research Press.
Johnson, C., Brown, P., & Cheney, D. (2004). Positive behavior support and transition outcomes for students in secondary settings. In D. Cheney (Ed.) Transition of secondary students with emotional or behavioral disorders: Current approaches for positive outcomes (pp. 142-159). Arlington, VA: Division on Career Development and Transition, Council for Exceptional Children.