Judy J. Johnson, PhD, is a psychology professor at Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta. Her ongoing research is on the nature, development, and measurement of dogmatism. She is the author of What’s So Wrong with Being Absolutely Right: The Dangerous Nature of Dogmatic Belief, published by Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY, 2009.
Dr. Johnson completed a Fellowship at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York, which specializes in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. Prior to becoming a psychology professor at Mount Royal University, she was the supervisor of an out-patient therapy program at the Holy Cross Hospital, Calgary, AB.
During the summers of 1990 and 1991, she taught psychology courses to students in Gaza, Israel, and prior to that, she also taught psychology to native women on the Sarcee Reserve (outside Calgary), prison inmates at the Drumheller and Lethbridge institutions of Alberta, and Correctional Officers at the federal penitentiary in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
A recipient of Mount Royal University’s Distinguished Teaching Award, she has given numerous presentations on dogmatism to the general public and various academic communities. With a focus on features of dogmatism, Dr. Johnson has also given presentations on empirical differences in personality traits and cognitive styles between liberals and conservatives.
For a complete list of presentation titles and publications on dogmatism, visit her website at www.dogmatism.ca and click on the “About” and “Presentations” tabs. Her talks are well-received by the general public and specialists in the Social Sciences as well as philosophy and religion. She can be reached at www.dogmatism.ca.
Subtopics: Psychology of religion, Religious criticism, Religious extremism
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