Research

CURRENT RESEARCH 

Dr. Dasherline Cox Johnson, Doctor of Psychology, is the Lead Principal Investigator for the “Opioid Abatement and Recovery Research Program 2022” at the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI), North Carolina Central University, (NCCU), sponsored by the North Carolina Collaboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (“UNC-Chapel Hill”). The opioid abatement research project is a joint effort with NCCU and Together for Resilient Youth (TRY) to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of an interactive toolkit in educating Durham residents and NC counties about ways to reduce opioid misuse, overdose and death. The toolkit will include five modules informed by input from community focus groups and healthcare p a) Interactive Online/Web toolkit. For access to the online interactive toolkit, please visit https://opioid-abatement.com.

Dr. Johnson is a trained practitioner-scholar who graduated at the top of her class and earned the award for outstanding dissertation/recognition for contribution of excellence in scholarship. Her research interests include reducing health disparities, social justice, religion and acculturation. She developed an award-winning culturally sensitive diagnostic assessment protocol for Somalis Living in the Twin Cities, which is used to improve cultural competency among mental health providers with the goal of reducing health disparities for the Somali community.

 

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Dr. Johnson also works as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at North Carolina Central University on several research projects that aim to reduce health disparities of minority communities through culturally sensitive communication and community engagement strategies. She participates in NCCU- NC-CEAL
multidisciplinary research to study the public health and economic impact of COVID-19 on underserved communities of NC and is part of the NCCU evaluating team on a Bull City Strong project involving effectiveness in COVID-19 response.

She is the author of her memoir, From Refugee To Doctor: A Story of Perseverance and Faith and is working on her second book. Previously she was Senior Psychologist at North Point Health and Wellness Center in North Minneapolis where she headed/managed the mental health department of the “First
Integrated Satellite Clinic in the United States.” She was President and Chief Executive Officer/Licensed Psychologist at Victor Counseling and Consultants Services in Minnesota. She has served as the Clinical Supervisor/Licensed Psychologist with Coxallah Enrichment Services, LLC, conducting assessments that helped children with autism, and as Clinical Supervisor/Licensed Psychologist with Iska, Inc., in Bloomington, Minnesota.

 

RESEARCH, INTEREST, AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Dr. Dash is a trained practitioner-scholar who graduated at the top of her class and earned the award for Outstanding Dissertation. Her research interests include reducing health disparities, social justice, religion, and acculturation. She developed an award-winning culturally sensitive diagnostic assessment protocol for Somalis Living in the Twin Cities, which is used to improve cultural competency among mental health providers with the goal of reducing health disparities for the Somali community.

 

Publications

Online/Web and Print Toolkit Opioid Abatement curricula: Johnson, D. C., et al. (2023, December). Opioid-Abatement Toolkit. North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina.

Book: Johnson D.C., (2022). From Refugee to Doctor: A Story of Perseverance and Faith. Covenant Books Publisher, South Carolina. 

Lead Article Online Publication: Johnson, D. C. (2016). Culturally-Sensitive Diagnostic Interviewing Protocol MN Psychologist Online Publication date: Dec 5, 2016.

Dissertation: Johnson, D. C. (2015). Culturally-Sensitive Diagnostic Interviewing Protocol for Somali Immigrants and Refugees. ProQuest
Online. 

 

Professional Presentations

Johnson, D. C. (2016). Culturally-Sensitive Diagnostic Interviewing Protocol for Somali Immigrants and Refugees.
Speaker/presenter at the Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) 80th Annual Conference, Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Solberg, K, Johnson, D. C., et al. (2011). Development of Attitudes Toward Psychotherapy (ATP) Scale. Poster session presented at the Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) 75th Annual Conference, Minnetonka.

 

Grant
Dr. Johnson manages a $380,000 grant for “Opioid Abatement and Recovery Research Program 2022” sponsored by the North Carolina Collaboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (“UNC-Chapel Hill”).