Binghamton UniversityResearch focus: Family
Dr. Matthew Johnson is chair and professor of psychology at Binghamton University (State University of New York). His research in clinical psychology examines the developmental course of marital distress and family dysfunction. In doing so, he seeks to determine the mechanisms by which relationship distress and dissolution follow the positive emotions of courtship. He focuses especially on those predictors that are more readily amenable to change, including the behaviors, cognitions, and emotions during discussions between the two partners. More recently, he has tried to link public policies regarding marriage to the science of intimate relationships.
Dr. Johnson has published articles in both scientific and mainstream media highlighting the outcome research on federal programs that reallocate $100 million a year from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF; i.e., federal welfare) budget for the purposes of providing marriage and relationship education programing to poor families. In these articles, he has noted that the effects of these programs were insignificant and potentially negative in large-scale outcome studies.
In 2015, Dr. Johnson was selected as an APA Executive Branch Science Fellow, and was placed at the National Institute of Justice, the research agency within the U.S. Department of Justice. During that year in Washington, he learned how to link the science of human behavior to the family policies of the federal government. Learn more about Dr. Johnson’s experience as an APA fellow here.
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