Benjamin N. Johnson

Benjamin N. Johnson

Assistant Professor of Psychology
School of Psychology and Counseling



  • Developmental Issues in Clinical Psychology
  • Advanced Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Personality Disorders


  • Personality disorders
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Self-harm
  • Suicide
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Transference-focused psychotherapy
  • Attachment theory
  • Trauma
  • Chronic pain


  • BS, Emory University
  • MS, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University

Academic Profile

My interests lie in better understanding individuals affected by personality disorders, improving our assessment of self-harm, suicide, and other behaviors often linked to personality disorders (e.g., using smartphone devices), and providing individualized treatment recommendations and integrative treatment approaches derived from both behavioral and psychodynamic traditions.

I am also interested in the role of trauma in the development of personality disorders as well as in the similarities and differences between chronic physical pain and mental pain and the role of self-harm in pain and emotion regulation.

I both endeavor to ground my research in improving clinical care for individuals with personality disorders or self-harm, and have a love of data analysis and incorporate various forms of latent variable modeling into my research. 

My personal lab website: Treatment and Assessment of Personality Pathology (TAPP) Lab (

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