Matthew A. Johnson,


Dr. Matthew A. Johnson ("Dr. J.") holds degrees from the University of Alaska (BSW in 1984), Rutgers University in New Jersey (MSW in 1989), and George Fox University in Oregon (MA in 1992 and Psy.D. in 1994). Dr. Johnson moved to Alaska in 1980 to attend the University of Alaska at Anchorage on a full-ride basketball scholarship. He is a pretty tall guy (6'9?) with a sense of humor to match. He scored his first two collegiate points against James Worthy of North Carolina in the Great Alaska Shootout on ESPN. He played college basketball against Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Clyde Drexler, Hakeem Olajuwon, Spud Web, and other noteworthy opponents. Also, he got half of his picture in Sports Illustrated (his silly teammate was in the way of the other half). He was asked to try out for the New Jersey Nets in the NBA but turned them down to pursue his Doctor of Psychology degree.

Dr. Johnson works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. He has worked with parents and children in the mental health field since 1982 in group homes, residential treatment centers, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and outpatient private practice settings. Dr. Johnson was the Clinical Director for Charter North Outpatient Counseling Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is also the President and Owner of FAMILY Rules, PLLC. He wrote "Positive Parenting with a Plan (Grades K-12): FAMILY Rules" and has taught this successful research-based behavior modification system for families in a variety of settings across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Dr. Johnson has lectured extensively on child and adolescent health issues and improving families. He has trained over 30,000+ professionals. He has been featured on "The Early Show", CNN, ESPN2, USA Today, and 300+ radio programs.

Dr. Johnson is married, has four children, three stepchildren, two cats, and one dog. He loves recreating in the great outdoors with family and friends. Although he's a really big guy, he's a Teddy Bear at heart and a very gifted Psychologist. He loves helping people improve their lives.

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