Brian D. Johnson, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC

Assistant Professor
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing


  • M.S.N. University of South Alabama College of Nursing (Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Studies), 2012

  • Certificate in Psychoanalytic Studies, Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute, 1997

  • M Div., Church Divinity School of the Pacific (Divinity), 1992

  • PhD., California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego (Clinical & Neuropsychology), 1989

  • M.A., California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego (Clinical Psychology), 1986

  • B.Sc., Emmanuel College (graduated with distinction) (Psychology), 1984

  • Diploma in Nursing, Memorial School of Nursing (Nursing), 1980

Research Interests

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Malingering of psychological & neurological illnesses
  • Psychiatric Simulation
  • Religion & Mental Health

Selected Publications

  • Johnson, B., Bormann, J., & Glaser, D. (2015). Validation of the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy – Spiritual Well-being Scale in Veterans with PTSD. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 2(1), 25-35.

  • Bormann, J., Weinrich, S., Allard, C., Beck, D., Johnson, B., & Cosco Holt, L. (2014). Chapter 5 mantram repetition: an evidence-based complementary practice for military personnel and veterans in the 21st century. Annual Review of Nursing Research, 32:79-108. doi: 10.1891/0739-6686.32.79

  • Bormann, J., Oman, D., Walter, K., & Johnson, B. (2014). Mindful attention increases and mediates psychological outcomes following mantram repetition practice in veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. Medical Care, Dec. 1; 52 (12 Suppl 5): S13-8.


  • CMN 548 Introduction to Family Psychiatric Nursing I
  • CMN 551 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • CMN 553 Family PMHNP Practicum I
  • CMN 555 Family PMHNP Practicum II
  • CMN 557 Family PMHNP Practicum III


  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner