Darla K. Johnson, PhD
"As a Doctor of Health Psychology, I believe that mental health is more than the absence of DIS-ease. To be in good mental health means to be in a state of physical, mental, and emotional balance which allows individuals to sustain a stable environment for optimal personal and professional growth and development."
Health Psychology (Div. 38 of the APA) is a sub-specialty of the scientific study of human behavior and cognition. Health Psychology arose as a sub-specialty of scientific inquiry in the early 90's and the "year of the brain" declared by the presidential administration with the advent of new neuroimaging technologies that came into the field of medicine. Brain scanning capabilities such as the CT scan, PET Scan, MRI, fMRI, and SPECT scans all have provided a burst of new scientific knowledge surrounding the brain allowing behavioral neuroscientists such as myself to peer into the brain as never before. Psychology has over 100 years combined researching, observing, running psychology experiments, and reporting the most current and effective results what variables greatly influence cognition (emotions & beliefs as well) which governs behavior. Health Psychologists, Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience all have and continue to explore the great mystery and hidden power contained within the brain/behavior connection. These disciplines are responsible for researching and reporting on social science in just some of the following areas concerning what is means to be human;
Since the turn of the Century, for nearly 100 years, dedicated psychologists have researched and tested variables for any behavior (from womb to tomb) that can be studied.
For these reasons it is vital for individuals to understand and fully realize that just as Doctors of Medicine are experts in the mechanics of the body, Doctors of Health Psychology have training far beyond a mechanistic view of a person and receive advance training in medicine AND psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience) and are experts and healers of the mind & heart which in turn, will heal the body. Seek a Doctor of Medicine when your body is sick, seek out and expert in mind/body interaction allowing you to be a fully integrated and whole person inside AND out!
If you or someone you love is hurting in mind/body or spirit, please schedule and appointment with me today! Please see my Fees/Services tab for further information and scheduling.