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Faculty Profile:  Dr. Darren M. Johnson image

Dr. Darren M. Johnson joined Ohio Christian University’s Psychology Department as an Associate Professor of Psychology and Chemical Dependency Counseling.  He is currently teaching Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling, Diversity Issues in Counseling, Principles of Counseling, and Physiological Psychology.

In 2017, ProQuest published Johnson’s “The Experience of Being an Atheist in the United States,” a report on his study of interviews with twelve atheists. He has presented on Coping with Stress in the Workplace, Good Grief: How Grieving Properly Can Be Healthy, Team Building: The Importance of Developing Cohesion, Creating a Drug-free Workplace, and Hidden: Adult Children of Alcoholics.

Licensed for Independent Chemical Dependency Counseling with Clinical Supervision and Clinical Counseling, Johnson has 25 years of experience in clinical counseling and therapy, program administration, and clinical supervision. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Association of Christian Counselors, and Society for Christian Psychology.

Dr. Johnson earned his doctorate in Psychology at Capella University, his master’s degree in Clinical Pastoral Counseling at Ashland Theological Seminary, and his bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University. He taught at Trevecca Nazarene and Indiana Wesleyan Universities. His scholarship focuses on Behavioral Psychology, Addiction Psychology, Chemical Dependency Counseling, and Mental Health Counseling, specifically on counseling individuals with comorbid disorders.

“Teaching at OCU enables me to share my experiences of mental health and substance abuse counseling with a Christian perspective, demonstrating how Scripture may be integrated into therapy,” he explains.

Johnson integrates his faith into teaching by challenging students to think critically from a perspective rooted in Scripture—vital so they affect the world for Christ and bring healing to those who are broken. “We want students to view clients as individuals in need of Jesus Christ and to understand that treating mental illness and substance abuse disorders should be Gospel-oriented.   Psychology and faith are not mutually exclusive.  Our students learn to apply therapeutic theory and practice with Scripture to bring healing clients and glorify Jesus,” he continues.

“Secular therapists are recognizing more and more that spirituality is a source of great strength in a person’s life. Faith shifts our vision from our shortcomings and weakness and points us to the greater power. Christian psychologists recognize that psychological observations help us understand our cognition, emotion, and experience and that the Bible gives some very specific instructions on how one may become more emotionally and spiritually healthy. Psychology gives us insight into the dynamics of experience and provides tools to enact the Bible’s instructions. The word “mind” is mentioned over 95 times in the Bible. Paul instructs Christians to ‘take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.’ (2 Cor. 10:5)

“How do we accomplish this?” Johnson asks. “Studies show the average person has over sixty thousand thoughts go through their mind each day. Cognitive Therapy for example, provides therapeutic tools to help us become aware of these thoughts, identify irrational beliefs and cognitive distortions so we may replace them with ‘whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.’ (Phil. 4:8) In doing so, it helps us continue to have a mind like Christ.” (1 Cor. 2:16)

Articles of Interest

Faith and Work Seminar a First on Campus image

Faith and Work Seminar a First on Campus

Faith and Work Seminar a First on Campus image

Published: April 10, 2019

On Saturday March 23rd, Ohio Christian University hosted the Faith
On Saturday March 23rd, Ohio Christian University hosted the Faith
On Saturday March 23rd, Ohio Christian University hosted the Faith
4.0 Students Recognized in Chapel Service image

4.0 Students Recognized in Chapel Service

4.0 Students Recognized in Chapel Service image

Published: January 23, 2019

The January 23rd Chapel Service included a time of recognition for students who achieved a 4.0 grade point average during the fall semester. Dr. Hank Kelly, Provost, presented each awardee with a coffee mug loaded with candy. Fellow Trailblazers cheered on their peers and helped recipients celebrate their successes. Over 60 students were awarded. 4.0 Student Rachel Hicks says, “Last semester was my first semester taking strictly pre-law courses, it was really tough. I worked extremely hard to achieve a 4.0 and it feels really good to have accomplished this.” Kevin Bennie, Director of
The January 23rd Chapel Service included a time of recognition for students who achieved a 4.0 grade point average during the fall semester. Dr. Hank Kelly, Provost, presented each awardee with a coffee mug loaded with candy. Fellow Trailblazers cheered on their peers and helped recipients celebrate their successes. Over 60 students were awarded. 4.0 Student Rachel Hicks says, “Last semester
The January 23rd Chapel Service included a time of recognition for students who achieved a 4.0 grade point average during the fall semester. Dr. Hank Kelly, Provost, presented each awardee with a

Archived Articles of Interest

Spring Semester 2019 in Italy

Experience Spring Semester 2019 in Italy!

Spring Semester 2019 in Italy

Published: March 29, 2018

OCUOnline Plus is partnering with Saints Bible Institute (SBI) to provide students an opportunity to spend a semester in Italy. In the spring of 2019, the semester-long trip will enable students to achieve personal growth, mission training, and intensive learning as they study and explore with a community of learners. “This semester of study in Italy will expand students’ horizons as they interact with Italians, SBI’s faith-filled faculty, and fellow students from across the United States. Participants will be able to walk the same paths as Apostle Paul, sit in Leonardo da Vinci’s
OCUOnline Plus is partnering with Saints Bible Institute (SBI) to provide students an opportunity to spend a semester in Italy. In the spring of 2019, the semester-long trip will enable students to achieve personal growth, mission training, and intensive learning as they study and explore with a community of learners. “This semester of study in Italy will expand students’ horizons as they
OCUOnline Plus is partnering with Saints Bible Institute (SBI) to provide students an opportunity to spend a semester in Italy. In the spring of 2019, the semester-long trip will enable students to
OCU Online BA in English Ranked #1 for Affordability

OCU Online BA in English Ranked #1 for Affordability

OCU Online BA in English Ranked #1 for Affordability

Published: March 22, 2018

SR Education Group has ranked Ohio Christian University’s online Bachelor of Arts in English the #1 program most affordable for a yearly tuition of only $5,940. Courses include History and Nature of the English Language, Literary Criticism, and Studies in Shakespeare. Learn more about SR Education Group and view its methodology.        
SR Education Group has ranked Ohio Christian University’s online Bachelor of Arts in English the #1 program most affordable for a yearly tuition of only $5,940. Courses include History and Nature of the English Language, Literary Criticism, and Studies in Shakespeare. Learn more about SR Education Group and view its methodology.        
SR Education Group has ranked Ohio Christian University’s online Bachelor of Arts in English the #1 program most affordable for a yearly tuition of only $5,940. Courses include History and Nature
Georgia State Senator Emauel Jones

Georgia State Senator Emanuel Jones to Speak at Morrow Graduation

Georgia State Senator Emauel Jones

Published: March 12, 2018

One hundred and three OCU Morrow students will graduate at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Divine Faith Church, 9800 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, Georgia. Graduation speaker is Senator Emanuel Jones who was elected to Georgia's Senate from the 10th District in 2004 and represents southwest DeKalb and Henry counties. Senator Jones is chairman of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Advisory Council and served as chairman of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus.  He is a member of the Banking and Financial Institutions, Economic Development and Tourism, Interstate Cooperation, Special
One hundred and three OCU Morrow students will graduate at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Divine Faith Church, 9800 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, Georgia. Graduation speaker is Senator Emanuel Jones who was elected to Georgia's Senate from the 10th District in 2004 and represents southwest DeKalb and Henry counties. Senator Jones is chairman of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Advisory
One hundred and three OCU Morrow students will graduate at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Divine Faith Church, 9800 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, Georgia. Graduation speaker is Senator Emanuel
Ohio Christian University Hosts Epidemic of Hope Event image

Ohio Christian University Hosts Epidemic of Hope Event

Ohio Christian University Hosts Epidemic of Hope Event image

Published: February 27, 2018

Former Major League baseball great Darryl Strawberry and his wife Tracy joined Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Monday, February 26 in the new Ministry
Former Major League baseball great Darryl Strawberry and his wife Tracy joined Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Monday, February 26 in the new Ministry
Former Major League baseball great Darryl Strawberry and his wife Tracy joined Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Monday, February 26 in the new Ministry
Positive Thinking Will Enhance Your Life image

Positive Thinking Will Enhance Your Life

Positive Thinking Will Enhance Your Life image

Published: February 26, 2018

Dr. Hank Kelly, OCU Provost Thinking positively will greatly enhance your life and how God can use you. Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking had a significant impact on my life while I was in high school. As I read this influential book, I resolved to think positively about everything to which I put myself. I aimed to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy. Therefore, I applied, was accepted, and graduated four years later. My positive thinking helped me succeed! I learned you become what you constantly think about: “Think positively,” Peale says, “and you set in motion
Dr. Hank Kelly, OCU Provost Thinking positively will greatly enhance your life and how God can use you. Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking had a significant impact on my life while I was in high school. As I read this influential book, I resolved to think positively about everything to which I put myself. I aimed to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy. Therefore, I applied
Dr. Hank Kelly, OCU Provost Thinking positively will greatly enhance your life and how God can use you. Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking had a significant impact on my life