Professor Johnson received her Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1996 and a Master of Social Work in 1997, both from Wayne State University. Her concentration was in mental health and school social work. She is licensed in Michigan and Illinois as a clinical social worker. Professor Johnson joined the social work faculty full-time in 2010. Her practice experience has focused on
providing a comprehensive range of services to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. She conducts workshops on topics of relationship safety, incest survival and community awareness relating to violence against women. Professor Johnson chairs the Sexual Assault Awareness Month event, "Take Back the Night-Detroit," sponsored by Marygrove. She is founder of SASHA Center, a non-profit agency providing support to survivors of sexual assault. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority and the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.