Dr. John Johanson

Department Chair, Professor


  • PhD Industrial/Organizational Psychology University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1998
  • MA Psychology University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1995
  • BS Psychology University of South Dakota, 1991

Dr. Johanson’s interests include the teaching and psychology, dynamic assessment, performance appraisal and leadership, especially implicit leadership theories.

Dr. Johanson teaches the following courses:

  • PSY 231 Statistics
  • PSY 335 Human Factors Psychology
  • PSY 360 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 450 Psychological Testing and Measurement

Supervised Student Research

Dr. Johanson has supervised several undergraduate research projects including the following:

Griesmer, J. & Johanson, J (2017, April). Transfer Students’ knowledge of on-campus resources. . Poster presented at the Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Northfield, MN. 

Miller, A., Lee, S., Friedges, G., Russell, A., Brouwer, A. M., & Johanson, J. (2016, April). “He’s just here to play a sport”: A qualitative analysis of perceived gender differences in academia among male college athletes. Poster presented at the 2016 MnSCU Undergraduate Student Symposium in Winona, MN and the Judith Ramaley Celebration of Student-Faculty Research and Creative Scholarship in Winona, MN.

Zielinski, D. J. & Johanson, J. C. (2009, May). Strangers' assessment of conscientiousness, neuroticism and integrity based on Facebook profiles. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Huggenvik, A. (2005, November). Perceptions of online degrees: A national survey of employers. Poster presented at the Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium, Lacrosse, WI.

Waters, K. M., & Johanson, J. C. (2001). Awareness and perceived impact of The Americans with Disabilities Act among human resource professionals in three Minnesota cities. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 12, 47-54.

Selected Publications

Johanson, J. C. (2008). Perceptions of femininity in leadership: Modern trend or classic component? Sex Roles, 58, 784-789.

Fried, C. B., & Johanson, J. C. (2008). Sexual and violent media’s inhibition of advertisement memory: Effect or artifact? Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38, 1716-1735.

Fried, C. B., & Johanson, J. C. (2003). Curriculum review using a knowledge, skills, and abilities-based assessment of alumni. Teaching of Psychology, 30, 316-318.

Johanson, J. C., & Fried, C. B. (2002). Job training versus graduate school preparation: Are separate educational tracks warranted. Teaching of Psychology, 29, 241-243.

Johanson, J. C. (2000). Correlations of self-esteem and intolerance of ambiguity with risk aversion. Psychological Reports, 87, 534.

Deffenbacher, K. D., Johanson, J. C., Vetter, T., & O’Toole, A. (2000). The Facial typicality-recognizability relationship: Encoding or retrieval? Memory and Cognition, 28, 1173-1182.