Sheri Johnson, PhD

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Sheri Johnson


PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

Academic appointment

Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology
Director, Cal Mania (Calm) Program, University of California, Berkeley


Dr. Johnson has conducted research on psychological facets of bipolar disorder for the past 20 years.  Much of her work has centered on enhancing understanding of the ways in which reward sensitivity works within bipolar disorder. Her major research goals are to understand the triggers of mania and depression within the condition, and factors that contribute to some of the unusually positive outcomes of creativity and accomplishment in families of those with bipolar disorder. Her work has been funded by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, and the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Johnson has published over 180 manuscripts, including publications in leading journals such as the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and the American Journal of Psychiatry. Her books include “Bipolar for the Newly Diagnosed” (New Harbinger) and “Psychological Treatments of Bipolar Disorder” (Guilford Press). She is a fellow in the Association for Behavioral Medicine Research, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, and the American Psychological Society.

What I do when I'm not working

I am lucky to live in the Bay Area, where I enjoy hiking and cycling year round.


Department of Psychology, University of California
3210 Tolman Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720