Philip R. Johnson

Philip R. Johnson (Ph.D. Rehabilitation) is an assistant professor of practice in the Counseling Program at the University of Arizona. Dr. Johnson has an extensive background in working with persons with disabilities. This includes providing rehabilitation counseling, behavioral consultation and counseling, and mental health counseling services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, serious mental illness, and emotional and behavioral problems. Dr. Johnson has focused much of his attention on researching behavior therapy alternatives to the use of psychotropic medications for addressing severe behavioral problems. He is currently researching nonmedical interventions for treating movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and tardive dyskinesia. This research has led to the development of Movement Disorder Alleviation Therapy (MDAT)™, a physically passive neuromuscular relaxation training-based protocol for treating motor as well as non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.