David H. Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Millersville University School of Social Work
Millersville, PA
(717) 517-7418

"The best dissertation is a done dissertation." __ Anonymous


Following more than two decades of entrepreneurial and executive success in the private sector, I embarked upon my second career in social work, earning my M.S.W. from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2005. During my tenure as a masters' student, I served actively on three statewide boards of directors, a local agency board, and numerous civic and university councils and committees. I was instrumental in acquiring more than $3.5 million in federal and private foundation funding for homelessness in Mississippi, including over $400,000 for 1-2-1 Haven House, a transitional residential facility for homeless persons living with HIV/AIDS. I assumed the Executive Director position at 1-2-1 Haven House upon completion of my student field experience at the agency. I have continued as a paid consulting social worker to the agency since receiving my MSW. I hold both the LMSW credential and a Certificate in Mediation from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

At the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work, I have served as Teaching Assistant to Dr. Laura Lein, Dr. Mary Velasquez, Dr. Jim Schwab, Dr. Kirk von Sternberg and Dr. Miguel Ferguson. I currently serve as a Research Assistant to Dr. Mary Velasquez, Associate Dean of Research, in the Health Behavior Research and Training Institute where I recently served as a primary editor of a NIDA grant application. I have guest lectured at UT-Austin in the U.S. Poverty, Dynamics of Chemical Dependency, and the Social Policy Analysis and Social Problems classes. I have delivered presentations on grant writing, coalition building, spiritual abuse, social work leadership, and personal advocacy at conferences and classes across the Southeastern United States.

I was awarded the competitive Pre-emptive University Fellowship, the David Bruton Fellowship, the Martha S. Williams Endowed Presidential Scholarship, and I am currently a Patricia Stephens Endowed Presidential Fellow in Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. I have received such honors as NASW-Mississippi Graduate Social Work Student of the Year, USM Graduate Social Work Student of the Year, and the 2004 Mississippi Conference on Social Welfare Scholarship.

My dissertation committee comprises Drs. Diana DiNitto and Miguel Ferguson as co-chairs, Dean Barbara White, Dr. King Davis, Dr. Kirk von Sternberg, all of the University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Michael Forster, Director of the School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi.

I live in Austin with my faithful companion Doctor Nicodemus, a chow/pug mix. In my limited spare time at UT-Austn, I enjoy writing fiction, having just completed my first novel Miss Alpha's Secret.