David W. Johnson, EdD, of Minneapolis, MN, Receives National Register Award for Excellence
July 27, 2011, Washington, DC - The National Register of Health Service Psychologists (National Register) Board of Directors today announced the presentation of the Alfred M. Wellner Distinguished Career Psychologist Award to David W. Johnson, EdD, of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Upon receiving the award, Dr. Johnson responded, “I am deeply honored to receive the A. M. Wellner Distinguished Career Award. It is especially meaningful, as it comes from the National Register, which I have supported since its inception. I appreciate receiving this honor from such an important organization. I have been overjoyed since I received the news.”
The award is named for the National Register's first Executive Officer, Alfred M. Wellner, PhD. The Wellner Award is the National Register's highest honor bestowed on a psychologist to commemorate numerous and significant contributions to psychology during a distinguished career.
Dr. Johnson’s nomination letter emphasized his contribution to the development and design of a series of psychology based programs aimed at preventive mental health implemented in the schools (preschool through graduate school).
“These programs have had considerable impact on educational practice (and practice in other settings such as business and industry) of his systematic research, theory building, and creation of practical procedures for using cooperation and competition, constructive controversy, conflict resolution, and social skills…these programs are aimed at making every classroom a therapeutic milieu within which students psychological health is increased. The overall intent is that all students receive at least 18 years of training in how to engage in cooperative efforts with others (as well as how to engage in appropriate competitive and individualistic efforts), resolve conflicts of interests constructively, manage the conflict inherent in decision making constructively, and develop social competencies.”
Dr. Johnson received his EdD in Social Psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University in 1966. Since 1973, Dr. Johnson has been a professor at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He, along with his brother, founded the Cooperative Learning Center, which promotes and informs teachers, and professors, about the ways to foster cooperative interaction between students.
Dr. Johnson has been credentialed by the National Register since 1975.
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