Cynthia Johnson, Ph.D.
I have always been passionate about children. My early career focused on teaching children coping strategies to deal with fear and anxiety regarding hospitalization. Upon completion of my master’s degree, I helped teach over one million children learn to read as a producer of The Reader Rabbit Series of educational software products. However, I started wondering about children who learn in different ways. I started researching the work of Drs. Bruce Pennington and Mel Levine regarding learning differences in children. I was fascinated by the wide range of learning profiles in children and how that contributes to each child’s strengths and weaknesses. When I watched these experts assess and treat children with learning differences, I said to myself, “I want that job.” So, I went back to school for additional training in working with children and families.
I view working with children with learning differences as a way for me to make a true difference in the world. When I meet with parents to discuss assessment results and treatment options, they are typically relieved to finally find out the reasons their child is struggling. I value the opportunity to work with parents who are ready and willing to do whatever they can to help their child. I have a special interest in working with children with dyslexia and my doctoral dissertation focused on treatments for dyslexia. I am excited to bring this passion and expertise to PEAK.