Dr. Cynthia Johnson

//Cynthia Johnson, Licensed Psychologist
Cynthia Johnson, Licensed Psychologist 2017-09-07T20:14:40+00:00
Cynthia Johnson, Ph.D.

Cynthia Johnson, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

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.

Professional Background

I earned a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University and I received my Ph.D. in School Psychology from The University of Northern Colorado. My internship was through the Illinois School Psychology Internship Consortium at the Neuropsychology Center of Attention, Behavior, and Learning. I completed my postdoctoral fellowship at The NeuroDevelopment Center of Colorado. These experiences have offered me the opportunity to provide psychoeducational assessments and counseling services for children and adolescents with learning disabilities, complex ADHD, autism, trauma-related disorders, and related behavioral disorders.

Personal Life

I enjoy spending time with friends and family.  We typically spend time outdoors hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowshoeing, and taking long walks. Before my Ph.D. took up much of my free time, I volunteered teaching children with disabilities to learn how to ski through the National Sports Center for the Disabled. I also have a passion for music, and have been on the Board of The Colorado Music Festival that brings national and international classical musicians to Boulder for six weeks each summer.