Dr. Cynthia Johnson is a dual-licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating children and adolescents with learning disabilities, gifted/2e, complex attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), intellectual disability, and related emotional, social and behavioral difficulties. StepStone Psychological Assessment and Therapeutic Services works extensively with families and schools to support children and adolescents, and offers therapeutic services to help students utilize their strengths and successfully negotiate any areas of difficulty.
Dr. Johnson received her master's degree in Psychology and Human Development from Harvard University. She then received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from The University of Northern Colorado. She has a special interest in children with Dyslexia and other learning difficulties such as Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia. Her dissertation focused on treatments for Dyslexia and was nominated for The Outstanding Dissertation Award. She also has a special interest in working with students with ADHD, as many or these students have lagging executive function skills that can be learned to mitigate difficulties associated with ADHD. Dr. Johnson completed an APA- accredited internship at The Neuropsychology Center of Attention, Behavior, and Learning and the Illinois School Psychology Internship Consortium. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at The NeuroDevelopment Center of Colorado, along with more recent work at PEAK Exceptional Services and Oliver Behavioral Consultants. These experiences offered her the opportunity to provide psychological and neuropsychological assessments and counseling services for children and adolescents throughout Colorado and surrounding states. When she meets with parents to discuss assessment results and treatment options, they are typically relieved to finally find out the reasons their child is struggling. They are ready to do whatever is necessary to help their child.
When asked why students with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Gifted/2e, and ADHD are her favorite individuals with whom to work, she explains that these students are typically interesting and fun individuals who are trying very hard to complete daily academic and self-care tasks. Yet they may be struggling significantly in their efforts to do so. She wants to help them before their self-esteem is negatively affected due to these struggles. She also enjoys working with their families to help improve daily interactions.
Dr. Johnson enjoys spending time with friends and family in outdoor pursuits such as hiking, bicycling, skiing and snowshoeing. She has volunteered teaching children with disabilities to learn how to ski through the National Sports Center for the Disabled and was on the Board of The Colorado Music Festival which brings national and international classical musicians to Boulder for six weeks each summer.
Early Summer Article in Boulder County Kids Online Magazine