Doug Johnson joined Colgate’s Department of Psychology in 1996. Within the department he teaches a variety of courses, including Introduction to Psychology, Human Cognition, Research Methods, Statistics, and Attention and Memory. Within Colgate's Core Curriculum he teaches two Scientific Perspectives courses (one on the malleability of human memory and another on the psychology of sport and exercise). In 2001 Professor Johnson received the Phi Eta Sigma “Professor of the Year” award, the highest student-awarded teaching honor at Colgate.
Professor Johnson received his BA from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MA and PhD from Johns Hopkins University. As a scholar, he studies human cognition, with an emphasis on attention, memory and the development of expertise. He has published in a variety of professional journals, including Psychological Science, Memory and Cognition, Neuropsychopharmacology, Psychopharmacology, and The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.
At Colgate, Professor Johnson has performed a variety of service. In addition to considerable committee work, he has served as associate dean of faculty (2007-2010) as well as chair of the scientific perspectives program (2004-2007). He currently serves as Colgate's representative to the Patriot League Policy Committee.
Students performing senior research with Professor Johnson have gone on to careers in business, medicine, and law, as well as graduate school in psychology (including Princeton, UVA, and Cornell).
Dr. Johnson also serves on the board of directors for Southern Madison County Volunteer Ambulance, a not-for-profit volunteer agency providing emergency medical coverage for Hamilton
and the surrounding communities.
He is one of the few volunteer advanced life support providers in the area.
Professor Johnson is married to Mary (Molly) Treadway Johnson, PhD, and they have two children, Daniel (13) and Sarah (9).