• Carl M. JohnsonPosition: Experimental Faculty 
  • Department: Psychology ​
  • Campus Address: Sloan Hall 234, 
    Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859 
  • Email: johns1cm@cmich.edu 
  • Curricul​um Vitae​​


Carl Johnson received his Ph.D. in general-experimental psychology from Michigan State University in 1979. He has been on the faculty at CMU since 1978. His primary teaching and research are in three areas: behavior analysis, behavioral behavioral pediatrics, and organizational behavior management. He is on the board of editors for the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management.

Research Interest:

My research concerns behavior analysis and management in medicine, public and private oganizational settings, schools, and home settings. We have a grant from the State of Michigan to initiate and run a lending library of assessment materials for infants and young children with low-incidence disabilities (Central Assessment Lending Library or CALL). I have carried out research on infant and preschool sleep disorders in concert with pediatricians and family physicians. My interest in organizational behavior management includes measurements of behavior, contingencies of reinforcement, pay for performance, feedback systems, and behavior analysis of the service sector. 

Recent Research: 

Grossett, D. L., Johnson, C. M., William, D. E., & Randall, D. (in press). Sleep disorders. In Nirbhay N. Singh (Ed.) Clinical handbook of evidence-based practices for individuals with intellectual disabilities. New York: Springer.

Palmer, M. G., Johnson, C. M., & Johnson, D. A. (in press). Objective performance feedback: Is numerical accuracy necessary? Journal of Organizational Behavior Management.

Bradley-Johnson, S., Johnson, C. M., & Drevon, D. (in press). On CALL: One approach to improving services for students with low-incidence disabilities. Canadian Journal of School Psychology.

Cook, A., Johnson, C. M., & Bradley-Johnson, S. (2015). White noise to decrease problem behaviors in the classroom for a child with Attention–Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 37, 38-50.

Cook, A., Bradley-Johnson, S., & Johnson, C. M. (2014). Effects of white noise on off-task behavior and academic responding for children with ADHD. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 47, 160-164.

Knight, R. M., & Johnson, C. M. (2014). Using a behavioral treatment package for sleep problems in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Child & Family Behavior Therapy,36, 204-221.

Palmer, M. G., & Johnson, C. M. (2013). The effects of task clarification and group graphic feedback on early punch-in times. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 33, 265-275. ​

Johnson, C. M., & Beehr, T. A. (Eds.) (2013). Integrating Organizational Behavior Management with Industrial and Organizational Psychology. London: Routledge.