About the Author


Judy J. Johnson, PhD, is a psychology professor at Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta. Her ongoing research expands on her MSc thesis and PhD dissertation, both of which investigated the nature and measurement of dogmatism. She is a chartered clinical psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists, Edmonton, AB.

In 1999, Judy Johnson completed a Fellowship at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York, which specializes in Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy. Prior to her tenured position at Mount Royal University, she was the supervisor of an out-patient therapy program at the Holy Cross Hospital, Calgary, AB.

During the summers of 1990 and 1991, she taught psychology courses to students in Gaza, Israel, at the height of the intifadeh. She has also taught native women on the Sarcee Reserve (outside Calgary), prison inmates at the Drumheller and Lethbridge institutions of Alberta, and Correctional Officers at the federal penitentiary in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

A recipient of Mount Royal University's Distinguished Teaching Award, she has given numerous seminars on dogmatism to the general public and various academic communities--locally and internationally. For a complete list of presentations, click on the "Presentations" tab.


Johnson, J. J. (2009). What's so wrong with being absolutely right: The dangerous nature of dogmatic belief. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.

Johnson, J. J. (2010). "Beyond a shadow of doubt: The psychological nature of dogmatism." The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 149-161. This article was selected by the editors for the International Award for Excellence in the area of interdisciplinary social sciences.

Johnson, J. J.(2010). " Much to gain from tempering dogmatism's bark: There's a lot wrong with being absolutely right, especially in politics." The Edmonton Journal, Sept. 22, Op-Ed, from

Johnson, J. J. (2010). "Beyond a shadow of doubt: If we are to weed out the imposters of reasons and confront dogmatism in public discourse, we need to understand it." The Ottawa Citizen, Sept. 27, 2010, Citizen Special, from http://www.ottawacitizen.comhttp://

Johnson, J. J. (2010). "Beyond a shadow of doubt: Political certainty in uncertain times. Posted on Truthout.

Johnson, J. J. (2010) "Beyond a shadow of doubt: Political certainty in uncertai times.The Monitor. Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives. Dec.-Jan., pp. 38-39.

Johnson, J. J. (March 02, 2011). "Jackboot religion and jackboot politics: Canadian researcher Dr. Judy J. Johnson takes us into the curious world of dogmatism and authoritarianism." The Catholica.

Johnson, J. J. (2011). "Dogmatism: Political certainty in uncertain times." Troy Media, April 7, 2011.

Johnson, J. J. (2011) "Dogmatism: Political certainty in uncertain times." Consortium News, 2011.


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