Shannon Johnson

Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training


Phone: (902) 494-4504
Fax: (902) 494-6585
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie University, Life Sciences Centre, Rm 2536, 1355 Oxford Street, PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Development
  • Cognition
  • Social cognition
  • Typical and atypical development
  • Autism spectrum
  • Cognitive neuropsychology
  • Clinical psychology


BA (Kalamazoo)
MSc (Victoria)
PhD (Victoria)
PDF (Indiana)

Research Interests

Dr. Johnson’s research investigates cognitive and social cognitive processes in typical and atypical development. She has a particular interest in experimental and applied research in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Johnson utilizes cognitive, neuropsychological, and neuroscience techniques in her research.

Selected Publications

•Zaki, S.R. & Johnson, S. (in press).  The Role of Gaze direction in Face Memory in Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Autism Research.
•Goodman, L.*, Phelan, H.L.*, Johnson, S.A. (2012). Sex differences for the recognition of direct versus averted gaze faces. Memory, 20, 199-209.
•Bandstra, N.F., Johnson, S.A., Filliter, J.H. & Chambers, C.T. (in press). Self- and parent-reported pain for common painful events in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2012 Oct;28(8):715-21. doi: 7/AJP.0b013e318243ecf6.  
•Phelan, H.L., Filliter, J.H., & Johnson, S.A. (2011). Memory performance on the California Verbal Learning Test – Children’s Version in autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41, 518-523.
•Johnson, S.A., Blaha, L.M., Houpt, J.W., & Townsend, J.T. (2010). Systems Factorial Technology provides new insights on global-local information processing in autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Mathematical Psychology. 54, 53-72.
•Johnson, S.A., Filliter, J.H., & Murphy, R.R. (2009). Discrepancies between self and parent perceptions of autistic traits and empathy in high functioning children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39, 1706-1715.
•Blaha, L.M., Johnson, S.A., & Townsend, J.T. (2007) An information processing investigation of hierarchical form perception: Evidence for parallel processing. Object Perception, Attention and Memory (OPAM) 2006 Conference Report, Visual Cognition, 15, 73-77.

Awards and Honours

Dalhousie University Student Union Award for Teaching Excellence, 2009