Shannon Johnson

Associate Professor; Director of Clinical Training; Director, Pathways to Wellness Lab; and Co-Director, Dalhousie Centre for Psychological Health


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:
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Nature Connection/Disconnection
  • Behaviour Change
  • Resilience and Well-being
  • e-mental health


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

Research Interests

Dr. Johnson’s research focuses on understanding and improving well-being, resilience, and behaviour change in various groups, such as children, families, and undergraduate students. She is particularly interested in the physical, mental, and cognitive benefits of nature connection, as well as why people are disconnected from nature and the development of interventions to increase nature connection.  

Selected Publications

  • Ibrahim, Y.A., Saravanamuttoo, T., & Johnson, S.A. (2022). Viewing digital nature scenes not sufficient to enhance verbal creativity in children. Ecopsychology, 14 (2), 7 Jun 2022,
  • Fennell, L.C.P. & Johnson, S.A. (2021). Examination of professional biases about autism : How can we do better? The Clinical Neuropsychologist, August 9, 1 – 22; doi: 10.1080/13854046.2021.1958922
  • Johnson, S.A., Snow, S.L., Lawrence, M.A., & Rainham, D.G. (2019). Quasi-Randomized Trial of Contact with Nature and Effects on Attention in Children. Frontiers in Psychology, section Environmental Psychology, 05 December 2019, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02652
  • McSweeney, J., Johnson, S.A., Sherry, S. B., & Singleton, J., & Rainham, D. (2019). Indoor nature exposure and influence on physiological stress markers. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 2019 Oct 18: 636-650. doi: 10.1080/09603123.2019.1679357

Awards and Honours

Dalhousie University Student Union Award for Teaching Excellence, 2009