School of Social Work

Paul Johnson, Ph.D., LCSW

Professor, BSW Coordinator

Office Location

G23 Masterton Hall, Portland Campus

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2018

Sabbatical - Fall 2018


(207) 780-4438

Academic Degrees

  • P.h.D.
  • L.C.S.W.


Paul Johnson is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Southern Maine.
Prior to assuming his appointment at USM he was a member of the faculty at Lehman College, City University of New York.  Before entering academia, he was employed by Jewish Child Care Association and also worked at United Cerebral Palsy of New York State. Not only has Dr. Johnson practiced in the United States, but prior to immigrating to the United States in 1986, he worked in residential social work in the United Kingdom.

Research Interests

Trauma, Loss, Grief, Diversity, Interculturalism, Refugee resettlement issues, Healing practices, Traditions, Rituals, Groupwork, Fieldwork.

Recent Publications

Doel, M., Shardlow, S.M., and Johnson, P. G. (2010) Contemporary Field Social Work. Integrating Field and Classroom Experience.  Sage Publishers.

St. Thomas, B., and Johnson, P.G. (2007) Empowering Children Through Art and       Expression:    Culturally Sensitive Ways of Healing Trauma and Grief. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.