Joyce Johnson, Ph.D.
I am a psychiatric survivor and a sociologist. As a teenager in New York, I was hospitalized for 13 months and given the diagnosis of schizophrenia. I spent the following year in a psychiatric halfway house serving those released from an institution for the criminally insane. Against medical advice I managed to cut myself off from the mental health system, and attended college. I graduated magna cum laude, received a coveted research assistantship, and eventually earned a doctorate in Sociology at the University of California, San Diego based upon my fieldwork examining the assumptions of psychiatric aftercare.
For the last 13 years I have been teaching Sociology at a college level in Northern California at Santa Rosa Jr. College and for the last 5 years at Sonoma State University. Among the courses I teach is an upper division offering entitled The Sociology of Mental Illness which includes expatients as guest speakers.