Dr. Kimberly Johnson was appointed as the Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) in February 2016 and leads the center’s activities to improve access, reduce barriers, and promote high quality, effective substance use disorder treatment and recovery services.
Previously, Dr. Johnson was the Deputy Director for Operations of CHESS/NIATx, a research center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, that focuses on systems improvement in behavioral health and the development of mobile applications for patient self-management. Dr. Johnson was also co-director of the national coordinating office of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center.
Prior to her move to Wisconsin, Dr. Johnson served for seven years as the Director of the Office of Substance Abuse in Maine. In her work with the State of Maine, Dr. Johnson provided leadership in identifying and treating the opioid epidemic. This included developing plans to reduce misuse and increase access to treatment including medication assisted treatment, and equipping first responders with Narcan. She also served as executive director of Crossroads for Women, a women’s addiction treatment agency, and managed community-based intervention and prevention programs and provided counseling for individuals and families as a child and family therapist.
Dr. Johnson’s contributions to the behavioral health field have earned her numerous awards – including the Federal DHHS Commissioner’s Award for Child Welfare Efforts and the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors’ Recognition for Service to the field of Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention. Dr. Johnson is a highly regarded thought leader, who has authored a variety of publications on topics important to the addiction and recovery field, including e-health solutions for people with alcohol problems, using mobile phone technology to provide recovery support for women offenders, and new practices to increase access to and retention in addiction treatment. She is co-author of a book on the NIATx Model. Dr. Johnson has a master’s degree in counselor education, an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in population health.