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About the Author

Gina Jessamyn Johnson

Gina Jessamyn Johnson is a graduate student at the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is currently pursuing a degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology at the UNC Medical School.

Upon her expected date of graduation (August 2012) Gina Jessamyn Johnson will be eligible to take the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam and the North Carolina state licensing exam to obtain provisional status as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Educational Attainment & Awards       

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Richard H. Peters Scholarship recipient, 2009

University of Texas at Austin

Graduated with honors with a B.A. in Psychology, August 2007

AP Scholar, completed degree in three years

University of Texas College Scholar, 2007

University Honors, 2004, 2006, and 2007   

Professional Experience    

ABA Instructor, The Mariposa School, Cary, NC, March-June 2009

  • Used Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Discrete Trial Training (DTT)
  • Taught language and social skills in one-on-one sessions with children with autism.

Counselor I, Three Springs, Pittsboro, NC, Dec. 2008-Feb. 2009 

  • Used a person-centered approach and William Glassner’s Reality Therapy to develop therapeutic activities that encouraged introspection.
  • Compiled weekly reports, presented reports to a multi-disciplinary treatment team to develop individualized treatment plans.

Research Data Specialist, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, NC, Nov. 2007-July 2008 

  • Digitized research data in Microsoft Access and Excel. 
  • Worked collaboratively with the research team and satellite office to retrieve data, develop more efficient data management strategies, and provide weekly progress reports at teleconferences. 
  • Trained and supervised undergraduate student volunteers.

Research Assistant, University of Texas, Austin, TX, May-August 2007

  • Recruited participants and scheduled appointments via telephone.
  • Administered early language development tests, such as the Preschool Language Scale 4 (PLS4), to children in their homes.


American Counseling Association, 2010-Present

Postpartum Support International, 2010-Present

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 2007-Present

Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, 2005-Present

Volunteer Speaker: Victims Impact Panel, 2005-2006

Published an essay in Authors of Tomorrow, 2005 edition

Last Updated July 26, 2011