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Photograph of Ruth JohnsonRuth Johnson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Office: N-1073


Ph.D., Rice University
M.A., Rice University
B.S., Texas A&M University


Dr. Ruth Johnson began teaching at UHD in 2007 and has previously served as coordinator of the psychology program. Dr. Johnson teaches courses on Introduction to Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Biological Psychology, Sensation & Perception, and Psychology of Memory.

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Johnson is a cognitive psychologist with a background in cognitive neuroscience. She is currently conducting research at UHD investigating the neural components of episodic memory, as well as the complexity of face perception across race and gender. In addition, Dr. Johnson also conducts research examining motivation in online, blended, and traditional learning modalities for both students and faculty using best practice models.

Selected Activities

Johnson, R., Stewart, C., & Bachman, C. (2013). What drives students to complete online courses? What drives faculty to teach online? Validating a measure of motivation orientation in university students and faculty. Interactive Learning Environments.

Babb, S.J. & Johnson, R.M. (2010|2011). Object, spatial, and temporal memory: A behavioral analysis of visual scenes using a what, where, and when paradigm. Current Psychology Letters: Behaviour, Brain, & Cognition, 26(2).

Babb, S., Stewart, C., & Johnson, R. (2010). Constructing communication in blended learning environments: Students’ perceptions of good practice in hybrid courses. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 6(4), 735-753.

Stewart, C., Bachman, C., & Johnson, R. (2010). Predictors of faculty acceptance of online education. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 6(3), 597-616.

Johnson, R., Burton, P., & Ro, T. (2006). Visually induced feelings of touch. Brain Research, 1073-1074, 398-406.

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Last updated or reviewed on 10/7/14

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