Migalski bio

"I inspire students with my passion, help them   
expand their minds, and apply knowledge  
to become socially responsible practitioners."  
Leigh Johnson-Migalski

"I inspire students with my passion, help them
expand their minds, and apply knowledge
to become socially responsible practitioners."
Leigh Johnson-Migalski

Leigh Johnson-Migalski, Psy.D.
Core Faculty, Psy.D. Program

Dr. Leigh Johnson-Migalski is licensed clinical psychologist with over 10,000 clinical hours of experience. Her academic and professional expertise extends to several domains within the field of mental health such as hospitals, community mental health, group therapy, professional organizations, private practice and teaching. Her work within these domains demonstrates a passion for both practicing her craft and mentoring future professionals in training. She was conferred Diplomate status in Individual Psychology indicating she is considered an expert in Adlerian theory and therapy.

Being a practitioner-scholar, Dr. Johnson-Migalski is currently involved with activities and professional organizations outside of the Adler University such as the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP), scholarly publications, and professional conferences. She recent stepped down from various leadership positions in NASAP to pursue research on Early Recollections, social interest, and qualitative research. She has published six journal articles and loves to write when she can find the time. She has presented on suicide, social media, early recollections, and students issues at past NASAP Annual conferences. She is currently a certified Positive Discipline educator.

Currently, Dr. Johnson-Migalski teaches in the Department of Psychology as an associate professor at the Adler University and leads the Advanced Adlerian Psychotherapy Concentration in the PsyD. She has created or taught the following courses: Introduction to Adlerian Psychology and Psychopathology, Lifestyle Assessment and Diagnosis, Parent Education: Adlerian Theory and Intervention, Adlerian Approaches to Individual and Family Therapy, Advanced Adlerian Interventions and Assessment, Adlerian Therapy I: Introduction to Assessment and Case Conceptualization, and Adlerian Therapy II: Psychodynamics of Psychopathology and Interventions.

As a professor, Dr. Johnson-Migalski strives for authenticity in Adlerian theory by demonstrating principles of the golden rule, equality, acceptance of difference and responsibility for the common good. She seeks to inspire students with her contagious passion, help them expand their minds, and apply this knowledge to become better clinicians and socially responsible practitioners. She accomplishes this by utilizing tools such as are lectures, class discussions led by herself or her students, shared inquiry, reflection papers, discussions via electronic resources, professional movies, pop culture movies, role plays, live demonstrations, mock therapy, and peer teaching in small groups. A graduate of the Adler University, she feels strongly about this institution and strives to differentiate them by offering students important skills and knowledge for the therapy room, but also important skills and knowledge for creating larger, systemic changes.

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