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Cynthia Johnson, PhD

Cynthia Johnson, PhD
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Department Center for Autism
Primary Location Childrens Hospital for Rehabilitation
Type of Doctor Children & Adolescents Only
Languages English
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Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Autism Evaluation
  • Center for Autism
  • Evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Psychological Evaluation
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Autism
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
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About Cynthia Johnson, PhD

Cynthia Rheney Johnson, PhD is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.  She also is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.  She is a licensed psychologist and a board certified behavior analyst – doctoral level.   She is a Fellow of Division 33 (Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder) of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Johnson has provided program development, clinical care and clinical supervision for youth with ASD for over 25 years.  Additionally, Dr. Johnson has been the principal investigator of numerous multi-site NIH-funded and other federally-funded grants with much of this research focused on treatment development and randomized clinical trials.  She was a primary developer of the parent training intervention used in both the Research Unit in Pediatric Psychopharmacology and the Research Unit for Behavior Intervention consortiums.  More recent research has focused on feeding and sleep issues in autism.

To read more of Dr. Johnson's publications go here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/cynthia.johnson.1/bibliography/public/?sortby=pubDate&sdirection=ascending .

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Child Psychology
Baltimore, MD USA

Medical Education - University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC USA

Residency - Children's Village
Child Psychology
Dobbs Ferry, NY USA

Graduate School - University of South Carolina
Master of Arts
Columbia, SC USA

Undergraduate - College of Charleston
Charleston, SC USA


  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 11/11/2023, Dr. Johnson has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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