Dr. Pamela Scott-Johnson

Pamela Scott-Johnson
Acting Dean
Office Location: 
Holmes Hall 231

Pamela E. Scott-Johnson, Ph.D., is currently the Acting Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and former Chairperson of the Department of Psychology at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD.  She is also full professor in the Department of Psychology.  She earned a B. A. degree in Psychology and graduated magna cum laude from Spelman College (Atlanta, GA) in 1982, and an MA and PhD in Psychology and Neuroscience from Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) in 1984 and 1989, respectfully. Dr. Scott-Johnson is a committed teacher / scholar.  Dr. Scott-Johnson has published widely in professional journals and has been Principle Investigator for a large number of research and program development grants, totaling more than $5 million.  Her research interests include eating disorders, body image and sensory systems, as well as preparing more minority students for the psychology pipeline.  She has also had funding that allowed her examine factors that contribute to the success of women in STEM fields and the academy.  She was the lead designer of the doctoral program in Psychometrics at Morgan. 

Dr. Scott-Johnson has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Psychology and Psychometrics, including courses in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, Theories of Learning and Behavior, Sensation and Perception, and Cognitive Psychology.  Dr. Scott-Johnson is an active member of the American Psychological Association (Committee on Animal Research and Ethics (CARE); Divisions 1, 2, 5, & 8), Association of Heads of Psychology Departments (Board of Directors, 2007-2008), Project Kaleidoscope (National Advisory Board)/ Faculty for the 21st Century, and the Southeastern Psychological Association (Committee for Equal Opportunities).

Prior to her academic affiliations, Dr. Scott-Johnson worked in the food industry as a senior research scientist examining the neural, physiological, and behavioral bases of taste and smell related to food products. Dr. Scott-Johnson has held memberships in the Society for Neuroscience, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN; councilor), the American Psychological Association (APA), Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2 of the APA), Southeastern Psychological Association, and the Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS).  Dr. Scott-Johnson represents the University at the institutional liaison for the Leadership Alliance, a consortium of 31 institutions. 

Dr. Scott-Johnson is a 2013 participant of HERS (Higher Education Resources Services), which is "dedicated to creating and sustaining a community of women leaders through leadership development programs," of the 2009 American Psychological Association Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, and 2005 participant of the Project Kaleidoscope Leadership Institute.

Dr. Scott-Johnson is married to Franklin Johnson.  The couple has 2 children, 18-year old Sara Elizabeth Amina Johnson, and 22-year Scott Louis Andrew Johnson.