Gabrielle Johnson, PhD

Dr. Gabrielle Johnson is a Research Administration Management Consultant at the Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE) where she works as a member of the Equity, Engagement, and Evaluation Team. Dr. Johnson possesses a longtime passion for the pursuit of equity, social justice, and systemic change in education which led her to earn her PhD in Educational Studies, with a focus on School Psychology from The Ohio State University. Her dissertation research emphasizes the urgency to prepare school psychologists and related school-based mental health professionals for the implementation of trauma-informed practices in urban schools. Dr. Johnson’s collaborative research on Black girls’ counseling outcomes and the school-to-prison pipeline have been presented at national conferences for the National Association of School Psychologists as well as the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Johnson is a core leader of CETE’s Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) Movement and serves as an advisory member of the REDI Steering Team. REDI is designed to increase members of the CETE community’s knowledge and skills relevant to the posture and practice of cultural humility, identify and establish anti-racist norms, practices, and policies at CETE, and contribute to the dismantling of institutional racism within CETE’s spheres of influence. Additionally, she leads REDI’s expansion work supporting organizations such as Ohio Head Start Association, Incorporated and the Shaker Heights School District in their pursuits to systematically address equity, diversity, and inclusion within their institutions.

Dr. Johnson is an Ohio Licensed School Psychologist and leverages her experience in this field as director of the Parent Mentor Oversight & Professional Development Program, CETE’s leadership of Ohio’s Parent Mentor Project. She leads a team of CETE Associates in providing professional development, coaching, targeted services, and supports for Parent Mentors in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Dr. Johnson is a puzzle enthusiast (from jigsaw to sudoku) and a lover of the performing and creative arts.