Oliver Johnston

Program: Clinical Psychology
Advisor: Jeffrey Burke, Ph.D.
Anticipated Graduation: 2021
Lab Affiliation: BADCO Lab
Education: **On clinical psychology internship for 2020-2021 Academic Year in the Child & Adolescent Outpatient Track at Boys Town Behavioral Health in Omaha, NE.**


Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Research Methods, University of Connecticut, 2019

M.S., Clinical Psychology, University of Connecticut, 2017

B.S., Psychology & Neuroscience Minor, University of Pittsburgh, 2014

Research Interests:
  • 1. Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Adults
  • 2. Measurement and Developmental Psychopathology of Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • 3. Help-Seeking and Service Use for Behavioral Problems
  • 4. Use of Structural Equation Modeling Techniques for Measuring Psychopathology
Research Publications: Derella, O.J., Burke, J.D., Romano-Verthelyi, A.M., Butler, E.J., & Johnston, O.G. (2020). Feasibility and acceptability of a brief cognitive-behavioral group intervention for chronic irritability in youth. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 1-12. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359104520918331


Burke, J.D., & Johnston, O.G. (2020) The bifactor S-1 model: A psychometrically sounder alternative to test the structure of ADHD and ODD? Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 48, 911-915. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-020-00645-4


Johnston, O.G., Cruess, D.G., & Burke, J.D. (2020) Irritability and behavioral dimensions of ODD in young adults: Associations with DSM-5 pathological personality traits. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 42(3), 424-435. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10862-020-09786-8


Johnston, O.G., Derella, O.J., Gold, M.A., & Burke J.D. (2020). Preliminary validation of the parental help-seeking stage of change measure for child behavior problems. Child & Youth Care Forum, 49(2), 223-246 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10566-019-09525-5


Johnston, O.G. & Burke J.D. (2020). Parental problem recognition and help-seeking for disruptive behavior disorders. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 47(1), 146-163. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11414-018-09648-y


Derella, O.J., Johnston, O.G., Loeber, R., & Burke, J.D. (2019). CBT-enhanced emotion regulation as a mechanism of improvement for childhood irritability. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. 48(Suppl 1), S146-S154. https://doi.org/10.1080/15374416.2016.1270832


Johnston, O.G., Derella, O.J., & Burke, J.D. (2018). Identification of oppositional defiant disorder in young adult college students. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 40(4), 563-572. doi.org/10.1007/s10862-018-9696-0


Burke, J.D., Derella, O.J., Johnston, O.G. (2018). Diagnostic Issues in Oppositional Defiant Disorder. In J.E. Lochman & W. Matthys (Eds.), The Wiley Handbook of Disruptive and Impulse-Control Disorders (pp. 21-36). Wiley-Blackwell.




Johnston, O.G., Barber, J., Derella, O.J., & Burke, J.D. (2019, November). Identifying intervention targets for oppositional defiant disorder symptoms in college students. Poster to be presented at the 53rd Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, Atlanta, GA.


Johnston, O.G., Bertschinger, E.J., Romano-Verthelyi, A.M., & Burke, J.D. (2019, March). Parent- and self-report of traumatic events and psychopathology for justice-involved youth. Poster presented at the Society for Research and Child Development (SRCD) 2019 Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.


Johnston, O.G. & Burke, J.D. (2017, November). Chronic irritability in children and parental motivation for mental health service engagement. In S. Evans (Chair), Irritability in Children and Adolescents: Treatment Needs and Mechanisms for Change. Symposium conducted at the 51st Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, San Diego, CA.


Johnston, O.G., Derella, O.J., & Burke, J.D. (2017, September). Irritability in young adults: Latent classes and associated impairments of ODD symptoms. Poster presented at the 2nd Congress on Pediatric Irritability and Dysregulation, Burlington, VT.


Burke, J.D., Johnston, O.G., & Derella, O.J. (2017, August). Identification and validation of the irritability dimension in a young adult population. In S. Evans & J.D. Burke (Co-Chairs), Severe Irritability and Where to Find It. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington D.C.


Johnston, O.G., Derella, O., & Burke, J.D. (2016, October). Validating a parental help-seeking measure for child disruptive behavior within a stage of change framework. Poster presented at the 50th Annual Conference of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies Convention, New York City, New York.


Johnston, O.G., Derella, O.J., Dalal, D., & Burke, J.D. (2015, September). Irritability and defiant behavioral symptom dimensions of oppositional defiant disorder in emerging adulthood. Poster presented at the 1st Congress on Pediatric Irritability and Dysregulation, Burlington, VT.


Liebsack, B., Johnston, O.G., Hiegel, S., Scudder, A., & Herschell, A. (2014, November). The impact of financial incentives on the implementation of an evidence-based treatment. Poster presented at the 48th Annual Conference of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies Convention, Philadelphia, PA.



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