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Marcia K. Johnson
Born1943 (age 78–79)
  • Psychologist
  • scholar
  • professor
TitleSterling Professor
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
Academic work
InstitutionsYale University

Marcia K. Johnson (born 1943) is a Sterling Professor emeritus of psychology at Yale University.[1] She received her Ph.D. in 1971 from University of California, Berkeley.[2] Her research has focused on human memory, specifically the component processes of reflection and consciousness, mechanisms of veridical and distorted memory, memory disorders (resulting from amnesia, frontal brain damage, aging), and the relation between emotion and cognition.

Johnson has received a number of awards, including the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award,[3] the American Psychological Society William James Fellow Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2014, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.[4]

Johnson joined the faculty at Yale in 2000, after previously teaching at Stony Brook University and Princeton University. She became the Dilley Professor of Psychology in 2004, and was appointed as a Sterling Professor in 2011.[5] Her former graduate students include Shahin Hashtroudi, Frank Durso, Mary Ann Foley, Tracey Kahan, Steve Lindsay, Elizabeth Phelps, Kristi Multhaup, Chad Dodson, Denise Evert, Mara Mather, John Reeder, Wil Cunningham, and Keith Lyle.

Johnson is the director of the Memory and Cognition Lab (MEMlab) at Yale, which "uses cognitive behavioral and neuroimaging (fMRI) techniques to investigate the nature of human cognition and memory."


  1. ^ Carey, Benedict (2013-01-14). "Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Psychologist Who Studied Depression in Women, Dies at 53". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  2. ^ "Marcia K. Johnson | Faculty of Arts and Sciences". Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  3. ^ Yale Scientific, p.74 (won Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award in 2006)
  4. ^ "Marcia elected to National Academy of Sciences | Memory and Cognition Lab". Retrieved 2017-10-13.
  5. ^ (21 January 2011). Marcia Johnson is named Sterling Professor of Psychology Archived 2011-07-20 at the Wayback Machine, Yale Daily Bulletin