About

Rachel Stewart Johnson received a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University in 2000. Her focus was in developmental psychology, specifically how social cognition develops from early childhood through adulthood. Her dissertation addressed the development of one’s self-understanding as the focus of other people’s thoughts. That interest in human development has continued throughout her career, including teaching several classes between 1998 and 2012. Most of Rachel’s teaching work was at the University of California, San Diego, in its interdisciplinary Program in Human Development for undergraduates. Rachel’s professional writing career has included placements in print magazines such as Johns Hopkins Magazine, web venues including Thrive Global, Thought Catalog and elephant journal, and longer-term work for clients across industries. Clients have included the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and HopeLink, a startup in clinical trials recruitment. A mother of three, Rachel has diverse interests including using writing to advance social justice, studying practical applications of psychology research, fiction writing (she has published seven short stories in lit journals around the web) and long walks with her shelter dog.

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