School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 364-8733
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Amy Johnson, EdD, LPC, CPDT-KA

blonde woman holding a small brown and tan dog

Continuing Education Executive Director
Director of the Center for Human Animal Interventions (CHAI)
3060 Human Health Building
(248) 364-8704

Dr. Johnson has been with the SON for 16 years. She coordinates the continuing education programming for the School of Nursing and ensuring all activities comply with American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) criteria. She works with hospital and community partners in providing and developing the highest quality content for nurses. 

Additionally, she developed and directs Oakland University’s online Animal Assisted Therapy Certificate Program and is the director of its Center for Human Animal Interventions. She also founded and directs the non-profit, Teacher’s Pet: Dogs and Kids Learning Together, which pairs adjudicated youth with hard-to-adopt shelter dogs for the benefit of both. She is the Competencies and Ethics Chair for the American Psychological Association’s Human Animal Interactions Section 13 and Animal Welfare chair of the steering committee for the Human Animal Interventions in Counseling Interest Network through the American Counseling Association. She has published several journal articles and book chapters on the topic of Animal Assisted Interventions. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Michigan and is a certified dog trainer through Council of Professional Dog Trainers.

Board Positions and Memberships

  • Animal Welfare Chair of the Human Animal Interventions in Counseling Interest Network 
  • Board Member At Large (Competencies) of the American Psychological Association's Human Animal Interactions Division 17
  • Member of International Society of Anthrozoology (ISAZ)
  • Member of Animal Assisted Interventions International (AAII)