Dr. Sue Johnson is the leading developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (or EFT). She is a Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Distinguished Research Professor in the Marital & Family Therapy Program at Alliant University in San Diego, Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and Director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute Inc.
Sue received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1984. She is a registered psychologist in the province of Ontario, Canada, and a member of the many editorial boards of professional journals.
Dr. Johnson has received a variety of awards acknowledging her development of EFT and her significant contribution to the field of couple and family therapy and adult attachment. Sue has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor recognizing outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to Canada. She was named Psychologist of the Year by APA (2016), and has been honored by AAMFT for her Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy.
Sue has numerous publications in the field of couple therapy and attachment. Her most recent research in her lab includes Changes in Relationship-Specific Attachment in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (JMFT) and Soothing the Threatened Brain: Leveraging Contact Comfort through Emotionally Focused Therapy (PLOS ONE). This last study showed in a brain scan how contact with a loving partner mitigates threat and fear responses. Sue’s recent book, Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science in Romantic Relationships, outlines the new understanding of why and how we love, based on scientific evidence and cutting-edge research. She is also the author of the bestseller, Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love.
Sue is passionate about Argentine Tango, studying history and kayaking on the beautiful lakes of Canada.