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Valerie Wajda-Johnston, PhD

Specialty Areas:

family health, child psychology

VPI Core Areas

VPI Core Areas: #Child Maltreatment

Angles of Approach

#Mental Health Psychological


The main focus of Dr. Valerie Wajda-Johnston’s clinical work is assessment and intervention with toddlers through teens and their families. Dr. Wajda-Johnston provides training in the areas of infant mental health and child and adolescent psychology. She also provides outreach services to children in the metropolitan New Orleans area through the Louisiana Children's Museum. She is interested in training issues at every educational level.



Selected Publications

  • Smyke, A.T.Wajda-Johnston, V.A., & Zeanah, C.H. (2004). Working with traumatized children in the child welfare system. In J.D. Osofsky (Ed.) Young Children and Trauma, New York, Guilford Press.
  • Wajda-Johnston, V. A. (2003). Children of Addiction: Research, Health, and Public Policy Issues.
Dr. Wajda Johnston’s School of Medicine profile page