David Johns, PhD

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David Johns, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor
Counseling and Human Services
Columbine Hall 3017

Biographical Information

R. David Johns (pronouns: he, him, his) is an instructor in the Department of Counseling and Human Services in the College of Education at UCCS. He completed his PhD in Counseling Education and Supervision at the University of Northern Colorado with a clinical focus on couples and family counseling and a research focus on counselor educators and religion and spirituality.  His master’s degree is from Idaho State University and the clinical focus was mental health counseling.  

Dr. Johns is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) in the state of Colorado. He is an approved trainer through the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) for the Clinical Training Program for addiction counselors.  He is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC).  

In addition, Dr. Johns practices as a substance use counselor, and has advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  He is an EMDR Certified Therapist and is currently pursuing certification to be an approved EMDR consultant.   

During his tenure at UCCS Dr. Johns has taught the following courses.

  • COUN 2500:  Introduction to Principles of Addiction Treatment
  • COUN 3600:  Motivational Interviewing I & II
  • COUN 4500:  Wellness, Resiliency and Emotional Intelligence
  • COUN 4750:  Mental Health Triage and First Aid
  • COUN 5100:  Theories & Techniques of Group Counseling
  • COUN 5510:  Principles of Addiction Treatment
  • COUN 5130 Introduction to Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling
  • COUN 5950:  Roles and Functions of the Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Previous to his appointment as an instructor at UCCS, Dr. Johns has taught master’s level counseling courses including: 

  • Spirituality and Counseling 

  • Substance Abuse Treatment 

  • Theories of Counseling 

  • Diversity and Social Justice 

  • Human Growth and Development 

  • DSM, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning  

Areas of Interest

  • Well-being and Resilience
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Counselor Resilience and Self-Care
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Substance Abuse and Recovery
  • Adult ADD/ADHD
  • Queer Studies
  • Grief/Loss



  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD):  Counselor Education and Supervision, University of Northern Colorado  
  • Dissertation Title: Narratives of Competency, Creativity, and Comfort: Religion and Spirituality in Counselor Education. 
  • Master of Counseling (MCoun):  Idaho State University  
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA):  Boise State University  

Certifications, Licenses, and Memberships

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) (CO) 
  • Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) (CO) 
  • EMDR Trained Clinician (EMDRIA Approved) 
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC) 

Awards and Honors

  • University of Northern Colorado: Graduate Dean’s Scholarship  
  • Idaho State University-Boise: Student Excellence Award 
  • Boise State University: Graduate Cum Laude 
  • Jay G. and Mary Donna Jensen Scholarship  
  • Ted Thompson/Bill Tansky Flight 261 Scholarship  
  • Certificat Pratique de Français Commercial et Economique de la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris  

Selected Publications

Johns, R. D. (2017). A spiritual question. Qualitative Inquiry, 23(8), 631- 638. doi: 10.1177/1077800417692362


Johns, R. D. (2017). Stories matter: Narrative themes of counselor educators' religious and spiritual competency. Counseling and Values, 62(1), 72-89.  


Cardona, B., Breske S., Nelson, N., Johns, R. D., & Mack, J. (2013).  A couple in crisis:  A case study with implications for counseling. The Family Journal, 21(2), 217-222 doi: 10.1177/1066480712465820

Johns, R. D., & Hanna, F. J. (2011). Peculiar and queer: Spiritual and emotional salvation for the LGBTQ mormon. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 5(3-4), 197-219. doi:10.1080/15538605.2011.633157