Marsha Johnson is a leader in complex care program development, integrated health delivery, curriculum development, and workforce and leadership development. She is passionate about building a resilient workforce and systems to meet the demands of the safety net environment and deliver quality, comprehensive care to complex populations.
Marsha’s broad clinical expertise includes individual and group psychotherapy, behavioral health consultation in the primary care environment, psychosocial interventions for group medical visits, batterers intervention, and supervision/training of students in health professions.
She spent 12 years working in the federally-qualified health center environment where she guided the behavioral health program from co-location to full integration to improve care for patients with chronic disease including mental illness and substance use disorders. She currently maintains a private practice focused primarily on the delivery of dialectical behavior therapy.
As a member of the innovation team at the Urban Health Institute at Cooper Health System, Marsha brought her expertise to the redesign of ambulatory care services for the Medicare and Medicaid populations. She designed and implemented care transitions programs, integrated health coaching into primary care, and launched collaborative care planning with community-based services.
Prior to joining HMA, Marsha served as chief learning officer leading technical assistance and educational programs aimed at the development of complex care eco-systems in communities across the country. In partnership with academic institutions, she successfully scaled an interprofessional training program utilizing experiential learning to advance understanding of the impact of social determinants of health. She was also instrumental in the development and activation of the strategic plan of the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs.
She earned a Master of Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work and has a bachelor’s degree in French language and literature from Carleton College.
Hailing back to her rural upbringing, Marsha enjoys gardening, often fruitlessly, on a very small scale at her home in Philadelphia while fostering a connection to nature with her two children.