Margaret L.  Johnson
Professor and Chair
School of Health Professions
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
2133 CHS Building 2
Prior to coming into academia nearly 20 years ago, Margaret Johnson served adult patients with primarily traumatic brain injury and stroke in acute care hospitals and rehabilitation centers.  She continues to practice clinically today and feels that it is truly the only way to be successful in teaching students the science and art of speech language pathology.  She has found a passion and a love for working with students and enjoys sharing her passion of the profession.  She loves water sports, gardening, and reading. Originally from Mississippi, Johnson is a self-proclaimed “die-hard Ole Miss Rebel." 

Degrees and Certifications

  • SLP.D., Nova Southeastern University
  • M.S., speech-language pathology, University of Mississippi
  • B.S., communication sciences and disorders, University of Mississippi
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders; specifically management of persons with traumatic brain injury and stroke

Awards and Honors

  • ASHA fellow, presented by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2012
  • Honors of the Association, presented by the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama, 2012
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, presented by University of Montevallo, 2009
  • Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award, presented by Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama, 2007
  • Recipient of the Civitan Shropshire Scholarship


  • Haddad, M., Taub, E., Uswatte, G., Mark, V., Johnson, M., Wade, J., ....Barghi, A. (2013).  Validity of the verbal activity log (VAL) for assessment of spontaneous speech in aphasia. [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 19(Suppl. 1), 18. 
  • Johnson, M., Taub, E., Harper, L., Wade, J., Bowman, M., McKay, S., Mark, V., & Uswatte, G. (2013). An enhanced protocol for CI aphasia therapy: CIAT II; A case series. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Vol. 23 (1), 60-72.
  • Haak, N., Johnson, M., Molt, L., Phillips, D., & Plumb, A. (2013)  Current dysphagia practice patterns of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in Alabama: A pilot study.  The Communication Sciences & Disorders Review, Vol. 27: 1, October, 2013.


  •  Johnson, M. (2014). Updates on CIAT II and moving forward in aphasia therapy. Presented at the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama (SHAA), March, Birmingham, AL. Johnson, M. & Taub, E. (2012). A case series utilizing CIAT II.  A peer-reviewed presentation in seminar format presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) November, Atlanta, GA.
  • Johnson, M. (2012). CIAT II: De-bunking the myth of CIAT. Newly released data and therapy suggestions presented on newly revised protocol for CI aphasia therapy. Presented at the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama. (SHAA) March, Birmingham, AL.
  • Haddad, M., Taub, E., Mark, V., Johnson, M., Wade, J., & Harper, L. (2013). Reliability and validity of the Verbal Activity Log for assessment of speech in aphasia. A peer-reviewed presentation in seminar format to be presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) November, Chicago, IL. 
  • Haddad, M., Taub, E., Mark, V., Johnson, M., Wade, J., & Harper, L. (2013). Structural brain changes produced by Constraint Induced Aphasia Therapy II; Preliminary evidence.  A peer-reviewed presentation in seminar format to be presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) November, Chicago, IL. 


Dr. Johnson’s research is in the area of aphasia treatment.  She, along with a team of colleagues from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, created a treatment protocol entitled, "Constraint Induced Aphasia Therapy II”.  The CIAT II studies have produced pilot data with substantial results for improving speech and language in the life situation for patients with aphasia and this treatment has shown to be effective in producing structural changes in the brain.


  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Special Interest Division of ASHA "Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders"
  • Special Interest Division of ASHA "Issues in Higher Education"
  • Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama
  • Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences
  • Member of Green Valley Baptist Church