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Who is Dr. Matthew A. Johnson (“Dr J”)?


Dr. Matthew A. Johnson (“Dr. J.”) holds degrees from the University of Alaska (BSW), Rutgers University in New Jersey (MSW), and George Fox University in Oregon (MA and Psy.D.). He has worked with parents and children in the mental health field since 1982 in group homes, residential treatment centers, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and outpatient private practice settings. Dr. Johnson was the Clinical Director for Charter North Outpatient Counseling Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is also the President and Owner of FAMILY Rules, Inc. He wrote “Positive Parenting with a Plan (Grades K-12): FAMILY Rules” and has taught this successful research-based behavior modification system for families in a variety of settings across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

 Dr. Johnson has lectured extensively on child and adolescent health issues and improving families. He has trained over 100,000 professionals. He has been featured on “The Early Show”, CNN, ESPN2, USA Today, and 300+ radio programs. Dr. Johnson uses his broad professional background, real-life parenting experience, and his great sense of humor to write an informative and entertaining book.  He’s a very funny guy……….but looks aren’t everything!!!

The Great Alaska Shootout!!!

 Dr. Johnson moved to Alaska in 1980 to attend the University of Alaska at Anchorage on a full-ride basketball scholarship. He is a pretty tall guy (6’9″) with a sense of humor to match. He scored his first two collegiate points against James Worthy of North Carolina in the Great Alaska Shootout on ESPN.  He played college basketball against Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Clyde Drexler, Hakeem Olajuwon, Spud Web, and other noteworthy opponents.  Also, he got half of his picture in Sports Illustrated (his silly teammate was in the way of the other half). He was asked to try out for the New Jersey Nets in the NBA but turned them down to pursue his Doctor of Psychology degree.  

Go Seawolves!!!


Today, Dr Johnson lives in Puyallup, Washington (i.e., The greater Seattle WA area).  He is married, has four children, and three stepchildren, two cats, and one Bearded Dragon.

Dr Johnson lives in the greater area of Seattle WA (Puyallup WA to be specific). He enjoys participating in various outdoor activities!!!

 Dr. Johnson grew up in a dysfunctional family and understands how the lack of organization, structure, accountability, and communication can lead to marital and family chaos in the home. He has worked with similar families in various treatment settings and has established F.A.M.I.L.Y. Rules, Inc. to combat the cancer of dysfunctional families.  Today, Dr. Johnson speaks over 100 times per year all over the USA, Canada, and Europe to parents and professionals who work with families.  He receives a 98% or better approval rating everywhere he speaks.

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