Karen Johnson, BA, MSW, LCSW

Senior Director of Change in Mind Institute

Social Current


Karen Johnson brings knowledge of the advancing science around resilience, brain development, adversity, toxic stress, equity, and trauma-informed approaches to the complex challenges we face. This expertise, coupled with 28 years of experience in child welfare, behavioral health, and community services, enables her to successfully partner with leaders, staff, community members, and participants across numerous settings to promote individual and organizational resilience.
Karen leads the development of Social Current’s Change in Mind Institute, which partners with organizations and communities to strengthen the workforce and leadership to build brain science-aligned and equity-focused systems and policies that support better outcomes for children and families.
Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker certified in Dr. Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead and trained in Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics.