Kadija Johnston

San Francisco General Hospital Infant-Parent Program
Director, Infant-Parent Program, UCSF

Kadija Johnston is the Director of the Infant-Parent Program, at the University of California, San Francisco. She has worked in the field of early childhood mental health since 1985. She has coordinated a therapeutic nursery school, worked as an infant-parent psychotherapist and provided mental health consultant to childcare programs.

For the last two decades, Johnston has been supervising and training mental health professionals in the provision of a range of mental health services to children birth through 5 years of age and the adults who care for them. Beginning in 1996, Johnston designed and implemented a project aimed at training mental health and early childhood professionals in providing Consultation to childcare. This project’s efforts now extend throughout the state and nation.

Johnston writes and presents nationally on mental health and childcare issues. Her recent articles on these topics have appeared in the Zero to Three Journal, Infants and Young Children and most recently in the 3rd edition of the Handbook of Infant Mental Health. Ms. Johnston with Dr. Charles Brinamen, co-authored a book on mental health consultation for which they were awarded the Irving B. Harris Book Proposal Award for contributions to early childhood scholarship. She has been part of WestEd’s Program for Infant/Toddler Caregivers faculty for over a decade.

Johnston obtained a BA in Psychology and an MSW Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.