Scott Johnson


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Office:212 Ponzio Campus Center
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Earned and Honorary Degrees

MSW, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
BS, Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison


I have been involved in the mental health field since my senior year as an undergraduate, when I started working at a drop-in center and transitional home for people experiencing mental illness and homelessness. Soon after graduating I moved to Brooklyn, New York, with my wife, and while there I worked with people experiencing long-term chronic “street” homelessness to help find them supportive housing.

We moved back to the Duluth/Superior area so I could attend graduate school and to be closer to family after our first child (of three) was born. After graduating, I worked for six and a half years as a psychotherapist at a community mental health center in Duluth before starting at Northland College. I had just started looking into opportunities in Ashland at the time Northland needed a counselor, and it seemed meant to be. I’m excited to be here.

Why Northland?

It had been our plan as a family to settle in Ashland before I knew there might be an opportunity for me at Northland. We love the lake, we love rural living, and for a variety of other reasons it had felt like the place for us. I wanted my work home to be Northland because I find hope and optimism when I see the college environment and because Northland seems to be a place where students come in order to make a difference in the world. Anything I can do to help them through their college career should be a worthwhile pursuit.


I was born and raised in Wisconsin, and I have what I feel is a healthy obsession with the Packers, Brewers, Badgers, and Bucks. I enjoy running, and I try to run one or two marathons each year, usually including the Whistlestop. I love the summer but I have tried to embrace our winters more as each year passes.