Michael was a licensed psychologist with an active practice in the Twin Cities. He graduated from Trinity College and received his graduate degree in clinical psychology from Wheaton College Graduate School. He worked in the field of social work and family psychology for thirty years, focusing on children, adolescents, and their parents. In addition to parenting his own three children, Michael and his wife have been short term foster parents for thirteen adolescents. Michael is a frequent speaker on the topics of mental health, parenting, and raising life-ready kids and has consulted with school boards, teachers, coaching staffs, and youth leaders in implementing many of the principles in this book. He has also been a supervisor of foster homes. He loves the Boundary Waters, outdoor adventuring, great lyrics, traveling without maps, learning about local cultures, and seeing kids learn to thrive.
Dr. Johanson recently retired as a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in 1986 and completed his pediatric residency training at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1990. He was actively involved in teaching residents and medical students and was awarded the Community Pediatrics Teacher of the Year from the University of MN School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics as well as the U of AZ Pediatric Residency "Wilbur" award for the faculty who most emulates the characteristics of a pediatrician. He has been a multiple-year recipient of "Best Doctor" award from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine, a yearly peer-voted honor. His passion for parenting drives his desire to help parents struggling with highly spirited and challenging children. His clinical practice focuses on kids with behavioral challenges. His research at the U of AZ focuses on the effects of early childhood trauma on parenting. He enjoys golfing, gourmet cooking, and public speaking on topics including ADD/ADHD, technology, depression and anxiety, and most of all, parenting.