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Michael Bar-Johnson

Michael Bar-Johnson, Ph.D. Visiting Lecturer


Sexuality and mental health, sexual identity, commercial sex work, sexual violence prevention

Research Interest

His past research provided the first quantitative investigation of male sex workers in the Czech Republic. A focus on the interaction of biological and social determinants of sexual identity is also an area of interest. Currently his research is focused more on the issue of sexual violence prevention. Through his role as faculty advisor of the UML Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club, which sponsors women’s self-defense trainings for UML students, he has become interested in how biological and psychological changes in response to stress are affected by martial arts training in women.

Educational Background

B.A. La Salle University, Philadelphia
M.Sc. University of California, Santa Cruz
Ph.D. Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic


Mike Bar-Johnson is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Lowell since the Fall semester of 2014 teaching General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Research Methods I and a Social Psychology Seminar on Sexual Identity. Previously he served as Chair of the Psychology Department from 2008 to 2014 at the University of New York in Prague, a partner of SUNY Empire State College international programs, where he received two awards for teaching excellence and an award for service to the university. He received his M.Sc. in Experimental Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and his Ph.D. at the Sexology Institute of the 1st Medical Faculty of Charles University in Prague in the area of Medical Psychology and Psychopathology. He has also attended advanced training in Sexual Medicine at the University of Oxford on scholarship from the European Society of Sexual Medicine. He completed his clinical training at the Sex Offender Unit of the Prague Psychiatric Center and also led group counseling sessions for pre-operation transsexuals in the Czech Republic.