Comparative efficacy of psychotherapy and medication treatments. Psychodynamics and personality.
The goal of Dr. Johnson’s research is to understand how opioids exert their effects by addressing clinical challenges that appear unrelated but are unified by an innovative theory. We propose a theory that unifies the nature of these disorders by assuming that each involves a dysregulation of the opioid system based on data suggesting that opioid dependence and fibromyalgia are associated with low opioid tone whereas autism is associated with high opioid tone. Our first challenge, therefore, is to create and validate a treatment for opioid dependence that corrects persistent hormonal changes after detoxification. Our second challenge is to treat fibromyalgia. Our third challenge is to assess whether autism is a disease of too-high opioid tone by blocking excess opioid stimulation to treat the symptoms. Opioid dependence, fibromyalgia, and autism are three disorders that cause much distress and disability but are difficult to treat. We test our theory by treating opioid dependence and fibromyalgia with low-dose naltrexone and autism with high-dose naltrexone. Our theory suggests a novel approach that could improve the quality of life of patients suffering from these debilitating disorders.
Dr. Miller's research has focused on the clinical implications of language, as well as contemporary clinical applications of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theory. He is particularly interested in the work of Jacques Lacan. He is the author of Lacanian Psychotherapy: Theory and Practical Applications (Routledge, 2011).
Anxiety disorders, mood disorders, complex trauma effects, sexuality. Dr. Miller's treatment approach is informed by psychodynamic/psychoanalytic and existential-phenomenological theory.
Health psychology dependency health service utilization
Provide consulting service to groups/organizations/business partners through Upstate's Institute for Decision Excellence and Leadership
Coronary artery disease link to depression and mortality
Adaptation to type 1 and type 2 diabetes in childhood, Children and foster care, Emotional development in children
My research focuses on the psychosocial issues that affect patients with diabetes and those at risk for diabetes. In my work, we are developing and testing effective and practical interventions for patients with diabetes, those at risk, and their partners, to help them achieve better physical health (e.g., control of blood sugar, weight) and quality of life. We are also seeking to understand how depression and anxiety may interfere with the health of diabetes patients.
Diabetes and depression Diabetes and marital quality Psychological predictors of surgical outcome
Health services delivery
Impact of health policy