In Memoriam: Susan M. Johnson

Guilford mourns the loss of Dr. Sue Johnson (1947–2024), with whom we enjoyed a long and fruitful working relationship. A world-renowned couple therapist and much-loved author, teacher, and presenter, Dr. Johnson was the pioneering innovator of emotionally focused therapy (EFT), which has been demonstrated effective in over 25 years of clinical research. She was the founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and held professorships at the University of Ottawa and at Alliant International University in San Diego.

Dr. Johnson published widely, including acclaimed books for professionals, bestselling books for general readers, and numerous articles, book chapters, and teaching videos. Her seminal contributions to couple therapy have been recognized with the Family Psychologist of the Year Award from Division 43 of the American Psychological Association and the Outstanding Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She was most proud of receiving the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honors.

Tributes and Donations:

The ICEEFT has established a Tribute Board for remembrances of Dr. Johnson and contributions to the BC Cancer Foundation.