About your instructor

Catherine Johnson, Ph.D.
hillisjohnson@gmail.com (this is the email I check regularly)

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3 of my books:
Shadow Syndromes
Shadow Syndromes:
The Mild Forms of Major Mental Disorders That Sabotage Us

Animals in Translation - paper - BEST
Animals in Translation:
Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior

Animals Make Us Human
Animals Make Us Human:
Creating the Best Life for Animals


My husband, Ed Berenson, and I have moved to Tarrytown, where we live with our son Chris, a middle school teacher in the Bronx, and our two young American Labs, Luke and Lucy. Andrew has joined Jimmy at their group home in Hastings, and they visit every weekend.


I live in Irvington with my husband Ed (that’s Ed on the Colbert Report) and one of our three sons, Andrew. Andrew’s big brother, Jimmy, lives in a YAI home in Hastings, and his twin brother, Chris, is a junior at NYU. Andrew and Jimmy have autism.

I have two sisters and one brother. We grew up together on a farm in central Illinois.

**The name “Jimmy” should be enclosed in commas (there is only one Jimmy!), but I don’t like the way the commas sound, so I haven’t used them.

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