top of page


Dr. Victoria Liou-Johnson

Blue hat.jpeg

As a multi-ethnic, cis-womxn of color, I understand how the complexities of identity in today's world can cause its own confusion and stress, especially if one did not grow up in their parents' home culture (aka, "Third Culture Kid"). As an indigenous person, I also understand the aspects of feeling disconnected from culture and history due to colonization and/or oppression.  As a clinician rooted in cultural sensitivity and cultural respect, I try to understand all aspects of your life, or the biopsychosocial aspects, that may be affecting you and causing you distress. Sometimes stressful factors may be biological or hereditary, sometimes they may be due to other people, or sometimes they may be due to things happening in your life that are out of your control. More often than not, it's a combination of all of these factors. Sometimes, certain conditions or symptoms may require medical interventions and together, we will discuss when medical referral may be appropriate. 


I also feel strongly that factors including upbringing and cultural beliefs shape how we see ourselves in the world and affects how we deal with challenges that come our way. After all, we are products of our life experiences and we only know the things we've been taught. I will work collaboratively with you to help you have a better understanding of yourself and to figure out ways to help you decrease the distress so that you can get back to living your life to the fullest according to your values.

My background includes human and animal medical work, neuropsychology (behavior affected by neurological issues), and geropsychology (or specialization in working with older adults). I have worked in large university medical centers, community medical clinics, managed health care systems, community mental health clinics, schools, and the Veterans Administration. I have worked with a wide range of ages from the youngest elementary school children to the "oldest" older adults, dealing with a wide variety of conditions. 

I often tell patients and clients that the most important aspect of seeking therapy is finding a good fit. Approximately one-third of effectiveness of therapy is due to fit with the provider! I will not be offended if you do not feel I am a good fit for you, nor should any other therapist or psychologist be offended. However, what I do hope is that you will be ready and willing to ask yourself some potentially difficult questions during your therapy, whether with me or someone else.  Once the hard work begins, you will likely find yourself challenged, but like all things in life, if you put in the work you will gain the reward. I sincerely hope we will be able to work together to help you reach your goals and look forward to meeting you soon. 

😍 #nofilter.jpg

Makapu'u Lighthouse View, Photo by VLJ

Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae

Victoria Liou-Johnson, PhD, MS

HI PSY1759 || AZ PSY5022 || WA TE 61472771


2022 - present

Affiliated ScholarClinical Excellence Research Center, Stanford Medicine, Stanford, CA

2021 - Present

Adjunct Professor - Palo Alto University, Palo Alto, CA

  • PhD and MS Clinical Psychology Programs

  • Courses: Intellectual Assessment, Affective Bases of Behavior, Biological Bases of Behavior, Evidence Based Approaches

2018 - Present

Licensed Clinical Psychologist - Telehealth Private Practice

Hawai'i & Arizona

2019 - 2020

Primary Care Psychologist - Waimanalo Health Center

Waimanalo, HI

2017 - 2018

Postdoctoral Resident - VA Pacific Islands

Honolulu, HI

  • Traumatic Stress and Recovery Program (PTSD Clinic)

  • Community Living Center

  • Neuropsychology Service

2016 - 2017

Predoctoral Intern - University of Colorado School of Medicine

Aurora & Denver, CO

  • Integrated Primary Care @ AF Williams Family Medicine Clinic

  • Neuropsychology Service

  • Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation (CeDAR)

2015 - 2016

Neuropsychology Extern - University of California, San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

  • Memory & Aging Center, Dept of Neurology

  • Epilepsy Clinic, Dept of Neurosurgery

2014 - 2015

Neuropsychology Extern - Kaiser Permanente

Redwood City, CA

  • Neuropsychology Service

  • Adult ADHD Clinic

  • Group and Individual Psychotherapy


University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

BA Modern Literature

Thesis: Eleanor of Aquitane and Marie of Champagne: Patronesses of England and France 

Notre Dame de Namur University

Belmont, CA

MS Clinical Psychology + Clinical Gerontology

Thesis:  Attitudes Toward Geriatric Medicine from Primary Care Providers 

Pacific Graduate School of Psychology

Palo Alto University

Palo Alto, CA

MS Clinical Psychology 

PhD Clinical Psychology + Clinical Neuropsychology

Dissertation: The Association of Computer Usage with Cognitive Function in Older Adults  


2021 - 2024

Advanced Research Fellow

Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center

VA Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems

VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, Palo Alto, CA

2016 - 2019

Research Associate 

Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) 

Department of Family Medicine 

University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO 

2015 - 2016

Gero-neuropsychological Research Assistant 

Memory and Aging Center (MAC) 

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) 

University of California, San Francisco, CA 

2014 - 2017

Geropsychology Research Assistant 

Sierra Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) 

VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA 

2014 - 2015

Conversation Partner 

VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA 

  • Research Project: Treatment for Social Competence in Veterans and Civilians with TBI 

  • EAGALA Certified Therapist

  • EMDR Basic Training

  • National Register of Health Service Psychologists Credential 

  • Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification (University of Massachusetts) 

  • Baby & Me Tobacco Free Facilitator Certification 

  • National training and Veterans Affairs Provider status in Cognitive Processing Therapy 

  • National training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia 

  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) trained

  • 2022 – 2023 Palo Alto University Outstanding Contingent Faculty Award

  • 2022 APA/National Register Early Career Award

  • 2017 National Register Early Career Scholarship

  • 2015 PsiChi Lifetime Membership Award

  • 2014 PAU APASA Travel Award

Select Publications


Liou-Johnson, V., Narayan, A., Odama, U., & Shah, N.R. (2024). A Person-Centered Approach to Kidney Care, NEJM Catalyst, 5(1), CAT.23.0376.

Sultana, T., Hasan, M.A., Kang, X., Liou-Johnson, V., Adamson, M.M., & Razi, A. (2023). Neural mechanisms of emotional health in traumatic brain injury patients undergoing rTMS treatment. Molecular Psychiatry, 1-9.

Liou-Johnson, V., Merced, K., Klyce, D. W., Agtarap, S., Finn, J. A., Chung, J. S., Campbell, T., Harris, O. A., & Perrin, P. B. (2023). Exploring racial/ethnic disparities in rehabilitation outcomes after TBI: A veterans affairs model systems study. NeuroRehabilitation,1-12.

Silva M.A., Gonzalez A.V., Tang X., Carnahan N.D., Klyce D.W., Liou-Johnson V., Martin, A., Moberg, J., Dreer, L.E. (2023). Examining the relationship between sleep apnea diagnosis and suicide risk in Veterans with traumatic brain injury: A VA TBI Model Systems study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 10-1097. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000856

Beaudreau, S. A., Van Moorleghem, K., Dodd, S. M., Liou-Johnson, V., Suresh, M., & Gould, C. E. (2020). Satisfaction with a Vacuum Constriction Device for Erectile Dysfunction among Middle-Aged and Older Veterans. Clinical Gerontologist, 1-9.

Gould, C. E., Spira, A. P., Liou-Johnson, V., Cassidy-Eagle, E., Kawai, M., Mashal, N., O’Hara, R.,* & Beaudreau, S. A.* (2017, April). Association of anxiety symptom clusters with sleep quality and daytime sleepiness. The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 


Liou-Johnson, V. & Johnson, B. (2020). Paroxetine Use with Older Adults. In C. Lepkowsky (Ed.), The Pharmacological Guide to Paroxetine. New York, Nova Science Publishers. 

Liou-Johnson, V., Mills, B., Van Moorleghem, K., & O’Hara, R. (2016). Ageing, Inequalities, and Health. In N. A. Pachana (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Geropsychology. Heidelberg: Springer. 

Borish, S., Holt, H., Liou-Johnson, V., & Kramer, J. H. (2016). Encephalopathy. In N. A. Pachana (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Geropsychology. Heidelberg: Springer. Liou-Johnson, Victoria 7 


La, D., Van Moorleghem, K., & Liou-Johnson, V. (2016). Psychological and Personality Testing. In N. A. Pachana (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Geropsychology. Heidelberg: Springer. 

bottom of page