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Dr. Raushannah Johnson-Verwayne, also known as “Dr. RJ” is a licensed clinical psychologist and the founder of Standard of Care Psychological Services, LLC, in Atlanta, GA. Dr. RJ brings a balance of science, practicality, wit, humor, and relatedness. Whether it’s speaking at a women’s conference, hosting a corporate retreat, or attending a grassroots community service event in the community, Dr. RJ is passionate about wellness and self-care.

About Me

She advocates for those affected by emotional and behavioral issues and focuses on evidence-based, trauma-informed care, to improve overall quality of life for clients. With many years of experience, Dr. RJ has mastered helping clients develop realistic, long-lasting, and life changing goals.

Dr. RJ attended North Carolina A&T State University where she earned her bachelor's degree in psychology, graduating with highest honors. Dr. RJ also became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated while matriculating through NC A&T. After graduating she went on to earn her masters and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology.

Dr. RJ has a special interest in treating trauma in victims of child sex trafficking, and has partnered with two local Senators to eradicate this widespread atrocity. Dr. RJ was awarded a grant from the Fulton Dekalb Hospital Authority in order to prevent child sex trafficking at the primary level of intervention.

In 2015, Dr. RJ was appointed by Chairman John Eaves of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners to play an integral role on a task force to end the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. The task force has had monumental success and was applauded during a publicly broadcasted board meeting by the Board of Commissioners for their work.  Dr. RJ has continued with the task force under the leadership of Chairman Rob Pitts.

In addition, Dr. RJ was appointed to represent Fulton County Region 3 as an Advisory Council member to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Dr. RJ is known for her service in the community. She has served on a panel moderated by former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin on the topic of child sex trafficking, appeared as a presenter to train over 100 Gwinnett County school counselors and educators about childhood trauma, served as a co-moderator with Senator Donzella James to discuss Amendment 1 (Opportunity School District), and served as the keynote speaker on a program for Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention.

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CSEC Prevention Task Force

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Dr. RJ has been featured as an expert on the documentaries Killer Kids on the Lifetime Movie Network, and For My Man on TV One. Dr. RJ also serves as the Wellness Wednesday expert for the Kansas City radio station KPRS 103 Jamz. She has received numerous community awards including the Atlantan magazine Woman of Power and Influence, the 100 Black Women Mecca chapter Honoree for commitment to Health and Wellness, the Higher Standard Superstar award from People You Need to Know magazine, and many other community mentions.

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Connecting mind, body and spirit.

Dr. RJ has also served as the keynote speaker for several mental health and wellness conferences. She is an active member of Elizabeth Baptist church and the Tau Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Dr. RJ is also a certified Zumba instructor and is passionate about teaching the importance of the mind, body, spirit connection as it relates to total wellness.

As an African-American woman Dr. RJ, recognizes the unique impact of stress on her demographic. Author of the newly published book, Stress, Lies, and Vacancy: The Self-Care Guide to Refill Your Empty Vessel, Dr. RJ’s experiences and transparency provide an empowering self help guide for women of color to reduce common stressors in their lives that have long term effects on the body and brain. Through this latest endeavor Dr. RJ is on a mission to heal one woman at a time and debunk the myth of the Black superwoman. Although she absolutely loves her career, her ultimate joy comes from her faith in God, and her love for her husband and their two children. Dr. RJ’s favorite quote is “Self-care isn’t selfish. You can’t serve from an empty vessel”.

Dr. RJ with Congressman John Lewis

Businesses in Atlanta partner with the CSEC Prevention Task Force as a result of updated legislation which requires businesses to post hotline information for potential sex-trafficking victims