PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2005
MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2001
BA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1997
Dr. Johnson’s research interest is in understanding how social experiences (e.g., poverty, family relationships, neighborhood characteristics, life events) shape the biology of child and adolescent development. She has examined the role of early life stress in shaping self-regulatory development beginning in the fetal period. Specifically, she is interested in self-regulation as a key source of resilience. Other research interests include neurodevelopment in adolescence and its implications for adolescent health policy, social influences on neurodevelopmental trajectories, and adolescent injury and violence prevention.
Dr. Johnson serves as the Co-Director of the Rales Center for the Integration of Health and Education in the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. The Center is focused on redesigning school-based health programming to reduce the shared determinants of health and educational disparities. She also directs the Johns Hopkins General Pediatrics Fellowship Program.
Honors and Awards
Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award (AMTRA), 2013
JHSPH Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014
NIH Loan Repayment Program Recipient: 2006-2011
Delta Omega, Alpha Chapter, national public health honorary society,2006
William Haddon, Jr. Fellowship in Injury Prevention, 2004-2005
NIMH Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Interdisciplinary Research Training on Violence, T32 MH20014, 2001-2003
Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health Merit Scholarship, 2000-2001
Phi Beta Kappa, 1997
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Leadership Development Program in Population Health Science, 2105
Named a “Pioneer in Children’s Wellbeing” for "Redesigning school health to address health and educational disparities in Baltimore City", Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers, 2016