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Sara B. Johnson, PhD

  • Associate Professor

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David M. Rubenstein Child Health Building
200 N Wolfe St, Rm 2017
Baltimore, Maryland 2017

410-614-8437
410-502-5440

Rales Center for the Integration of Health & Education

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Education

PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2005
MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2001

Overview

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 development. Specifically, she is interested in the development and plasticity of behavioral and physiological self-regulation. She has examined the role of early life stress in shaping self-regulatory development from the fetal period to age five. Other research interests include neurodevelopment in adolescence and its implications for adolescent health policy, social influences on neurodevelopmental trajectories, and adolescent injury prevention.

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, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2004-2005

National Institute of Mental Health, Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Interdisciplinary Research Training on Violence, T32 #MH20014, 2001-2003 

School of Public Health Merit Scholarship, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, 2000-2001 

Phi Beta Kappa, 1997

  • child health
  • adolescent health
  • lifecourse
  • self-regulation
  • developmental origins of health and disease
  • health disparities
  • neurodevelopment
  • stress and health

Selected publications.

  • Johnson SB, Riis JL, Noble KG. State of the Art Review: Poverty and the Developing Brain. Pediatrics. 2016 Mar 7. pii: peds.2015-3075. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 26952506.
  • Riis JL, Granger DA, Minkovitz CS, Bandeen-Roche K, DiPietro JA, Johnson SB. Maternal distress and child neuroendocrine and immune regulation. Soc Sci Med. 2016 Feb;151:206-14.
  • Johnson SB, Riley AW, Granger DA, Riis JA*.  The science of early life toxic stress for pediatric practice and advocacy. Pediatrics, 2013;131(2):319–327.
  • Johnson SB, Blum RW, Giedd JN. Adolescent maturity and the brain: the promise and pitfalls of neuroscience research in adolescent health policy. J Adolesc Health. 2009 Sep;45(3):216-21.
  • 1. Bair-Merritt MH, Voegtline K, Granger DA, Ghazarian SR, The Family Life Project Investigators, Johnson SB. Maternal intimate partner violence exposure, child cortisol reactivity and child asthma. Child Abuse and Neglect. 2015; 58:50-57 [PMCID: 4446253]