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Renee M. Johnson, PhD

  • Associate Professor

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 898
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

(410) 955-9088

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PhD, University of North Carolina, 2004
MPH, University of North Carolina, 1998
BA, Spelman College, 1996


Renee M. Johnson, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. A social scientist by training, her research addresses the health of adolescents and emerging adults, with a focus on substance use and violence. Much of this work involves marginalized populations including people of color, LGBT youth, and youth in low-income, urban areas. Her current work examines marijuana use among adolescents and emerging adults.

Honors and Awards

2010 National Institute on Drug Abuse Travel Award, to attend the Early Career Poster Session at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association

  • substance use epidemiology
  • violence
  • adolescent health
  • emerging adults
  • vulnerable populations

Recent Publications

  • Johnson RM, LaValley M, Schneider KE, Musci RJ, Pettoruto KP, Rothman ER. Marijuana use and physical dating violence among adolescents and emerging adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. In Press.
  • Furr-Holden CDM, Milam AJ, Nesoff ED, Johnson RM, Fakunle DO, Jennings JM, Thorpe RJ. Not in My Back Yard: A comparative analysis of crime around publicly-funded drug treatment centers, liquor stores, convenience stores, and corner stores in one Mid-Atlantic city. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 2016; 77, 17-24.
  • Johnson RM, Parker EM, Rinehart J, Nail J, Rothman EF. Neighborhood-level factors and dating violence among adolescents and emerging adults: a systematic review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2015; 49(3):458-466.
  • Johnson RM, Fairman B, Gilreath T, Xuan Z, Rothman EF, Parnham T, Furr-Holden CDM. Past 15-year trends in adolescent marijuana use: differences by race/ethnicity and sex. Drug & Alcohol Dependence. 2015; 155: 8-15.
  • Johnson RM, Brooks-Russell A, Ma M, Fairman BJ, Tolliver RL, Levinson AH. Modes of marijuana consumption among high school students in Colorado, US. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 2016; 78.