Sara B. Johnson, PhD
Director, General Academic Pediatrics Fellowship
School of Medicine (Primary)
Population, Family and Reproductive Health (Joint)
Center & Institute Affiliation(s):
David M. Rubenstein Child Health Building
200 N Wolfe St, Rm 2017
Baltimore , Maryland 2017
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 development. Specifically, she is interested in the development and plasticity of behavioral and physiological self-regulation. She is the recipient of a NIDA Career Development Award to examine 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
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
Bair-Merritt ME, Johnson SB, Okelo S, Page G. Intimate partner violence exposure, salivary cortisol and childhood asthma. In press: Child Abuse and Neglect.
Granger DA, Johnson SB, Szanton SL, Out D, Schumann LL. Incorporating salivary biomarkers into nursing research: An overview and review of best practices. 2012; Epub ahead of print. Biological Research for Nursing.
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. Stress and the adolescent brain: How experiences and exposures across the lifespan shape health, development and learning in adolescence. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2012;51: S1-2.
Johnson SB, Dariotis JA, Wang C. Adolescent risk-taking under stressed and non-stressed conditions: Conservative, calculating and impulsive types. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2012;51: S34-40.