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Renee Johnson, PhD

  • Deputy Director, Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training Program
  • Assistant Professor

Departmental Affiliations

Contact Information

624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 898
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

(410) 955-9088


PhD, University of North Carolina, 2004
MPH, University of North Carolina, 1998


Renee M. Johnson, PhD, MPH is an Assistant 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 work uses epidemiologic methods to identify risk factors at multiple ecological levels.


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

2008 Community Star Award, Given by the Grassroots Community Partners of the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center

  • My research focuses on risk behaviors - including substance use and multiple types of violence - among adolescents and emerging adults. I am particularly interested in vulnerable populations, including people of color, LGBT youth, immigrants, and youth in low-income urban neighborhoods. I also study unintentional injury, firearm injury, and suicide prevention.

Most Recent Publications

    Furr-Holden CDM, Lee MH, Johnson RM, Milam AJ, Duncan A, Reboussin BA, Leaf PJ, Ialongo NS. Neighborhood environment and marijuana use in urban young adults. Prevention Science. In Press.

  • Karriker-Jaffe KJ, Liu H, Johnson RM. Racial/ethnic differences in associations between neighborhood socioeconomic status, distress, and smoking by U.S. adults. Journal of Ethnicity & Substance Abuse.  In Press.

  • Johnson RM, Duncan DT, Gilreath T, Rothman EF, Hemenway D, Molnar BE, Azrael D. Fighting with siblings and with peers among urban high school students. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. In press.

  • Gilreath T, Astor RA, Estrada JN, Johnson RM, Benbenishty R, Unger JB. Substance use among adolescents in California: A latent class analysis. Substance Use and Misuse. 2014; 49: 116-123.

    Brown Q, Milam A, Smart MJ, Johnson RM, Linton SL, Furr-Holden CD, Ialongo NS. Objective and perceived neighborhood characteristics and tobacco use among young adults. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2014; 134: 65-70.