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 focuses on understanding how chronic stress in early life shapes the biology of child health and development. She is particularly interested in understanding the biological and social mechanisms that help perpetuate health disparities across the life course and across generations and ways to interrupt them. Current projects include an investigation of maternal stress in pregnancy and its impact on child growth via epigenetic mechanisms, and a three-generation study of families in Baltimore focused on understanding pathways to success in the context of early adversity. Dr. Johnson's previous research focused on brain development in adolescence and its implications for adolescent health policy, social influences on neurodevelopment, 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 testing new models of school-based health programming to reduce health and educational disparities. She also directs the Johns Hopkins General Pediatrics Fellowship Program.
Honors and Awards
Pioneer in Children’s Wellbeing Award, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers, 2016
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Leadership Development Program in Population Health Science, 2105
Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award (AMTRA), 2013
JHSPH Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014
Delta Omega, Alpha Chapter, national public health honor society, 2006
William Haddon, Jr. Fellowship in Injury Prevention, 2004-2005
Phi Beta Kappa, 1997