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 early life experiences (e.g., poverty, trauma, life events) shape the biology of child and adolescent health and development. Currently, she is investigating biological and social mechanisms in the intergenerational transmission of health disparities. Other research interests include brain development adolescence and its implications for adolescent health policy, social influences on neurodevelopmental trajectories, 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
Phi Beta Kappa, 1997
NIMH Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Interdisciplinary Research Training on Violence, T32 MH20014, 2001-2003
William Haddon, Jr. Fellowship in Injury Prevention, 2004-2005
Delta Omega, Alpha Chapter, national public health honor society,2006
JHSPH Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014
Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award (AMTRA), 2013
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Leadership Development Program in Population Health Science, 2105
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers “Pioneer in Children’s Wellbeing” Award for "Redesigning school health to address health and educational disparities in Baltimore City", 2016