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Renee M. Johnson, PhD

  • Associate Professor

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2300 North Calvert Street
Apartment 401
Baltimore, Maryland 21218

(410) 955-9088

DDET Program
Substance Use Epidemiology

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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. 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, trauma-exposed youth, immigrants, and youth in low-income, urban areas. Her current work examines marijuana and polysubstance use among adolescents and emerging adults.

Honors and Awards

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award for “The Epidemiology of Substance Use and Related Problems” (2019)

Johns Hopkins SOURCE Service-Learning Fellow (2019)

Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, Theta Chapter (2005)

  • substance use epidemiology
  • marijuana/cannabis
  • heroin/opioids
  • 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 2017; 174, 47–57.
  • Brighthaupt S, Schneider KE, Johnson JK, Jones AA, Johnson RM. Trends in adolescent heroin and injection drug use in nine urban centers in the United States, 1999-2017. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2019; 65 (2): 210-215.
  • Johnson RM, Fleming CB, Cambron C, Brighthaupt S, Dean LT, Guttmannova K. Race/ethnicity differences in trends of marijuana, cigarette, and alcohol use among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in Washington State, 2004-2016. Prevention Science 2019; 20(2): 194-204.
  • Schneider KE, Johnson JK, Johnson RM. Cocaine use is declining among emerging adults in the United States: trends by college enrollment. Addictive Behaviors. 2019; 96: 35-38.
  • Johnson RM, Guttmannova K. Marijuana use among adolescents & emerging adults in the midst of policy change: Introduction to the special issue. Prevention Science. 2019; 20(2):179-184.