Renee M. Johnson
Renee M. Johnson

Renee M. Johnson, PhD

  • Associate Professor

Departmental Affiliations

  • Mental Health (Primary)
  • Epidemiology (Joint)

Center & Institute Affiliations

  • Center for Adolescent Health
  • Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research
  • Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy

Contact Information

624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 898
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

P:  410-955-7073
F:  (410) 955-9088

DDET Program:
Substance Use Epidemiology:


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 honors

2010 National Institute on Drug Abuse Travel Award, Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association

2006 National Institutes of Health, Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program

2005 Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, Theta Chapter

Research Interests

  • substance use epidemiology
  • marijuana/cannabis, 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.
  • Kane JC, Damian AJ, Fairman B, Bass JK, Iwamoto DK, Johnson RM. Differences in alcohol use patterns between adolescent Asian American ethnic groups: representative estimates from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2002-2013. Addictive Behaviors 2017; 64: 154-158.
  • 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 2018;
  • Johnson RM, Fairman B, Gilreath T, Xuan Z, Rothman EF, Parnham T, Furr-Holden CDM. Past 15-year trends in adolescent marijuana use: differences by race/ethnicity and sex. Drug & Alcohol Dependence. 2015; 155: 8-15.
  • Johnson RM, Brooks-Russell A, Ma M, Fairman BJ, Tolliver RL, Levinson AH. Usual mode of marijuana consumption among high school students in Colorado. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 2016; 77: 580-588.