Dr. Jennifer Johnson, PhD is a C. S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Johnson also serves as the current Chair of the MSU Faculty Senate and University Steering Committee.
Dr. Johnson is a clinical psychologist who conducts NIH-funded implementation and effectiveness trials of mental health and substance use interventions for high-risk women (including perinatal women) and justice-involved populations (such as prisoners and jail detainees).
After spending more than a decade as faculty at Brown University, Dr. Johnson came to MSU in 2015 to build an academically vibrant and socially responsive team of community engaged scientists based in Flint, Michigan. This academic unit, developed in partnership with the Flint community, has been successful in terms of federal research dollars and community impact, demonstrating the feasibility and power of participatory institution-building.