Professor of Social Work
BSW Program Interim Director

204 Bellerive Hall (South Campus)
Curriculum Vitae


Office Hours:
By appointment.


  • MPE, Washington University School of Medicine (2002)
  • PhD, Washington University (1999)
  • MSW, Washington University (1992)
  • BASW, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville (1989)


  • Research Methods and Analysis
  • Ethnic Minorities' Health and Mental Health
  • Social Work Practice with Individuals

Research Interests:

  • Adolescent mental health
  • HIV-risk among women and African Americans
  • Trauma exposure and PTSD
  • Co-morbid substance use disorders


Biographical Narrative:

Dr. Johnson joined the faculty of the School of Social Work in the Fall of 1999. She received a BA degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, and an MSW and a Ph.D. in Social Work from Washington University. She completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Biostatistics and Psychiatric Epidemiology and received a Master of Psychiatric Epidemiology (MPE) degree from Washington University's School of Medicine. During her academic pursuits, she received the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship, NIMH Minority Supplement, and was an NIMH graduate trainee. Her dissertation research was selected to receive a Social Work Dissertation Award and was presented at the prestigious Social Work Doctoral Research Symposium.

She has worked in the social work field as a case manager for adults with mild mental retardation who were living independently within the community and as a sentencing specialist for Missouri’s Public Defender System. She has several publications that focus on the mental health and social functioning of African Americans, adolescents, and urban samples. Dr. Johnson’s current research focuses on adolescents of substance-using mothers and the role of their biological fathers.