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Dean Sharon D. Johnson

Professor of Social Work
Dean, School of Social Work
134D Bellerive Hall
(South Campus)

Curriculum Vitae
Dean Sharon Johnson

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.