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Johnson, Jennifer E., Ph.D
Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology

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Dr. Johnson is a clinical psychologist who conducts NIH-funded randomized trials of the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and implementation of mental health and substance use interventions for high-risk women (including perinatal women) and justice-involved populations (such as prisoners and jail detainees). She has been Principal Investigator of 8 NIH awards, with overall total costs of more than $14 million. She has extensive expertise as a PI of community-based mental health and substance use intervention effectiveness trials (e.g., U01 MH106660, R01 MH095230, R01 AA021732, R34 MH094188, R34 DA030428, K23 DA021159). Her primary research goal is to improve mental health and substance use care for justice-involved individuals. In this work, cost, policy, and dissemination/implementation issues and barriers are salient. Therefore, many of her trials directly target cost, policy, and other barriers to the implementation of evidence-based practice in real-world, under-resourced, highly political justice settings. She has extensive experience with effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and implementation trial designs (e.g., U01 MH106660; R01 MH095230), as well as with quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods analyses.

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