Dr. Johnson has nearly 40 years of university and private sector experience engaging in research and development activities that focus on human service challenges. He received a BS in Forestry in 1964, an MS in Criminal Justice in 1969, a PhD in Social Science from Michigan State University in 1971, and an MSSW from the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville in 1994.
Dr. Johnson served as President of Community Systems Research Institute, Inc. (1994-1999), Professor of Criminal Justice (1992-1998), Director of the Urban Research Institute and Associate Professor at the University of Louisville (1984-1992), Director of Research and Associate Professor in the Justice Center at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (1980-1983), Director of Research and Evaluation in the International Training and Evaluation Council of Fairfax, Virginia (1979-1980), and Director of the Prince George’s County Criminal Justice Evaluation Unit as well as Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, College Park (1971-1979).
He has been principal or co-principal investigator on various research grants or contracts from a variety of federal and state funding sources including Centers for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, and U.S. Department of State. He has also authored or co-authored over 250 published articles, book chapters, monographs, technical reports, and professional conference papers.
His current research and development activities focus on the following: prevention of inhalants and other harmful legal products use in Alaska; alcohol and other drug use/abuse prevention and treatment in Brazil, Thailand, and Alaska; HIV/AIDS prevention and care in Thailand and Liberia; and system/organization capacity-building and sustainability in the lower 48. He is interested in promoting rigorous quantitative methods to test intervention theory for the human services and experimental methods to evaluate social and environmental interventions.