Staff Profile: Jeannette L. Johnson

Jeannette L. Johnson
Jeannette L. Johnson, Ph.D.

Scientific Review Officer (Contractor)

Division of Extramural Activities
Scientific Review Branch

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

National Institutes of Health

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Jeannette Johnson, Ph.D., is a scientific review officer in the Scientific Review Branch within NCATS’ Division of Extramural Activities, where she works in partnership with the scientific community to ensure applications submitted to NCATS receive fair, independent, expert and timely scientific reviews — free from inappropriate influences — so NCATS can fund the most promising research.

Previously, Johnson was the deputy chief of the Scientific Review Branch at the National Institute on Aging, as well as the scientific review officer lead for the Neuroscience Standing Review Committee. She was appointed as a distinguished professor at the University of Buffalo School of Social Work, where she was the director of the Center of Research on Children and Adolescents.

Johnson earned her doctorate in experimental and physiological psychology from the University of Vermont. Subsequently, she completed a fellowship in cross-cultural psychology at the University of Hawaii.

Research Topics

Johnson has studied brain imaging in alcoholics, resilience in children of alcohol and drug abusers, and HIV prevention in American Indians. She is noted for her cross-cultural research with Native Americans and research on resilience.

Selected Publications

  1. Chapter 8. An Indigenous Narrative of Resilience: Malama ko Aloha
  2. Resilience in Children of Substance Users: In Their Own Words
  3. The Role of Caring Adults in the Lives of Children of Alcoholics
  4. Building Partnerships between Indigenous Communities and Universities: Lessons Learned in HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse Prevention Research
  5. Challenges in Public Health Research with American Indians and Other Small Ethnocultural Minority Populations