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Renee M.


Renee M. Johnson, PhD, MPH, uses social epidemiology and behavioral science methods to investigate injury/violence, substance use, and overdose prevention.

Contact Info

615 N Wolfe St, Suite 1600
(410) 955-9088

Research Interests

substance use & overdose; marijuana/cannabis; heroin/opioids/fentanyl; violence; adolescent health; emerging adults; vulnerable populations; trauma and adversity; social epidemiology

Experiences & Accomplishments

Renee M. Johnson, PhD, MPH is Professor & Vice Chair for DEI in the Department of Mental Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research addresses substance use, overdose prevention, injury and violence, adolescent/emerging adult health, and health equity.

Johnson is engaged in training the next generation of public health practitioners and researchers. She serves as Deputy Chair for BSPH's DrPH Program, co-leads the Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training Program, and serves as Associate DIrector for Training & Education at the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research & Policy.

Honors & Awards

APHA Injury Control & Emergency Health Services Section, Excellence in Science 2022

Society for the Advancement of Injury & Violence Research (SAVIR); Outstanding Service Award 2023

Johns Hopkins SOURCE Service-Learning Fellow (2019-20)

Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, Theta Chapter (2005)

Select Publications


  • Matson PA, Flessa SJ, Hoff A, Alinsky R, Alexander K, Lich KH, Johnson RM. “What do you consider use?” Perspectives of Black youth on cannabis use. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2023; 72:254-259.

  • Johnson RM, Hill A, Jones V, Powell T, Dean L, Gilreath T. Racial/ethnic inequities in adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and selected health-related behaviors and problems among Maryland adolescents. Health Promotion Practice. 2022;23(6):935-940.

  • Kurani S, Webb L, Cadet K, Ma M, Gibson M, Jallah N, Park JN, Johnson RM. Area-level deprivation and adverse childhood experiences among high school students in Maryland. BMC Public Health. 2022;22(1):811.

  • Johnson RM, Fairman B, Gilreath T, Xuan Z, Rothman EF, Parnham T, Furr-Holden CDM. Past 15-year trends in adolescent marijuana use: differences by race/ethnicity and sex. Drug & Alcohol Dependence 2015; 155: 8-15.

  • Johnson RM, Guttmannova K. Marijuana use among adolescents & emerging adults in the midst of policy change: Introduction to the special issue. Prevention Science. 2019; 20(2):179-184.

  • Runyan CW, Carlson KF, DeFrancesco S, Johnson RM. Violence and Injury Curricula Still Inadequate in Public Health Schools and Programs-A Call to Action. Am J Public Health. 2022 Oct;112(10):1385-1388. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2022.307045.

Maryland Overdose Data to Action: Outcomes Monitoring