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Renee M.

Associate Professor

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

Contact Info

624 N. Broadway, Hampton House 898
(410) 955-9088

Research Interests

substance use epidemiology; marijuana/cannabis; heroin/opioids/fentanyl; violence; adolescent health; emerging adults; vulnerable populations; trauma and adversity; social epidemiology
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of North Carolina
University of North Carolina
Spelman College
Renee M. Johnson, PhD, MPH is Associate 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 heads the training core for the 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.
Maryland Overdose Data Collaborative