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Johnson, Kimberly A., PhD

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Title: Research Associate Professor
Phone: (813) 974-4430
Office: MHC2737
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Curriculum Vitae

Kimberly A. Johnson, Ph. D., is a research associate professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at USF.

Dr. Johnson earned her PhD in population health from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research has focused on quality improvement and implementation science in behavioral health. She has received funding by NIDA, AHRQ, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the California Endowment to study adoption of process improvement practices, adoption of medication assisted treatment in addiction treatment programs, adoption of other evidence based practices and the barriers and facilitators of change. Her interest in the intersection of research and quality improvement has led to her use of large data sets to identify targets for improvement at the system, provider organization and individual patient levels.

Her research has also involved the use of technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness in patient care and to improve the adoption and utilization of evidence based treatments and she has received funding from NIDA, NIMH and AHRQ for these projects.

From 2018-2022, Dr. Johnson also served as the executive director of the International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction, a newly formed international membership organization for universities with addiction studies programs. She was the director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, part of the Department of Health and Human Services for the U.S. government where she helped develop the department’s opioid strategy and managed the country’s three billion dollar substance abuse treatment budget.

She has worked as an associate scientist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where her projects included acting as the co-director of the national coordinating office of the Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (ATTC)and as co-deputy director of NIATx in addition to the previously mentioned research projects. She has also served as the state of Maine single state authority for substance abuse, and as the executive director of a substance abuse treatment agency. In her early career, Dr. Johnson was a child and family therapist and managed treatment and prevention programs.

Dr. Johnson’s dedication and contributions to the behavioral health field earned her numerous awards and she is a highly-regarded thought leader. She has authored a variety of publications on topics important to addiction and recovery including co-authoring a chapter on quality in the ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine text and a book: The NIATx Model: Process Improvement in Behavioral Health.


  • PhD Population Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • MBA, University of Southern Maine
  • MSEd Counselor Education, University of Southern Maine
  • AB Biology, Smith College

Research Interests

  • Quality Improvement in behavioral health
  • Quality Measurement
  • Systems design
  • Implementation Science
  • Technology adoption by behavioral health patients and providers
  • Impact of technology on efficiency and effectiveness of care

Recent Publications

Compton, W. M., Han, B., Blanco, C., Johnson, K., & Jones, C. M. (2018). Prevalence and Correlates of Prescription Stimulant Use, Misuse, Use Disorders, and Motivations for Misuse Among Adults in the United States. American Journal of Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2018.17091048

Blanco, C., Compton, W., Han, B., Jones, C., & Johnson, K. (2018). Prevalence and Correlates of Benzodiazepine Use, Misuse, and Use Disorders Among Adults in the US.  NEUROPSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY (Vol. 43, pp. S638-S638). doi.org/10.4088/jcp.18m12174

Williams, Arthur Robin, Edward V. Nunes, Adam Bisaga, Harold A. Pincus, Kimberly A. Johnson, Aimee N. Campbell, Remien H. Remien et al. (2018) "Developing an opioid use disorder treatment cascade: A review of quality measures." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsat.2018.06.00

Johnson, Kimberly, Jones, Chris, Compton, Wilson, Baldwin, Grant, Fan, Jennifer, Mermin, Jonathan, Bennett, Jean. (2018) Federal Response to the Opioid Crisis. Current HIV/AIDS Reports http:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11904-018-0398-8.

Johnson, K., Rigg, K. K., & Eyles, C. H. (2020). Receiving addiction treatment in the US: Do patient demographics, drug of choice, or substance use disorder severity matter?. International Journal of Drug Policy, 75, 102583. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.10.009

Muroff, J., Robinson, W., Chassler, D., López, L.M., Lundgren, L., Guauque, C., Dargon-Hart, S., Stewart, E., Dejesus, D., Johnson, K. and Pe-Romashko, K., 2019. An Outcome Study of the CASA-CHESS Smartphone Relapse Prevention Tool for Latinx Spanish-Speakers with Substance Use Disorders. Substance use & misuse, pp.1-12. DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2019.1585457

Strang, J., Volkow, N.D., Degenhardt, L., Hickman, M., Johnson, K., Koob, G.F., Marshall, B.D., Tyndall, M. and Walsh, S.L., 2020. Opioid use disorder. Nature Reviews Disease Primers, 6(1), pp.1-28. DOI: 10.1038/s41572-019-0137-5

Scott, C. K., Dennis, M. L., Johnson, K. A., & Grella, C. E. (2020). A randomized clinical trial of smartphone self-managed recovery support services. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 108089. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsat.2020.108089

Johnson, K., Hills, H., Ma, J., Brown, C. H., & McGovern, M. (2020). Treatment for opioid use disorder in the Florida Medicaid population: Using a cascade of care model to evaluate quality. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 1-9. DOI: 10.1080/00952990.2020.1824236

Lososová, A., Johnson, K. A., Sinkele, W., Obot, I. S., & Miovský, M. (2021). Overview of university-based academic programs in addiction studies in Africa. Journal of Substance Use, 26(1), 102-106.

Yachnik, Y., Pinchuk, I., Myshakivska, O., Pinchuk, A., Boltonosov, S., Pievskaya, J., Gluzman, S., Korol, I., & Johnson, K. (2021). Training needs assessment of specialists who provide care to people with substance use disorders in Ukraine. Adiktologie, 21 (4), 239–249. http://doi.org/10.35198/01-2021-004-0006

Miovsky, M., Volfova, A., Johnson, K., Peters, R., Koutsenok, I., Heaps, M., & Lososova, A. (2021). New trends in education and training programs in addictions at the higher education and university levels. Adiktologie, 21 (4), 201–209. https://doi.org/10.35198/01-2021-004-0005

Johnson, K. A., Keough, C., Hills, H., Vermeer, W., Lengnick-Hall, R., McNulty, M., ... & Brown, H. (2021). Protecting patients and staff in residential treatment centers during exposure to COVID-19: commentary. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, 16(1), 1-4. DOI: 10.1186/s13722-021-00258-2

Hills, H. A., Lengnick-Hall, R., Johnson, K. A., Vermeer, W., Hendricks Brown, C., & McGovern, M. (2022). Rapid adaptation during the COVID crisis: Challenges experienced in delivering service to those with opioid Use disorders. Implementation Research and Practice, 3, 26334895221096295. DOI: 10.1177/26334895221096295

A. R. Williams, K. A. Johnson, C. P. Thomas, S. Reif, M. E. Socías, B. F. Henry, et al. Opioid use disorder Cascade of care framework design: A roadmap. Substance Abuse 2022 Vol. 43 Issue 1 Pages 1207-1214 DOI: 10.1080/08897077.2022.2074604. https://doi.org/10.1080/08897077.2022.2074604

M. A. Incze, A. T. Kelley and K. Johnson. Reexamining Medicaid Patient Review and Restriction Programs Amid the Evolving Opioid Epidemic. JAMA Internal Medicine 2022. DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2022.1952. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamainternmed.2022.1952

Anthony J. Eller, Elizabeth E. DiDomizio, Lynn M. Madden, Jennifer D. Oliva, Frederick L. Altice & Kimberly A. Johnson (2022) Strengthening systems of care for people with or at risk for HIV, HCV and opioid use disorder: a call for enhanced data collection, Annals of Medicine, DOI: 10.1080/07853890.2022.2084154

Kuang YD, Devashish; Johnson, Kimberly; Li, Minyang. (2022) A continuous-time stochastic modeling approach for monitoring the Cascade of Care for patients with alcohol use disorder. presented at: Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Annual Conference; May 21-24, 2022; Seattle, WA.

Madden, L. M., Oliva, J., Eller, A., DiDomizio, E., Roosa, M., Blanchard, L., ... & Johnson, K. (2022). Pregnant Women and Opioid Use Disorder: Examining the Legal Landscape for Controlling Women’s Reproductive Health. American Journal of Law & Medicine, 48(2-3), 209-222. DOI: 10.1017/amj.2022.26

Kusiak, E., & Johnson, K. (2022). Shifts in motivation to seek substance use disorder treatment in adolescents, emerging adults, and older adults. Journal of Substance Use, 1-5.

Johnson, K., Pinchuk, I., Melgar, M. I. E., Agwogie, M. O., & Salazar Silva, F. (2022). The global movement towards a public health approach to substance use disorders. Annals of Medicine, 54(1), 1797-1808. DOI: 10.1080/07853890.2022.2079150

Sloboda, Z., Johnson, K. A., Fishbein, D. H., Brown, C. H., Coatsworth, J. D., Fixsen, D. L., ... & Vanyukov, M. (2023). Normalization of Prevention Principles and Practices to Reduce Substance Use Disorders Through an Integrated Dissemination and Implementation Framework. Prevention Science, 1-13. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-023-01532-2

Pourbehzadi, M., Javidi, G., Johnson, K., & Roberts, O. (2023). Detecting Ineffective Self-Management in Diabetic Patients: A Data Mining Perspective. 2023 3rd International Conference on Electrical, Computer, Communications and Mechatronics Engineering (ICECCME),