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Johnson, Micah E., PhD

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Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: (813) 974-8163
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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Micah E. Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law & Policy at the University of South Florida. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Florida and completed a National Institute of Health National Institute on Drug Abuse T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Florida.  His research interests include a range of topics related to behavioral health and health disparities: the effects of childhood psychological trauma, the epidemiology of polysubstance misuse in pediatric populations, social inequalities, including race and racism, and health disparities among adolescents in the juvenile justice system. Dr. Johnson founded the Study of Teen Opioid Misuse and Prevention at the University of Florida, one of the largest clusters of underrepresented undergraduate trainees in drug abuse research. He also served as the Project Director of the Study of Nonoral Administration of Prescription Stimulants. He was awarded the Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Research Grant, the UF Rollo Award, and membership in the Alpha Lambda Epsilon Honors Society, membership in the Bouchet Honors Society as well as other awards and honors

His teaching focuses on substance misuse, psychological trauma and social inequality.


  • Ph.D., University of Florida
  • B.A., Florida State University 

Research Interests

  • The epidemiology of polysubstance misuse in pediatric populations
  • Health disparities among adolescents in the juvenile justice system
  • Substance traffickingThe sociology of violence 

Research Projects

Recent Publications

Shaw D, Warren T and Johnson ME, (2019). Family structure and opioid misuse among justice-involved children. Substance Use and Misuse54(7):1226-1235. https://doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2019.1573839

Johnson, M. E. (2018). Trauma, race, and risk for violent felony arrests among Florida juvenile offenders. Crime & Delinquency, 64(11), 1437-1457. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011128717718487

Johnson, M. E. (2018). The paradox of black patriotism: Double consciousness. Ethnic and racial studies, 41(11), 1971-1989. https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2017.1332378

Johnson ME (2017). Childhood trauma and risk for suicidal ideation in justice-involved children. Children and Youth Services Review, 83: 80-84. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.10.034

Johnson ME (2017). The effects of traumatic experiences on academic relationships and expectations in justice-involved children. Psychology in the Schools, 55(3):240-249. https://doi.org/10.1002/pits.22102