- B.A., Sociology and Medieval/Renaissance Studies, 1999, Wellesley College
- M.A., Sociology, 2004, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Ph.D., Sociology, 2009, University of California, Santa Barbara (with doctoral emphases in Feminist Studies and Human Development)
- Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Connecticut Health Center, 2009-2011
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Missouri, School of Health Professions, 2011-2013
Dr. Johnson is a graduate of the Head Start program for low-income children, a two-time cancer survivor, and a former poet. These personal experiences help to drive her interest in studying health disparities and in telling the stories of community members (through research methods such as Photovoice). Before coming to Omaha, she was involved in the Mid-Missouri Komen-funded project, “Walking in the Spirit”, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project, “Playgrounds without Borders”, and an American Academy of Pediatrics-supported CATCH planning grant. Her areas of interest are: childhood obesity prevention, qualitative research methods, cancer survivorship and “previvor”-ship in the African American/Black community, online learning for health professional students, and health practices among Muslim-identified women. In Omaha, she is a member of the African American Women and Breast Cancer Task Force and the Connection Project at UNMC.