Sara Johnson, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Sara Johnson, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Sara Johnson, M.P.H., Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Sara’s research is broadly focused on how experiences such as poverty and trauma affect the biology of self-regulatory development and in childhood and adolescence. Other research interests include neurodevelopment in adolescence and its implications for adolescent health policy, social influences on brain development, and adolescent injury prevention.

Sara has published numerous papers and articles on her research, most notably in Pediatrics, Journal of Adolescent Health, American Journal of Public Health and others, She was recognized with a National Institutes of Health Career Development Award to examine the role of early life stress in shaping self-regulatory development from the fetal period to age five.

Trained in public health, Johnson is a former Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco, and UC Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. and M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.