From growing up in poor black communities to teaching at preeminent universities, race is deeply embedded in my lived experiences, my research, my artistry, my sense of self and my commitment to community empowerment. I find peace and fulfillment in knowing that the deep wounds, heartbreak and trauma caused by ugliness of racism fuels my work with RPCP on anti-racism, social justice and peacebuilding. Through RPCP, I have been able to train diverse peoples from all around the world in anti-racism, poverty, trauma, and paths toward justice. The transformations are extraordinary. With every RPCP webinar, talk, training session, and outreach event, we are helping to strengthen communities, heal historical harms, and empower those who have been disenfranchised. I am very grateful, excited and humbled to be a part of this effort.
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DR. JOHNSON possess the determination, expertise, and the access to resources necessary to successfully fulfill the responsibilities and expectations as the PI of the COACH intervention and proposed research activities. DR. JOHNSON has a comprehensive background in sociology, criminology, child development, and social epidemiology, with specific training and expertise in conducting ethnographies, survey research, and secondary data analysis on emotional and behavioral issues associated with justice involved children. In particular, DR. JOHNSON has published multiple papers about suicidal distress as well as the disadvantage, victimization, and other risk factors experienced by justice-involved children. DR. JOHNSON has also published three articles illustrating the diverse emotional and behavioral consequences of childhood trauma. This research –showing that trauma is linked to less positive relationships, severe delinquency, and suicidal distress—sets the foundation for the proposed project on suicidal distress prevention research among JIC. DR. JOHNSON has served as a NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellow in the NIDA Substance Abuse Training Center in Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Florida. DR. JOHNSON’s primary research lab is the STOMP lab for undergraduates, pre- and postdoctoral researchers and the Disparities Among Justice-Involved Children Research Lab. These labs serve to advance research investigating health disparities among Justice-Involved Children. View all posts by Dr. Micah E. Johnson