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“I am a professor, author, scientist, activist, speaker, performance artist, award-winning poet and former music A&R.”

I am a writer, monologist and social scientist. I am a sociologist trained in psychiatric epidemiology. I serve as an assistant professor of mental health law and policy. My work centers around childhood trauma, behavioral health, and juvenile justice. I have been an advocate for social justice for the past 14 years. I train, speak, and teach internationally on topics related to trauma, poverty, antiracism, and sustainable peace. I am also a pioneer of applied forensic sociology. I founded Johnson Forensic Services and serves in the state and federal court system as an expert witness and facilitator. My philanthropic and research interests in these areas are fueled by my childhood experiences. I also leverages my artistry, as a poet, monologist, and speaker, to share my peacebuilding efforts with a broader audience. I would love to connect with you, see #DoctorMicahJohnson (social media), click the book button or email me.

I invest my personal time in providing education on topics related to race, poverty and other issues at the intersection of social justice and mental health. I wrote and released a picture book as a way for parents and child services providers to have difficult conversations with children. I thought I would just print a few copies and distribute them from the trunk of my car. However, it debuted at #1 for New Releases on Amazon in the poverty and homelessness category. It has held that spot since it was released. The first wave of support came from my friends, supporters and social network who bought the book and shared it with their family. The next wave of support will come from people who want to make an investment in the character development of their children and loved ones in their families and communities. It is about a single father and his son struggling with homelessness and disadvantage. https://tinyurl.com/y9tdmqvm

Discover the immeasurable and phenomenal human capacity for compassion In one of the boldest and daring picture books ever written, Never Had a Friend © masterfully navigates profound topics such as trauma, homelessness, adversity, and resilience.

CEOs and administrators struggle to find interesting, dynamic, and skilled speakers, especially ones who are available, professional and can help grow their business. I fill these gaps and connect with audiences in a unique way. Individuals engage more with speakers who have unique lived experiences and have projects that bring information, joy, and an emotional connection.

My journey and work resonates with folks from all walks of life. I am a professor of mental health law and policy who just authored two books: One about Police Youth Dialogues dealing with race and healing; and another entitled Never Had a Friend that debuted at #1 on Amazon in the poverty and homelessness category. It deals with childhood trauma, homelessness, bullying and how social support can help youth escape horrible conditions.

I am a respected scientist in the field of behavioral health and alcohol/drug use among adolescents, especially those in the criminal justice system. I have published over 10 studies in scientific journals. My research has been referenced by major media outlets, including the New York Times.

I am probably the only scientist funded by NIH who has been a music producer and A&R. I have a passion for Hip-Hop and rap music. I have a wealth of knowledge about the music industry, including untold stories about the music game during the mid-2000s when I was active in the music industry. I am probably the only person to get a PhD and celebrate the evening with southern underground rap legend, Pastor Troy.

Apart from my professional experiences, my personal journey is one that inspires audiences. I grew up in homeless shelters in urban ghettos across the country, and today I am a professor at a preeminent university. I can cover diverse topics and domains of life and leverage my personal journey to provide a high-quality experience for the audience.

For DR. MICAH E. JOHNSON’S CV, click here.

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