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Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth I. Johnson

Professor, Co-Director of the Well-Being in Adolescents and Emerging Adults Laboratory (WAE)


Elizabeth I. Johnson is a Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies and Co-Director of the Well-Being in Adolescents and Emerging Adults (WAE) lab. She is a developmental scientist with joint doctoral training in psychology and social work who studies youth development in contexts of accumulated ecological adversity. Johnson uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and most of her current research is focused on risk and resilience among adolescents who have experienced parental or household member contact with the U.S. criminal legal system. She teaches undergraduate courses on research methods and development in adolescence and adulthood, as well as graduate courses on human development and contemporary social problems and policies.


  • Incarceration and families
  • Risk and resilience
  • Adolescent development


Curriculum Vitae

  • Ph.D., Social Work and Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan
  • M.S., Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan
  • M.S., Social Work, Columbia University


Selected Recent Publications

Johnson, E.I., & Arditti, J. (2023). Risk and resilience among children with incarcerated parents: A review and critical reframing. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 19, 437-460.

Arditti, J.A., & Johnson, E.I. (2022). A family resilience agenda for understanding and responding to parental incarceration. American Psychologist77, 56-70.

Johnson, E.I., & Arditti, J.A. (2022). Adolescents with incarcerated parents: Towards developmentally-informed research and practice. In J. Krysik & N. Rodriguez (Eds.), Children of incarcerated parents: Integrating research into best practices and policy (pp. 23-40). Springer. 

Johnson, E.I., Planalp, E., & Poehlmann-Tynan, J. (2022). Parental arrest and child behavior: Differential role of executive functioning among racial subgroups. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 31, 1933-1946.

Johnson, E.I., Kilpatrick, T., Bolland, A., & Bolland, J. (2020). Positive youth development in the context of household member contact with the criminal justice system. Children & Youth Services Review. Advance online publication.


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