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.
(Currently accepting new graduate students)
- Incarceration and families
- Risk and resilience
- Adolescent development
- 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
Arditti, J.A., & Johnson, E.I. (2022). A family resilience agenda for understanding and responding to parental incarceration. American Psychologist, 77, 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., 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.
Johnson, E.I., Kilpatrick, T., Bolland, A., & Bolland, J. (2019). Household member arrest and adolescent substance use: The mediating roles of parenting and youth psychological distress. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 46, 1088-1105.
Johnson, E.I., Arditti, J.A., & McGregor, C. (2018). Risk, protection, and adjustment among youth with incarcerated and non-resident parents: A mixed-methods study. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 27, 1914-1928.