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Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth I. Johnson

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


Elizabeth Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies and Co-Director of the Well-Being in Adolescents and Emerging Adults (WAE) lab. Reflecting her interdisciplinary training in social work and developmental psychology, she is broadly interested in how individuals grow and change in contexts of accumulated adversity. Johnson uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and most of her current research is focused on stress and coping among adolescents with incarcerated parents. 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
  • Adolescent development
  • Stress and coping
  • Daily experience


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., Kilpatrick, T., Bolland, A., & Bolland, J. (in press). Household member arrest and adolescent substance use: The mediating roles of parenting and youth psychological distress. Criminal Justice & Behavior.

Arditti, J.A., Malloy, S., Spiers, S., & Johnson, E.I. (2019). Perceptions of nonresident father involvement among low-income youth and their single parents. Family Relations, 68, 68-84.

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.

Johnson, E.I., & Easterling, B. (2015). Navigating discrepancy: Youth perspectives on parental reentry from prison. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation54, 60-83.

Johnson, E.I., & Swendsen, J. (2015). Perceived social status and early adolescents’ responses to negative daily events. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24, 1593-1604.

Johnson, E.I., & Easterling, B. (2015). Coping with confinement: Adolescents’ experiences with parental incarceration. Journal of Adolescent Research30, 244-267.

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