Dr. Sara B. Johnson is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with a joint appointment in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She serves as the Co-Director of the Rales Center for the Integration of Health and Education and the Director of the General Academic Pediatrics Fellowship Program.
Dr. Johnson's research focuses on understanding how early life experiences (e.g., poverty, trauma, life events) shape the biology of child and adolescent health and development. Currently, she is investigating biological and social mechanisms in the intergenerational transmission of health disparities. Other research interests include brain development adolescence and its implications for adolescent health policy, social influences on neurodevelopmental trajectories, and adolescent injury and violence prevention.
Dr. Johnson serves as the Co-Director of the Rales Center for the Integration of Health and Education in the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. The Center is focused on testing new models of school-based health programming to reduce health and educational disparities. She also directs the Johns Hopkins General Pediatrics Fellowship Program.