Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health
Sara Johnson is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. At Johns Hopkins, she serves as Co-Director of the Ruth and Norman Rales Center for the Integration of Health and Education. Her research is focused on understanding the biological pathways by which stressors such such as poverty and trauma shape child brain and behavioral development. She uses non-invasive biomarkers to determine how exposure to these adversities is translated into changes in cognitive, behavioral and physiological self-regulation that can ultimately disrupt health and educational trajectories. As part of translating this this work to practice, she and colleagues at the Rales Center at Johns Hopkins are working to redesign school based health care and wellness programs to better address the impact of early adversity on health and educational outcomes among Baltimore City public school children.