Dr. Johnson-Lawrence is a social epidemiologist that uses community-based approaches to address determinants and prevention practices to promote health equity. Her work has expanded from the role of a traditional secondary data-driven epidemiologist to use community-engaged research strategies that inform components of her research, but to also provide a direct context in which the work is applied, modified, and used to promote health improvements through existing health and community systems, with local and community based organizations, and within the academic context. Her work considers the dynamic nature of psychosocial factors over the life course in relation to chronic disease risk, with a particular focus on co-morbid mental and physical health outcomes (particularly mood/anxiety disorders and cardiovascular disease risk factors) exacerbated by chronic stress, and strategies to address these conditions in vulnerable communities. Her current projects include the SAMHSA funded Flint ReCAST (Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma), The Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions Church Challenge, and recently, has incorporated chronic pain research into her ongoing work.
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