Portrait of C Anderson Johnson

C. Anderson Johnson is a professor and founding dean of Claremont Graduate University’s School of Community & Global Health. His research interests include the transnational prevention of tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse, HIV-AIDS, and obesity, social and environmental influences on health-related behavior and health outcomes, and community and mass media approaches to prevention of chronic diseases and promotion of healthy lifestyles.

Since receiving his PhD in social psychology at Duke University, Johnson has had over 25 years of experience in scientific and administrative leadership of large-scale domestic and international community-based research projects. Before teaching at CGU, Johnson served as founding director of the Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research (IPR) and as Sidney Garfield Professor of Health Sciences and Professor of Preventive Medicine & Psychology at the University of Southern California.

In addition to Johnson’s professional and academic accomplishments, he has written and published numerous peer-reviewed articles in prevention science that have focused on community-based approaches to tobacco, alcohol, and drug abuse prevention, most recently across a range of cultural, environmental, and international contexts.

Johnson’s current work focuses on dispositional and contextual characteristics as they work in combination (culture by environment and gene by environment interactions) to affect tobacco and alcohol use trajectories and prevention at different points in the trajectories.

Co-authored with J. Unger, et al. “Smoking prevention for ethnically diverse adolescents: 2-year outcomes of a multicultural, school-based smoking prevention curriculum in Southern California.” Preventive Medicine 40, no. 6 (2005): 842–52.

Co-authored with Steve Sussman, et al. “The influence of depressive symptoms on experimental smoking and intention to smoke in a diverse youth sample.” Nicotine & Tobacco Research 7, no. 2 (2005): 243–48.

Co- authored with J. Unger, et al. “Exploring peers as a mediator of the association between depression and smoking in young adolescents.” Substance Use & Misuse 40, no. 1 (2005): 77–98.

Co-authored with H. Zheng. “Family characteristics and smoking among urban and rural adolescents living in China.” Preventive Medicine 40, no. 1 (2005): 83–91.

Co-authored with Paula Palmer, et al. “Project FLAVOR: 1-year outcomes of a multicultural, school-based smoking prevention curriculum for adolescents.” American Journal of Public Health 94, no. 2 (2004): 263–265.

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