Stress, Neurotrauma and Mental Health
Stress, Neurotrauma and Mental Health is a primary focus of the following BHRI members' research:
Interruptions associated with the nurses' work creates a stressful situation as a result of frequent cognitive shifts, reprioritization and stacking of care activities. Understanding interruption recovery may mitigate stress and adverse outcomes.
My research examines the links between social relationships and health, including the health implications of family stressors in adulthood, particularly within African American families.
My research focuses on understanding basic emotional processes that underlie common psychiatric disorders and in particular, how emotion processing is impacted by stress across the lifespan.
My research focuses on the longitudinal effects of sports-related concussion and repetitive low-level blast exposure using neuroimaging techniques in combination with neuropsychological and blood tests to identify potential injury biomarkers.
My relevant current research concerns neuro-informed trauma and crisis prevention and intervention such as clinical and layperson education, counseling, and systems changes. I specialize in suicide, community readiness, and qualitative methodology.
We develop new methods and platforms for enabling large-scale recording and manipulation of neurons in the living brain, and use it to study changes in the brain in several neurodegenerative conditions.
Identifying individuals at risk for poor outcomes following traumatic events and developing early interventions for these individuals.
Effectiveness of creative art therapy on mental and psychological health
Our lab studies how diet, stress, and genes interact to influence brain and body health. We are particularly interested in how these interacting influences manifest in behavioral changes.
Current research focuses on cardiovascular behavioral medicine (e.g., depression, psychophysiology, patient self-management, mHealth, cardiac rehab). During COVID-19, we have expanded into mental health effects of the pandemic.
The Johnson Lab utilizes animal models to investigate the impact stress-induced endocrine and neuroimmune responses have on emotions, cognition, and physiological responses.
Trained as a statistician and methodologist, my work primarily focuses on assessing how environment and physical and psychological health can impact human behavior, particularly, in the populations with disability or vulnerability.
Racism and the brain. Impact of the racism on the brain, body and cells
My research focuses on child posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the impact of familial responses on a child's recovery following traumatic injury (e.g., TBI).
My research focuses on pediatric obesity and healthy weight management in children and adolescents.
I do psychoeducation intervention research within aging family structures where informal caregiving occurs aimed at reducing stress, improving coping, and promoting optimal mental and physical health outcomes.
My lab studies the biological effects of ultrasound using C. elegans microscopic worms as a model organism. Worms exposed as larvae appear to have chemosensory deficits that persist into adulthood, which may be related to aberrant neurodevelopment.