Sheri Johnson, PhD
Department of Pediatrics
Center for Advancement of Underserved Children
Sheri Johnson is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children (CAUC). She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University in Clinical Psychology and completed a clinical fellowship in Psychology at Harvard Medical School in 1992. She has dedicated her career to providing clinical and administrative leadership to improve the health status of poor and minority children and families and to promoting improved health for all of the people of Wisconsin. She served as the Administrator and State Health Officer of the Wisconsin Division of Public Health (DPH) until June 2008. Prior to that appointment, Dr. Johnson was Director of Behavioral Health Services at a federally qualified health center and was Principal Investigator on a SAMHSA funded evaluation of mental health services for people of color living with HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Johnson’s current involvement in community-based programs and research focuses on increasing community health staff competencies in mental health, oral health and pediatric primary care. These projects seek to build capacity through expansion of knowledge, skills and confidence in the non-physician workforce, which includes nurses, youth development specialists, administrative and support staff, psychotherapists and social workers and teachers. She is Co-Director of the Community Health Improvement III-Principles of Community Engagement course for the Ph.D. program in Public and Community Health, a member of the MCW Urban Community Pathway Faculty Council, and faculty field placement advisor for the MPH program. Dr. Johnson provides direct clinical services to children and families at the Downtown Health Center and Martin Luther King Heritage Health Center.
Read more information on Dr. Johnson and her research on the Faculty Collaboration Database.