Events / Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series

Mental Health Interventions for Justice-Involved Individuals

Effectiveness and Implementation

Thursday, Oct 26, 2017
12:30 PM — 1:30 PM
Vera Institute of Justice

In 2012, Dr. Jennifer Johnson conducted a randomized controlled trial of treatment for people with major depression in two Northeastern states. Despite thousands of such trials conducted in the community, Johnson’s small trial (n= 38) was the largest trial of any depression treatment (medication or psychosocial) to be conducted in an incarcerated setting. Dr. Johnson’s talk will review results from the 2012 trial and talk about the policy context of mental healthcare in correctional settings. She will also present new results from a large randomized controlled trial conducted in these two states: an effectiveness study of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) for major depression in 180 men and women in prison. She will also discuss a potential new effort to create the Michigan Mental Health and Justice Center.  

Dr. Johnson is a clinical psychologist and C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health at Michigan State University (MSU).  She conducts National Institute of Health-funded clinical trials of the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and implementation of mental health and substance use interventions for justice-involved populations.  She has been the principal investigator of nine NIH-funded studies. Dr. Johnson came to MSU from Brown University in January 2015 to help build an academically vibrant and socially responsive team of community engaged scientists based in Flint, MI, who will contribute to the Flint revitalization effort.  As the first member of MSU's new Public Health Research Collective in Flint, she is happy to live and work there.