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Suzanne B Johnson Ph.D.

Suzanne B Johnson Ph.D.

Distinguished Research Professor, Dept. of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine
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Dr. Johnson received her B.A. in psychology from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from SUNY at Stony Brook. Dr. Johnson has had more than 30 years of continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health for her research on psychosocial aspects of childhood diabetes. She is considered an international expert on medical regimen adherence and the psychosocial aspects of genetic testing in children. More recently, she has expanded her research focus to include pediatric obesity since the epidemic levels of pediatric obesity in the U.S. have led to an unprecedented rise in incidence of type 2 diabetes in children. She has received numerous awards for her research, including the Society of Pediatric Psychology’s Significant Research Contributions Award in Pediatric Psychology (1996), the Association of Medical School Psychologists’ Distinguished Research Contributions Award (2002), the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International’s Mary Jane Kugel Award for service to scientific review and the American Diabetes Association’s Behavioral Medicine and Psychology Lectureship for Distinguished Contributions (2007). Dr. Johnson was the first recipient of the FSU College of Medicine’s Senior Research Award in 2006.


B.A., Psychology, Cornell University, 1970

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1974

Research Focus

Medical regimen adherence
Psychosocial aspects of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children
Psychosocial aspects of genetic testing on children and families
Pediatric obesity

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Peer Reviewed Articles

Johnson, Suzanne Bennett, Baughcum, A.E, Rafkin-Mervis, L.E., Schatz, D.A. for the DPT-1 Study group. Participant and parent experiences in the oral insulin study of the Diabetes Prevention Trial for Type 1 Diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes, 2009, 10, 177-183.

Johnson, Suzanne Bennett, Pilkington, L.L., Lamp, C., He, J., Deeb, L.C. Parent reactions to a school-based body mass index screening program. Journal of School Health, 2009, 79, 216-223.

Driscoll, K., Killian, M., Johnson, Suzanne Bennett, Silverstein, J. Deeb, L.C. Predictors of study completion and withdrawal in a randomized clinical trial of a pediatric diabetes adherence intervention. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 2009, 3, 212-220.

Driscoll, KA, Johnson, Suzanne Bennett, Barker, D, Quittner, AL, Deeb, LC, Geller, DE, Gondor, M, Silverstein, JH. Risk factors associated with depressive symptoms in caregivers of children with type 1 diabetes or cystic fibrosis. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, in press.

Johnson, Suzanne Bennett, Lee, H, Baxter, J, Lernmark, B, Roth, R, and Simell, T, for the TEDDY Study Group. The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) study: Predictors of early study withdrawal among participants with no family history of type 1 diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes, in press.

Books and Book Chapters

Johnson, Suzanne Bennett. Diabetes Risk. In K. Tercyack (Ed.). Handbook of Genomics and the Family. Springer, 2010


Johnson, Suzanne Bennett. Urbanization and Health. Invited presentation at the International Workshop on Environment Development and Healthy Longevity, Sanshui, China, November 2009.

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