Aaron Johnson

Dir, Inst Public&Prevent Hlth

Aaron Johnson

Dir, Inst Public&Prevent Hlth


Academic Appointment(s)

College of Science and Mathematics
Department of Psychological Sciences

College of Nursing
Department of Biobehavioral Nursing

The Graduate School

  • (706) 721-4649
  • CJ 2318


  • Ph.D., Sociology University of Georgia, 2000

  • MA, Sociology University of Georgia, 1995

  • BS, Sociology Presbyterian College, 1993


  • BLS aha, 2020

Awards & Honors

  • Education/Teaching Pedagogy Poster Award (with CR McKinnon, P Cromer, M Hicks) International Society of Psychiatric Nurses Annual Conference, 2017

  • Invited Plenary Carolina Undergraduate Social Science Symposium, 2016

  • Faculty – 7th Annual NIDA Office of Special Populations Addiction Research Training Institute Morehouse School of Medicine, 2014

  • Fellow – 13th Annual OBSSR/NHLBI Summer Institute on Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials National Heart Lung & Blood Institute, Office of Behavioral Sciences & Social Research, 2013

  • Best Abstract (Program and Curricula) Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, 2012

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • PSYC 6122

    Research Methods II

Teaching Interests

Societal and Individual-level Impact of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Social Aspects of Mental Health/ Mental Illness Research Methods Quantitative Methods/ Statistics


Selected Recent Publications

  • Drug screening and changing marijuana policy: Validation of new single question drug screening tools, 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Alcohol and drug screening and brief intervention behaviors among advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) students in clinical settings, 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Effects of substance use screening and brief intervention on health-related quality of life, 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Integrating substance use content in an “overcrowded” nursing curriculum, 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Narcan (naloxone nasal spray) availability in Georgia retail pharmacies, 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Integration of behavioral health services into primary healthcare Use of technology in behavior change interventions Provider attitudes toward working with patients with behavioral health diagnoses Occupations and professions in behavioral health Interaction between substance use and other risky health-related behaviors

Department Service

  • Director – Correctional Health Research Program 2016 - Present

  • Academic Program Development Committee 2014 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Department Chair Search Committee – Department of Psychological Sciences 2017 - 2018

    Role: Committee Member
  • Department Chair Search Committee – Department of Psychological Sciences 2016 - 2017

    Role: Committee Member
  • Graduate Program Committee 2014 - 2016

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • Vice Chair - Institutional Review Board (Social and Behavioral Sciences) – Augusta University 2017 - Present

  • Training and Marketing Subcommittee - Augusta University Students for Community Involvement 2014 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Institutional Review Board - Augusta University 2014 - 2017

    Role: Committee Member
  • Research Committee - Mercer University School of Medicine 2013 - 2014

    Role: Committee Member
  • Clinical Research Committee 2009 - 2014

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • Evaluation Chair – Association for Medical Education & Research in Substance Abuse 2017 - Present

    Role: Chairperson
  • Conference Host and Chair, Program Committee – Addiction Health Services Research Annual Conference 2018 - 2018

    Role: Chairperson
  • Human Research Committee - College on Problems of Drug Dependence 2015 - 2018

    Role: Committee Member
  • Georgia Council on Substance Abuse and Georgians for a Health Future – Adolescent Screening and Brief Intervention capacity building grant 2015 - 2017

    Role: Other
  • Addiction Science & Clinical Practice - 2016

    Role: Reviewer