Dr. J. Aaron Johnson has been named Director of the Institute of Public and Preventive Health (IPPH) at Augusta University. Dr. Johnson has been serving as Interim Director since 2017.
We are appreciative of Dr. Johnson’s willingness to step in and lead the IPPH during a period of transition, said Dr. Michael Diamond, Senior Vice President of Research at Augusta University. In addition to serving in the Institute of Public and Preventive Health, Johnson is an associate professor in the university’s Department of Psychological Sciences and School of Graduate Studies. For over 17 years, he has maintained funding for health services research, primarily in the area of substance abuse interventions and treatment. He currently holds funding of approximately $7.5 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Library of Medicine and various sub-awards with the University of Georgia and Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Johnson also serves as Vice Chair of the Institutional Review Board (Social and Behavioral Sciences) at Augusta University, is Evaluation Chair for the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, and is on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Substance Abuse Research alliance. His research has garnered him numerous awards and his work has been featured in several peer-reviewed publications including The American Surgeon, the Journal of Addiction Medicine, and the Journal of Pediatric Surgery.
He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Presbyterian College and earned his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of Georgia.
MONIRUL ISLAM, MBBS/MD, PHD