IPPH Faculty Profile


Faculty Research

Dr. Johnson

J. Aaron Johnson, PhD

Interim Director, Institute of Public and Preventive Health
Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences
Associate Professor, School of Graduate Studies

Dr. Johnson’s research is focused on the implementation of evidence-based practices in substance abuse prevention and treatment. He has worked with populations in addiction treatment facilities; medical settings including primary care, emergency department, trauma unit, and urgent care; as well as with justice-involved populations (jails, prisons, transitional centers, drug courts, probation/parole). In is recent work, he  has incorporated technology as a means of enacting behavior change within this field.  In addition to intervention-based research, Dr. Johnson has published several validation studies of brief alcohol and/or drug screening tools for use in general medical settings, as well as a number of publications related to training health professionals to conduct alcohol/drug screening and brief intervention.

Dr. Johnson’s work has been continuously funded for more than two decades with federal grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Library of Medicine and from private foundations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Healthcare Georgia Foundation.

Research Interests: Addiction/Substance use, Substance use prevention and treatment, Correctional Health, Health Education, Health Literacy, and Health Services Research

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Dr. Islam

K.M. Monirul Islam, MDDS/MD, MPH, PhD

Associate Professor, Institute of Public and Preventive Health 
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences

Dr. Islam's current research foci are patient-centered outcomes research in cancer, infectious diseases, and interventions program evaluation. He is particularly interested in clinical epidemiology and early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of diseases. The overarching objective of his research is to prevent diseases and lead to better treatment outcomes among diverse populations including resource-limited communities such as minorities and rural populations.

Research Interest: Epidemiology Research Methods, Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases and Cancer, Clinical Epidemiology, and Global Health

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Becky Stone, DrPH

Assistant Professor, Institute of Public and Preventive Health
Assistant Professor, College of Education – Kinesiology

Dr. Stone has utilized her public health education, experience in infection control and epidemiology, and training in the clinical laboratory sciences to build her research expertise in infectious disease and quality improvement. These experiences are a natural segue into research focused on risk factors associated with hospital-acquired infections and ways to improve patient safety and health outcomes in bone marrow transplant recipients and sickle cell disease.

Research Interests: Antibiotic Resistance, Clinical Research, Data Mining, Epidemiology, Health Outcomes, Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs), Infectious Diseases, Translational Research, and Quality Improvement Processes


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Nancy Webb, PhD

Division Chief, Education and Program Development, Institute of Public and Preventive Health
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Professor, School of Graduate Studies
Director, Augusta University Child Care Center

Dr. Webb’s area of expertise is in early childhood education and child development. Her research revolves around environments for young children. Currently, she is studying factors that impact school readiness in Georgia's Quality Rated Centers by identifying aspects of Georgia child care program most critical to children’s school readiness and those most susceptible to intervention.

Research Interests: Adolescent Health/Child Health and Human Development and Family Sciences

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