Mission Possible: Promoting the Positive Image of African Americans
Dr. Micah Johnson was awarded the African American Success Foundation Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant in 2014 in support of his research on The Psychosocial Blueprint for African American Academic Achievement that resulted in the paper titled Black Dads Matter: Analyzing Ambition, Parent Education, and High Math Achievement. The research focused on parental, family, and community variables and their role in promoting academic performance exclusively among African American students who earned at least a 3.0 grade point average. He is also author of research on Valor Among Valedictorians.
Dr. Johnson is McKnight Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law at the University of Florida as well as an NIH-funded postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Epidemiology where he investigates the biosocial mechanisms linking traumatic childhood experiences to adverse health and behavioral outcomes. He is the author of the Childhood Trauma Model, a sociological model of trauma proposing that social conditions influence one’s degree of trauma exposure; and the negative effects of childhood trauma can proliferate across multiple life domains and even impact subsequent generations. Dr. Johnson publishes primarily on psychological trauma and race.
Dr. Johnson received his Ph.D. and MA degrees in Sociology from the University of Florida, and BA in Education from Florida State University. He is founder of Friendly Neighbors Incorporated, a non-profit organization committed to empowering disadvantaged families and communities.
For more information about this research, contact MicahJohnson3000@ufl.edu
For more information about other research supported by AASF see https://blacksuccessfoundation.org/scientific-research/