Deborah Johnson

Deborah JohnsonHuman Development and Family Studies

Dr. Deborah J. Johnson (Northwestern University) is the current Director of the Diversity Research Network, a faculty serving entity under the auspices of MSU’s Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.  She is responsible for programming and training supportive of faculty of color and faculty scholars whose research touches upon diverse populations. Her research explores racially and culturally related development, parental racial socialization and coping, cultural adjustment from early childhood through emerging adulthood, in both domestic and international children and youth. Current work focuses on the influence of early bias preparation and coping at the intersection of gender and race among African American and Latina College women, and the impact on their well-being and school performance. Recent books address the global rights of children and private/charter school experiences of African American children. Additionally, she studies cultural adjustment and identity development among unaccompanied Sudanese refugee minors and majors, and in international settings. Recent explorations emphasize positive youth development and identity reformation of immigrant and refugee groups.  Recent books include, Identity Re/Formation among Immigrant Youth and Families (upcoming); Children and Prejudice (in press, 2018); Vulnerable Children: Global Challenges in Education, Health, Well-Being, and Child Rights (2013); Black Educational Choice in a Climate of School Reform: Consequences for K-12 Student Learning and Development (2011).