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Eric Johnson

Senior Research Scientist

Eric Johnson, PhD, has more than 10 years' experience in the epidemiologic and behavioral genetic study of substance use and mental health. Before joining RTI in January 2005, he was an associate scientist at the Henry Ford Health Sciences Center and associate professor of psychiatry at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is currently the principal investigator for the Epidemiology of Insomnia and Mental Illness in Adolescence project and co-investigator for the Collaborative Study of the Genetics of Nicotine Dependence project. His experience and interest include substance use, psychiatric, and sleep disorder epidemiology; the interaction of environmental and genetic influences on these disorders; and the application of epidemiology to intervention/prevention programs. Dr. Johnson was the lead analyst and writer for the National Sleep Foundation's Sleep in America surveys and is the author of numerous articles on substance use, mental illness, and sleep disorders.


PhD, Sociology, Western Michigan University; MA, Sociology, Western Michigan University; BA, Sociology and Psychology, Olivet Nazarene University.

Latest Publications

Culverhouse, R.C., Johnson, E.O., Breslau, N., Hatsukami, D.K., Sadler, B., Brooks, A.I., et al. (2014). Multiple distinct CHRNB3-CHRNA6 variants are genetic risk factors for nicotine dependence in African Americans and European Americans. Addiction, 109 (5):814-822.
Sadler, B., Haller, G., Agrawal, A., Culverhouse, R., Bucholz, K., Brooks, A., Tischfield, J., Johnson, E.O., et al. (2014). Variants near CHRNB3-CHRNA6 are associated with DSM-5 cocaine use disorder: Evidence for pleiotropy. Sci Rep , 4 :Article No. 4497.
Bierut, L.J., Johnson, E.O., & Saccone, N.L. (2014). A glimpse into the future – Personalized medicine for smoking cessation. Neuropharmacology, 76 (Part B):592-599.
Agrawal, A., Lynskey, M.T., Bucholz, K.K., Kapoor, M., Almasy, L., Dick, D.M., Edenberg, H.J., Foroud, T., Goate, A., Hancock, D.B., Hartz, S., Johnson, E.O., et al. (2014). DSM-5 cannabis use disorder: A phenotypic and genomic perspective. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 134 :362-369.
Stephens, S.H., Hartz, S.M., Hoft, N.R., Saccone, N.L., Corley, R.C., Hewitt, J.K., Hopfer, C.J., Breslau, N., Coon, H., Chen, X.N., Ducci, F., Dueker, N., Franceschini, N., Frank, J., Han, Y.H., Hansel, N.N., Jiang, C.H., Korhonen, T., Lind, P.A., Liu, J., Lyytikainen, L.P., Michel, M., Shaffer, J.R., Short, S.E., Sun, J.Z., Teumer, A., Thompson, J.R., Vogelzangs, N., Vink, J.M., Wenzlaff, A., Wheeler, W., Yang, B.Z., Aggen, S.H., Balmforth, A.J., Baumeister, S.E., Beaty, T.H., Benjamin, D.J., Bergen, A.W., Broms, U., Cesarini, D., Chatterjee, N., Chen, J.C., Cheng, Y.C., Cichon, S., Couper, D., Cucca, F., Dick, D., Foroud, T., Furberg, H., Giegling, I., Gillespie, N.A., Gu, F.Y., Hall, A.S., Haellfors, J., Han, S., Hartmann, A.M., Heikkilae, K., Hickie, I.B., Hottenga, J.J., Jousilahti, P., Kaakinen, M., Kaehoenen, M., Koellinger, P.D., Kittner, S., Konte, B., Landi, M.T., Laatikainen, T., Leppert, M., Levy, S.M., Mathias, R.A., Mcneil, D.W., Medland, S.E., Montgomery, G.W., Murray, T., Nauck, M., North, K.E., Pare, P.D., Pergadia, M., Ruczinski, I., Salomaa, V., Viikari, J., Willemsen, G., Barnes, K.C., Boerwinkle, E., Boomsma, D.I., Caporaso, N., Edenberg, H.J., Francks, C., Gelernter, J., Grabe, H.J., Hops, H., Jarvelin, M.R., Johannesson, M., Kendler, K.S., Lehtimaeki, T., Magnusson, P.K.E., Marazita, M.L., Marchini, J., Mitchell, B.D., Noethen, M.M., Penninx, B.W., Raitakari, O., Rietschel, M., Rujescu, D., Samani, N.J., Schwartz, A.G., Shete, S., Spitz, M., Swan, G.E., Volzke, H., Veijola, J., Wei, Q.Y., Amos, C., Cannon, D.S., Grucza, R., Hatsukami, D., Heath, A., Johnson, E.O., et al. (2013). Distinct Loci in the CHRNA5/CHRNA3/CHRNB4 Gene Cluster Are Associated With Onset of Regular Smoking. Genetic Epidemiology, 37 (8):846-859.
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