Kiersten Johnson, PhD, is a public health analyst in the Mental Health Risk and Resiliency Research Program. She studies violence, victimization, and substance use among adults with mental illness.
Dr. Johnson, who joined RTI in 2016, currently leads multiple studies on the 988/crisis service continuum, funded by the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She is co-investigator on a National Institute of Justice-funded process evaluation of a model of technology-based, telemental health services for victims of crime, as well as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded cluster randomized controlled trial to test effectiveness of a novel intervention on substance use, overdose, and adverse childhood experiences. Dr. Johnson previously led an ASPE and SAMHSA-funded national evaluation of assisted outpatient treatment programs and was co-investigator on a National Institute of Mental Health-funded R01 study that focused on violence and victimization among adults with mental illness. Her statistical and methodological expertise includes longitudinal data analysis, secondary data analysis, latent variable approaches, program evaluation, and treatment outcome studies.