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Vicki Johnson-Lawrence, MS, PhD

Flint ReCAST Program Director, Division of Public Health, Michigan State University

Visiting Research Assistant Professor, Public Health and Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Michigan–Flint

Assistant Professor, Division of Public Health, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University




Dr. Vicki Johnson-Lawrence, PhD is an Assistant Professor and social epidemiologist in the MSU College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine/Division of Public Health. She is also a visiting Research Assistant Professor of Public Health and Health Sciences in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Michigan-Flint. She is the Program Director of Flint ReCAST, leading an effort that is designed to promote resilience in the Flint community by supporting youth and families, mitigating the impact of trauma, reducing behavioral health disparities and increasing the opportunities and training for Flint youth through strong community engagement strategies. Dr. Johnson-Lawrence has research experience with the Center for Men’s Health Disparities, the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health (CSEPH), and the United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Research Interests

Dr. Johnson-Lawrence is a social epidemiologist that uses community-based approaches to address determinants and prevention practices to promote health equity. Her projects include SAMHSA funded Flint ReCAST (Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma). Her research interests include:
• Advanced quantitative methods in epidemiology and behavioral sciences
• Socioeconomic determinants of multimorbidities
• Racial/ethnic health disparities over the life course
• Public health impact of medical care to reduce multimorbidity
• Academic and community collaborations to address health and health care inequities

Research Projects

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