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Kim Johnson, PhD

University of South Florida

Kimberly A. Johnson, PhD, is a research associate professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida. She is also the immediate past executive director of the International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction.

Prior to her appointments at USF and ICUDDR, Dr. Johnson was the director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, part of the Department of Health & Human Services for the U.S. government. 

She has worked as an associate scientist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where her projects included acting as the co-director of the national coordinating office of the Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (ATTC) and as co-deputy director of NIATx, a quality improvement network. She has also served as the director of the state of Maine Office of Substance Abuse, and as the executive director of a substance use disorder treatment agency, Crossroads for Women. In her early career, Dr. Johnson was a child and family therapist and managed treatment and prevention programs.

Dr. Johnson earned her PhD in population health from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research has focused on quality improvement and implementation science in behavioral health. In addition, she has studied the use of technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness in patient care and to improve the adoption and utilization of evidence-based treatments for which she has received funding from NIDA, NIMH, and AHRQ. She also has an MBA and an MSEd in Counselor Education from the University of Southern Maine.