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Katrina Johnson, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Associate Director of Residency Research
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Associated Faculty
Department of Psychology

Phone: 404-727-4541

Fax: 404-727-0372



Dr. Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University before moving to Atlanta to pursue her doctorate in clinical psychology from Emory University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Emory School of Medicine, and then worked as a licensed clinical psychologist for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta before devoting all her efforts to research.

Broadly, her research focuses on the intergenerational transmission of mood and anxiety disorders. The overarching goal is to elucidate biological and social factors that enhance or reduce risk for psychopathology in vulnerable individuals, potentially identifying targets for prevention and early intervention. High-risk samples of psychiatrically ill mothers are studied, examining biopsychosocial mechanisms that influence offspring trajectories. One area of focus includes the effects of the perinatal environment on child brain development and behavior, including prenatal exposure to stress, psychiatric illness, and medications.


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