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MSU’s Johnson Named Mott Endowed Professor

Jennifer Johnson, Ph.D., was named the Charles Stewart Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health in Flint, Mich., on May 3, 2016.

Johnson conducts federally funded studies to determine the most effective mental health interventions for vulnerable populations, such as pregnant women and prisoners. She was recently awarded a $6.8 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health and National Institute of Justice to find effective ways to keep those who serve jail time from taking their own lives.

The four-year study, known as the SPIRIT Trial, or Suicide Prevention Intervention for at-Risk Individuals in Transition, will follow 800 recently released detainees from the Genesee County Jail in Flint, Michigan, and the Department of Corrections in Cranston, Rhode Island. Each participant will be randomly assigned to today’s standard care or to a newer intervention method for one year after release.

- more about Johnson’s investiture as endowed professor on MSU Today

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