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Stepping Up to Reduce Mental Illness in Jails

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Row of Jail Cells

The national Stepping Up Initiative is helping hundreds of counties nationwide reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails. A Michigan State University professor and her colleague have…

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How to Treat Depression in Prison – and Why it Matters

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Prison Depression

Of the 4 million prisoners released each year, 23 percent have suffered from the major depressive disorder. Due to resource shortages, many go without adequate treatment while in…

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A Hidden Epidemic in the Opioid Crisis

Friday, October 5, 2018
Jail Cells

While studying ways to prevent suicide among recently released jail inmates, Michigan State University researcher Jennifer Johnson began to notice that a growing number of opioid overdoses were…

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MSU to Help New Mothers with Postpartum Depression

Friday, March 2, 2018
Jennifer Johnson and Alla Sikorskii

One in seven mothers suffers from postpartum depression, but for low-income women, the rate is more than twice as high. Backed by a $3.6 million National Institutes of…

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MSU’s Johnson Named Mott Endowed Professor

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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…

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Study Aims to Reduce Suicide after Prison

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
woman in jail cell

A Michigan State University public health researcher is embarking on a first-of-a-kind study that will look to reduce suicides among recently released jail detainees. Jennifer Johnson, with the…

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