Vicki Johnson-Lawrence, PhD

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Vicki Johnson-Lawrence is a social epidemiologist and community-based researcher in Flint, Michigan. Her research embraces a health equity framework, and she examines ways in which the mental and physical health of residents in vulnerable communities are simultaneously impacted by individual and collective complex stressors. Furthermore, she studies the relationships between toxic/chronic stress and health over the life course, and the related impact of community context on health. She structures her projects to incorporate trauma-informed and community-engagement principles to yield participatory action research projects structured to benefit Flint residents and local partner agencies during implementation and upon completion. Her current work is anchored in two Flint community-based projects: the SAMHSA funded Flint ReCAST (Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma) and the Church Challenge intervention of the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions (funded by the National Institutes of Health).

Selected Publications: 

Johnson-Lawrence, V, Bailey, S, Sanders Jr., PW, Sneed, RS, Angel-Vincent, Key, K, A, Brewer, A, Lewis, EY, Johnson JE. (2019). The Church Challenge: A Community-Based Multilevel Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial to Improve Wellness and Blood Pressure in African American Churches in Flint, Michigan. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications.

Fortenberry GZ, Reynolds P, Burrer SL, Johnson-Lawrence V, Wang A, Schnall A, Pullins P, Kieszak S, Bayleyegn T, Wolkin A.  (2018).  Assessment of Behavioral Health Concerns in the Community Affected by the Flint Water Crisis - Michigan (USA) 2016. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 19: 1-10. PMID: 29669608 doi: 10.1017/S1049023X18000250.  Role: Content collaborator.

Perry R, Mitchell J, Hawkins J, Johnson-Lawrence V. (2018). The Role of Age and Multimorbidity in Shaping Older African American Men’s Experiences with Patient-Provider Communication. Geriatrics 3(4): 74. doi: 10.3390/geriatrics3040074.

Johnson-Lawrence, V, Zajacova, A, Sneed, R. (2017). Education, race/ethnicity, and multimorbidity among adults aged 30–64 in the National Health Interview Survey. Social Science & Medicine: Population Health. 3:366-372. PMCID: PMC5769041. doi:10.1016/j.ssmph.2017.03.007.

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For ReCAST inquiries, please contact Kris Johns at

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