Jessica K. M. Johnson, PhD, MPA, MSSW, has a strong interest in public health problems and solutions tied to connectivity, remoteness, and isolation relevant to diverse and oppressed populations at multiple life stages. She is currently exploring the feasibility of a universal non-contributory old-age pension in rural China.
Prior to teaching at the Boston College School of Social Work, Dr. Johnson worked at the New York City Department of Homeless Services and taught at New York University and Boston University. She tremendously enjoys teaching and working with students.
Dr. Johnson lives with her husband and two children in Newton, MA, where she serves on the local Council on Aging Advisory Board and hopes to help identify strategies to reduce social isolation among older adults.
Johnson, J.K.M., Sarkisian, N., & Williamson, J.B. (2015). Using a micro-level model to generate a macro-level model of productive successful aging. The Gerontologist 55(1): 107-119.
Giunta, N. & Johnson, J.K.M. (January, 2013). Unmet Needs of Homebound Urban Elders: The Role of Economic Security, Living Alone, and Case Management. Society for Social Work and Research. San Diego, California.
Johnson, J.K.M. (January, 2011). A Cross-National Analysis of Productive Aging. Society for Social Work and Research, Tampa, Florida.
Johnson, J.K.M. (July, 2009). A Cross-National Analysis of Labor Force Participation and Life Expectancy among Older Adults. International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Paris, France.
Johnson, J.K.M. & Williamson, J.B. (2008). An assessment of the importance and feasibility of universal non-contributory pension schemes for low-income countries. In P. Kemp & K. Van den Bosch (Eds.), International studies on social security: Vol. 13. Social protection in an ageing world. Antwerp, Belgium: Intersentia.
2014 - present Adjunct Faculty Boston College School of Social Work
Courses: International and Comparative Social Welfare Policy (doctoral level); Program
Evaluation; Health and Mental Health Policy; Basic Skills in Macro Practice; Literature Review
Pro Seminar (doctoral level); Teaching Practicum (doctoral level)
2012 - 2013 Adjunct Faculty, Boston University School of Social Work
Course: Research I
2009 - 2011 Adjunct Faculty, New York University Silver School of Social Work
Courses: Research I; Research II
2007 Coordinator and Tutor, Boston College School of Social Work Research Methods Tutoring Program
2007 Guest Lecturer, Boston College School of Social Work
Course: Global Perspectives on Gender Inequalities
2007 – 2009 John A. Hartford Doctoral Fellowship ($70,000), Gerontological Society of America
2008 Research Excellence Award, Boston College
2004 – 2007 Doctoral Fellowship, Boston College School of Social Work
Full tuition plus stipend for three years
2006 Travel Award Grant, American Sociological Association and National Science Foundation
Covered travel to the International SociologicaI Association World Congress of Sociology in Durban, South Africa, July 23-29
2006 Han Emanuel Scholarship, Foundation for International Studies on Social Security
Covered travel to and participation in the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security International Research Seminar on Social Protection in an Ageing World in Sigtuna, Sweden, June 16-18