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Blair T. Johnson

Blair T. Johnson

  • SPN Mentor

My research has increasingly centered on how socio-structural variables interact with psychological variables to affect outcomes that are important to human functioning, long utilizing what are today known as big data strategies. My research team is currently focusing on community-level factors that can make or break the success of interventions meant to improve health, such as in HIV prevention interventions for African Americans or for other risk groups (e.g., MSM). This work melds traditional attitudinal perspectives with social influence and other perspectives that incorporate social groups' and networks' influences, whether these are congruent or opposing (see Johnson et al., 2010, AIDS & Behavior). The outcomes we investigate might include such wide-ranging phenomena as sexual risk (e.g., condom use), depression (e.g., the efficacy of antidepressants or the influence of exercise), and blood pressure. For example, a current project examines how whites' attitudes in communities might undermine (if negative) or enhance (if positive) the success of HIV prevention interventions for African Americans. Our work relies on and extends methods in network and statistical science in that we use techniques such as meta-analysis and multi-level models to detect how geotemporal trends may affect outcomes for related individuals and groups.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Gender Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Sociology, Social Networks

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Courses Taught:

  • Attitude Organization and Change
  • Health Psychology
  • Meta-Analysis: A Workshop
  • Meta-Analysis: Theory and Practice

Blair T. Johnson
Department of Psychology
406 Babbidge Road, Unit 1020
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-1020
United States

  • Phone: (860) 486-2511

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