Melissa Johnson, MA, MPH
Melissa H. Johnson, M.A., M.P.H., is an applied anthropologist and senior social and behavioral researcher in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida. She performs research on child welfare and children’s mental health services, both within the state of Florida and nationally. Ms. Johnson’s research experience includes:evaluations for the Western and Pacific Child Welfare Implementation Center, which assessed system change capacity, process, and outcomes across three implementation project sites; a pilot Enhanced Therapeutic Foster Care program for youth with juvenile justice involvement in Florida, which assessed treatment fidelity and youth behavioral and mental health outcomes; and quality assessments of several child welfare case management agencies in the state of Florida.
Current projects include evaluations of Florida’s System of Care Expansion Grant for children’s mental health services; Utah’s Title IV-E Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Project to enhance implementation of in-home services; and a pilot treatment program for youth victims of commercial sexual exploitation in Florida. Ms. Johnson’s research interests include participatory research approaches, quality of care, cultural competency, and social justice and disparities in health and human services.