Julene Johnson, PhD

Associate Dean and Professor
Campus Phone
Address Postal

3333 California Street, Rm 360G
UCSF Box 0646
San Francisco, CA 94118
United States

Biography
Julene K Johnson, PhD is both the Associate Dean of Research for the UCSF School of Nursing and the Associate Director at the UCSF Institute for Health & Aging. She is also the Research Education Core Lead and mentor in the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities. Dr. Johnson is a cognitive neuroscientist and obtained her PhD at the University of Texas at Dallas and completed postdoctoral training at the University of California, Irvine's Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia.

Dr. Johnson's research program focuses on cognitive aging and covers two primary themes: 1) developing cost-effective and novel community-based interventions (e.g., arts interventions) to promote health and well-being, particularly for diverse older adults and 2) studying risks and protective factors for cognitive and functional decline in older adults. Her research on community-engaged health promotion involves racial/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse older adults. She collaborated with the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services to study the effects of a community choir program on the health and well-being of diverse older adults. In 2010, she was a Fulbright scholar in Finland where she studied how singing in a community choir influences quality of life and well-being.

Community of Voices trial website: https://cov.ucsf.edu/

Dr. Johnson was the UCSF campus representative and Chair of the Advisory Committee for the University of California Humanities Research Institute (2013-2016) http://uchri.org/uchri/advisory-committee/
Fellow, Gerontological Society of America, 2017
Top 50 Influencers in Aging, Next Avenue, 2017
Fulbright Specialist Roster, Fullbright Foundation, 2012-2017
Fulbright Scholar, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, 2010
Postdoctoral, 01/1998 - Neuroscience, University of California
Dementia
Singing
Cognition Disorders
Aphasia
Music
Humanities
Health Disparities
History Of Medicine
Arts
Global Health
Mild Cognitive Impairment
Well-being
Health Promotion
Community Based Participatory Research
Music
Cognition
Cognitive Neuroscience
Gerontology
Aging